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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Chess Information & Research Institute; Second Edition, Revised & Updated edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889323195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889323190
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[D]oes a fine job at being thematic while offering enough analysis to satisfy anyone... -- Andy Soltis, Chess Grandmaster, New York Post, 3 June 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

International Grandmaster Lev Alburt, three-time U.S. champion and former European champion, is one of the most sought-after chess teachers in the world. He lives in New York.

World-championship candidate Grandmaster Alex Chernin lives in Budapest and is the leading expert on the Pirc.

Customer Reviews

I'm a Class C player and I found the book very helpful.
D. M. Weimer
From this perspective it is amazing that the authors have written such a lucid book.
David H. Small
This is one of the best opening books I have ever read.
"ghoulahan"

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By "ghoulahan" on April 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best opening books I have ever read. I bought this book to keep up on ideas for white in the Pirc, but now I'm thinking of switching from my favored Sicilian and giving it a try as black.
I own over 600 chess books including a bunch on the Pirc. This one stands out head and shoulders above the rest.
A considerable amount of time is spent on the theory of the opening. At last someone is willing to tell us what it takes years to figure out. What the reasons are behind all of the moves and variations. The reasons are given in plain English with numerous diagrams to point out the various motifs.
Then after an extensive discussion of opening theory, the authors cover the actual moves and variations and include a large number of opening novelties.
This is the way all opening books should be designed. I can hardly wait for their next one
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David H. Small on August 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one of the finest opening books I have read. First a warning. The Pirc defence is not for the novice. The defence is complex, subtle, fluid and requires a high degree of positional understanding and defensive skill. It is one of the most complex responses to 1. e4 that Black can play. From this perspective it is amazing that the authors have written such a lucid book. Lev Alburt's didactic approach is enhanced by Alex Chernin's specialist knowledge. The end product is a superb book. I have read hundreds of opening books, but this ranks as one of the best, if not THE best. You will understand the Pirc defence after reading this book. While not every variation is covered, most are covered more than enough for the average club hacker. If you are below FIDE 2200 you will benefit from this book. However, having said that, I am not convinced that the class C to low B player should adopt this opening. But, if you like complex positions with plenty of room for originality and fluctuating pawn structures... go for it. You wont get a better guide than this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roland Arajs on September 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
For context, I'm a class C player with an estimated USCF rating somewhere between 1500 and 1600.
This is a book for the player who wants to understand the ideas behind the opening; not just recommended lines to be remembered by rote. The ideas include white's plans and possible counter-plans for black. It describes good plans and warns about plans to avoid.
The book is split into 3 parts:
1. How to use the book
2. General ideas and plans based on pawn structures that arise in the Pirc, and the role of individual pieces during the execution of those plans
3. Variations that are recommended for black for each of white's major options. This section of the book starts each section with diagrams of important positions to be remembered, and ends with diagrams showing critical positions and the best move for white or black.
The whole presentation of the material makes it obvious that the authors have years of experience in the field of chess training.
So, if I think the book is so good, why did I give it a 4-star rating instead of 5? Minor quibbles really:
1. The subtitle "A complete Defense Against 1. e4" is misleading. It could be the heart of a complete defense but, for one or two lines, the reader is referred to using another defense not covered in the book.
2. The general ideas given in Part 2 could have done with a little more context. In particular, you have to refer forward to Part 3 to find out why black cannot always use the "preferred" pawn structure where black gets the easiest play.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V on October 24, 2009
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There's something about the Pirc and Robatsch (Modern) defenses that inspires almost cultish allegiance in some chess players. Having experienced the allure myself, I've acquired every book I can on either defense. "PIRC ALERT!" is the best treatment of its subject I've encountered to date, but I nevertheless agree with almost all the limiting comments of the other Amazon reviewers.

One reviewer criticizes "PIRC ALERT!" for its failure to cover variations in which White deviates from the standard 2) P-Q4. I sympathize. The authors seemingly presume that readers enjoy a sufficiently high level of chess competence that it's unnecessary to illustrate how the defense can exploit eccentricity by White within the first two or three moves; and precisely for this reason the motivation behind the opening's specific moves---for both sides---remains unexposited. That White WILL play 2) P-Q4 in the Pirc/Robatsch, I suspect, is taken as IMPLIED by basic chess principles emphasizing control of the playing board's center, so that the authors, if pressed, would most likely claim that 2) P-Q4 is virtually mandated by Black's forbearance to play a pawn immediately to the 5th rank. Hence, the authors give short shrift to early deviations in the Pirc/Robatsch probably because they expect such deviations to occur only in (1) low-level play or (2) cases where a strong player is determined to avoid the opening(s) altogether.

No one who has followed the fortunes of the Pirc/Robatsch defenses in international tournaments since the 1970s will be greatly encouraged. They don't fare well at the highest levels of play.
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