Welcome to my Modern Defense (ECO B06) game with ThreeofSeven 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 third win against Dave from Colorado. The ratings posted below are for each player at the conclusion of this game.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2008Quad.06.04”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2008.05.24”]
[Round “-“]
[White “ThreeofSeven”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White checkmated”]
[Opening “Modern defense: Averbakh system”]
[ECO “B06”]
[NIC “KF.04”]
[Time “11:13:08”]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 c6 5. b3 c5 6. Nge2 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Qa5 8.
Bb2 Nc6 9. Ne2 Nf6 10. f3 O-O 11. Rc1 Bd7 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Ng4 14. Qd2
Bh6 15. f4 e5 16. g3 exf4 17. gxf4 Rfe8 18. Be2 Qh5 19. Bxg4 Qxg4 20. Qd4
Qg2 21. Ne2 Qxh1+ 22. Kd2 Bxf4+ 23. Nxf4 Qxh2+ 24. Kd1 Bg4+ 25. Ke1 Qg3+ 26.
Kf1 Qxf4+ 27. Kg1 Qe5 28. Qf2 Qxe4 29. Qf6 Qe3+ 30. Kh2 Qh3+ 31. Kg1 Qg3+
32. Kf1 Bh3# {White checkmated} 0-1

Online Correspondence Game

Dates played: 24 May 2008 to 3 July 2008
White: ThreeofSeven (1542) Black: Mike Serovey (1624)

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 c6 5. b3 c5

Modern Defense after 5... c5.

Modern Defense after 5… c5.

White’s last move is not in the database of games that I have on this opening. Black loses a tempo moving the c pawn twice in a row like that but it seemed to be a good idea to challenge White’s broad pawn center.

6. Nge2 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Qa5 8. Bb2 Nc6 9. Ne2 Nf6 10. f3 O-O

Modern Defense after 10... 0-0.

Modern Defense after 10… 0-0.

Black has a nice lead in development and has the Knight on c3 pinned to the White King.

11. Rc1 Bd7 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Ng4 14. Qd2 Bh6

Modern Defense after 14... Bh6.

Modern Defense after 14… Bh6.

Black is now attacking White’s under developed position.

15. f4 e5 16. g3 exf4 17. gxf4 Rfe8 18. Be2 Qh5

Modern Defense after 18... Qh5.

Modern Defense after 18… Qh5.

If White castles then 19…  Qxh2#. If 19. h3 then 19… Qh4+.

19. Bxg4 Qxg4 20. Qd4 Qg2!!

Modern Defense after 20... Qg2!!

Modern Defense after 20… Qg2!!

Black probably would not have found this move in a regular over the board game. After 21. Ne2 White is threatening to checkmate on either g7 or h8 for the remainder of this game, but never gets to play the mating move! Black keeps the White king in check while picking up material for the remainder of this game!

21. Ne2 Qxh1+ 22. Kd2 Bxf4+!

Modern Defense after 22... Bxf4+!

Modern Defense after 22… Bxf4+!

Black, who is up a Rook, now sacrifices a Bishop for a couple of pawns because this leaves the White King more exposed to attacks from Black’s Queen. If White moves his King instead of capturing on f4 then Black wins with Qf3+ followed by Qxe4+ forcing the exchange of queens or just Qxe4+, depending on where the King moves to.

23. Nxf4 Qxh2+ 24. Kd1 Bg4+ 25. Ke1 Qg3+

Modern Defense after 25... Qg3+

Modern Defense after 25… Qg3+

White only has 2 squares to put his King on and both allow Black to play 26… Qxf4+ leaving Black up a Rook and 2 pawns but still having to deal with White’s mate threat.

26. Kf1 Qxf4+ 27. Kg1 Qe5 28. Qf2 Qxe4

Modern Defense after 28... Qxe4.

Modern Defense after 28… Qxe4.

Black is now up a Rook and 3 pawns. I expected White to decline the queen trade by playing his Queen back to f2 and then Qf6 renewing his mate threat. However, White’s King is so exposed that he gets checkmated if White refuses to trade queens at the next opportunity.

29. Qf6 Qe3+!!

Modern Defense after 29... Qe3+!!

Modern Defense after 29… Qe3+!!

White is lost no matter what he plays here! The only way to avoid checkmate is to play 30. Qf2 allowing the queen trade that leaves Black with a easily won endgame. After 30. Kh1 Bf3+ 31. Kh2 Qf2+ 32. Kh3 Qg2+ 33. Kh4 Qg4# and White is checkmated.

30. Kh2 Qh3+ 31. Kg1 Qg3+

Modern Defense after 31... Qg3+

Modern Defense after 31… Qg3+

I’m surprised that White didn’t resign here. If 32. Kh1 Bf3+ White must sacrifice his Queen on f3 in order to get out of checkmate and that leaves Black with a very easily won endgame.

32. Kf1 Bh3# 0-1

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