Chess lesson # 51: Best Opening for Black | Chess openings the right way | The Czech Pirc Defense

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This opening has been in my repertoire since the beginning of my Chess career and I still use it at the master level. The Czech Pirc Defense definitely helped me become a National Master and today I enjoy sharing it with my students. I think you should learn it now for many reasons. It is solid and offers good chances for Black. It is easy to learn and master. This opening works against anything the white pieces play. It includes a trap in the first few moves. Finally, I think that if you learn it well, you will always have the upper hand since many players are not familiar with it. People study how to deal with other popular openings such as the Sicilian defense, the French defense, etc. However, playing the Czech Pirc is like bringing your enemy to your territory. Have fun, learn it well, use it, and let me know how it goes!

00:00 Intro
00:40 What you should play this and only this opening for Black
03:20 Opening theory and main plans
17:49 Coach Robert plays first blitz game using the Czech Pirc Defense
22:40 Coach Robert plays second blitz game using the Czech Pirc Defense

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  1. Hello Robert, dear community, I once saw a Video of Robert Ramirez explaining a) the Austrian attack / b) the 150 Attack and c) a third one / but I do not find the video anymore. Could you give a hint . Thank you / Joachim

  2. Won 2 matches as black and lost next 2 as white after watching this

  3. I think this opening complicate your game black position gets too much cramped up ur black bishop get stuck forever and and your center is most of the time is dominants by white

  4. 1. e4 d6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6 4. d4 Qa5 5. Bd2 Qc7 6. d5 What is the Right move after 6.d5 for black?

  5. Thanks for the clear tutorials! Does this defense still work against the London? The white bishop on f4 makes it harder to push the pawn to e5 and also makes the queen’s safe square uncomfortable.

  6. WOW!!
    Really nice explanation!!
    was really looking for something new with black, something unique and this is it!!
    Keep it up 💙👑

  7. Does anyone have some suggestions on how to effectively combat the Fried Liver attack when you are using the Czech Pirc? Thanks.

  8. This is absolutely phenomenal. Your teaching skills are next to none.

  9. That was awesome lesson, TY so much. This works againt system like Colle or London? And if it does, should i push e5 or c5? Thanks again

  10. So,how to develop dark square bishop for black? If trying g6 to fianchetto, then why not use modern defense instead?

  11. This is one of Pirc Defense variation. I have tried aleready once and I won blitz. 🙂

  12. Thanks a lot coach! You're putting in so much work for beginners as well as advanced players. This video is by far my favorite one especially because you explained quite a lot of possible lines. Thanks for your hard work.

  13. First game with this 80 percent accuracy with 0 errors till endgame and a brilliant move in the middle! Finally a good opening wife for my london

  14. What’s the plan for the knight if plan A. (Kxe4) Works? Just bring it back? Played 3 games using this so far and won all 3 but had 1 where I took the free pawn and was less prepared for plan A. Awesome video

  15. Love the way he explains details. May i ask what rating you are? Seen you beat some 2300 and 2400 pretty easy.

  16. Veramente un bellissimo video, una difesa interessante spiegata ottimamente! Piani semplici e importantissimo sapere dove poi sviluppare i pezzi. Iniziero' a giocarla.

  17. Hello, I like your channel! I,want to learn the Pirc defence! Do i start from #1 ? Recomendation of video sequence?

  18. You are an awesome coach buddy! Thanks for the video!

  19. New subscriber, just came across your videos. Love your content and teaching style. Thank you!

  20. 8 wins 1 draw no loses with black lol , thats insane

  21. Hey coach. In the czech pirc on move 5 (by my count, how do you like the move B3 instead of C2? it threatens both the B2 and D4 pawns. if you move your light square bishop in line and take (sacrifice for) the knight it seems can work out. But can also get in trouble if not careful. Can downsides be dealt with or best to just ignore the idea for solidarity?

    E4 D6
    F3 F6
    c3 c6
    D4 A5
    D2 B6
    C4 G4
    B3 take F3
    take F3 take D4

    this particular game he castled and i took D2 (he resigned) not all game go that way. sometimes i get my butt kicked I have not been able to see the difference yet.

  22. pirc is my black respond to D4 or E4;I play the king’s gambit as white; love open positions in white; pirc is an excellent black opening; sharper than a french; I’m working on my king’s indian; all thanks to Robert .. great videos; chess players are blessed to have masters grandmasters teaching us..

  23. Man.. u made my life easier woooooow fkn woooooow

  24. i am usually learning openings in Chessable, but how can I resist to this material?

  25. 2 thumbs up, great content and very good commentary with presentation. I've used this approach myself several times, with favorable outcomes most of the time, for the opening of my games playing with the black pieces. Host and videos recommended, friends and family.

  26. This video is so awesome!!!! I put into practice.. I had 90% winning rate

  27. When his bishop blocked the rook for a move, what made you decide to not castle long and have your rook pin the bishop to his rook?

  28. Dear Sir, what is the best line if they advance their pawn on the 4th move along the E file, @ 4:57 if they have developed their bishop, U cant fork a horse if it covers the removed queen, this line has not been covered, please can you show this

  29. Does anyone know if there is a course out there on the "Czech Pirc Defense"?
    Found books on the Pirc Defense in general, but I would actually like to learn this system for D4 openings as black since I'm already learning an E4 opening as black.

  30. Thx for the video. Best pirc stuff on YouTube. excellent

  31. this has got to be the worst defense on the planet. I have lost game after game trying to use this

  32. this defense has so many holes in it it's insane. The only way this works is your opponent plays the exact moves in this video. I get slaughtered every time I use it.

  33. This is killing me. I keep thinking I must be doing something wrong because the video makes it look so easy, No matter what ai do though I get shredded every time I try to use it. Trying to use this defense has sent my game back to the stone age. I'm going to have to give it up because I don't think stockfish has a rating low enough for where I'm headed. Super disappointed because it looks so good on YT

  34. Hi couch I want to ask you how should I deep study any book recommendation for positional chess

  35. Just tried this for the first time vs 1100 sven bot on chess site. 91.1% accuracy, 12 best moves, 16 excellent, 4 good, 3 book. 0 on all other moves. Computer played Reti 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. d4 c6. So a slightly different move order but WOW what a great lesson Robert! Thanks for showing us not just the opening but middlegame ideas and full games you played. Also the idea to just simplify when you're ahead to avoid nasty swindles/surprises. Thank you so much!

  36. I love that you ALSO gave middle game plans. That's the missing piece in most videos.

  37. Stopped by to say 'Hello' and 'THANK YOU ' for your excellent video!! When's your chess book coming out?😇

  38. Nice instructional. You know, I stumbled upon this opening a couple of years back by accident. I approach it from the c6 (faking the Caro-Kann) when they play 1. e4 to increase the probability of them playing 2.d4. When they play Queen's Gambit, I approach it from d6. There's a small trap I like to do when this line arises 1.d4 c6 2. c4 c6 3.Nc3 Qa5 . If 4. Bd2, to threaten your queen just drop 4…Qb6 threatening their d & b pawns. Occasionally they'll see one threat and not the other during STC, and I'll snag which ever one they're not protecting and dip out with my queen because there isn't anything they can do to punish my queen before I retreat back to my safe square. the correct move from them is to move their bishop back to its starting position. I am more than happy to dance with them repeating these Qa5 & Qb6 before continuing with the game plan.

    how do you face the London System with this opening?

  39. How can i get this opening all variations repertoire for lifetime?

  40. After learning pirc defence i won 5 games in a streak which is not broken yet… THANK YOU

  41. Hi Robert, thanks so much for this course, it is really well done and I am enjoying going through it. I wish you would play longer live games to explain more in depth the choices you are making rather than speeding through it.
    I have a question with "striking the middle" what factors should be considered whether it is worth it or not?

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