Viktor Bologan has played the Pirc all his life and explains why he likes this opening: “Strong Grandmasters, International Masters or amateurs often ask me what they should play with Black against 1.e4 if they want to play for a win. Sometimes I say ‘Just play your opening and play it good’ but sometimes you need to or want to get your opponent out of his comfort zone, out of his preparation. This often happens in open tournaments where you have to play for a win with both colors. I have played the Modern Pirc all my life and it has brought me a lot of success. For example, in the New York Open 1997, the strongest open of that time, I won four games with Black in the Modern Pirc which helped me to win the tournament. 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. The Modern Pirc is a very flexible and rich opening. By studying The Modern Pirc you will definitely refresh your chess brain and get a lot of new ideas.” The DVD offers Black a complete repertoire against e4 and is useful for players of all levels.

• Video running time: 4 h 42 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more than 50 model games
• Including CB 12 Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [07:08]
  • 1.e4 g6
  • 02: 2.h4 d5 3.h5/e5/exd5 - Video analysis [11:15]
  • 03: 2.d4 Bg7 3.c3 d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Bd3/e5 - Video analysis [09:40]
  • 04: 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 Nc6 4.Nf3/Be3 - Video analysis [14:35]
  • 05: 2.d4 Bg7 3.h4 d5 4.e5/exd5 - Video analysis [06:49]
  • 06: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Be3 c5 4.Nc3/c3/Nf3/Qd2 - Video analysis [09:36]
  • 07: 2.d4 Bg7 3.f4 c5 4.d5/dxc5/c3/Nf3 - Video analysis [10:45]
  • 08: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Qe2/Nc3/e5 - Video analysis [16:32]
  • 09: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.c3 Nf6 5.Bd3/Nbd2 - Video analysis [15:19]
  • 10: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.h3 d6 5.f4/g3/a4/g4 - Video analysis [07:58]
  • 11: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Be3 d5 5.Qd2/f3/h3/e5/Nf3 - Video analysis [16:37]
  • 12: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bc4 d6 5.Qf3/Bb3 - Video analysis [12:20]
  • 13: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.h4/g3/Bf4 - Video analysis [10:07]
  • 14: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Be3/a4 - Video analysis [07:29]
  • 15: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.Bb3/e5/a4/0-0 - Video analysis [13:26]
  • 16: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bg5 Qb6 6.Rb1/Qd2 - Video analysis [07:30]
  • 17: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Bf4 Nbd7 8.a4/Qd2/h3/Re1 - Video analysis [12:55]
  • 18: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.h3 Nf6 6.a4 0-0 7.Be3 d5 8.e5/Bd3 - Video analysis [12:47]
  • 19: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 Nh6 6.Be2/Nf3/Bd3/Be3/h3 - Video analysis [21:32]
  • 20: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.a4 Nbd7 8.Be3/a5/e5/Re1 - Video analysis [10:17]
  • 21: 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.h3 Nbd7 8.e5/Re1 - Video analysis [11:13]
  • Interactive positions
  • 22: Test 1 [02:25]
  • 23: Test 2 [03:27]
  • 24: Test 3 [01:28]
  • 25: Test 4 [02:49]
  • 26: Test 5 [02:06]
  • 27: Test 6 [02:36]
  • 28: Test 7 [02:24]
  • 29: Test 8 [02:46]
  • 30: Test 9 [01:52]
  • 31: Test 10 [02:02]
  • 32: Test 11 [02:10]
  • 33: Test 12 [02:01]
  • 34: Test 13 [02:13]
  • 35: Test 14 [01:22]
  • 36: Test 15 [02:18]
  • 37: Test 16 [02:43]

Pirc Defence

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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