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Poll closed Question: Black's best 6th move against the Classical Pirc
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c6    
  8 (33.3%)
Nc6    
  3 (12.5%)
Bg4    
  5 (20.8%)
c5    
  4 (16.7%)
other    
  0 (0.0%)
e6    
  0 (0.0%)
a6    
  4 (16.7%)




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Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies) Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black? (Read 9064 times)
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #22 - 04/21/08 at 15:13:48
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thibdb13 wrote on 04/21/08 at 07:03:49:
kylemeister wrote on 04/19/08 at 23:49:07:
I'd say that 6...Nbd7 is quite independent.  It invites 7. e5, which is indeed the usual reply; against most other moves Black would probably play 7...e5.  (If White plays something other than 7. e5, playing 7...c5 then would probably just result in a bad Benoni after 8. d5.)

So, it is a bit as going to war on a horse against tanks, isn't it?


Er, well, it's the sort of line that's always been considered +/=.  I guess that below some level it usually "serves" as an introduction to things like 7. e5 de? 8. de Ne8?? 9. e6 + -, though.
  
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #21 - 04/21/08 at 07:03:49
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kylemeister wrote on 04/19/08 at 23:49:07:
I'd say that 6...Nbd7 is quite independent.  It invites 7. e5, which is indeed the usual reply; against most other moves Black would probably play 7...e5.  (If White plays something other than 7. e5, playing 7...c5 then would probably just result in a bad Benoni after 8. d5.)

So, it is a bit as going to war on a horse against tanks, isn't it?
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #20 - 04/20/08 at 16:31:31
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Nunn does indeed cover 6...Nbd7  in "The Ultimate Pirc". I personally think it deserves at least a  ?!
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #19 - 04/19/08 at 23:49:07
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I'd say that 6...Nbd7 is quite independent.  It invites 7. e5, which is indeed the usual reply; against most other moves Black would probably play 7...e5.  (If White plays something other than 7. e5, playing 7...c5 then would probably just result in a bad Benoni after 8. d5.)
  
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #18 - 04/19/08 at 23:09:47
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thibdb13 wrote on 04/19/08 at 22:49:52:
Has Nbd7 any independant significance or is it just a "wait and see" move?


Might have to back to Ultimate Pirc for this one as I can't find it in PiB&W. 6. ...Nbd7 may transpose into c6 lines, or Black can risk c5. Critical is 7. e5 and White seems to be scoring well.
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #17 - 04/19/08 at 22:49:52
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Has Nbd7 any independant significance or is it just a "wait and see" move?
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #16 - 04/19/08 at 17:24:29
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For the statistically minded, all of the following moves have been selected
by GMs according to Megabase...
Move      Games    White Score

6. ...c6     3344      51%
6. ...Bg4   2311      55%
6. ...Nc6     882      53%
6. ...Nbd7   723      57%
6. ...c5       491      53%
6. ...a6       353      49%
6. ...e5       157      61%
6. ...b6       133      61%
6. ...Na6       80      59%
6. ...e6         65      38%
6. ...Nfd7      23      59%
6. ...a5         16      50%

So c6 is most popular and scores above average for Black.
Bg4 is very popular too, and scores avergagly, but the less popular
Nc6 is scoring a little better, so well worth a look.
Black has a lot of choice to suit taste, and though some lines don't seem
to score that well, moves like e6 and a6
could be catching White players out.


The following have also been tried, but apart from Bd7 played by
an IM once, they aren't selected by titled players.

6. ...Bd7
6. ...Re8
6. ...h6
6. ...d5
6. ...Nh5
6. ...Ng4
6. ...Qe8
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #15 - 04/19/08 at 09:57:32
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I did use Tiger's Modern, but still recommend it to anyone interested in this 6...e6 line and ...a6, ...b5 expansions in general - his thematic discussions are excellent. I hardly found any space to discuss 6...a6 in my book, but that NIC survey is very thorough. I also felt that 6...a6 and 6...e6 are rather similar, since in both cases it tends to be better for Black to follow with ...Nc6 - rather than immediately lashing out with ...b5, which gets undermined too easily.
I've cast my vote for 6...Nc6 - ever since a couple of bad experiences with 6...Bg4 many years ago, I've played 6...c6, but took a liking to the knight move while researching my book (as explained there). But I believe these are all matters of taste rather than theoretical urgency.
  
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #14 - 04/18/08 at 22:40:34
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Two good references for the Classical Pirc:

1. Yearbooks 80-82, a three part survey on the 6...a6 variation of the Pirc. I don't remember Marin's conclusions, but I think he claimed good chances of equality for Black.

2. "Tiger's Modern", which has detailed coverage of the interesting 6...e6 variation. But Vigus probably used this book as a source for his analyses in his book "The Pirc in Black and White" - unfortunately I don't have his book, so I can't check his bibliography, but afaik, it was quite detailed.
  
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #13 - 04/18/08 at 11:44:47
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I've always considered the ...c6 lines a good way to guarantee an unbalanced fight with many pieces left on the board, to preserve winning chances. Black has many more or less automatic moves to play (Nbd7, Qc7, b6, a6 and eventually b5) and White often struggles for a plan.

This logic applies mainly against weaker players of course, but I mostly play the Pirc against weaker players these days... For equality I would probably recommend 6...Bg4, while 6...c5!? is another interesting attempt to unbalance. The endgames after 7.dxc5 dxc5 can go wrong for White surprisingly fast. But to play 6...c5 one must be ready for transpositions to the Schmid Benoni (7.d5) and the Classical Dragon (i.e. 7.Re1 and it's not clear Black has better than 7...cxd4).
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #12 - 04/18/08 at 06:21:27
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thibdb13 wrote on 04/16/08 at 14:19:14:
Bibs wrote on 04/16/08 at 13:16:45:
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No 6...e6 option a la Benjamin?

e6 has been added.
To be honnest I didn't think that e6 could be playable...

Last night I have had a quick look at Vigus' book and I must say e6 does not look so bad as I first thought. It could well offer very interesting counter-attacking chances to black.
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #11 - 04/18/08 at 04:31:05
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MNb wrote on 04/18/08 at 02:33:12:
How does 6.0-0 a6 compare to the Ujtelky Defence, where the king's knight is still on g8? I assume that White again plays the Classical. If Black tries the typical plan 2...Nf6/6.0-0 a6 7...Nd7 8...b5 (or b6, if White plays x.a4) 9...Nd7 10...c5; is e4-e5 a threat?


That looks a bit garbled, but I believe the answer to what I believe you meant is that in most cases such a sequence would indeed run into a strong e5.
  
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #10 - 04/18/08 at 02:33:12
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How does 6.0-0 a6 compare to the Ujtelky Defence, where the king's knight is still on g8? I assume that White again plays the Classical. If Black tries the typical plan 2...Nf6/6.0-0 a6 7...Nd7 8...b5 (or b6, if White plays x.a4) 9...Nd7 10...c5; is e4-e5 a threat?
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #9 - 04/17/08 at 06:36:19
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a6 also added
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #8 - 04/16/08 at 19:28:20
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It's pretty much always been 6. ...Bg4 for me, and I've an excellent score with it (over 80% in tournament games). I feel comfortable in the resulting middlegames. I used to face it relatively frequently, before the rise of the 150 attack, Karpov influence I guess, but it seems to be waning. Or maybe my opponents have looked up my score against it  Wink

I did once fear ending up in the arid 9. de line, but after over 20 years of Pircing, I've only been in that line once, and I was White  Embarrassed

P.S. Another option is 6. ...a6 !?
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #7 - 04/16/08 at 14:19:14
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Bibs wrote on 04/16/08 at 13:16:45:
Thiddb
No 6...e6 option a la Benjamin?

e6 has been added.
To be honnest I didn't think that e6 could be playable...
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #6 - 04/16/08 at 13:22:23
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I suppose 6...Bg4 to be followed by 7...Nc6 and 8..e5 is the easiest line to play. It is the most  logical for sure with the thematic focus on the d4 square. However, it is also more likely to lead to an early exchange on e5 with the the boring queen swap down the d file and that dreaded endgame where it is hard to play for a win.

In the later part of my Pirc career (RIP) I came to prefer 6...c6. I think it leads to richer more interesting play.



  

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Reply #5 - 04/16/08 at 13:16:45
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No 6...e6 option a la Benjamin?

  
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #4 - 04/16/08 at 10:35:43
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I'm playing that 6....Nc6, 7.d5 Ne5!? line as well, but I agree that black has problems..

That is why in most of my black games I don't play an early Nf6 and go for Nc6,e5,Nce7,f5 and then Nf6 plan, but this is not Pirc I guess
  
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #3 - 04/16/08 at 08:21:49
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Back in my regular Pirc days, I started out playing 6...Bg4 which I still think is good, but now that the Pirc is a less frequent visitor in my repertoire I tend towards 6...Nc6, sometimes meeting 7.d5 with 7...Nb8, other times experimenting with 7...Ne5!? (Gallagher's analysis in his Starting Out book is good here).
  

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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #2 - 04/16/08 at 07:47:14
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I liked Bg4 but i think 7.h3 is annoying. c5 is ok if you like the Benoni (after d5), the Dragon (after Be3), or the drawish dxc5. Nc6 i dont like because of d5. c6 looks ok to me but with the Philidor plan if possible : Qc7,Nbd7,a6,b6,Bb7,b5. But ok, life is not so simple for Black !
  
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Re: Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
Reply #1 - 04/16/08 at 06:05:57
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And a poll, just to see more easily what is the main trend  Wink
  

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Classical Pirc - which continuation for Black?
04/16/08 at 06:04:28
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I'd like to know which 6th move continuation you prefer as Black against the classical Pirc (1.e4-d6 2.d4-Nf6 3.Nc3-g6 4.Nf3-Bg7 5.Be2-00 6. 00-):
c6
Nc6
Bg4
c5
and why?
  

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