Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Attacking with the Modern Defense

Keven has been in fine form recently and is about the only East Cheshire player who does not have a negative score this season! Here is one of his recent wins in Division II. Notes by Keven.

P Coleville .v. K.R.Holton
B1 ECB .v. Macclesfield B
24th February

Opening – Modern Defence

e4 g6
d4 Bg7
Nf3 d6
Bg5 Nc6 (Bg5 shades of John Reed !! c5 is the alternative line to Nc6)
Bb5 a6
Be2 Bg4 (Fritz favours his Be2 but it looks passive)
c3 Nf6
Nbd2 e5
d5 Nce7 ( Souped up KID according to Nigel Davies)

h3 Bd7
0-0 h6
Be3 g5
Nh2 Ng6
Ng4 Nf4 ( Many Davies Modern’s go like this )
Nxf6 Qxf6 (Fritz concurs but I quite liked Bxf6 so the Q can take back on d7 after Bg4 and the g-file is less cluttered)

Bg4 h5!
Bxd7+ Kxd7
f3 Rag8
c4 Bh6 ( Fritz prefers Nc4 for White here)
Qa4+ Kc8
c5 g4!!

Bxf4 Qxf4 (Fritz prefers e/f4 for Black here)
c6 gxh3
cxb7+ Kxb7
Qb4+ Kc8
Rf2 Rxg2+
Rxg2 hxg2
Nc4 Qxf3
Nxd6+ c/d6 ( Calm under fire as the B thwarts Rc1+ with chances)

Qc4+ Kd8 ( Important to avoid immediate checks from the Queen)
Qc6 Be3+ ( White has one minute left I have five)
Kh2 Qf4+
Kh3 Qg4+
Resigns as he cannot prevent Kh2 g1=Q+ and Rxg1 Qxg1+ and then R g8+++