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  • 3 weeks ago


    Rybka 4 thinks the position after the 6. .. b6 7. e5 Nfd7 8. Qd2 dxe5 9. 0-0-0 exd4 10. Bxd4 Nf6 11. Qf4 Qd6 12. Qh4 Bb7 13. Bc4

    is dead equal after 13 .. Bxf3. 

    Rybka goes on with 14. gxf3 Nbd7 and suggests white must play 15 Rhe1 for equality. Rybka thinks other moves are better for black. e.g. Be3 Qc6. OR f4 Rad8 OR Qg5 e5. 

    That's just Rybka though. Haven't checked Houdini. I'm surprised Roman says the engines give white a good position though. Perhaps he was using an older version or old hardware. 

  • 9 months ago


    Thanks Dzindzi.  Now my group will have to pool all our resources to combat your vile ideas against our precious opening.   Anyone willing to help or learn?  Then join the Pirc Café.  We play thematic discussion/vote chess to explore the variations.  Won't you join us for a spot?

  • 12 months ago


    LetsReason, Vladimir Kramnik certainly doesn't think that it is busted since he chose to play it in what he felt was a must-win situation in the last round of the candidates (in which he could have secured a draw but pressed on with a risky continuation and lost). GM Dzindzichashvili only showed why he thought certain variations were advantageous for White.

  • 12 months ago


    don't bother dzindzinator Cool

    Thank You for this lecture!

  • 15 months ago


    for this guy everything is "totally lost" or "huge advantage". There is nothing in the middle :) still like it...

  • 16 months ago


    I love this guy! Great teacher.

  • 17 months ago


    Great lecture. That opening lecture is like a middle game lecture, since all the pieces except for maybe a pawn are remaining on the board. I'm going to aim to make opponent's knight uncomfortable and their queen and bishops without a future.

  • 17 months ago


    thanks for the fascinating video GM Dzindzichashvili. I think that  this experience will help me fill some holes in my poor Opening repertoire.

  • 17 months ago


    How come a GM can present his/her view of an opening system as if it refutes another opening as busted.  I get the impression that Roman thinks the Pirc Defense ends up in an automatic weak position for Black.

    I'd be curious to know if other GMs felt the same way.  Is the Pirc refuted?


  • 17 months ago


    I really liked this analysis.  Great positional explanations combined with the tactics of this specific opening.

  • 17 months ago


    Cool cool!

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