Mastery: Openings

Pirc Defense for Black

Pirc Defense for Black

Join GM Mackenzie Molner as he demonstrates one his favorite openings, the Pirc Defense. GM Molner has played the Pirc with success against countless opponents, including strong Grandmasters. It's also an opening that many chess stars like World Champion Kramnik play in must-win situations. Follow along and learn this fascinating opening.
  • Pirc Defense: The Classical 4. Nf3 and Be2!

    Grandmaster Mackenize Molner continues GM Dzindzichashvili's series on the Pirc Defense, and Mac has "gone over to the dark side"! That's right, he's advocating Black's perspective with his contributions, and he has his own ten plus years of experience...

    • 25 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pirc Defense: Playing Against Roman's System!

    There's nothing to fear but fear itself! IM Mackenzie Molner takes his life in his hands by challenging the Dzindzinator's recommendation for a White advantage (See the Pirc Defense for White series.), when he claims good counter-play and rough equality...

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pirc Defense: The 4. Bc4 Variation

    GM Molner reviews one of the most popular move orders for White against the Pirc Defense; However, Mac highlights the "impotency" of this line, despite the seemingly active position of the light-squared bishop. He recommends an aggressive anecdote for...

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pirc Defense:  Facing 4. g3

    GM Molner is back this 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...

    • 18 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pirc Defense: The Austrian Attack!

    In the first video of two parts on what is potentially white's most challenging approach to the Pirc, GM Mackenzie Molner does what he's done so well in this series: Make black's position look easy, completely playable, and fun! Part one of two reviews...

    • 24 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pirc Defense: The Austrian Attack 2!

    GM Mackenzie Molner shows off a highly topical variation of the Austrian Attack, where both sides walk a tightrope. His pet opening leads to a choice for the first player - either take a perpetual or run the gauntlet. The wild and entertaining game features...

    • 28 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pirc Defense: Be3

    Higher-rated and need to play for a win as black? That's a situation GM Kramnik finds himself in often, and one of his go-to weapons is the Pirc Defense. Here GM Molner shows the former champion's treatment of the so-called "150 Attack" in which white...

    • 25 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pirc Defense: Bg5!

    GM Mackenzie Molner concludes his thorough treatment of his pet Pirc Defense. Here he gives the broad strokes for the mostly undiscovered Bg5 lines, whereupon White can continue with moves like Qd2 or the hyper-aggressive f4. Molner will show you his...

    • 27 min
    • 5 challenges
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