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GM Nikita Vitiugov: 5. Be3 line vs. The Pirc Defense chess blogs

GM Nikita Vitiugov: 5. Be3 line vs. The Pirc Defense

01/12/2021 –  The Pirc Defense is very similar to King’s Indian Defense but on 1. e4 opening classification. Russian GM Nikita Vitiugov displayed a systematic approach to attack black’s kingside. 

GM Hikaru Nakamura is well aware about the dangerous white’s 5. Be3 line. He delayed  castling at kingside to develop first the queenside pieces and pawns. Let us check how American GM Jeffery Xiong makes it so simple to beat GM Nakamura. This is a one sided game. But let us have a hot…delicious coffee… 

CHESS BLOG No. 50 : Date: 1st December 2021

Black's game plan: Castle early then develop pieces

1st Game : Check diagram below (GAME VIEWER 1)

GM Richard Rapport castled early but this triggered automatic response from GM Nikita Vitiugov to attack the kingside. He did it in elegance and great accuracy that placed black's position irreparable. Let's see what happened...

Black's Game Plan: Delayed castling

2nd Game: Check diagram below (GAME VIEWER 2)

It is pretty obvious that GM Hikaru Nakamura is aware of white's 5. Be3 intentions: to attack black's castled king. Therefore, he delayed castling but GM Jeffery Xiong is well prepared. Let's find out....

GAME VIEWER 1

GAME VIEWER 2

ENDGAME CORNER - SOLVE THE PROBLEM BELOW

PLEASE THINK 5 MOVES AHEAD: USE YOUR ANALYTICAL SKILLS

FMJesse
Author: FMJesse

Chess Title: FIDE Master/ FIDE Chess Rating: 2339/ Education: Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health)/ Founder: Memory Chisel/ University: Western Sydney University

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