• Pirc-defence
  • | Apr 7, 2009

As far as I know, there isn't an article about any Anti-Pirc lines. So I'm glad to show this interesting one (it is called the delayed spike).... I used to play the Pirc a lot (as my name indicates), so I know this is a dangerous line!








Hope you can use this Delayed Spike in a future game of yours....have fun!


  • 4 years ago

    NM litmus

    The Pirc doesn't die so easily.

    Here is some original analysis (as far as I know). In the line given, Black's best is not 3. ... c5 but 3. ... d5! Then 4. e5 or 4. g5 are both met by 4. ... Ne4 and Black is at least equal. More testing is 4. f3, but now Black wipes away White's center with 4. ... dxe4 5. fxe4 c5! The difference between the line given and this one with the interpolation of two moves is that after 6. g5? Black need not retreat tamely with 6. ... Nfd7 but can instead play 6. ... cxd4! 7. gxf6 Bxf6. Now Black is actually much better, but White can try to hang on with 8. Nb5!? I'll let you figure out how Black comes out ahead in that line. Then you can actually look forward to someone playing this aggressive variation against you in a tournament.

  • 8 years ago


    Well, I don't really get your would lose a piece for two pawns that way!?

    I guess you missed the queen as Catalyst mentioned...

  • 8 years ago


    Why not after 3. g4, ...Nxg4 4. Bxg4..Bxg4, etc winning a pawn or did I miss something tactically here?

  • 8 years ago


    This is actually called the Chinese variation. It does lead to very lively games.

  • 8 years ago


    For some live action check/track:


    PS:The game has just started...

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