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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First tactics book:
Mixed tactics book:
Advanced tactics book:
Advanced tactics book (II):
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Kramnik’s book (excellent):
Pirc Defense book:
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  1. It is a bad opening . You never develop you king size bishop or knight. They end up in bad position. Not a good move sir.

  2. I really like you bro.. The best channel ever😭😭❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. What if opponent defend b4 with pawn before the queen get on a5?

  4. Thanks for sharing your expertise, am sure it will improve my games. Appreciate if you share some more tips on openings, middle games development, end-game techniques, etc.

  5. I play already about 100 games and nobody ever fall for this trap

  6. I stumbled on this video and thought I had already found the best YT teachers! I am heading to Lichess to make a study on this right now and I shouldn't but I miiiiiight go ahead and give it a shot before studying more 😉

  7. Coach, I've watched virtually all your lessons and I have a question. In the Czech Pirc, after I go to Plan B and play e5, virtually all my opponents take immediately with d4 x e5, leaving an open d-file and fixed pawns in the center. I've struggled to find the right plan in that case.

  8. 3 minutes in and he still hasn't shown anything Stop waffling and get on with it

  9. After using this technique for 1 month , i am able to get a hang of it , apply and appreciate finer aspects to my games.

  10. This course gives more information than some 4 hours courses.thank you dear teacher for you’re efforts.

  11. Thank you so much! I play this almost always now when I have black, with about 75% win rate! The few games that I lost where because I delayed to move the king's pawn in the center, and it created problems, or just from other mistakes.. I love this system!!!

  12. Hi Robert ! I'm here to express my gratitude to you. I'm watching all your videos from lesson 1 and now reached lesson 51. Today I played 3 games. 2 with white pieces and 1 with black. With the white pieces , I used Queen's Gambit which you taught in lesson 50.. And amazingly in the 2 games, the oponnents played the exact 2 lines which you mentioned in your video (Opponent tries to hold onto the pawn)..
    With black pieces, I used the opening you taught in this video. I won all the 3 games by checkmate. Thank you so much for the valuable learnings 😊 I hope you gets lots of success !

  13. This shit never works cause you cant assume what white is doing

  14. Good I like your style Sir..that is one of may problem you give me solution thank you so much.

  15. Nice idea. But this never EVER works for me. Lol. Noone I ever play does any of the moves he give examples of…

  16. I took second place today on Waldorf Chess Tournament i play chezck pirc i won my first game my second game i play the reverse pirc with white and got draw anf my last game got draw

  17. I like how you reasoning is very basic. That’s elegance.

  18. I've used this opening since watching this video and it's been a great help to me. Thank you

  19. Wow!! I'm a 71-year-old woman attempting to learn chess to strengthen my memory and my ability to concentrate. This man is terrific! I spent two hours on this video and it was a great experience. My preference is for ad-free sites because the ads interrupt the flow of the instruction. I'm willing to pay for ad-free content to individuals who are this creative and adept at instruction. Love your instruction, Mr. Ramirez and will buy some of your merchandise.

  20. Hi Robert, this is the best chech pirc lesson on YouTube, very helpful. It would be great to hear some advices for a game with forced variation when we trade Queens early. I'm a noobie and honestly I often don't know how to develop the game without early or late queen support.

  21. I have played both the Pirc and Czech Pirc in tournaments for many years. I have a better winning percent with the Czech's. This line h4 was never my worse fear. Thanks again for all you help.

  22. Absolutely find your teaching to be easily understood and breaking down the moves, for me I am learning and appreciate it, so thank you

  23. Robert, do you have a "Best Opening Book for White" video? Please advise at your earliest convenience Sir. Thank you

  24. Just tried to play it. My opponent started with 1.b3 still played similar system and won. What do you recommend against 1.b3? Also, coaches say one should play openings like ruy Lopez and nimzo Indian to understand the chess game better. By playing system opening like pirc will it hinder my chess understanding in long term.

  25. I've been playing this opening for a few months now. My rapid shot up from 400 to 750. Then in the last few days I've lost over 150 points and have been really discouraged. A ton of people at my ELO start with 1. e4, d6 2. Nf3, Nf6, 3. e5 … I've tried several different things against this but always end up in positions that are very difficult to navigate. Do you cover this line in one of your videos? I may have missed it. What do you recommend? I've learned a lot from you and appreciate the high quality of all of your instruction!

  26. Only thing I don't like is giving 4 moves to place knight on D4 and white simply takes it 😔

  27. Go to 3:20 to avoid the pointless dribble.Problem is he repeats it all the way through over and over,why do people tell you what they're going to tell you instead of just telling you?They like to talk that's why.

  28. Thanks for some great tips. What platform are you playing online on?

  29. I had to watch you one more time. Send a link for purchasing any chess books you've authored and they'll be purchased for my library!!!😇

  30. This defense is awesome..I've been playing just over a year and has worked for me. Excellent and well explained! Thank you.

  31. Is that true the chess is a kind of lots propabilties wich you can memorise?

  32. Hi, what if they do Knight f3 after e4? Then advance to move pawn to e5. What is the correct response? Should you move Bishop to pin Knight earlier?

  33. This video rocks! This opening is on its way to solve a lot of my worries about my traditional e5 or c4 versus e4 black openings that I have struggled with for a long time. It's easier to defend , coordinate my pieces, develop and attack. It seems like my pieces are naturally positioning themselves better; which reminds me of old grand master games where the pieces are always in the right place. That's wonderful! A big thank-you!

  34. This opening reminds me a lot of the Scandinavian Defense: safe square for the queen on c7, the development of the knights and dark-squared bishop, pinning the knight to the queen with the light-squared bishop and finally put the rooks on the potentially open files. Main difference is that with this opening you don't trade of a center-pawn right at the beginning. I will definitely give this opening a try as well, thank you for the suggestion!

  35. I was excited to try this and first time I did…white plays D3 and then A2 so when I moved my queen A5 white moved to B4 negating the take and pushing my queen back😄😄😄

  36. What if f2pawn move to F4 before night on f3???

  37. I loved this. Makes sense in every move. Solid defense and spectacular counter attack.

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