39 ( +1 | -1 ) How do you play against hypermodern defences?I'd appreciate some help on how to play as white in the opening when black doesn't try to occupy the centre. Currently I'm advancing my centre pawns and developing my knights to c3 and f3 but i find my position becomes hard to defend after the black bishop moves to g7 or b7. Is the key to attack quickly using the space advantage or develop more cautiously and not overextend my position.
78 ( +1 | -1 ) Modern DefenceThe modern defence is nothing special. After you've occupied the centre with the e and d pawns i just develope my pieces and launch a king side attack with my pawns on the king side. This means i often castle on the queen side and sometimes i don't castle at all. As quick as possible, i get my rooks and queen across to strengthen the attack. And the odd minor piece can often come in handy. White can often get good sacrifices too. Its usually a good idea to try and exchange blacks dark square bishop as it weakens blacks kings position quite considerably.
p.s. i am assuming that black castles on the king side. This almost always happens in the modern or pirc defence.
I hope i have gave you the advice you were wanting.
109 ( +1 | -1 ) hypermodernHow you've descibed your response (I assume to the modern) is fine. Only problem is that with knights on c3 and f3 you have occupied the squares you might wish to support your center with and blocked the advance if you want to play more aggessively. It's sometimes hard to defend your center with that setup. But many find players do it that way, so it's not clear either way. But if you're having problems in the games, you might consider advancing your c or f pawns (two squares) or reserving the c3 or f3 squares for your pawn. (advancing one square). Znosko -Borovsky wrote that when you have the space advantage you don't really have to "do" anything. You have to stop your opponent from doing something. Realize that these black openings are sound - it is not that you are unaware of the refutation. Seek the pawn structure that suits your style.
For me, I'm gonna advance some pawns. But do what suits you and don't feel frustrated.
Maybe look up some games in a good database and see how some of the best players handle these openings.
114 ( +1 | -1 ) hypermodern openings are very strong..There are many hypermodern openings which are quite strong for black, and are not 'easy' to beat.
The indian games 1.d4 Nf6 are usually played with a hypermodern spirit as black, and even grandmasters as white have to play carefully to avoid the counter-punch which can result if one is not careful.
Also, the pirc, and the modern defenses which fianchetto the bishops and delay a pawn push until later in the game are very dynamic and solid openings.
I think that once you give these openings some respect and play carefully against them, you will find your way through these 'non-classic' openings.
A lot of players make the mistake of thinking they are going to squash the black player when he doesn't immediately challenge the center with pawns, but don't be too hasty.
For example, I read in Nunn's chess openings that the 4-pawns attack variation of the king's indian used to be very popular among master games, but when it was discovered that black has good counterplay and can attack the pawn-mass, it waned greatly in popularity among top-players...
24 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks everyoneYou've given me plenty of ideas for the next time I encounter this type of defence. Are there any Pirc or Modern defence players who'd like a game and who would be willing to chat about the ideas behind the moves as we played?
3 ( +1 | -1 ) I would!I play the modern! Challenge and I'm in!