Chess Openings: Mikhail Tal’s “Mad Dog” variation vs Pirc – Kill Black!

Chess Opening:
Pirc Defense – Mad Dog Variation:

1.e4 d6
2.d4 Nf6
3.Nc3 g6
4.Bc4 Bg7
0:00 Intro
3:57 5…0-0
11:36 5…c6
16:25 5…Nc6

Chess International Master and FIDE Senior Trainer, Miodrag Perunovic, lectures about tips, tricks, and traps for you to exploit black’s pieces in the Pirc Defense.

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  1. I think I struggle after Bc4 with Nxe4, but other than that, I like this idea.

  2. Hmm….. As a pirc player you've given me a bit to consider in my opening preparation. Great work always 👌👌👌.

  3. I am loving your videos Butcher… thank you so much for posting these. KEEP THEM COMING!!!!

  4. This line is deadly, looks like a forced win for white!

  5. Big Mio!

    Here is a list of gambits/attacks for your consideration, since you are open to receiving suggestions, thanks a lot for your instructive content!

    Englund Gambit for Black ( 1.d4 e5!)
    From's Gambit for Black (1.f4 e5!)
    Falkbeer Countergambit for Black (1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5!)
    Sicilian Wing Gambit for White (1.e4 c5 2.b4!)
    Panov Botvinnik Attack for White (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4!)
    Blackmar Diemer Gambit for White (1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3!)
    Alekhine Two Knights for White (1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3!)
    Mieses Kotrvc Gambit for White (1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4!)
    Krejcik Gambit for White (1.d4 f5 2.g4!)
    Staunton Gambit for White (1.d4 f5 2.e4!)

  6. Great channel Mio, just realized you had one. Hope you continue to make great content!

  7. Just won a game in this variation – very cool. It's also an interesting lesson in learning to co-ordinate the minor peices. You have to make sure that you don't drop anything due to double attacks by the queen!

  8. Ive been so excited hanging found all these videos on your channel. I only knew about the chessbrahs and am a big fan of the 2 knights attack, and these gambit lines. I usually play the Austrian attack against the pirc and really liked your previous video on it. However when i saw pushing e5 leaving d4 hanging i was IN! Thanks a lot. Also i will be emailing you for a few lessons eventually.

  9. As the wing Gambit it so much helpful to ill use this line, thanks

  10. Great video, thank you very much ! But I miss the variation 5. … e5 for Black. On club-level you find this move more often than 5. … 0-0, which – in my opion – is a little bit dubios.

  11. Mio bro’, you’ve got the most amazing chess channel out there! Love your stuff!! I really dig your sharp attacking lines.
    You’ve put the joy of chess back in me. Can’t thank you enough, boosted my rating on by 200+ points in last two months. Keep on

  12. Who knows Mad Dog 2? Engine-approved! e4 d6 d4 Nf6 Nc3 g6 Bc4 Bg7 Qe2 Nc6 e5 Bg4 and not the obvious f3, but bam! PxN! The other Mad Dog! Never played on Lichess – one time f3 was played…

  13. I got to play the queen sac line for the first time today and had a blast + quick win with it. I like having an alternative to the Austrian Attack available too + something that can catch Modern players who transpose in. Thanks!

  14. Love all of your videos. Looking in to the caro kann as I see it more often at my 1100 rapid level lol

  15. Deserves a bigger audience. Great chess commentator.

  16. hey Mio you shouldn't say that you crushed Olympiacos! we are orthodox brothers!

  17. Great line, thanks! There are too many lines to crush the Pirc. I hope more players play the Pirc against me so I can try this variation.

  18. 28:50 The game wasn't actually played by Bent Larsen but apparently by some other Dane, a 2200-rated named Bo Richter Larsen.

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