Modern Defense is the name for a setup where Black plays early King’s fianchetto followed by d7-d6. It has one major drawback in that it allows White to develop freely and gain a very strong pawn center.
The Rossolimo Variation with 3… d6 4. c4 Bg4 is also covered in Line 291, and this option should give Black quite reasonable positions.
Geller’s System with 3… d6 4. c3 is a very flexible setup, which leads to positions similar to Ruy Lopez, but we think that 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Qe2 is probably the best way for White to fight for opening advantage.
[Diagram: White to Move] G. Sargissian – A. Morozevich, Turin (ol) 2006. Sargissian found an excellent way to seize a very strong initiative – can you find it, too?
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