• 2 years ago · Quote · #21


    It's a concession for giving white a permanent pawn weakness and fighting for the center with f5, which would never be possible otherwise.  It's really not so much different than the Nimzo-Indian in principle.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #22


    ...f5 can be played in the nimzo too, but without ...g6 and i have played this line once or twice myslef. Its very dutch-like, in fact. So why not just play the nimzo with ...f5?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #23


    White doesn't have to allow f5 in the Nimzo.

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #24


    It also helps to be familiar with the Pirc/Modern because your opponent can avoid it as a whole with 2.e4, which I've been studying. Ron Henley advocated the Hippo with black if white avoided the Dzindzi lolol

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #25


    2mooroo wrote:

    I would immediately adopt this if it wouldn't get me Pircs all day long.

    The Pirc is awesome. After 2. e4, you can either transpose into the Pirc (2...d6) or Sniper (2...Bg7).

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #26


    I would prefer to transpose into the Pirc Defense because I am much more familiar with it and play it when white plays 1.e4 against me.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #27


    Fear_ItseIf wrote:

    has the sniper gained any popularity at GM level? or is it one of those 'patzers choice' lines

    No GMs are regularly playing this in serious classical games.  Games exist in the database with GMs on the black side, but you don't see them using it multiple times.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #28


    Well the Pirc has been played many times at super GM level. Kramnik and Topalov like it especially.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #29


    The Pirc Defense is a very solid system and allows black many chances to equalize very early in the game.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #30


    At the super GM level, its leading proponent is Alex Chernin.

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #31


    Interesting is this "queen sac line" that still turns up occasionally in GM play. See Yandemirov, V. vs Onischuk, V.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #32


    Interesting. What are the win percentages from this position?

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #33


    camochesstwo wrote:

    Interesting. What are the win percentages from this position?

    Database says this is crushing for white (68%).  Pruned database of high quality, classical time control master games says it's never played. :)

    Only found 1 game in that DB and it's between two guys I've never heard of.

    One reason it may not show in my pruned DB is that it requires all games to be a mininum of 25 moves or some such.  It's possible that there's a lot of miniatures out there, but even Chessbase Big Database shows only 2 games between two opponents of 2400+.

    Interesting nonetheless.

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