Pirc Defense Full of Tactics | Chess Lesson # 129

Chess players! The Pirc defense is here again to show how hypermodern openings deal with a strong center such as the one from the Austrian attack. Hope this lesson adds value to our program—especially our Pirc defense lines!

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00:00 Robert brags about his brilliant moves!!
00:16 First Chess Game: Petrov Defense
04:24 Pirc Defense vs Austrian Attack
16:15 Tato The Forker

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My Book Recommendations:

First tactics book:
Mixed tactics book:
Advanced tactics book:
Advanced tactics book (II):
Carlsen’s book (excellent):
Kramnik’s book (excellent):
Pirc Defense book:
100 endgames you must know:
Endgames book:

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  1. This was just what I was looking for! After just picking up the King's Indian, your videos on the pirc have been ideal and the perfect compliment! Ty Nm Robert, easy sub👍✌

  2. I had played brilliant move two times only (in 3000 matches)
    Pirc is best opening for Black (for me)

  3. Nice game… please coach if you have more about attk opponent king… when i play pric defence… tactics to check meat your opponent

  4. Love the pirc so much
    Very instructive game as usual coach
    Austrian attack is the line that can make you feel uncomfortable while playing but thanks to you we got it under control 💪😄

  5. Tato the forker claimed in an advertisement at the end of this video that his channel is better. Whatever dude, I am sticking it up for Rob Ram, he's one of the best.

  6. Great game, brilliant move. Thanks for sharing. Saludos

  7. Sir i have started to rewatch your vids from lesson 50 to revise

  8. Hi Robert, just a question: I'm fairly adept at making my opponents pieces go bad… unfortunately mine go bad in the process… how do I find a plan in such positions while maintaining the positional advantage that I have gained?

    Oh and how about a collab with ChessBootCamp on the Vienna?

  9. Sir, i tried to join your discord but it seems like the link has expired

  10. awesome game! the brilliant thoughts make the brilliant moves! sweetness!

  11. Love the small rob on the roght corner

  12. I just played a quick game to improve my understanding but game ended draw without any blunders how to learn something from game like that?? Please help 🥺🥺

  13. Cool as always! Waiting for a speed run or new videos on KIA

  14. "Tactics IS in the air…" Robert makes the best out of it 👍🇨🇵

  15. I have to revise getting in trouble with opp. Side castles…. Pirc is too tactical like the sicilian looks solid on the outside
    Amazing game BTW and for honest review 🤣🤣🤣 🧠🧠

  16. Another great video. How do I halt my 150 point elo tilt?

  17. Hi, any chance we'll get videos on the benoni? I really like the opening and it's dynamic play, and might use it sometimes instead of the KID.

  18. you are great man i learn from you the pirc and i improve a lot even with white i play a whole diferent op but still thanks man

  19. Good to see the Pirc in action at a high level. Confirms the fact that it is a great, solid opening and that I am on the right track. I'm sticking with it.

  20. Thanks Coach Robert! Another amazing video. Is there anyway you can show us some general defensive strategies to employ in the Pirc when the opponent goes berserk and tries to shove their flank pawns down our throat in an all out attack? I seem to get in trouble when they come at me like a mad-man. Same thing happens to me in the KID sometimes.

  21. Is it necessary to start chess from the early age.if we start from the age from 20's can we succeed. Please help.

  22. hello my coach😍, I just wanted to comment to show support for your hard work for us your viewer🥳

  23. I have been a Pirc player for life. I made USCF National Master with it, and won my state's Open Championship. I taught it to my high school chess team and they won two state championships with it. Thank you for leading the charge !!

  24. Thank you Robert for the great lessons. I have started chess with your lessons, I am using pirc kid and kia as my main opening. I was stuck on 1000~1100 level for a while. I have recently managed to level up to 1200~1300 ratings. With win rate 54%. I wanted to share some tips of how I leveled up!

    1. Started to read books
    – it is really hard for a starter to actually read books. I open lichess study and move everything down (even the comments and ideas). It helped me with memorizing and understanding ideas better.

    2. I only play 30 minute games, max 1~2 games a day.
    – i quit playing 10 minute games since i noticed i need more time to reason and think on my moves. Plus 10min and 30min games are both considered rapid on chess.com! Why not spend a bit more for a better thought process and win!

    3. I stopped trading everything (especially queens)
    – i used to trade everything cz i was scared. I somehow had a better chance of using more tactics with the queen. Constant practice and watching Roberts lessons repetitively helped alot.

    4. Play against Antonio (1500) computer
    – I think this is one of the best tips I have (at least for this level) play black against him. He will play the classic variation or Austrian attack for you! Although the opening is only 10% of the game, having a solid opening will give you more confidence in the middle game. You will kinda know what type of middle game you will get by practicing the same opening.

    5. Of course watch Roberts video.
    – i guess i dont need any explanations for this.

    Thank you Robert for the great lessons. Wish you the best 👍

  25. That other guy, Tato, he's really good too

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  26. I have noticed between other chess coaches . not everyone plays these moves in the same order. I like your reasoning thought it helps me conceptualize what I need to remember why something is a better move.

  27. I got a brilliant move once and honestly thought it was a blunder at the time 😅

  28. The weakness of the engine's analysis, I believe, is that it rates a move as inaccurate on the assumption that the opponent will make an engine-level move. Imagine if the engine rated in the context of the opponent's level. Oh well, it holds you to a higher level.

  29. your king of chess like magnus because 3 inaccuracy in a row magnus played 3 blundera in row

  30. At the 1000 rating level I got 2 brilliant moves in one game and found mate in 5 !! I consider that my best game so far. Also, thanks for all the incredible lessons you provide it has made a huge difference in my chess improvement

  31. Please send me the playlist to pirc defense …
    I'm facing difficulty to find them

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