The Pirc in Black and White - Vigus

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The Pirc is an ambitious counter-attacking response to White's most popular opening move, 1e4. Black's philosophy is based around allowing White to build a large and impressive-looking pawn center, only to plot its downfall by attacking it with pieces or timely pawn strikes. When it works, the results can be spectacular, but of course this method of play carries with it some danger; if Black is not careful he runs the risk of simply being swamped in the center. Such a provocative approach has found favor with a line of uncompromising Grandmasters including former Soviet Champion Alexander Beliavsky and Mikhail Gurevich.

In this comprehensive guide, opening expert James Vigus provides an up-to-date appraisal of the Pirc and its many variations. Drawing upon his vast experience in this opening, Vigus examines in depth the traditional main lines, the fashionable alternatives and the tricky sidelines, while outlining the characteristic tactical and positional ideas for both colors. A study of this book will allow the reader to confidently play these positions with either White or Black.

Author Dr James Vigus is a FIDE Master and former British Junior Champion. Hi's a regular book reviewer and contributor to British Chess Magazine, and was editor of Dragon (Cambridge University Chess Magazine). Outside of chess, he's recently completed a PhD in English Literature at Cambridge.


  • Essential coverage of a dynamic opening
  • Written by a Pirc expert
  • Ideal for club and tournament players
  • 381 Pages
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Everyman
  • Published: 2007

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