The Modern Defence is a sharp and energetic opening favoured by ambitious players who like to counterattack with Black. Right from the beginning Black plays very much in a hypermodern fashion, conceding space and allowing White to create an imposing centre. However, the idea is to later launch a counterattack to plot its downfall, with the powerful bishop fianchetto being Black's major player. When this strategy works, the Modern can be a devastating weapon. And, as the successes of world-class players such as Alexei Shirov and Mikhail Gurevich have demonstrated, indeed the Modern does work, even at the highest level! In "Play the Modern" Angus Dunnington provides the reader with a concise and practical repertoire for Black, offering a solution against each of White's possibilities and studying tactical and positional ideas for both sides. A study of this book will arm the reader with the essential knowledge to begin playing the Modern with confidence in his or her games. This is a study of a dynamic opening, written by an expert on the Modern that covers all of White's options.