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Thibault de Vassal (2007-06-11)
Pirc defense by Nigel Davies
A new DVD on Pirc Defense by GM Nigel Davies :
Is Pirc a good weapon at correspondence chess ?! .. Any fans ?
Graham Cridland (2007-06-11 18:03:56)
Pirc in Correspondence
Sounds like a good book. Still, I won't buy it, for the simple reason that the Pirc isn't much fun for Black. There are several simple ways for White to get a comfortable advantage, even without a lot of theory. In Correspondence I'd think the problem was worse, since it's harder to arrange tactical accidents for your opponent (sort of the point of the Pirc). I guess the point is that the Pirc isn't supertheory, so you can get dynamic positions without playing the Sicilian. But I'd rather (especially in correspondence) have an extra central pawn than a less explored position, wouldn't you?
Thibault de Vassal (2007-06-11 21:00:44)
I would :) .. Anyway, any opening can be a good weapon over the board, if played by a specialist.
Don Groves (2007-06-12 09:22:59)
Nigel Davies on the Pirc
Interesting that he would write about the Pirc since I thought he said something in his mailing list a few months ago about giving up on the Modern (a variant of the Pirc) for black which he had played for some time.
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