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Player: International  Majnu Subject: Pirc Alert

2006-05-21 11:38:59
I've just started a new thematic tournament (Pirc Defence). Maximum amount of players is 6, so come and join!
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1Sweden  mattafort2006-05-21 17:19:08
Normal, mainline, for Pirc is:
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6, with Bg7

I play often:
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7, with idea early e7-e5

This variation is called The Lion.
It is a good defence. Not easy for white to crack!
And there is a book about it, by 2 Dutch authors.
Has its own website:

The Lion - The Black Weapon


2Wales  Ddraig2006-05-21 18:08:20
I notice the website does not deal with Khalifman's recommendation 4 g4, well not in the variations section.-

3Sweden  mattafort2006-05-21 18:19:59
In pratice I have never met any playing 4.g4
I didnt even know about this move.

There has been one game 2004 at highest GM-level.
Black played 4... h6, and won.
FIDE WCh - should mean something World Champion.
Maybe some qualifying match.

[Event "FIDE WCh KO"]
[Site "Tripoli LBA"]
[Date "2004.??.??"]
[White "Lastin,A"]
[Black "Azmaiparashvili,Z"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2622"]
[BlackElo "2679"]
[ECO "B07"]
[Round "2.2"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nbd7
4. g4 h6 5. Be3 e5 6. h3 a6 7. a4 b6

8. Bg2 Bb7 9. Nge2 Be7 10. O-O h5 11. g5 Nh7 12. h4 Nhf8 13. f4 Ng6 14. Qe1 exf4
15. Nxf4 Nxf4 16. Rxf4 O-O 17. Qf2 Qe8 18. Rf1 c5 19. Bh3 cxd4 20. Bxd4 Ne5 21. Qe2 g6
22. Bxb6 Kg7 23. Bd4 f6 24. gxf6+ Bxf6 25. Qf2 Qe7 26. Nd5 Bxd5 27. exd5 Rab8 28. Bc3 Rb7
29. Be6 a5 30. Kg2 Rc7 31. Bd4 Rb7 32. Bc3 Rc7 33. Qe2 Nd7 34. Bxf6+ Rxf6 35. Rxf6 Nxf6
36. Qd3 Rb7 37. b3 Rb8 38. Qc3 Rb4 39. Kh3 Re4 40. Qg3 Re5 41. Qf4 Re4 42. Qf2 Qd8
43. c4 Nh7 44. Qb2+ Kh6 45. Qd2+ g5 46. hxg5+ Qxg5 47. Qxg5+ Nxg5+ 48. Kg2 Re2+ 49. Kg1 Ne4
50. b4 axb4 51. Rb1 Kg5 52. Bh3 Nd2 53. Rxb4 Kh4 0-1

4United  Sergey2006-05-21 23:23:26
People can play 4.Nf3 instead of 4.g4!? and if you play 4...e5 there is the Fhilidor defence on the board.-

5Sweden  mattafort2006-05-22 00:01:02
as Sergey say

MAINLINES are these two:
4. Nf3 e5 ( a variation in Philidor Defence )
4. f4 e5 ( a varation where we stay in Pirc )

But whatever move, we can call it a part of
THE LION - The Black Weapon!
The Lion is a SYSTEM - it is not an opening.
(like The London System for white)
Can be played almost regardless how white moves.

6Wales  Ddraig2006-05-22 08:26:42
Check out Kahlifman's book - Openings for White according to Anand for some stuff on g4.-

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