Lemos Deep Dive – The Pirc Defense

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Chess Openings for Black: The Pirc Defense – GM Damian Lemos

Lemos Deep Dive – The Pirc Defense

The Pirc Defense – GM Damian Lemos

In this comprehensive 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge on one of the most dynamic chess openings for Black, the Pirc Defense.

Put your opponents on the defensive with a classic counter-attacking weapon against 1.e4, the Pirc Defense (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6).

With Super GMs like Grischuk, Ivanchuk, and Kramnik adopting this opening, you’re in an excellent company and can enjoy being a master of one of the most exciting opening options available to Black.

As well as a huge theory section covering all reasonable setups White might try against the Pirc, GM Lemos shows how these ideas play out in practice through the analysis of instructive games, making sure you’re ready with the most powerful reply!

This is a great way to frustrate your rivals who are used to playing their pet lines as they will end up getting lost in the Pirc’s complexities. The Pirc Defense gives you excellent winning chances as it’s a highly flexible, tricky, and double-edged opening with which Black can avoid premature simplifications and confidently go for the full point.

About the Author:

Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a top rating of 2559 Elo.

In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected. By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.

Is this course for me?

Do you want to have a flexible repertoire of chess openings for black that allows you to challenge the best players directly from the opening? The Pirc Defense is what you need.

Lemos Deep Dive – The Pirc DefenseThe Pirc Defense is a chess opening for Black against 1.e4 which is named after the Slovenian Grandmaster Vasja Pirc. It has the reputation of being flexible and double-edged, and it occurs after the moves 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6.

You can see this position in the image on the right.

It’s important to note that the Pirc Defense can be reached via different move orders. According to GM Lemos, it’s important to enter the Pirc Defense via a precise move order.

He suggests the move order 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6. Black’s knight attacks White’s pawn on e4 and forces White to react. After 3.Nc3 Black plays 3…g6 and reaches the Pirc Defense. White can also play 3.f3 or 3.Bd3 to protect the pawn. GM Lemos covers these rare sidelines at the beginning of his course.

Other move orders like 1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 allow White to play other moves than 3.Nc3 (for example 3.c3 or 3.c4) as the pawn on e4 is not attacked.

The Pirc Defense is a hypermodern opening.

This means that Black does not try to control the center early on with his pawns, but spends some time fianchettoing his dark-squared bishop and only then attacks the center.

Generally speaking, Black’s plan is to attack White’s center with either c7-c5 or e7-e5, and perhaps also advance his
queenside Pawns. To put it into a simple formula: Black first leaves the center to White and then tries to conquer it back due to his better development.

Many positions in the Pirc Defense promise Black more active play than in most other openings. Black is able to enter unbalanced positions, which allows him to aim for more than equality with the Black pieces. Black can avoid premature simplifications, keep many pieces on the board and go for the full point.

Therefore, the Pirc Defense is the perfect weapon for players who like chess openings for black that provides a complex strategic fight with the Black pieces!

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3 reviews for Lemos Deep Dive – The Pirc Defense

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Frank (verified owner)

    I have two of Damian Lemos Deep Dive series, The London and the Pic. I am very pleased with the purchases. His style is enjoyable. He gives the reasons for various moves in various lines with playable options along with his recommendation of a particular move. As I indicated in my review of the London, I don’t know what perfect is particularly since I am an intermediate player. This is the only reason I am giving 4 versus 5 stars- it may be perfect but it is surely good. I have some presentations by others of other systems that are not nearly as good as the presentations by Damian Lemos. I recommend this purchase.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hadji (verified owner)

    In the model games, the game that caught my attention is the game by Eugene Torre. As a Filipino, I know him as Asian First Grandmaster, and he use Pirc Defense. Although is not my main opening repertoire, I give it a shot to examine. I am curious to see what GM Lemos would teach about Pirc defense. There are 9 chapters in this course for about 6 hours. The good thing about these lectures are the chessboard are shown from Black’s point of view, meaning the Black pieces are in the bottom and White pieces are at the top. So, it will not hard to grasp the idea during the lecture.
    What I like about this product is that the way GM Lemos teaches. It seems that this is a counter-attacking defense. In the introduction, GM Lemos discussing the different positional lines. Opening lines and variations are hard to memorize if you’re in 40’s. Although you have to memorize some lines, but overall, GM Lemos gives ideas for you to understand the opening repertoire. These ideas were completely tackled in each chapter.
    It’s important to note that the Pirc Defense can be reached via different move orders. According to GM Lemos, it’s important to enter the Pirc Defense via a precise move order. In many lines, it’s important to pay attention to exact move orders in the opening. Take note of little subtleties and move order tricks.

    Overall verdict, this is a must for a Pirc Defense player and for a player who loves to fianchetto his Bishop, such as Dragon, King’s Indian Defense, and Modern player. There are lots of ideas in which can be use in tournament play. Pirc defense is alive!!! Thanks GM Lemos.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shaun (verified owner)

    Shaun S. – January 24, 2019

    The biggest appeal of this opening is there isn’t an Exchange Variation. I loathed playing the French and Caro-Kann Exchange Variations so much I went in search of an alternative. Another good thing about this opening is the simple, clear plans you can follow. I also like a counter-attacking opening. The Pirc is a double-edged opening considered by many as unsound. I have found this to be a false assessment of a very good defense. Strangely enough, my biggest challenge is not with the variations where white launches an all-out attack but in the 4. Bg5 (or 5. Bg5) variations. I honestly haven’t found a way to play against this variation that doesn’t leave me feeling like I’m slightly worse. Even post-game analysis with Shredder chess hasn’t changed my opinion. Despite this, I like playing the Pirc and find the Bg5 challenge more interesting than trying to breathe life into the French Exchange variation.

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