Welcome to my Modern Defense (ECO B06) game with Stahlberg page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the Modern Defense.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. I am posting this game under the Pirc category because I usually end up transposing into a Pirc from the Modern and because I am too lazy to make a separate category for the Modern defense. This is my second win against Stahlberg. The ratings posted below are for each player at the conclusion of this game.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2008Quad.08.12”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2008.08.10”]
[Round “-“]
[White “Stahlberg”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[Opening “Robatsch (modern) defense”]
[ECO “B06”]
[NIC “KF.05”]
[Time “19:53:08”]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 c6 5. f4 d5 6. e5 Nh6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Qd2
Ng4 9. O-O-O Nxe3 10. Qxe3 Qa5 11. Kb1 b5 12. Nd2 b4 13. Nb3 Qc7 14. Na4 Nd7
15. Be2 Nb6 16. Nbc5 Nxa4 17. Nxa4 a5 18. b3 Bf5 19. Bd3 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 e6
21. g3 Rfc8 22. Kb2 Bf8 23. Rc1 c5 24. Nxc5 Bxc5 25. dxc5 Qxc5 26. Rhd1 a4
27. Ra1 Ra6 28. Rdc1 Qa7 29. Qb5 a3+ 30. Kb1 Qd4 {White resigns} 0-1

Online Correspondence Game
ICC
Dates played: 10 August 2008 to 1 October 2008
White: Stahlberg (1593) Black: Mike Serovey (1663)

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 c6 5. f4 d5

Modern Defense after 5... d5.

Modern Defense after 5… d5.

Up to this point I am following a grandmaster game that I have in my database. Black won that game. What I don’t like about Black’s last move is that he is moving his d pawn twice before completing the development of his pieces. Also, Black is one tempo down in development. Still, it worked out OK for Black in both games.

6. e5 Nh6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Qd2 Ng4 9. O-O-O Nxe3 10. Qxe3 Qa5

Modern Defense after 10... Qa5.

Modern Defense after 10… Qa5.

Black is still lagging behind in his queenside development but is now starting some queenside play. Sometimes, you just need to have faith that your plan will work even when things look a little slow.

11. Kb1 b5 12. Nd2 b4 13. Nb3 Qc7

Modern Defense after 13... Qc7.

Modern Defense after 13… Qc7.

Black’s last move gets his Queen out of danger and helps to support pawn to c5.

14. Na4 Nd7 15. Be2 Nb6 16. Nbc5 Nxa4 17. Nxa4 a5

Modern Defense after 17... a5.

Modern Defense after 17… a5.

Black is still down one tempo in development but White’s Knight is on the edge of the board where it is doing next to nothing. White has more space in the Center and Black has more space on the Queenside.

18. b3 Bf5 19. Bd3 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 e6

Modern Defense after 20... e6.

Modern Defense after 20… e6.

Development is now even. Right now Black really has nothing happening on the Queenside. White’s best plan is to advance his g and h pawns and attack on the Kingside. White’s passive play led to his loss.

21. g3 Rfc8 22. Kb2 Bf8 23. Rc1 c5 24. Nxc5 Bxc5 25. dxc5 Qxc5

Modern Defense after 25... Qxc5.

Modern Defense after 25… Qxc5.

Now Black has some play on the Queenside while White has no play anywhere on the board.

26. Rhd1 a4 27. Ra1 Ra6 28. Rdc1 Qa7

Modern Defense after 28... Qa7.

Modern Defense after 28… Qa7.

White’s next move is a blunder because it leaves d4 unguarded. After 29. Qb5?? I was tempted to play 29… Rb8 to guard the b pawn and then I noticed that mate threats after 29… a3+ 30. Kb1 (forced) Qd4 31. c3 (again forced) Qe4+ 32. Rc2 Rxc3. With the Rook on c2 pinned and double attacked White has 2 choices. First is some spite checks that eventually lead to checkmate against White. The second one is 33. Qe2 to defend the Rook. Black then gets checkmate after 33… Qh1+ 34. Qf1 ( or e1 or d1) Qxf1+ 35. Rc1 Qxc1#.

29. Qb5?? a3+ 30. Kb1 Qd4!! 0-1

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