Learn the Pirc Defense as Black | My Best Opening for Black | Chess Lesson # 69

The Pirc Defense for black is simply a great opening to have in your repertoire. I learned it when I was a beginner Chess player and it took me to where I am now. I play other openings (and you should too) but when I have to play a decisive game, I only trust my Pirc defense. I intend to teach it to you the right way step by step. Hopefully you get to enjoy it as much I do.

00:00 Why you should play the Pirc Defense as Black
06:19 First ideas about The Pirc Defense with Bg4
12:36 The Pirc Defense with Bg4 vs dxe5
16:50 The Pirc Defense with Bg4 vs d5
28:49 The Pirc Defense (main line of g6 and Bg7) with c6

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  1. You inspired me to play Pirc or KID when I play with black pieces

  2. Good morning and Thank you, I just hit 1700 following your plans on the pirc. I never had a system for black before. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

  3. 13:18 sir instead re1 if they play rad1 then you cant take ne4 and play d5 what to do in that time ???

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience for free we appreciate that .. You can share your account to support you . Much respect

  5. Robert…. can you make a video on d4c4 versus Pirc defence…. or maybe you already have one.

  6. Pirc is definitely one of my few favorites of defensive openings

  7. At min 5:30, after white castels, what is with the move Nxe4 with the idea that if whites Knight takes back u got d5 forking the Knight and the Bishop?

  8. old indian defence, hope to be discuss.more power!

  9. A question. Are your pieces inverted? Queen goes on her own color but should be to the left of the king. At least this is what I was taught.

  10. thank you very much for this video. you mentioned, you also play a pirc structure as white. do you mean the kings indian attack or something else? do you have a video about it. greetings from switzerland. thierry

  11. ok magnus just played the pirc julis baer generation cup 2022 ,and so its time to learn your series,and thank you sir for making them.

  12. excellent video – you're a v good teacher – just the right pace for my brain:) thanks.

  13. Hey Robert in 8:14, can a pawn kill another Pawn horizontally?♟️

  14. Brilliant explanation ! Greetings from France 🙂

  15. Excellent video
    In the last game at 35:17, Queen * F2 is also a good move, I think

  16. So first off, I like this guy's style of teaching and the way his lessons progress from concept to concept, opening to opening. However, when he goes over a game, I'd advise viewers to play along on an engine and check the analysis (it's a good idea to do that with any chess video). In this case, 15. … Rxe4 is a mistake by Black. Black should take with the pawn and is doing fine after 16. Rad1 Qc8; Black is up a pawn, and White has insufficient compensation. If instead White plays 16. Qxb7, Black has 16. … Qb8, a move that wasn't available after 15. … Rxe4 16. Qxb7 because the pawn on d5 hangs. Black is fine after 16. … Qb8, 17. Qa6 Qxb2 18. Rab1 Qc3.

    In the game, after 15. … Rxe4 16. Qxb7 Rb8 17. Qxa7 Rxb2, White must play 18. Rab1!, the point being that 18. … Rxc2?? loses to 19. Rb8, pinning the queen to the king. Stockfish level 15 gives 18. … Rc4, 19. Rxb2 Bxb2 20. Rd1 with a slight edge to White, as 20. … Rxc2?? loses material to 21. Qa4 — Black has no good place to put the rook and eventually will have to lose the bishop or give up the rook for White's bishop.

    The author presents 15. … Rxe4 as "activating the rook," but it really isn't that active there, biting into the bishop on e3. Getting the pawn to a protected square and keeping the heavy pieces on the back rank works out better in this case.

  17. So good. Truly insightful, I'm happy about your courses

  18. I don't think this is the right video, but I just had to come on and say thanks for the b4 followed by Qa5 line when white 0-0-0. I just had a moment ago a beautiful (rapid) 17 move game 97.9% accuracy. Zeronybah v.s LewisfMarshall if you want to watch your lessons play-out in the real world =D

  19. After a6, what if white played Nc7 attacking your Rook, then Nd6 forking queen and rook?

  20. Second time i watch this video, it becomes more nd more clear: thx Rob you helps me a LOT!! Greetings from France^^

  21. In 27:47 what if white doesnt take the pawn on h3 but plays rook to f1?

  22. Feels great to have finally found your channel. I wish I had sooner!!!

  23. Amazing …thank you masterr. Greetings from the Pearl of the orient. The Philippines. Thank you for the lesson.

  24. I’ve seen This one vídeos so many times

  25. I've been trying the KID but I see that I'm running into Pirc scenarios. I can't wait to get into this series. Thank you for your great lessons.

  26. I often get a early pawn e5 move forking mij knght and pawn, but i dont want to open up the d-file to exchange queens. From that point there's no fun about this opening any more.

  27. 5:00 usually play Nxe5 followed by d5. This is one of my favorite openings to play against

  28. How to play the pirc against the larsen Attack, b3?

  29. Preparing for the NC open next week, I am so happy to have found your channel.. great work man thank you

  30. What about e5. That happens a lot more than any other variation and it's an obvious move to play.

  31. Hi Robert! I really love your videos. I am a member and I have watched every single one up to this one. A question, 30:07 into the video white plays the move c3. What if white instead played the move e5. What to we do then? Would be very grateful if you could find time to answer.

  32. The best pirc video I've ever watched thank you very much!😁

  33. Hi, I like your videos. I often try to apply your instructions and advices in online games. however players at the level I play mostly don't know the Pirc opening and play something of their own. That kind of game sometimes gets me into trouble if I follow your instructions. Do you have any general instructions and tips on how to play Pirc if the opponent does not play any of the three mainlines? For example, the opponent plays fianchetto or an English opening.

  34. Such a Beautiful Work STUNNING i Enjoyed it so much 😍

  35. 2:38 when I do the pirc they always play pon e6 attack my Knight??

  36. Never trust the advice of a chess player that can't pronounce Pirc.

  37. Feels like cheating lol.. but step by step my opponent has followed the routine that gets their Queen forked..
    **one more misstep to go ha

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