14074 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I have been playing the Modern Defense as Black for a little while now, but this game got me into some very hot water with it. I eventually won a really engrossing game, but I feel like I really messed up the opening, and my play of the defense could be significantly improved. I'm really grateful for your thoughts? :)
Your best bet might have been 4. ... c6 followed by ... d5 at an appropriate moment. This would transpose to a known type of position in the Caro-Kann Advance Variation (in which Black does indeed play the move ... h5), but with White having made a number of rather unthematic moves.
Thanks, blueemu! I had a look at the moves you suggested and came up with this approach:
Do you agree with the line here?
The proto-typical plan of development for Black in that "Caro-Kann with ... g6 and ... h5" line is to play ... c6 and ... d5 tempting the White e-Pawn forward to e5, then play ... Nh6 (instead of ... Nf6), bring your light-squared Bishop out to f5 or g4 and trade it off, then play ... Nf5 and ... e6.
This places the majority of your Pawns on light squares, with your light-squared Bishop traded off so it won't be hampered by your Pawns. The Black Pawn on h5 serves to discourage White from kicking your Knight out of f5.
In your game position, Black could reach this sort of formation, while White has wasted time with the rather inconsequential Nd5 and Nb4.
Okay, I see! Thank you, I'm going to spend some time with that. I've always shied away from putting my knight on the h-file until now.I understand that Nd5 and Nb4 were poor moves, but I was unsure of how to punish them when they arose. I feel more confident about that now, thanks!There's one thing I'm a bit confused about from your advice, if you don't mind me asking:
I don't understand why this is the case, unless for some reason White was planning to advance their g-pawn.Also, should I understand from what you've said that ...Bxe5 is unsound?
Yes, the advance of White's g-Pawn to g4 (kicking away your Nf5) is exactly what the Black Pawn on h5 is positioned to stop.
I didn't like ... Bxe5, partly because it trades off your better Bishop. With so many Black Pawns sitting on light squares, your dark-squared Bishop is quite valuable.
Ah, okay. I had been confused hearing people talk about the better bishop, I didn't realise that's what it meant.
Yes, the relative value of each Bishop is usually determined by your own Pawns, especially center Pawns. A "good" Bishop will be able to patrol the squares left unguarded by your Pawn set-up. A "bad" Bishop is helpless to do that.
And in fact, ...Nf6 eventually can squeeze me towards trading that good Bishop, now I think about it.
9/3/2015 - Keres - Petrosian
by KokeFischer a few minutes ago
Which is better, Bishop or Knight?
by James1011James1011 a few minutes ago
Should I resign here? Or does black has resources to save the game?
by M1i2c3h4a5e6l7890 3 minutes ago
A group for platinum members!
by 1NaturalDisaster 5 minutes ago
Playing 1. e4 as White
by James1011James1011 11 minutes ago
Which book should i get?
by Waterstriker 14 minutes ago
Closing of accounts
by Caedrel 15 minutes ago
Do you mention chess on dates?
by Senior-Lazarus_Long 17 minutes ago
Payed Membership verus Free Membership
by DrSpudnik 18 minutes ago
My WINS against an FM!!
by RipJaw_the_Cat 20 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!