Libiszewski’s Pirc & Modern – GM Fabien Libiszewski

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Dominate with the Pirc/Modern Defense with GM Fabien Libiszewski

Grandmaster and opening theoretician Fabien Libiszewski turns his attention to the Pirc Defense and Modern Defense for Black in this comprehensive 8 hour training.

Libi EC Pirc Modern GDN

The Pirc (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6) is a hypermodern opening with a deceptively deadly attacking edge. Black’s g7 bishop and queen on a5 shred White’s position, setting a ton of tactical and strategic problems that will overwhelm most players.

The Modern Defense is similar to the Pirc but we delay the development of the knight to f6, staying flexible and giving White more opportunity to make mistakes.

These closely-related openings contain multiple ways for Black to play for the win – all of which are revealed in GM Libiszewski’s complete training.

You get the perfect mix of plans and theory as Fabien explains the strongest strategies against each of White’s favored variations. Typical tactics that can win you the game on the spot, GM-level attacking ideas your opponents will struggle to resist… it’s all here.

Playable against 1.e4, 1.d4 and most other first moves, this is a complete repertoire you can use for the rest of your playing days.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Good pace, clear, the overview, the strategic goals, tactics and instructive model games.” – Andrew C. (Verified Buyer) December 2020

Is this course for me?

libisewski pircmodern ec product imageThe Pirc (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6) and Modern (1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6) aim at a fast fianchetto, piling pressure on d4 and the c3 knight behind it.

Take out these supports and White collapses.

So why play the Pirc?

  • Flexible – By staying back from the center early on, you can play it against nearly any first moves by White.
  • Aggressive – We get our pieces into position then go on the offensive, undermining White’s center and taking their land.
  • Confusion – The “obvious” moves for White often turn out to be bad ones. Pawn advances become weak. Pieces find themselves on the wrong squares. Your opponent doesn’t know what’s going on.

Some of the things you’ll learn:

-The hidden king. White spends all their energy attacking the kingside… only to find your king isn’t at home. GM Libiszewski shows how to build a second, safer home on d7!

Regicide on the queenside

-Dealing with e5. White won’t be able to resist playing e4-e5. It’s our job to make sure that’s a bad decision. Fabien analyzes wins for both sides, revealing the crucial factors in this battle.

-Regicide on the queenside. White often castles queenside, hoping to get a pawn storm going. Follow Libi’s rules, however, and your attack will land first every time – see how a lower-rated player uses them to rip apart a 2636 SuperGM! (Diagram)

Master the Pirc/Modern complex and you have one killer response to anything White comes up with.

Ready to add this fighting defense to your repertoire?

Get the full 8h 20m course now!

About the Author:

Fabien Libiszewski is a French chess International GrandMaster, he obtained his grandmaster title at the age of 25, in the year of 2009.

He learned chess from his father when he was a child, and he started competing in 1992 but he really only gets seriously involved with chess in 2002 when he decided to become a professional chess player, and then started to obtain some great victories in tournaments and championship as well as international events.

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+8 hours

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Content Outline


Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Tactical Warm-Up
Chapter 3 – The King’s Indian Attack
Chapter 4 – King Safety
Chapter 5 – Destruction of White’s Center
Chapter 6 – Attacking Queenside Castling
Chapter 7 – Light-Square Strategies
Chapter 8 – The Danger of e5 in the Modern
Chapter 9 – The Danger of e5 in the Pirc
Chapter 10 – The Danger of Passive Play
Chapter 11 – The Philidor Setup


Chapter 12 – Theory: Austrian Attack
Part 1: 6.Bb5+
Part 2: 6.dxc5
Part 3: 6.e5 and 6.d5
Part 4: Anti-c5
Chapter 13 – Theory: White plays Be3
Part 1: Anti-b5
Part 2: Be3 Classical Line
Part 3: Be3 with f4 (Austrian-style)
Part 4: Be3 with Kingside Attacks
Chapter 14 -Theory: Classical Lines
Chapter 15 – Theory: Bg5 Lines
Chapter 16 – Theory: White’s g3 Setups
Chapter 17: Theory: White Plays c3