My Pirc Defense Game In The World Open Chess Tournament | Lesson # 76

Hello Everyone! I chose to go over this game with you because it can help us reinforce some of the ideas learned from past lessons. We will certainly talk about the Pirc Defense, but this game will also show the concept of the good vs bad minor piece. You will experience a little bit of strategy, tactics, and more. Hope you enjoy it!

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  1. Position #1 at the start Nxe4 looks good, unleashing Bg7 onto c3, Bxe4 or Qxe4 are the first follow ups that come to mind, but I guess there's Qb5+ after Nxb5 the knight on e4 is looks lost, so maybe Nd7 to deal with e5 and 0-0, idk I'm still learning the art of aggression

    Position #2
    Looks like I was all wrong from the first position, looks like Nxd5 was played, which I looked at, but looked like it just dropped a knight to me, but apparently black didn't want to play exd5 and castled… Why? Then Nf4 Qf3… Bxc3 would be nice if Qxc3 was white's only move, I think Bxc3 bxc3 Qxc3 Qxc3 Ne2+ is ok, black's pawns look better in that end game, if I can get in e5 to stop white from playing it and close the bishops diagonal that'd be nice, I'm gonna continue the lesson now

  2. He makes it look so easy. Incredible!! … Perhaps it's time I accept that I am a dumbass … and that playing like that is simply beyond me … SIGH!!!!!

  3. I've watched every lesson from #1 to this one (#76), and this was my favorite video! Thank you so much. Actually, all the videos on the Pirc put together make for a game-changing lesson in chess. I'll be playing the Pirc a lot. At 3:56, I wonder if you chose Bb7 before playing Nd7 because playing Nd7 first would leave the c6 pawn undefended and then White could do pawn to e5. At 15:41, I wonder if Kf8 is better than Ke8 because if Ke8, then White can sacrifice the bishop with Bxf7 (like you said, avoid checks). For position 1 you gave, I had the same analysis as you! For position 2, I didn't have the same plan as Nf4 and pawn to e5 because I was afraid of having the backward pawn on d6. But the move Ke7 seems very good to address the weakness on d6. Now I 100% see the value of your plan. Great plan!

  4. I like your videos even before I start watching it…I know it won't b disappointing

  5. after seeing your 150 video I've been also using this delayed castling + Qa5 scheme against jobava london, and so far it's been working just fine. it seems to completely paralyze london players when their normal kingside cheese attack doesn't exist, but also I'm not pushing c5 either so they're doubly without a familiar plan.

  6. I am really learning a lot from you thank you so much I am getting better and better day by day through pirc opening we also need to know more about other openings in details hope to see more versions in future lessons …………….once again thank you so much

  7. at 9:01 when you took with Nxd5 why did the opponent 0-0 insted they cud hav taken on exd5
    also at 12: 54 why did you not castle 0-0-0 the rook cud protect the pawn instead move the king up Ke7

  8. If I bought a course on the PIRC from chess base the video would be some smart guy with a thick eastern European accent mumbling through the potential moves – adding no added value to the rest of the course. This is much better.

  9. Position #1, I would like to route my knight to d4 by castling then Ne8-c7-b5-d4 and play my rooks to the semi open b and c files.
    Position #2, I would like to cement my knight in with g5 and h6, e5 would box in my bishop. Still want my rooks on the semi open b and c files, Still want to castle.

  10. You are simply the very best chess tutor anywhere. And my daughter and I thank you greatly!

  11. What would've your next moves been if after Rh1 white had responded with Rxd6?

  12. Position #1: 1—- Nxd5, 2PxN BxN+, 3K-f1 and the bishop retreats else the white rook gets the 7th rank. Black now has a passed pawn. Pos. #2: 1—– B-k5, 2N-d5 NxB, 3KxN BxP, 4R-b1 QR-b8 and the black bishop escapes the pin——and b7 is denied to the white rook. !₩₩₩ All wrong. The white king is on the cusp. 1——BxN, 2PxB Qxc3P, 3QxN! and while is down a pawn.
    This can't be right either because the black rook gets to me 7th rank.
    Third try at #2: 1—–P-g5, 2P-h4 BxN, 3 PxB Qxc3P, 4PxP QxQ, 5BxQ a8R-b8. Counter analysis 1—-BxN, 2QxN Qxc3P, 3a1R-b1 wins the 7th rank for white.

  13. Robert, at around 11 minutes, did you consider Qxc3, Qxc3, Ne2+, Kh1, Nxc3? I think you would have been 2 pawns up in the endgame with 2 potential passed pawns in the center of the board. Of course, a checkmate is better. LOL

  14. Definitely a good lesson. What stood out to me was how delaying the castling helped you gain tempo and control the center so while the opponent was still trying to figure out a plan. How are you not a grand master?

  15. NM Ramirez tell me what u think of this, at 11:45 when you said to look for a move I came up with a plan that possibly is the best idea (without having any engine check, just an idea..)I feel that Qxc3 is an amazing move it wins that pawn for free with 2 free moves and the initiative if white doesn't take back. For example, after 1. Qxc3 Qxc3 there's a fork exchanging the queens with check by 2. Ne2+ and after K anywhere, and the knight is hitting the rook on d1. And so, a strong player won't accept trading on c3, and so, after black plays 1. Qxc3, the threat is after any random move by white to play 2. Qxf3 Bxf3 3. Nxh3+ winning another free pawn with check and if Kh1, then Nxf2+ forking the rook. Is this a good line?

  16. Your are so good for explaning things. Thank a lot for all these videos.

  17. Awesome! Every move was so logical and for the most part I expected a lot of your moves from from your previous 75 excellent lessons.

  18. You have played in a world Chess championship congratulations

  19. I also dream to play in world Chess championship

  20. Awesome…so much knowledge in thus,lesson thank you

  21. what a delightful commentary. It is a good learning environment .. being inside the head of a player demonstrating what has been taught. Well done and thank you. Very useful.

  22. It all comes together nicely 🙂

  23. Position #1 castle, double rooks on semi-open b file, attack b2. maybe trade B with N. Position #2 e5 guarding N, castle, double rooks on semi-open b file attack b2 maybe trade B with N.

  24. Hi robert. U r anazing. Im learning chess with your lessons. Now im practicing london and pirc defense.

  25. 1 ANSWER nd5 ed5 bc3+ bc3 qc3+ kd1 or qd2 qxa1+

  26. Awesome lesson. Great play. I recently hit 1000 in blitz, bullet, and rapid and your Pirc lessons were a big help with that goal. Thanks so much!

  27. I'm going through the Pirc playlist again, and this is really a terrific lesson. The way you explain your thinking is extremely helpful. I don't know if I can ever develop the thought patterns that come so naturally to you, but it's fun to watch!

  28. Once again a very useful and informative chess video..i am sure it helps every chess player like me to craft their skills and tactics.. thanks again Rob!

  29. Hi Rob, i continue to study your PIRC lesson and when i watch again your video here i wonder one thing,: why didn't you play E5 first instead of C5 in this variation? I don't understand this.Thx a lot for your reply 🙂 I am so happy to know You through your videos, what abless for a chess player like me! Your way of teaching is unique:)

  30. Which is better? czech pirc or pirc with the fianchetto? I appreciate your answers guys

  31. amazing explanations ! you are helping me a lot in improving in chess

  32. Very good game! Your explanations are superb.

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