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In the Pirc Defence, we come up against a second opening in which Black does not start by moving a pawn to the fifth rank. Instead of that he plans, by means of ...d6, ...Nf6, the bishop fianchetto ...g6, ...Bg7 and ...0-0, to adopt a formation similar to one in the King’s Indian, one of the most popular openings against 1.d4. The Pirc or the Pirc-Ufimtsev Defence goes back to the 1940s, making it even more recent than the Alekhine Defence; it takes its name from the Yugoslavian master Vasja Pirc (1907–1980) and Soviet master from Kazakhstan Anatoly Ufimtsev (1914–2000).
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The Modern Pirc
The Modern Pirc is actually a mixture of the Caro-Kann and the Pirc. In many lines Black combines the ideas of the classical Pirc in which the fianchettoed bishop is important with the Caro-Kann idea to fight for the center with c6-d5.
Attacking with the Pirc
No guts, no glory! With the Pirc Defence Black takes a bigger risk than usual, but in return may hope for higher dividends too. Let GM Bojkov show you how to optimize your chances.
Play the Pirc like a Grandmaster Vol. 1: Positional lines
In the positional systems White does not try to refute the Pirc from the very first moves, but aims for a long strategic battle to prove that his space advantage and better development will finally give him the better position.