[June 23, 2016] Updated Opening Line from Dragan Paunović:
Modern Defense – Averbakh Variation

[Line 047 : 1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 without 3… Nf6]

This update is a small tribute to our late colleague GM Dragan Paunović. In memory of our dear friend, our Editorial Board will continue updating his lines and articles.

In the focus of Line 047 is the Averbakh Variation of the Modern Defense (3… d6). After the most logical 4. e4, along with the transposition to the King’s Indian Defense with 4… Nf6, Black has several plans at his disposal.

One possibility is 4… e5 5. Nf3 exd4 6. Nxd4, and now Black usually continues with 6… Nc6 7. Be3 Nge7, where White can make advantage both with the aggressive 8. h4, and with the more solid 8. Be2.

Black’s viable fourth move alternative is 4… Nc6, with the idea to exert pressure on the d4-square, but then both 5. Be3 and 5. d5 should lead to slight opening advantage for White.

Apart from the above mentioned lines, Black could also try the rare 3… c5, and after 4. d5 he could opt for 4… d6, 4… Bxc3+ or 4…. f5, but in all the cases White has means of securing opening advantage.

[Diagram: White to Move] D. Lintchevski – I. Kurnosov, Tyumen 2012. Black is behind in development and White has a chance to make use of that fact to gain a long-term initiative!

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