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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First tactics book:
Mixed tactics book:
Advanced tactics book:
Advanced tactics book (II):
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Kramnik’s book (excellent):
Pirc Defense book:
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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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:)

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

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

  6. Very good game! Your explanations are superb.

  7. in 11:27 i saw queen takes c3 then after queen takes queen Ne2 check forking the queen and king while getting an extra pawn. The rook cant also take the pawn on d6 because the queen will take the rook on a1

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