GM David Navara – GM Ivan Saric, Pirc defense, Blitz chess

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European Individual Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2018, Skopje, Macedonia

GM David Navara – GM Ivan Saric, Pirc defense, Blitz chess

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 c6 5. Qd2 Nd7 6. Bd3 Ngf6 7. f3 b5 8. Bh6 Bxh6 9. Qxh6 Qa5 10. Ne2 b4 11. Nd1 b3+ 12. Ndc3 bxc2 13. Rc1 c5 14. d5 Ne5 15. Bb5+ Bd7 16. Bxd7+ Kxd7 17. O-O Rhg8 18. Qh3+ Ke8 19. f4 Ned7 20. Rxc2 g5 21. fxg5 Rxg5 22. Ng3 c4 23. Nf5 Rb8 24. Kh1 h5 25. Qe3 Rg6 26. Ne2 Qc5 27. Ned4 Ne5 28. h3 Kd7 29. b3 e6 30. Nh4 Rbg8 31. Nxg6 Rxg6 32. bxc4 h4 33. Rb1 Nh5 34. Rb7+ Kc8 35. Rcb2 Ng3+ 36. Kg1 Nd7 37. R7b5 Qc7 38. Nc6 Nb6 39. Nxa7+ Qxa7 40. Rxb6 1-0

The Pirc Defence is a relatively new opening; while it was seen on occasion in the late nineteenth century, it was considered irregular, thus remaining a sideline. The opening began gaining some popularity only after World War II, and by the 1960s it was regarded as playable, owing in large part to the efforts of Canadian Grandmaster Duncan Suttles. Black, in hypermodern fashion, does not immediately stake a claim in the centre with pawns; rather, Black works to undermine White’s centre from the flanks. Its first appearance in a World Championship match was in 1972, when it was played by Bobby Fischer against Boris Spassky at Reykjavík (game 17); the game ended in a draw.
Pirc Defence normally refers to the opening moves
1. e4 d6
2. d4 Nf6
3. Nc3 g6
This is the most commonly played line after Black responds to 1.e4 with 1…d6. It has been claimed to give rise to somewhat interesting and exciting games, where Black will have counterplay but has to be cautious about playing too passively. According to Garry Kasparov, the Pirc Defence is “hardly worth using in the tournaments of the highest category”, as it gives White “too many opportunities for anybody’s liking”.

Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

A distinction is usually drawn between the Pirc and lines where Black delays the development of his knight to f6, or omits it altogether; this is known as the Modern or Robatsch Defence. The tenth edition of Modern Chess Openings (1965) grouped the Pirc and Robatsch together as the “Pirc–Robatsch Defense”.

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  1. novice opinion: black castled too late. the king should have recaptured whites dark bishop preventing queen H6. black also failed to play e5. it was over after blacks king got stuck b/c he gave up.

  2. Nice games between two sympathic , creative GM in the respect and beauty of chess.

  3. Every time I see Saric playing Pirc defense he loses the game.

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