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Revenge of the Pirc

Mar 8, 2010, 8:38 AM 2

This game features the return of the Pirc to my opening response to e4.  I had started with the Pirc but due to the complexity switched to the French.  However, after two tournaments I realized I prefer complex positions, and while those are possible in the French they are almost unavoidable in the Pirc.  In this game my opponent did me the favor of fianchettoing his queen's bishop which allowed me to easily play the preferred c5 as a counter.  Then he attacked with his king still in the center which led to his rapid undoing.  Qa5 is a major tactical theme in the opening of the Pirc, especially when white delays castling.


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