Originally posted by: "Steve F"
I try to avoid memorizing opening lines. The Modern seems to be based on position. It's an unusal opening and most players don't understand the system very well. I think its very dynamic and leads to an unbalanced position with many counter attacks from the wings. White frequently pushes the center too quickly leaving holes behind the pawn in the middle and end game. I can force white to play my style of opening right from the first move of the game, I love that about the modern defense.
One key factor is to delay Nf6 because it blocks in the Bishop at g7. I think Ne7 is better most of the time.