Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...d6

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Pirc Defense
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1.e4 d6
ECO code: B07-B09
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Pirc Defense[edit | edit source]

1...d6[edit | edit source]

The Pirc Defense is a modern opening and a response to white’s 1.e4. Black gives up the center and refuses to fill it with pawns but instead builds up slowly with defensive moves such as d6 (played now) and g6 (played in the near future) to fianchetto the DSB. White also often plays f4 and eventually e5 to add more control to the center. The Pirc Defense is an uncommon opening nowadays, but is very solid.

If White dislikes this opening, White can play 2. Nf3 in order to transpose into the Sicilian Defense (2...c5) or into the Philidor Defense (2...e5).

If White agrees to play this defense, White has no reason not to build its pawn center with 2. d4.

Theory table[edit | edit source]

For explanation of theory tables, see theory table and for notation, see algebraic notation.

1. e4 d6

2 3 4
Main line d4
Nf6
Nc3
g6
Nf3
Bg7
=
Geller System Nf3
Nf6
d3
g6
g3
Bg7
=
d4
c6
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References[edit | edit source]

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.