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Vasja Pirc
Number of games in database: 555
Years covered: 1929 to 1968
Overall record: +162 -123 =270 (53.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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A04 Reti Opening (19 games)
D30 Queen's Gambit Declined (12 games)
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D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav (11 games)
B08 Pirc, Classical (11 games)
A06 Reti Opening (11 games)
A07 King's Indian Attack (10 games)
D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense (9 games)
D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (9 games)
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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.

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 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 555  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. J Szekely vs Pirc  0-126 1930 Stubnanske TepliceD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. G A Thomas vs Pirc  ½-½51 1930 FrankfurtB32 Sicilian
10. Pirc vs Lilienthal  0-160 1930 Stubnanske TepliceE16 Queen's Indian
11. Pirc vs Saemisch  ½-½30 1930 FrankfurtA28 English
12. Pirc vs Gilg  1-040 1930 Stubnanske TepliceA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
13. J Mieses vs Pirc  ½-½31 1930 FrankfurtB15 Caro-Kann
14. Pirc vs Flohr 0-133 1930 Stubnanske TepliceE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
15. Pirc vs S Erdelyi  1-059 1930 Stubnanske TepliceD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
16. N Mannheimer vs Pirc  0-131 1930 FrankfurtA50 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Pirc vs P List  0-164 1930 FrankfurtE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
18. Colle vs Pirc  0-156 1930 FrankfurtA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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. Spielmann vs Pirc 1-025 1931 MatchD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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  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
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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 "uņa 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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