GM Alexei Shirov – GM Cruz Cristhian, Modern defense, Rapid chess

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GM Alexei Shirov – GM Cruz Cristhian, Modern defense

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 a6 5. Nf3 Nd7 6. a4 b6 7. Bc4 e6 8. f5 Ndf6 9. fxe6 Bxe6 10. Bxe6 fxe6 11. Ng5 Qd7 12. Qf3 e5 13. d5 Nh5 14. Ne6 Bf6 15. O-O Ng7 16. Bg5 Nh5 17. g4 Nf4 18. Bxf4 exf4 19. Qxf4 h6 20. e5 dxe5 21. Qb4 Qe7 22. Qc4 1-0

Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

The Modern Defense (also known as the Robatsch Defence after Karl Robatsch) is a hypermodern chess opening in which Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns on d4 and e4, then proceeds to attack and undermine this “ideal” center without attempting to occupy it himself. The opening has been most notably used by British grandmasters Nigel Davies and Colin McNab.

The Modern Defense is closely related to the Pirc Defence, the primary difference being that in the Modern, Black delays developing his knight to f6. The delay of …Nf6 attacking White’s pawn on e4 gives White the option of blunting the g7-bishop with c2–c3. There are numerous transpositional possibilities between the two openings.

The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) classifies the Modern Defense as code B06, while codes B07 to B09 are assigned to the Pirc. The tenth edition of Modern Chess Openings (1965) grouped the Pirc and Robatsch together as the “Pirc–Robatsch Defense”.

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  1. Modern defense gone wrong. Just a few inaccuracies can be devastating for black.

  2. nice game ….to much pressure black can.t survive

  3. Wish that guy above a8 would keep his feet still.

  4. shirov is my man because of shirov vs lapinski :))

  5. Es muy importante la lucha por el espacio en la apertura. Shirov refutó el dudoso planteo negro.

  6. что это за …е5 такой?? не выгнал вовремя коня, да ещё и сам помог обосноваться ему на е6. и сидит, думает в уже абсолютно проигранной.

  7. Mucho respeto a la leyenda. Un planteo timorato contra un jugador que sabe mucho de ataque

  8. 9:32, maybe fxe6 was better (cause then if Ng5 Qe7 and d5 e5 followed by Ne6 black would have Bxe6) But I guess white would play 0-0 instead of Ng5…
    11:50 if Nh6, to develop the knight and try to castle quickly. Then there's e5 Nd5 Nxd5 Qxd5 . (If Qh3? Nfg4 )

  9. Shirov klo menang, ksh komentar, tp klo kalah baur

  10. Beautyful refutation of black´s opening.

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