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Vasja Pirc
Number of games in database: 554
Years covered: 1929 to 1968

Overall record: +161 -123 =269 (53.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

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 (17) 
    A10 A15 A13 A14 A12
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E16 E17 E15 E19 E12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B32 B85 B83 B36 B93
 Orthodox Defense (26) 
    D63 D52 D59 D58 D62
 Pirc (23) 
    B08 B07 B09
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E32 E21 E53 E23 E39
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A41 A46 D04 D02 E10
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B13 B18 B10 B15 B17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Pirc, 1931 0-1
   Szabo vs Pirc, 1962 0-1
   Pirc vs Tylor, 1939 1-0
   Pirc vs Gligoric, 1953 1-0
   Pirc vs Tylor, 1932 1-0
   Spielmann vs Pirc, 1938 0-1
   Pilnik vs Pirc, 1950 1/2-1/2
   Pirc vs Euwe, 1949 1-0
   Colle vs Pirc, 1930 0-1
   Pirc vs Pachman, 1948 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Euwe - Pirc (1949)
   Noordwijk (1938)
   Hastings 1938/39 (1938)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Podebrady (1936)
   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 1932/33 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1938/39 by sneaky pete
   Noordwijk 1938 by sneaky pete

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(born Dec-19-1907, died Jun-02-1980, 72 years old) Yugoslavia
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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 23; games 1-25 of 554  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Saemisch vs Pirc 0-124 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Pirc vs Rubinstein ½-½56 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Pirc vs Flohr  0-152 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
4. Przepiorka vs Pirc  ½-½34 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Pirc vs L Singer  1-054 1929 Rogaska SlatinaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. E Canal vs Pirc ½-½38 1929 Rogaska SlatinaB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. H Geiger vs Pirc  0-148 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Pirc vs Lilienthal  0-160 1930 Stubnanske TepliceE16 Queen's Indian
9. Pirc vs Saemisch  ½-½30 1930 FrankfurtA28 English
10. Pirc vs Gilg  1-040 1930 Stubnanske TepliceA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
11. J Mieses vs Pirc  ½-½31 1930 FrankfurtB15 Caro-Kann
12. Pirc vs Flohr 0-133 1930 Stubnanske TepliceE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
13. Pirc vs S Erdelyi  1-059 1930 Stubnanske TepliceD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
14. N Mannheimer vs Pirc  0-131 1930 FrankfurtA50 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Pirc vs P List  0-164 1930 FrankfurtE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
16. Colle vs Pirc  0-156 1930 FrankfurtA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. J Szekely vs Pirc  0-126 1930 Stubnanske TepliceD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. G A Thomas vs Pirc  ½-½51 1930 FrankfurtB32 Sicilian
19. Pirc vs Ahues  ½-½32 1930 FrankfurtD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Kashdan vs Pirc  ½-½59 1930 FrankfurtD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Nimzowitsch vs Pirc  1-058 1930 FrankfurtB10 Caro-Kann
22. Pirc vs Przepiorka  0-151 1930 FrankfurtD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Pirc vs W Orbach  1-036 1930 FrankfurtA13 English
24. Alekhine vs Pirc 0-148 1930 Ljubljana blitzE20 Nimzo-Indian
25. Pirc vs Spielmann 0-130 1931 MatchA84 Dutch
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 554  PGN Download
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Sep-06-08  just a kid: I have the same birthdate as him! =)12/19/95 for me though
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  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... =)
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  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 :-)

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  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, Capablanca was born on November 19, 1888.
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  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.
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  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 both say Pirc's birthday was December 19, 1907.
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  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>:
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  brankat: Never heard of either Matthew Sadler or Fred Yates. But, Pirc does look quite OK, I'd say.
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  brankat: R.I.P. GM Pirc.
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  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".
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  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?

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  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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  brankat: So, what we have is a Philidor-Pirc Defence(Opening) :-)
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  brankat: Vasja Pirc was a History teacher by profession. Did write a bunch of books on both, History and Chess.
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  brankat: Btw, I did manage to draw a simul game against Pirc in the summer of '68 :-)
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vasja!!

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