Hi.

I forgot about adding some more lines here after 7...e5. Basically it's a rich set of positions to explore and at least in correspondence they have been doing so for some time now. I'll briefly mention non-dxe5 based approaches and then move on. Basically after:

**1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 c6 6.Bh6 Bxh6 7.Qxh6 e5** It's not exactly clear if white should even move his knight to f3 or go for a f2-f4 based plan with:

**8.0-0-0 Qe7** 8..Nbd7 is also playable, but it also sort of foregoes any hope of Bg4 and actual pressure on white's centre all 31 correspondence games here feature the queen move instead.

**9.Be2** 9.a3!? or 9.h3!? are also possible. It's a little bit funny to me actually... Marin made an observation long ago that in the Pirc these kinds of small pawn moves are often more dangerous than proper ones. This seems to confirm this sentiment very well; because here white can choose either a3 or h3 and both seem annoying

. Here are some games:

[Event "WS/M/838"]

[Site "ICCF"]

[Date "2022.01.29"]

[Round "-"]

[White "Remde, Alexander"]

[Black "Ribaudo, Jayme"]

[Result "1-0"]

[WhiteElo "2192"]

[BlackElo "2201"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Qd2 c6 6.Bh6 Bxh6 7.Qxh6 e5 8.O-O-O

Qe7 9.a3 Nbd7 10.Nf3 a5 11.a4 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Bd5 Ng4 15.

Qd2 O-O 16.f3 Ne5 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Ba2 Rad8 19.f4 Ng4 20.h3 Nf6 21.Qe3 Rde8

22.Rhe1 Nfd7 23.g4 Kh8 1-0

[Event "DE15A pr 38"]

[Site "ICCF"]

[Date "2021.04.05"]

[Round "-"]

[White "Polishchuk, Aleksandr Feodosievich"]

[Black "Morihama, Nicolau"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[WhiteElo "2316"]

[BlackElo "2296"]

1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qd2 c6 6.Bh6 Bxh6 7.Qxh6 e5 8.O-O-O

Qe7 9.h3 Nbd7 10.Nf3 b5 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.Rhe1 Nb6 13.a3 a6 14.Kb1 Nfd7 15.Be2

O-O-O 16.Qe3 Kb8 17.dxe5 dxe5 18.Nd2 Nc5 19.h4 f6 20.h5 Rhe8 21.b4 Nca4

22.Nxa4 Nxa4 23.Nb3 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 f5 25.h6 f4 26.Qd3 c5 27.Nxc5 Nxc5 28.

bxc5 Qxc5 29.Qd6+ Qxd6 30.Rxd6 Bc8 31.a4 Kc7 32.Rf6 Be6 33.axb5 Kd8 34.

bxa6 Ke7 35.Rxe6+ Kxe6 36.Bc4+ Kd6 37.Bd5 Re7 38.c4 Rc7 39.Bb7 Kc5 40.Kc2

Kb6 41.Kb3 Rd7 42.Kc3 Ka7 43.c5 g5 44.f3 Rd1 45.Bc8 Rg1 46.Kc4 Rxg2 47.Kd5

Kb8 48.Bd7 1/2-1/2

** **

9...Nbd7 10.f4!? (D) Is the main continuation and Gawain Jones' recommendation in "1.e4 Coffeehouse Repertoire vol. 2" (Quality Chess 2021, see p.377). It has not really that successful though. Imo. it looks like white doesn't get that much pressure if black is exact.

[Event "BdF-75/ C (GER)"]

[Site "ICCF"]

[Date "2021.11.01"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Jones, Ian"]

[Black "Blösl, Sven"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B07"]

[WhiteElo "2401"]

[BlackElo "2404"]

[PlyCount "45"]

[EventDate "2021.??.??"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6 6. Bh6 Bxh6 7.

Qxh6 e5 8. O-O-O Qe7 9. Be2 Nbd7 10. f4 b5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. fxe5 Nxe5 13. h3

Nfd7 14. Nf3 a6 (14... Bb7 15. Nxe5 Qxe5 16. Bg4 Nf6 17. Rhf1 Nxg4 18. hxg4 b4

19. Nb1 c5 20. Nd2 O-O-O 21. Nc4 Qe7 22. e5 Bxg2 23. Nd6+ Kb8 24. Rg1 Bf3 25.

Rd3 Bb7 26. Qe3 c4 27. Rd4 h5 28. Re1 hxg4 29. Rxc4 Rd7 30. Rxb4 f5 31. Rxb7+

Rxb7 32. Nxb7 Kxb7 33. e6 a6 34. Qb3+ Ka7 35. Qc3 Rb8 36. a4 g5 37. Qd4+ Ka8

38. Qd5+ Ka7 39. Qxf5 g3 40. Qe5 g2 41. Qd4+ Ka8 42. b3 Re8 43. Qg4 Qb7 44. Re2

Qd5 45. c4 Qc6 46. Kb2 Kb8 47. Qxg5 Rxe6 48. Rxg2 Qd6 49. Rd2 Qe5+ 50. Qxe5+

Rxe5 51. b4 Kc7 52. Kc3 Re1 53. Rg2 Ra1 54. a5 Rb1 55. Rg6 Kb7 56. b5 axb5 57.

Rb6+ Ka7 58. cxb5 Ra1 59. Kb4 Rb1+ 60. Kc5 Rc1+ 61. Kd6 Rg1 62. Rc6 Rg6+ 63.

Kc5 Rg5+ 64. Kb4 Rg4+ 65. Rc4 Rg2 66. Rc7+ Kb8 67. Rd7 Kc8 68. Re7 Rg4+ 69. Kc5

Kb8 70. b6 Rg5+ 71. Kd6 Rg1 72. a6 Rd1+ 73. Kc5 Rc1+ 74. Kd4 Rd1+ 75. Kc3 Rd8

76. Kc4 Rf8 77. Kd5 Rg8 78. Re6 Rc8 79. Re5 Rf8 80. Kc6 Ka8 81. Kb5 Rb8 82. Rf5

{1-0 (82) Bukarin,M (2299)-Almeraya,E (2182) LSS 2017}) 15. Nxe5 (15. h4 Ng4

16. Qg7 Qf6 17. Qxf6 Ndxf6 18. Rd6 b4 19. e5 Nd7 20. Ne4 Ndxe5 21. Rd4 a5 22.

Nd6+ Ke7 23. Re1 Be6 24. Nxf7 Bxf7 25. Ng5 Nh6 26. Bf3 Kf6 27. Rd6+ Kf5 28. Be2

Kf4 29. Rd4+ Kg3 30. Ne4+ Kf4 31. Ng5+ Kg3 32. Ne4+ Kf4 33. Ng5+ {1/2-1/2 (33)

Szerlak,A (2398)-Blösl,S (2401) ICCF 2021}) 15... Qxe5 16. Rhe1 Nc5 17. Nd5 (

17. Bf3 Be6 18. Qe3 O-O 19. Nd5 cxd5 20. Qxc5 Qg5+ 21. Qe3 Qxe3+ 22. Rxe3 dxe4

23. Bxe4 Ra7 24. Ra3 Re8 25. Rd4 Kg7 26. Bd3 Rb8 27. Ra5 Rb6 28. a4 Rd7 29. Rb4

Rbd6 30. axb5 axb5 31. Raxb5 {1/2-1/2 (31) Praznik,N (2397)-Blösl,S (2256)

ICCF 2018}) 17... Bd7 18. Bf3 Na4 19. b3 Qb2+ 20. Kd2 O-O-O 21. bxa4 (21. Qe3

cxd5 22. bxa4 d4 23. Qb3 Qxb3 24. cxb3 bxa4 25. Rc1+ Kb7 26. bxa4 Kb6 27. Rc4

Ka5 28. Rc5+ Kxa4 29. Rec1 Bb5 30. Be2 d3 31. Bd1+ Ka3 32. Bb3 f6 33. R5c3 Rhf8

{1/2-1/2 (33) Nemec,Z (2291)-Fritsche,F (2376) LSS 2021}) 21... cxd5 22. exd5

Qd4+ (22... Rhe8 23. Re3 Qf6 24. Kc1 Qa1+ 25. Kd2 Qf6 26. Kc1 {1/2-1/2 (26)

Lounek,J (2474)-Nývlt,Z (2454) ICCF 2021}) 23. Kc1 1/2-1/2

Have a nice day.