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@wormrose - Ah I see thank you for clearing that up for me.
I know that some openings and variations have different names for the same set of moves, such as the Ruy Lopez also being called the Spanish game or the Giuoco piano being called the Italian game.
I was just confused as to why the same name was given to 2 different sets of moves in the same opening system, I don't really know too much about the Pirc Defense myself so that's why I was confused.
Anyway thanks again for clarifying things for me.
@KylePratt - 4.Nf3 is the "Classical" variation in the Pirc, usually followed by 5.Be2 or 5.h3.
4.Be2 (with 5.h4) belongs to a group of variations in which White focuses on king-side operations. Others in this category include 4.Be3 and 4.f3.
I saw that 4.Be2 has been labeled "classical" in the list of book openings and all I can say about that is that somebody must have made a mistake but it is not a terribly serious mistake. The names attached to chess variations can be vague and confusing sometimes. I've seen several cases when different names were given for the same series of moves. Sometimes it's a question of which website you are looking at and transpositions can also have an impact.
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 is the Pirc Classical.
It might help to understand that the use of the word "classical" in this case does not imply anything superior or special about the formation. It simply means that White is developing in the time proven manner with knights on c3 and f3, with Be2, 0-0, etc.
It should also be noted that after 4.Be2 Bg7 5.Nf3 it would still be a "classical".
Hope that helps.
Okay why are there 2 classical variations? In the first one white plays 4.Be2 and here he plays 4.Nf3 and yet they're both recognized as the classical variation, maybe I'm missing something here but isn't there supposed to be just 1 of each variation in each opening system? can anyone please elaborate? I'm confused here.
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