Best Chess Openings: Pirc Defense

Pirc Defence, though relatively a new chess opening, it is still considered one of the best chess openings. Pirc defence even though sounds to pronounce the same way as it is spelt, it is actually Pronounced “peerts”. The opening is named after the Slovenian International Grandmaster Vasja Pirc.

The response of Black by d6 is to the White’s most common start of e4. Pirc Defence chess opening is defined by the Black’s responses and moves of 1…d6, 2…Nf6, followed by …g6 and …Bg7. Within these moves, Black seems to have allowed White to claim an impressive-looking centre with pawns on d4 and e4. Thus the sequence remains 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6. The Pirc defence chess strategy has the following deviations:

Modern or Robatsch Defence: The common sequence of 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 is dropped off by Black’s delaying or omitting the development of his Kinight to f6.

Pribyl System or Czech Defence: At move three Black plays 3…c6 instead of the Pirc’s g6. However, the chess strategy is brought back to Pirc style if Black later decides to play g6. However, Black also has alternatives of …Qa5 and …e5 with the strategy to challenge White’s centre. This also helps Black expand on the queenside with …b5.

 Common Deviation: The deviation is defined by Black’s change of move in the third moves, and thus the sequence ends with 1…d6 2…Nf6 3…e5, paving way for exchange of points by White’s 4.dxe5. The sequence then continues 4…dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bc4 Be6 7.Bxe6 fxe6. 

Philidor Defence: In the above sequence of moves, White also has alternatives such as 4.Nf3 instead of going in for exchange at 4.dxe5. White’s playing 4.Nf3 is known as the Philidor Defence.

Austrian Attack: The chess strategy is attained after the moves 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 in the Pirc Defence sequence of 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3. White gains a powerful centre with his pawn placements on d4, e4 and f4, which establishment may push Black for a counter with …e5.

Classical (Two Knights) Strategy: The Classical (Two Knights) chess strategy is defined by the moves 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0. The chess strategy where White’s both the Knights and the King side Bishop are advanced. Black’s King side Knight and King side Bishop are also advanced. Both players play castles. Black’s common responses is of moves 6…Bg4, 6…c6 or 6…Nc6, with 6…Bg4.

Pirc Defence is a chess strategy for Black to focus on to defend the center while at the saMe time developing both the Knight and Bishop at the king side with the early on moves …Nf6 and …Bg7. In this position, the queen side Bishop has easy development. Therefore, while Black moves his dark square Bishop to g7, Black can now look to control the dark squares in the middle and at the same time allowing his light square bishop a great diagonal to develop. This is an impressive opening for Black. However, Black if black is not careful, there are chances that White can cause much pressure on the kingside of Black, which would limit the development of Black’s pieces.


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