Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...d6

Pirc Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Moves: 1.e4 d6
ECO code: B07-B09
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Pirc DefenceEdit

1...d6Edit

In this opening, Black does not immediately fight for the center, but prefers to prepare counter-play while White advances his pawns.

If White dislikes this opening, he can play 2. Nf3 in order to transpose into the Sicilian Defence (2...c5) or into the Philidor Defence (2...e5).

If White agrees to play this defence, he has no reason not to build his pawn center with 2. d4.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation

1. e4 d6

2 3 4
Main line d4
Nf6
Nc3
g6
Nf3
Bg7
=
Nf3
Nf6
d3
g6
g3
Bg7
=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.
Last modified on 2 September 2009, at 23:26