Pirc Defense

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6

The Pirc (prounounced 'Peerts') is a newer, radical kind of opening, in which Black allows White to occupy the center with pawns, and then attempts to counterattack the pawn center and prove it to be over-extended. It is named after the Slovenian Grandmaster Vasja Pirc. The Pirc Defense always involves the fianchetto of the black king's bishop; if the move ...g6 is not played soon, then it is not the Pirc.


  • Black has a lot of freedom of different ways to play
  • A tricky, active defense
  • White can be provoked easily


  • White has several systems which lead to a raging attack
  • White can also play carefully to restrict Black
  • White has many different ways to combat the Pirc

Pirc Defense

Fianchetto defenses to 1.e4 have been around a long time but it wasn't till the 1970s that grandmasters began to trust them.
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