Welcome to my Pirc Defense game number 1 with Walter Enright page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the Pirc Defense.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. This is one of the unrated games that I played at the Giessen Area Recreation Centers while I was stationed in Giessen, Germany from 1983 to 1986. Walter Enright was a SFC (E-7) in the US Army at the time that I knew him and he retired from the Army about the time that I got out.

Giessen Depot Championship
Giessen, Germany
Round 1
White: Walter Enright (Unrated) Black: Mike Serovey (1499)

1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Bc4 c6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Be3 b5 6. Bb3 a5


Pirc Defense after 6... a5.

Pirc Defense after 6… a5.

Here Black keeps the long diagonal open to support the Pawn storm on the Queenside. White has the lead in development, though.

7. a3 Na6 8. Qd2 Nc7 9. Nge2 Nf6 10. Bh6

Pirc Defense after 10. Bh6.

Pirc Defense after 10. Bh6.

This forces the exchange or my dark-squared Bishop and thus weakens my King’s position.

O-O 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. f4 Bb7 13. Ng3 c5 14. d5 b4

Pirc Defense after 14... b4.

Pirc Defense after 14… b4.

Because White has delayed castling it may be wise to attack the Center instead of the Queenside. Still, this is OK.

15. Na4 Nb5 16. Rf1

Pirc Defense after 16. Rf1.

Pirc Defense after 16. Rf1.

White forfeits castling to his Kingside but leaves the Queenside option open. Queenside castling would be silly because he would be castling into my attack. So, he has decided to leave his King in the center. Normally, this is a bad idea because the King is more vulnerable in the Center.

Nd4 17. Bc4 Ba6 18. Bxa6 Rxa6 19. f5 Ng4 20. c3 Nb3 21. Qg5 Nxa1 22. Qxg4

Pirc Defense after 22. Qxg4.

Pirc Defense after 22. Qxg4.

Now I’m up the exchange and White’s King is still in the center while he conducts his Kingside attack. Also, I have more space on the Queenside.

bxa3 23. Qd1 axb2 24. Nxb2 Qb6 25. Qxa1

Pirc Defense after 25. Qxa1.

Pirc Defense after 25. Qxa1.

Now the material is even with a Rook and Pawn versus 2 Knights. I also have the passed Queenside Pawn. I think that Black is slightly better here.

Rb8 26. Nd1 a4 27. c4+ f6 28. Kf2 Qb1

Pirc Defense after 28... Qb1.

Pirc Defense after 28… Qb1.

Here I want to trade Queens and then advance my passed Pawn.

29. Nc3 Qxa1 30. Rxa1 Rb2+

Pirc Defense after 30... Rb2+

Pirc Defense after 30… Rb2+

Now Black has a Rook behind his passed Pawn and another one on both White’s second rank and an open file. Black is better here.

31. Nge2

Pirc Defense after 31.Nge2.

Pirc Defense after 31.Nge2.

Here I decide to go after the c Pawn. Better was a3 instead. Passed Pawns must be pushed! If 32. Ra2 RXa2 33. NXa2 Ra4 wins the c Pawn. If 32. fg hg 33. Kf3 to break the pin on the Knight then Black has a2 34. Nf4 Ra3 and the Knight has to go back to defend the other, pinned, Knight. If instead 34. g4 Ra3 is still good. 35. Kf4 Kf7 36. h4 e6 and Black opens the Center some. Or, Black can trade a Rook for the 2 Knights and then mop up some Pawns to win the endgame.

Rb4 32. fxg6 hxg6 33. Nf4 Rxc4 34. Ne6+ Kh6 35. Nd1 Rxe4 36. Ra3

Pirc Defense after 36.Ra3.

Pirc Defense after 36.Ra3.

Here I’m up material and have 2 passed pawns on the Queenside. However, I missed White’s mate threat and lost a won game here! 36… g5 works here because it gives the Black King an escape square from mate. 36… RXe6 37.  dxe6 gives back material but Black has too many passed pawns for White to stop all of them.

Rb4 37. Rh3+ 1-0

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