B06-09 Pirc and Modern

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In the Pirc defence Black allows White to constitute a large pawn center and then counterattacks it with pieces and pawns breaks (e7-e5, c7-c5, d6-d5).  Black's strategy is more or less similar to the King's Indian defence.

  • In the Austrian Attack White accepts the challenge and plays 4.f4, creating a large pawn center and adopting a straightforward idea: to develop his pieces and to play e4-e5 in order to exploit his advantage in development and space. Black must react  immediately, counterattacking the center during the next few moves.

  • White's approach is completely different in the Classical variation, favored by Karpov: he reduce his center occupation and develops his pieces in very good squares (Nf3, Be2, Be3, 0-0), looking to limit Black's counterattacking chances and aiming to achieve a slight positional advantage to be used in the endgame. 

  • In the 150 Attack White quickly develops with Be3 and Qd2, preparing an attack to Black's King side fianchetto and relying that the complications deriving from Black's Ng4 could be favorable.

In the Modern defence Black omits 2...Nf6, treating with almost indifference the fact that White will occupy the center and looking for fresh and uninvestigated positions with counterattacking chances.  White needs patience, accuracy and also tactical skill (when Black reacts sharply) in order to maintain his opening advantage and avoid being outplayed. 


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October 2017