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Vasja Pirc
Number of games in database: 541
Years covered: 1929 to 1968
Overall record: +155 -123 =262 (53.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Reti System (35) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Orthodox Defense (28) 
    D64 D68 D55 D63 D54
 Slav (27) 
    D11 D12 D18 D10 D14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D30 D31 D39 D38 D37
 English (18) 
    A10 A15 A13 A16 A14
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E15 E17 E19 E16 E18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B32 B85 B83 B36 B58
 Orthodox Defense (26) 
    D63 D52 D59 D58 D54
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A41 A46 D04 D02 E10
 Pirc (22) 
    B08 B07 B09
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E32 E21 E23 E53 E48
 Queen's Indian (17) 
    E19 E14 E17 E18 E15
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Pirc, 1931 0-1
   Pirc vs Tylor, 1939 1-0
   Pirc vs Gligoric, 1953 1-0
   Szabo vs Pirc, 1962 0-1
   Spielmann vs Pirc, 1938 0-1
   Pirc vs Pachman, 1948 1/2-1/2
   P Trifunovic vs Pirc, 1948 1/2-1/2
   Pilnik vs Pirc, 1950 1/2-1/2
   Alekhine vs Pirc, 1930 0-1
   Bogoljubov vs Pirc, 1938 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Euwe - Pirc (1949)
   Noordwijk (1938)
   Hastings 1938/39 (1938)
   Podebrady (1936)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Frankfurt (1930)
   Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948)
   Bled (1931)
   Moscow (1935)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vasja Pirc by TheAlchemist
   Frankfurt 1930 by suenteus po 147
   Euwe - Pirc match (1949) by Chessical
   Hastings 1938/39 by sneaky pete
   Noordwijk 1938 by sneaky pete
   Hastings 1932/33 by Phony Benoni

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VASJA PIRC
(born Dec-19-1907, died Jun-02-1980, 72 years old) Yugoslavia
PRONUNCIATION:
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Vasja Pirc was born in Idrija, in what later became Yugoslavia. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1953 he was Yugoslav champion in 1935 (jointly), 1936, 1937, 1948 (jointly) and 1953 (jointly).

An historian and prolific author he contributed a great deal to opening theory, e.g. the Pirc (B07) Defence is named after him. His best tournament results were in the 1930's, 1st at Novi Sad 1936, 1st at Lodz 1938 and 1st at Bad Haezburg 1938. Later on he was 1st= with Hans Bouwmeester at the Hoogovens Tournament at Beverwijk in 1954. He also drew a match in 1949 with Max Euwe (+2, =6, -2) - Euwe - Pirc (1949). He passed away in Ljubljana in 1980.

Wikipedia article: Vasja Pirc


 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 541  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. H Geiger vs Pirc  0-148 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Saemisch vs Pirc 0-124 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Pirc vs Rubinstein ½-½56 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Pirc vs Flohr  0-152 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
5. Pirc vs L Singer  1-054 1929 Rogaska SlatinaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Przepiorka vs Pirc  ½-½34 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. G A Thomas vs Pirc  ½-½51 1930 FrankfurtB32 Sicilian
8. J Szekely vs Pirc  0-126 1930 Stubnanske TepliceD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Mieses vs Pirc  ½-½31 1930 FrankfurtB15 Caro-Kann
10. Pirc vs Saemisch  ½-½30 1930 FrankfurtA28 English
11. Pirc vs Lilienthal  0-160 1930 Stubnanske TepliceE16 Queen's Indian
12. Pirc vs Przepiorka  0-151 1930 FrankfurtD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Kashdan vs Pirc  ½-½59 1930 FrankfurtD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Pirc vs Flohr 0-133 1930 Stubnanske TepliceE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
15. Nimzowitsch vs Pirc  1-058 1930 FrankfurtB10 Caro-Kann
16. Pirc vs Gilg  1-040 1930 Stubnanske TepliceE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Pirc vs Ahues  ½-½32 1930 FrankfurtD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Pirc vs S Erdelyi  1-059 1930 Stubnanske TepliceD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. Colle vs Pirc  0-156 1930 FrankfurtA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Pirc vs P M List  0-164 1930 FrankfurtE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
21. N Mannheimer vs Pirc  0-131 1930 FrankfurtA50 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Pirc vs W Orbach  1-036 1930 FrankfurtA13 English
23. Alekhine vs Pirc 0-148 1930 Ljubljana blitzE20 Nimzo-Indian
24. Pirc vs Kashdan  ½-½42 1931 BledD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. Spielmann vs Pirc 1-025 1931 MatchD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 541  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-19-07  xrt999: the pirc defense is lame.
Jan-06-08  brankat: <Tomlinsky> I played Mr.Pirc only in 1 simul game, way back in the summer of 1968. I was 17 at the time, and participated in the U-19 Championship of Croatia (then 1 of former Yugoslav republics/provinces).

Half way through the tourney we had a day off, and V.Pirc then gave a simul against all the players (23). There were some 5-6 draws, I don't think he lost a single game.

And, yes I appropriately played the Pirc! I managed to draw the R+P vs. R ending :-) I believe the GM was very pleased with my choice of the opening. When he approached my board for his second move he was all smiles :-)

Jan-06-08  brankat: <whiskeyrebel> I haven't played the Pirc in ages. But when I was young. I did play use it from time to time. The same with the similar QID against <1.d4>. Usually when facing opponents who I knew to be stronger than me.

My approach there was, to be patient, try to build a position with no real weaknesses, and wait for the "enemy" to overextend. Mostly with his pawns :-)

Which they did most of the time, knowing/or thinking they were stronger, and feeling provoked to be "aggressive". Had me a few nice scores using this kind of an approach :-)

Jan-16-08  brankat: It would be nice to have a photo of Vasja Pirc to go with his Biography.
Sep-06-08  just a kid: I have the same birthdate as him! =)12/19/95 for me though
Sep-16-08  brankat: <just a kid> Don't worry, You're getting there, slowly, but surely :-)
Sep-16-08  just a kid: I used his opening against Open Defence in my forum.I am in a sticky situation though.
Sep-16-08  apple pi: Don't worry - you're not the first of OD's victims!
Sep-17-08  just a kid: <apple pi>And probably not the last... =)
Sep-18-08  brankat: <just a kid> <apple pi>

A kid for breakfast, that's <Open Defence>'s approach. Even had me for lunch, although I'm not really what You'd call a kid anymore :-)

Dec-06-08  brankat: Just noticed that Vasja Pirc has his Birthday on the same date as Capablanca :-)
Dec-19-08  just a kid: Happy birthday Mr. Pirc!
Jan-16-09  patzer of patzers: <brankat> Are you sure about your last post? According to newinchess.com, Capablanca was born on November 19, 1888.
Feb-08-09  brankat: <patzer of patzers> They were both born on November. 19th. Different years, of course, but both would have the Birthday on the same day.
Feb-08-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  DarthStapler: It's funny because the date is November 19th, and their birthdays are 19 years apart
Feb-17-09  patzer of patzers: <brankat> Sorry if I'm missing anything, but it seems to me that <just a kid> and newinchess.com both say Pirc's birthday was December 19, 1907.
Jun-22-09  brankat: <patzer of patzers> I've been away for a few months, so it's just today that I saw Your February post :-)

It was my bad. You're correct: V.Pirc was born in December (19th), Capablanca on November 19th.

Aug-14-09  patzer of patzers: Of course, there was little use in my getting so worked up over such a matter as someone's birthday, but now that it is settled, perhaps we should move on to another issue: getting a picture of Pirc up here! Google Images provides pictures that are a little grainy or something, but they're infinitely better than this ad for Empire Craft on my page right now.
Oct-15-11  BobCrisp: Looks like a cross between <Matthew Sadler> and <Fred Yates>: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
Nov-11-11  brankat: Never heard of either Matthew Sadler or Fred Yates. But, Pirc does look quite OK, I'd say.
Dec-19-11  brankat: R.I.P. GM Pirc.
May-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheAlchemist: An anecdote...
Pirc and Vidmar used to play a lot during WW2 (reportedly they played more than a thousand unofficial games during the war and around two thousand in total). Their games often attracted many kibitzers (mosquitoes, as Vidmar used to call them), most of them attended regularly and were treated to many humorous remarks by both masters.

Once a new spectator, who didn't know either master, famously quipped: "These two are like ass and shirt!" <the literal translation of the Slovenian "rit in srajca", which is derived, I think, from the Italian expression "culo e camicia" or possibly the French "cul et chemise" and the closest English equivalent would be "thick as thieves", I think - anyway it simply means that the two are always together>

"Did you hear, Vasja?"
"What, doctor?" asked Pirc, deep in thought.
"He called you an ass," said Vidmar with a smirk and made his next move.

Jun-27-13  A Square: Funny anecdote! The closest Spanish equivalent would be "u˝a y mierda".
Dec-19-13  Penguincw: R.I.P. Vasja Pirc, created of the Pirc opening.

By the way, how does one tell the difference between a Pirc and Philidor?

Dec-19-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <penguincw......By the way, how does one tell the difference between a Pirc and Philidor?>

The Philidor was formerly reached, as a rule, via 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6.

The Pirc is 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6, with the most common line being 3.Nc3 g6, though nowadays many players opt for 3....c6 or 3....e5, the latter of which will transpose into a Philidor after 4.Nf3.

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