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I still haven't got the Pirc in my repertoire yet... but I really like the aspects of it I think it would suit my play, an enjoyable video definitely looking forward to part 7 - I know it's probably already been released but I'm catching up on my videos in chronological order!
Nice video! I've played this variation as White, and have seen stereotyped play for Black (...Nc6-e7). White does pretty well with these. Hopefully, my future opponents won't watch this video
I particularly liked your descriptions of typical plans & "right" squares for pieces. One small suggestion that would add even more value to the series: a list of a few (1-5) model games at the end of the video, with maybe a short description of their importance. For example, with this video:
Of course I don't know any other games in this line , so the rest is up to you.... Ambitious players could use this supplemental material to study the resulting middlegames (even endings).
Thanks again for a great series.
please keep the pirc vids going.
Great to get another episode. Very helpful series,
hello where can i see the rest of the videos?
great video thanks.
From memory Karpov played this g3 line against the pirc quite a lot. Not sure of his success rate. I'd have to look at the games.
Ah, somehow I missed this series before. Anyway, as far as my experiences have gone 4. h3!? is essentially a method to reach similar positions to the ones in the video, but with the pawn on g4 rather than g3. Note that White often wants to play g4 anyway, as it opens the g3 square for the knight and "threatens" a timely g5. Black can't do a whole lot to take advantage of the g4 "weakening". Additionally, the "normal" break 4... Bg7 5. g4 c5 doesn't lead to a particularly desirable position after 6. dc Qa5 7. Bg2 Qc5 8. Be3 Qa5 9. O-O with f4 coming (note the differences between the "normal" c5 break e.g. in the Austrian). Recommendations to deal with this?
I appreciate your working to show various ways for black to gain play against the g3 lines. I like the main idea of ...e:d followed by na6 etc..
One way you could enhance your Pirc series videos is to include one or two games played in the last decade or so that demonstrate blacks ideas, through the opening to middlegame transitional stage. This would help
would be pirc enthusiasts better understand how to follow up after achieving a reasonable opening position.
If you have a game or two of your own, or a GM's games this would
greatly serve to bolster any Pirc enthusiast's confidence of how to
play from the tabiya positions you've suggested out of the opening.
Playing another five to ten moves from the opening tabiya is all it
would take for most players to form a solid sense of what direction to take
entering the middlegame.
Thank you and keep up the good work.
Great series! thanks for your contributions and I look forward to trying these ideas in my games.
hello no video
by GM Mackenzie Molner
IM Molner is back this month as a featured author to continue revealing his secrets in the Pirc Defense! He hopes to "convert" as many Chess.com Members to the Pirc as possible, and he's providing some wonderful analysis and ideas as incentives to do so. He focuses today on black's best approach against the g3-Systems, highlighting the importance of remaining flexible with your e5 and c5 breaks, and to, once again, look to use the b4-square!
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Pirc Defense (B07)
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GM Mackenzie Molner
International Master Mackenzie Molner is one of the rising young stars in America. He has been ranked amongst the top juniors in the United States for more than ten years. Originally, from New Jersey, "Mac" recently graduated from NYU with a Bachelor's Degree in Romance Languages, with a specialty in Spanish (he also speaks German, French and Russian). Mac considers himself a Professional Chess Player/Coach.
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