Welcome to my Pirc Defense (ECO B06) game with David Smith 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 game transposed into a Pirc from a Modern defense. After this game was over my opponent’s correspondence rating was 1807 and mine went up to 1556.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2007Class.01.03”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2007.07.14”]
[Round “-“]
[White “Fegary”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ICCResult “Game drawn by mutual agreement”]
[Opening “Robatsch defense: two knights variation”]
[ECO “B06”]
[NIC “KF.05”]
[Time “19:40:17”]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Bg4 5. Be3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. e5 dxe5 8.
Nxe5 Nxe5 9. dxe5 Bxb5 10. Nxb5 Qxd1+ 11. Rxd1 Bxe5 12. f4 Bd6 13. Bd4 f6
14. O-O a6 15. Nxd6+ cxd6 16. Rfe1 O-O-O 17. Bb6 Rd7 18. Re6 h5 19. Rde1 Rh7
20. R1e3 Kb8 21. c4 Rf7 22. Rg3 Rg7 23. Rd3 Kc8 24. b3 Nh6 25. Rd5 Nf5 26.
g3 Rf7 27. Kf2 Ng7 28. Re1 e5 29. Kf3 Ne8 30. Red1 Rfe7 31. R5d2 e4+ 32. Ke3
f5 33. Ke2 Rh7 34. h4 Rhe7 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

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Online Correspondence Game
ICC

14July 2007 to 11 September 2007
White: David Smith (1793) Black: Mike Serovey (1515)

 

Pirc Defense after 4... Bg4.

Pirc Defense after 4… Bg4.

 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Bg4 

I was trying to follow a grandmaster game in my chess database and was expecting White to play 5. Be2 here. After 5. Be3 I should have played 5… c6 or 5… Nd7 instead of 5… Nc6. I ended up wasting a move by pulling my Bishop back to d7 to break the pin on my Knight at c6.

5. Be3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. e5? dxe5

Pirc Defense after 7... dxe5.

Pirc Defense after 7… dxe5.

Although e5 is often played against the Pirc and Modern defenses it is premature here and loses a pawn. However, I ended up with a cramped position for my pawn.

8. Nxe5 Nxe5 9. dxe5 Bxb5

Pirc Defense after 9... Bxb5.

Pirc Defense after 9… Bxb5.

At this point I was concerned about White playing 10. Qxd8+ followed by 11. Nxb5 and I cannot defend both a7 and c7. When White captured on b5 instead of d8 I knew that I had to capture on d1 before capturing on e5.

Pirc Defense after 11... Bxe5.

Pirc Defense after 11… Bxe5.

10. Nxb5 Qxd1+ 11. Rxd1 Bxe5 

Black is now up a pawn which he keeps for the rest of the game. If White now plays 12. Nxa7 then 12… Bxb2 and if 12. Bxa7 not 12… Bxb2 because the Bishop gets trapped after 13. c3 but instead 12… c6 attacking the Knight that guards the Bishop at a7. White wants my Bishop off the board so he attacks it with 12. f4.

Pirc Defense after 13. Bd4.

Pirc Defense after 13. Bd4.

12. f4 Bd6 13. Bd4  

I’m not sure why White didn’t grab the Bishop now. I didn’t like 13… Nf6 because of 14. Bxf6 exf6 15. Nxd6+ cxd6 16. Rxd6 leaving me with doubled pawns on the Kingside and a queenside pawn minority. What I played allowed me to keep my extra pawn, but I ended up with a cramped position.

Pirc Defense after 17... Rd7.

Pirc Defense after 17… Rd7.

f6 14. O-O a6 15. Nxd6+ cxd6 16. Rfe1 O-O-O 17. Bb6 Rd7

I played the Rook to d7 because I realized that after 17… Re8 18. Rxd6! wins a pawn. Black still has the extra pawn but a cramped position and is lagging behind in development.

Pirc Defense after 23... Kc8.

Pirc Defense after 23… Kc8.

18. Re6 h5 19. Rde1 Rh7 20. R1e3 Kb8 21. c4 Rf7 22. Rg3 Rg7 23. Rd3 Kc8 

I played the King back to c8 because I was expecting White to play c5 and I would need the King to protect the Rook at d7 if I took on c5. White never played the pawn to c5 and I don’t know why.

Pirc Defense after 27... Ng7.

Pirc Defense after 27… Ng7.

24. b3 Nh6 25. Rd5 Nf5 26. g3 Rf7 27. Kf2 Ng7 

Black has been able to maneuver his Knight to where it now forces White’s Rook off e6. Black can then move his backward e pawn and get some breathing room. For some reason that I don’t understand White chose to keep the position closed and not trade off any pieces or pawns.

Pirc Defense after 29... Ne8.

Pirc Defense after 29… Ne8.

28. Re1 e5 29. Kf3 Ne8 

White has centralized his King some, but it is pointless because he keeps the position closed.  Black pulled the Knight back to e8 because the d pawn is now backwards and needs to be guarded.

Pirc Defense after 32... f5.

Pirc Defense after 32… f5.

30. Red1 Rfe7 31. R5d2 e4+ 32. Ke3 f5

Because of White’s passive play what was once a backward pawn is now a passed pawn. Unfortunately, that pawn cannot advance with both the King and Bishop guarding e3. In this position the only thing that Black can safely move is his Rook at e7.

33. Ke2 Rh7 34. h4 Rhe7 1/2-1/2

Pirc Defense after 34... Rhe7 (Final position).

Pirc Defense after 34… Rhe7 (Final position).

I offered a draw here because I cannot move anything except my Rook on e7. White accepted because he was unwilling to open the position up with c5 and anything else is drawish.

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