Pirc Defense: Classical Variation

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3

The Classical is the simple, natural way of meeting the Pirc Defense. Rather than being provoked into an attack, White simply occupies the center with the e- and d- pawns and develops his knights to their natural posts.


  • White creates no weaknesses
  • Very sound play
  • White's pieces develop quickly


  • Blocking the f-pawn impedes attacking chances
  • The Nf3 move precludes most kingside pawn storms
  • Black can sometimes pin the knight with ...Bg4

Learn The Pirc Defense And The Modern Defense

Learn the main lines, tactics, and strategies in the Pirc and Modern Defenses.
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