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Pirc Alert!: A Complete Defense Against 1. e4 (Second Edition, Revised & Updated) Paperback – September 22, 2009
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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.
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He explores only the explosive but tamed Seirwan line in the Austrian containing an early ...c5 (before castling) move which with rote play leads to an early draw. I really would rather give up chess than play a drawn line. I suppose on the contrary, if white isn't familiar with this line he could get blown off the board, but hoping for luck is never a good strategy. I would have liked him to explore the castling version with maybe the modern Na6 line to atleast breath life into the possibility of playing for a win against the Austrian.
Also, though he does briefly explore the popular c6, b5 setup in the Classical Variation during the intro, he leaves it out of the recommended line which is mildly disappointing. He also doesn't delve into the heart of the struggle after the classical line, which I sometimes find myself searching for moves....
But apart frow those 2 minor shortcomings from my point of view, the whole of the book is very instructive in not only explaining the moves but sharing the ideas thats central to the Pirc's variations. To someone who wants to learn the pirc, I definately would recommend to any aspiring Pirc or 1.e4 player. I bought it in tandem with the Starting Out with the Pirc/Modern book by Gallagher which has been a good complement. Its certainly a plus that the author actually plays the pirc and is a major theoretical expert on this and other openings which he shares with the reader.
It lays out the main lines first with a general introduction to the opening. It then provides details and more theoretical ideas based on the introduction. I especially like the "memory markers" which finish each chapter and the outline of important ideas which introduce each chapter. The text does not delve too deeply into specific variations and subvariations. It is written lucidly and leaves the reader with an understanding of what type of middle game to expect with each variation.
I'm a Class C player and I found the book very helpful. I suspect players of all levels might find something of value in the material.
Another interesting forcing line for white to play that is good for surprise value is the Chinese variation. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 5.g4 h6 6.Be3 c6 7.h3 Qa5 8.Qd2 etc
I combined it with a look at the Pirc in current tournament play, and tried it in some of my own ICC games.
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