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

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Pirc Defence
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 Defence[edit | edit source]

1...d6[edit | edit source]

The Pirc Defence is a modern opening and a response to white’s 1.e4, black gives up the centre and refuses to fill it with pawns but instead builds up slowly with d6, The Pirc Defense is quite rarely seen but can be played and it’s a solid response.

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

If White agrees to play this defence, 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

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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.