Chess lesson # 51: Best Opening for Black | Chess openings the right way | The Czech Pirc Defense

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This opening has been in my repertoire since the beginning of my Chess career and I still use it at the master level. The Czech Pirc Defense definitely helped me become a National Master and today I enjoy sharing it with my students. I think you should learn it now for many reasons. It is solid and offers good chances for Black. It is easy to learn and master. This opening works against anything the white pieces play. It includes a trap in the first few moves. Finally, I think that if you learn it well, you will always have the upper hand since many players are not familiar with it. People study how to deal with other popular openings such as the Sicilian defense, the French defense, etc. However, playing the Czech Pirc is like bringing your enemy to your territory. Have fun, learn it well, use it, and let me know how it goes!

00:00 Intro
00:40 What you should play this and only this opening for Black
03:20 Opening theory and main plans
17:49 Coach Robert plays first blitz game using the Czech Pirc Defense
22:40 Coach Robert plays second blitz game using the Czech Pirc Defense

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Pirc Defense book:
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  1. This is the only opening that works for me, Carnal. Thanks to you I feel very comfortable playing with the black pieces.

  2. Robert at 5:04 what if the c8 bishop supports the knight right away . Should i retreat the queen or push the pawn ?

  3. opening or defense lol only white can do the selection for opening and black will choose what defense not opening 😂😂😂

  4. What of they back up the pinned knoght with the dark Bishop?

  5. Against Italian I always play either fried liver, traxler, or Russo gambit. Basically the openings which create a minefield with super sharp positions, where one wrong move can cost the game

  6. You're an incredible teacher. Wow. Thank you.

  7. Can you show us games against other openings. I'm having trouble against kings gambit, queens gambit, Dutch stonewall type openings and the like. Please and thank you. If any viewers would like to share their scholarship I would also appreciate that. 🙏

  8. What if 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6 4.f4…? then what

  9. Excuse me mr. Ramirez, what is the website which you have played the above 2 players??

  10. How can say opening for black as if black plays first.

  11. As soon as you Develop your 2 pawns and the horse, he will move His pawn to e5. What to do then?

  12. I played chess at the competitive level for 20 years and the opening that gave me the worst statistics as black was this opening – close to 50%. I usually placed 1st or second in tournaments, but the period I used this opening I struggled to get into the top scorers. I rarely lost with the opening, but had too few wins. The main reason was that weaker players could play simple classical chess and get good positions that were hard to beat. That said, I know a person that was a specialist in this opening and used it one year to win the US Open. He did not have a long term career. My best scoring opening playing the top players in UK club chess was the Sicilian Accelerated Dragon, as evangelized for that level by Daniel Narodisky. My all time best scoring opening as black was the Nimzovich (100%) which is not objectively good but no-one knew the lines, and I played it really well – I had to in order to survive the opening.

  13. So the question is how to attack the pirc if you are white

  14. This was my opening i used when i was young it takes me back time since i rarely play it now. Gonna play it again sometimes thanks 👍

  15. In the king's pawn version, on white's fourth move, if they play pawn to F4 instead of bringing out their second knight or pushing a pawn forward, I think this opening starts to fall apart.

  16. Great opening. Thank you. I finally beat a 1500 bot. tried like 100 times before, but through this I did it!!! Great 😀

  17. Ty for the video, my black is really weak but been trying to learn the czech pirc thanks to you and my winrate has gone up with 25% in the last week 🙂

  18. Haha .. this is fun. Thank you I've had some enjoyable games playing this. I've recently taken up chess during lockdown after a 40+ year break from the game ( work/family commitments) and badly needed a simple go to black opening while I spent time relearning my old tournament repertoires… the old 70 year old brain is not as sharp as it once was but this opening fits the bill especially if you have a good grasp of middle and end game concepts. Again, many thanks. Recomended to try for all.

  19. What about if someone tries the Wayward Queen attack followed by the Bishop attacking F7?

  20. Defo gonna give that a try when dealt the black!

  21. @ 17:33 if you exchange knights on d5 your pawn is going nowhere but the white e pawn now can advance very dangerously and you will have no choice but to move your knight to d2? Sudendly all white pieces are ready to attack black's king and black pieces are doing absolutly nothing! With all do respect… I don't like it. Also I don't give much value to 3 minute games, people play without thinking and make all kinds of stupid mistakes, I've seen even grand masters make the most stupid mistakes playing 3 minute chess.

  22. Didnt work great for me when they castled queen side and im only 1000

  23. They always break the knight pin with their bishop though….

  24. This system is no good and easily overwhelmed. Play at your own peril.

  25. DO NOT PLAY. F7 is untenable. You will lose, lose, losw.

  26. Hi there Ramirez! Great video, solid opening option to black 👍🏻
    What is the idea in case of white, after c6, protect the pawn with Qf3? Not only the pawn is protected but also plan B is ruined… you recommend keeping the development or change tactics? 🤔
    Thanks for your time and knowledge! 👍🏻

  27. Geeeez are you serious. You ramble on way too much

  28. Can u please guide what to do if the white brings the bishop to d2 after moving queen to a 5

  29. The first opening I ever played in chess 😂 Qa5 is trash

  30. Almost every game I play the 5th move by white after the classical setup is Bishop to D2. Can you discuss the best reaction to this? Do you immediately move the queen to C7?

  31. thank you, thank you, thank you, wow. i had some nice results with this

  32. You didn’t show how to defend against white queen to f3 2nd move?

  33. Damn.i didn't even finish the video and i won 5games with black.thank you man

  34. Take you’re face away from the mic. The clicks in you’re voice are annoying

  35. I'm glad I click this video. very informative. thank you for sharing this technique worth subscribing. thank you YouTube recommendation.

  36. That was the best explanation I have ever seen

  37. Wow, wow. I watched your video a few hours ago, and I applied your tricks, and I'm so unbeatable!! Thanks a lot, mam!!

  38. I just want to say it's been a while since I looked at any of your videos. I have been looking at some other instructors on various things such as openings, etc. What I have noticed by coming back is how well you explain everything, unlike most of the other instructors. You are a very, very good teacher!!

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