The Pirc Defense – GM Nigel Davies

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The Pirc Defence - GM Nigel Davies
The Pirc Defense – GM Nigel Davies

The Pirc Defense is a highly flexible and double-edged opening.

With which Black can avoid premature simplification and go for the full point.

By first developing his kingside, he waits to see how White will deploy his own forces before striking back in the most effective way.

The top exponents of the Pirc Defense include Mikhail Gurevich, Alexander Chernin, Jan Timman, Yasser Seirawan, Jonathan Speelman, Zurab Azmaiparpashvili, and Alexander Belyavsky.

In the past, it was a great favorite of Mikhail Botvinnik and Tony Miles.

Here Nigel Davies explains the ideas and backs this up by showing exactly how Black should react to White‘s different formations.

Nigel Davies
Grand Master Nigel Davies

About the Author:

Nigel Davies was born in 1960 and has been an International Grandmaster since 1993. He is a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion.

Besides his playing accomplishments, he is an experienced chess coach with a unique understanding of club-level chess. Accordingly, he knows just what is likely to succeed.

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