The Simplified Pirc

There are a number of lines against the Pirc and Modern where White seeks an early exchange of queens in order to simplify the position. Often these lines are played to "keep the draw in hand," but they can just as easily be played for a win, as shown by Kenilworth Chess Club president Joe Demetrick in our recent match with West Orange.

Joe Demetrick (1583) - Paul Corcoran (1750) [B09]

Kenilworth / W. Orange Team Match/West Orange, NJ 2006


1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. e5!?

Perhaps White can try this idea a move later with 5. Nf3 when 5... c5!? is most often played, following Alburt and Chernin's "Pirc Alert!" repertoire(White does not seem to lose much over the game line by letting Black castle: 5... O-O 6. e5!? dxe5 7. dxe5!? Qxd1+ 8. Kxd1 (8. Nxd1!?) 8... Ng4 9. Ke1 Rd8 10. Bd3 -- though, of course, there are a number of other ways for White to play here.) 6. dxc5 Qa5 and now, if White likes Queenless middlegames and endings, GM Motwani has suggested 7. Qd3!? Qxc5 (7... Nxe4?? 8. Qb5+ Qxb5 9. Bxb5+) 8. Be3 Qa5 9. Qb5+ Qxb5 10. Bxb5+ Bd7 11. O-O-O a6 (11... Ng4 12. Bd4 Bxd4 13. Rxd4 Bxb5 14. Nxb5 Nc6 15. Rd2) 12. Bxd7+ Nbxd7 13. h3 Rc8 when White has a solid edge in the ending after the simple 14. Rhe1 -- and Black may even be tempted to sac the Exchange with 14... Rxc3?! 15. bxc3 Nxe4 16. Bd4

 

5... dxe5 6. dxe5!?

An idea Joe got from ChessFM's "Openings for Amateurs" lecturer Pete Tamburro. White gets a significant space advantage in the Queenless middlegame and can play for a win. Joe feels very comfortable in the endgame and often has an advantage there over stronger opposition.

 

6... Qxd1+ 7. Kxd1 Ng4 8. Ke1

8. Nd5!? Kd8 (8... Nf2+ 9. Ke1 Nxh1 10. Nxc7+ Kd8 11. Nxa8 b6 12. Be3 Bb7 13. Nxb6 axb6 14. Bxb6+) 9. Ke1 c6 10. Nc3 f6 11. h3 Nh6 12. Nf3 Nf7?! 13. Bc4! Rf8 14. Rf1 Kc7 15. Rf2 Na6 16. Be3 fxe5 17. Bxf7 Rxf7 18. Ng5 Rf5 19. g4 Rf8 20. Nxh7 Rh8 21. Ng5 Bd7 22. fxe5 Bxe5 23. Bf4 Bxf4 24. Rxf4 Nc5 25. Rd1 Raf8 26. Rc4 Ne6 27. Nxe6+ Bxe6 28. Re4 Bc8 29. Rxe7+ Kb8 30. Rd3 Rf4 31. Ne4 Rhf8 32. Kd2 Rf1 33. Nd6 Rh1 34. Re8 Rh2+ 35. Kc3 Rxe8 36. Nxe8 a6 37. Nf6 Kc7 38. a4 a5 39. b3 Rf2 40. Ne8+ Kb6 41. Nd6 Be6 42. Re3 Bd5 43. Re7 Rh2 44. Rg7 g5 45. Kd3 Bf3 46. Rxb7+ Kc5 47. Ne4+ Bxe4+ 48. Kxe4 Rxc2 49. Kf5 Rc3 50. Kxg5 Rxh3 51. Kg6 Kd4 52. g5 Rc3 53. Kg7 Rg3 1-0 Hort,V-Short,N/Amsterdam 1982 (53)

 

8... c6

8... Nc6?! 9. Nd5

 

9. Nf3

Tamburro focused his lecture on 9. h3 Nh6 10. g4 f6 (10... Be6 11. Nf3 f6 12. Nd4 Bg8 13. exf6 exf6 14. Bg2 f5 15. Ndb5 Na6 16. g5 Nf7 17. Be3 Nd8?! (17... Rd8 18. Nxa7!?) 18. Nd6+ Ke7 19. Rd1 Be6 20. Kf2 b6 21. Bd4 Bxd4+ 22. Rxd4 Nc7 23. Re1 Ne8 24. Nxe8 Rxe8 25. Nb5 Rb8 26. Nc7 1-0 Mariotti,S-Saliba,M/Skopje 1972 (26)) 11. exf6 exf6 12. Bc4 Nf7 (12... f5 13. g5 Nf7 14. Rh2! Tamburro) 13. Rh2 Nd6 14. Bb3 Kd8 15. f5 (15. Be3 f5 16. Rd1) 15... Re8+ 16. Kf1 g5 (16... gxf5 17. Bf4 Bf8 18. Rd1 Kc7 19. Rhd2 Rd8 20. Nge2 Tamburro) 17. h4 h6 18. Nf3 Nd7 19. Bd2 (19. Re2!?) 19... Kc7 20. Re1 b6 21. Rxe8 Nxe8 22. Be1 Ba6+ 23. Kg1 Bf8 24. Bg3+ Bd6 25. Bxd6+ Nxd6 26. hxg5 hxg5 27. Rh7 Re8 28. Be6 Bc8 29. Nd4 a6 30. a4 Rd8 31. Bd5 Re8 32. Bxc6 Nc4 33. Bd5 Ne3 34. Be6 Nxg4 35. Ne4 Rd8 36. c4 Nge5 37. Nxf6 Kd6 38. Ne4+ Kc7 39. Bd5 Re8 40. Ne6+ Kb8 41. Nd6 Rg8 42. b3 Nf6 43. Rc7 Nxd5 44. cxd5 1-0 Bronstein,D-Benko,P/Monte Carlo 1969 (44)

 

9... Nd7 10. h3 Nh6 11. Be3 Nb6

11... Nf5 12. Bf2 f6 13. g4 Nh6 14. exf6 Bxf6 15. Kd2

 

12. Rd1

Joe neglects to grab space on the kingside here or later with 12. g4!

 

12... Nf5 13. Bf2 e6 14. Nd2

14. g4! Nh6 (14... Ne7 15. Ne4) 15. Ne4 O-O 16. Bc5

 

14... Bd7 15. Nde4 h5 16. Bc5 O-O-O 17. Nd6+

17. Ng5 Be8 18. Rxd8+ Kxd8 19. Kf2 Bf8 20. Bxf8 Rxf8 21. g4 Nd4 22. Bd3

 

17... Nxd6 18. Bxd6 Nd5 19. Nxd5 exd5 20. c4= Be6

20... f6

 

21. c5 f6 22. Bd3 fxe5 23. fxe5 Rh6 24. b4 Rd7 25. b5 Bf5?! 26. bxc6 bxc6










27. Ba6+?!

27. Rb1! Rb7 (27... Bxd3?? 28. Rb8#) 28. Rxb7 (28. Kd2) 28... Kxb7 29. Bxf5 gxf5 30. Rf1 Rg6 31. Rxf5 and Black will not be able to stop the e-pawn without surrendering material, e.g.: 31...Rxg2 32.e6 Rg6 33.e7! followed by Rf8 and wins.

 

27... Kd8 28. Rd2 Ke8 29. Rb2 Be4?!

29... Rxd6 30. cxd6 Bxe5 31. Re2 Be4

 

30. Bb7?

30. Rb8+! Rd8 31. Rb7 Rd7 (31... Rh7 32. Rxa7) 32. e6 Rxb7 33. Bxb7 d4 34. Rf1 d3 (34... Rh7 35. Rf7 d3 36. Re7+ Kd8 37. Rd7+ Ke8 38. Kd1! Bxg2 39. Re7+ Kd8 40. Rf7 Ke8 41. Ba6) 35. Rf7

 

30... d4??

made under time pressure

30... Rxd6!! 31. cxd6 Kd7

 

31. e6! Rxd6??

31... Rd8 32. Rf1 d3 33. Rf7

 

32. cxd6 g5










33. Bxc6+!

and Black resigns with mate in 1...

 

1-0

Game in PGN