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Kevin D 2 weeks ago

A Problematic Move-Order against our Pirc/Modern Weapon

The following move-order poses some tricky problems if we also intend to use the recommended Grand-Prix Attack setup against the Modern Defence with 2...g6. I couldn't find a good way around this move-order so White may have to come up with an additional attacking scheme vs The Modern.

What say you ChessMood Team, all  suggestions/ideas/antidotes are very welcome:



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Jay Garrison

Jay Garrison 1 week ago

You have transposed into Sicilian where we play Bb5. 
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 week ago

Jay this is a different position. 
Kevin it right. 
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 week ago

Kevin, you are absolutely correct! A few days ago one of my students also noticed it. 

Well, Grand Prix Setup is a very practical weapon against Pirc defense and modern Pirc and it works fantastic against 2400 below players.
But anyway, against Pirc, I'll show you how to play with Bf4 line, and then I'll show you also the problems of Modern Pirc, when white goes, Nf3,Bc4 and Qe2! 
All the courses are coming. 

Thanks for your patience and support. 
Regards,
Avetik 

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Kevin D

Kevin D 1 week ago

Looking forward to more updates Coach and I really enjoyed the last Sicilian installment of 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb5 Nge7. By the way in the past I often played the Modern Pirc [1.e4 g6] in must win situations and often encountered the very popular 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 you mentioned. That setup has been recommended for White as an easy fix in a number of Opening Repertoire books, nevertheless I have had a lot of success with the following line, after which I couldn't find anything promising for the first player. I hope you have more luck finding something than I did :):

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 week ago

Thank you very much Kevin! 
Well, I am analyzing it now with GM Samvel, hopefully, we will find a clear way to get an advantage. 

Regards,
Avetik 
Jordi Culé

Jordi Culé 1 week ago

I played a Rapid tournament game weeks ago and it happened to me too. I do not feel uncomfortable, since I studied that Bb5 line. It leads to equality if Black plays good, but it's a sicilian line, and few modern pirc players will know it. I saw that this quick 3...c5 it's recommended in the modern Tiger, so it's probably going to be played a lot anyway...

I also had issues yesterday with some gaps in the repertoire in a rapid tournament, I will adress those in a different thread.

Good to be back!

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Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson 11 hours ago

I know there is a ChessMood course on Crushing the Pirc but I havent time to look at it yet!

Actually, I have just started to play the Pirc/Modern  as Black against 1.e4 and I find it a refreshing alternative to playing the Sicilian and French (my main replies vs 1.e4 up to now). I fully feel it is good to know how to play every opening with both colours and so as well as learning it from the Black side I look forward to learning the White ide with the Chess Mood "Crush Pirc" repertoire!

So this has been an interesting post on Pirc! Thanks :-)

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Kevin D

Kevin D 4 hours ago

Much better at first to learn a few things well, than many things superficially. Settle down and try to master two defences to 1.e4 and two defences to 1.d4 and only after you have committed every error in each should you consider moving on.

In Chess there is little point to being a jack of all trades and a master of none. A better goal would be to become a jack of all trades and a master of some, but this only becomes realistic when one has attained at least Expert to Master level.  

Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson 2 hours ago

Thank you for your reply and opinion. I fully disagree with your comment and advice and after seriously considering it, I will completely ignore it and continue to improve at and enjoy chess my way, (which you do not know specifically and so cannot understand, so please enjoy chess how you wish to, but do not try to maintain your way is the only and best way for me or for anyone else, as one of the many awesome features of this great game is it's rich variety and the ability for each player to figure out how to play chess for themselves in their own way and there are multiple ways to do this!).  Best wishes