In the nineteen-twenties, hyper-modernism was making its appearance in the chess world. New openings were being tested, in which influence on the center was being exerted from a distance.
One such opening was the Pirc Defence. Chess was still very classical in nature, and when, at the New York tournament in 1924, Capablanca’s opening choice as Black against Eduard Lasker was 1.e4 g6, this was called by the future world champion Alekhine: “a joke”.
However, chess proved to be richer than had been thought and the Pirc Defence established itself as an opening weapon for the creative player. The many attempts to refute the line with a fast occupation of the center and a direct assault (such as the Austrian Attack) prove that it is pretty much alive and still kicking.
But why try to refute the Pirc, when one can get a small but stable advantage by simple development? In this 60 Minute course, GM Dejan Bojkov of Bulgaria will unveil the secrets behind the Classical Line – 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0.
Following classical principles, White occupies the center, finishes development and can look confidently to the future. All Black’s main replies are covered in the videos – 6…c5, 6…c6, 6…Bg4, 6…Nb8-d7, as well as some rare options. Enjoy!
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