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Pirc / Modern Defense

The Pirc Defense and the Modern Defense are flexible opening systems for black, characterised by the moves d6 and g6. Although the two systems have a lot in common, the main difference is that in the Pirc the knight usually quickly develops to f6 and in the Modern - also called the Pirc-Robatschsystem - the development of the knight is delayed, preventing the move e4-e5. The Pirc and the Modern can be played against both 1.e4 and 1.d4, and sometimes shows similarities with the Kings Indian Defense. By offering space in the centre of the board, black usually has ideas of playing on the queenside. If white goes all in, the Pirc and Modern have proven their strength in counterattacks. Most top players on occasions have used one of the systems as a surprise weapon, to avoid long lines of theory or to stay flexible throughout the opening. Chess authors Mihail Marin, J. Schmidt, James Vigus and Nigel Davies amongst others have written very instructive books on the Pirc Defense. Leading experts on the Modern are J. Schmidt, Cyrus Lakdawala and Tiger Hillarp Persson. On general the Pirc Defense and the Modern Defense suit players who want a reply against both 1.e4 and 1.d4 and are not afraid to give away some space to later lounge a counterattack.



Pirc: Move By Move (everyman Chess) - Nigel Davies
2016 Everyman Chess Pirc: Move By Move (everyman Chess)-Nigel Davies

The Pirc, named after five times Yugoslav Champion Vasja Pirc, is one of the hypermodern flank openings. Black delays occupation of the centre to hopefully undermine it later, characterized by the moves d6, Nf6 and g6. Another aspect of the Pirc is its great flexibility, giving white different options, which also means different options to go wrong. Many top players have the Pirc in their repertoire, using it when they are up for an imbalanced game and a draw is not useful.
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Pirc In Black And White: Detailed Coverage Of An Enterprising Chess Opening (everyman Chess) - James Vigus
2007 Everyman Chess Pirc In Black And White: Detailed Coverage Of An Enterprising Chess Opening (everyman Chess)-James Vigus

The Pirc is ideal for those players who want to imbalance the game right from the start without taking enormous amounts of risks. Perfect also for the attacking player in open tournaments. In the foreword the author makes the claim that this is one of the most complete books on this subject. Pirc In Black And White: Detailed Coverage Of An Enterprising Chess Opening devotes a whole chapter to the so called 150 Attack and the Archbishop Attack, another line that increases in popularity with the white player.
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The Modern Tiger (grandmaster Guides) - Tiger Hillarp Persson
2015 Quality Chess The Modern Tiger (grandmaster Guides)-Tiger Hillarp Persson

The Modern Tiger is an opening that’s based on the Modern, but is strengthened with some tiger teeth. Indeed, the author has called the opening after himself, as he did rightly so. This creative interpretation of the Modern includes a quick g6, d6, and a6. This might not sound too dangerous for white, but the venom usually comes in the form of a big surprise in the middlegame. Even some Grandmasters have adopted this opening as a surprise weapon.
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Starting Out: The Pirc/modern (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Joe Gallagher
2003 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Pirc/modern (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Joe Gallagher

Author Joe Gallagher starts by explaining the difference between the Pirc and the Modern. Later on in the book he advices the reader to combine these two closely related openings. In order to let us remember lines a bit better he focuses primarily on the white set-up, to then determine whether the knight should go to e7 or f6, adding even more flexibility. Gallagher points out that this opening suits your style when you don't mind taking risks to imbalance the game.
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The Pirc Defence (grandmaster Repertoire) - Mihail Marin
2018 Quality Chess The Pirc Defence (grandmaster Repertoire)-Mihail Marin

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Starting Out: The Modern - Nigel Davies
2008 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Modern-Nigel Davies

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Modern Defence: Move By Move (everyman Chess) - Cyrus Lakdawala
2012 Everyman Chess Modern Defence: Move By Move (everyman Chess)-Cyrus Lakdawala

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Pirc Alert!: A Complete Defense Against 1. E4 (second Edition, Revised & Updated) - Lev Alburt, Alex Chernin
2009 Chess Information & Research Institute Pirc Alert!: A Complete Defense Against 1. E4 (second Edition, Revised & Updated)-Lev Alburt Alex Chernin

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Modern Defence (everyman Chess) - Jon Eelman Sp, Neil Mcdonald
2000 Everyman Chess Modern Defence (everyman Chess)-Jon Eelman Sp Neil Mcdonald

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1...d6 Move By Move (everyman Chess) - Cyrus Lakdawala
2012 Everyman Chess 1...d6 Move By Move (everyman Chess)-Cyrus Lakdawala

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Chess Developments: The Pirc - James Vigus
2012 Everyman Chess Chess Developments: The Pirc-James Vigus

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First Steps: The Modern - Cyrus Lakdawala
2017 Everyman Chess First Steps: The Modern-Cyrus Lakdawala

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Chess Openings By Example: Pirc Defense - J. Schmidt
2017 Independently Chess Openings By Example: Pirc Defense-J. Schmidt

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Chess Openings By Example: Modern Defense - J. Schmidt
2017 Independently Chess Openings By Example: Modern Defense-J. Schmidt

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The Modern Defence (hardinge Simpole Chess Classics) - Raymond Keene, George Botterill
2003 Hardinge The Modern Defence (hardinge Simpole Chess Classics)-Raymond Keene George Botterill

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