The Pirc Defence is characterised by Black’s response to 1.e4 of 1…d6, 2…Nf6, and then …g6 and …Bg7, conceding the centre, but providing control of the centre dark squares with the help of the fianchettoed bishop.
Featured Video:Beautiful assault by Chinese master Liu Wenzhe against Jan Hein Donner in Buenos Aires in 1978.
- Ivanchuk vs Kramnik – Pirc Defence – 2013 Candidates Rd14 – Kramnik needed to win, and risked everything
- Torre vs Hoo – Pirc Defense – Jakarta, 1976 – finding the mate
- Carlsen vs Radjabov – Pirc Defence – Biel, 2007 – overrunning the centre
- Hammer vs Carlsen – Pirc Defence – 2003 World Youth Chess Championship – rapid demolition by the 13-year old Carlsen
- J. Polgar vs Smirin – Pirc Defence Austrian – 2000 Chess Olympiad Rd8 – rapid demise
- Vallejo-Pons vs Carlsen – Pirc Defence – 2012 Bilbao Masters Rd2 – made to look easy
- Hort vs Donner – Pirc, Austrian Attack – Wijk aan Zee, 1972 – unusual Austrian Attack variation
- Santana vs Grischuk – Pirc Defence – 2012 Chess Olympiad Rd1
- Gliksman vs Popovic – Pirc Defence – 1979 – the Pirc can go horribly wrong for white
- Wenzhe vs Donner – Pirc Defence – Buenos Aires 1978 – The Chinese Immortal
- Kasparov vs Topalov 1999 Pirc Defence – a famous game from the 1999 Hoogovens A Tournament
- Fischer vs Benko, Pirc Defence 1963 US Championship