We get two maneuvering games here. Not my strong suit usually. Let’s see how I do!
I can’t say I play the Pirc Defense much–actually, I don’t remember if I have played it much at all–but we transpose to it after I neglect to take my stake in the center early on. Let’s see how both me and my opponent fair and unfamiliar territory, probably to both of us.
This was a live blitz game with a 10|0 time control on Chess.com, and I had the Black pieces. My rating has dropped a bit given that I haven’t bee playing as actively and have gotten smoked quite a few times when trying to come back. Let’s see how I did today.
In the Four Knights Defense, it is well known that White should not immediately play Nc3 because it allows the center fork trick, as shown in the image below.
No matter how White decides to handle the trick, Black is at least equal or better. In the current blitz game, White tries a common variation with Bxf7+ first, but this line isn’t very good for White because Black usually gets a nice attack. Although White didn’t play the most aggressive continuation in the game, the position was quite sharp and interesting. Hope you enjoy it and learn as much as I did from the analysis!