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Vasja Pirc
Number of games in database: 579
Years covered: 1929 to 1968

Overall record: +170 -128 =280 (53.6%)*
   * 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 (44) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Slav (29) 
    D11 D12 D18 D10 D15
 Orthodox Defense (29) 
    D64 D68 D55 D63 D54
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D30 D31 D39 D38 D37
 English (20) 
    A10 A15 A13 A14 A16
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E16 E17 E15 E19 E12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B32 B85 B83 B36 B58
 Orthodox Defense (27) 
    D52 D63 D59 D58 D54
 Pirc (24) 
    B08 B07 B09
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E32 E23 E53 E21 E48
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A41 A46 D04 E10 D02
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B18 B13 B10 B11 B12
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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
   Pilnik vs Pirc, 1950 1/2-1/2
   Radulescu vs Pirc, 1946 0-1
   Pirc vs Tartakower, 1938 1-0
   Spielmann vs Pirc, 1938 0-1
   P Trifunovic vs Pirc, 1948 1/2-1/2
   Colle vs Pirc, 1930 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?]
   Lodz 1938 by jessicafischerqueen
   Vasja Pirc by TheAlchemist
   Frankfurt 1930 by suenteus po 147
   Euwe - Pirc match (1949) by Chessical
   Hastings 1938/39 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

Last updated: 2018-12-15 05:41:22

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 579  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Pirc vs L Singer  1-0541929Rogaska SlatinaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Pirc vs Rubinstein ½-½561929Rogaska SlatinaD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Pirc vs Flohr  0-1521929Rogaska SlatinaE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
4. Przepiorka vs Pirc  ½-½341929Rogaska SlatinaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. E Canal vs Pirc ½-½381929Rogaska SlatinaB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. H Geiger vs Pirc  0-1481929Rogaska SlatinaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Saemisch vs Pirc 0-1241929Rogaska SlatinaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Pirc vs Flohr 0-1331930Stubnanske TepliceE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
9. Pirc vs S Erdelyi  1-0591930Stubnanske TepliceD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. N Mannheimer vs Pirc  0-1311930FrankfurtA50 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Pirc vs P List  0-1641930FrankfurtE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
12. Colle vs Pirc  0-1561930FrankfurtA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J Szekely vs Pirc  0-1261930Stubnanske TepliceD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. G A Thomas vs Pirc  ½-½511930FrankfurtB32 Sicilian
15. Pirc vs Lilienthal  0-1601930Stubnanske TepliceE16 Queen's Indian
16. Pirc vs Saemisch  ½-½301930FrankfurtA28 English
17. Pirc vs Gilg  1-0401930Stubnanske TepliceA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
18. J Mieses vs Pirc  ½-½311930FrankfurtB15 Caro-Kann
19. Pirc vs Ahues  ½-½321930FrankfurtD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Kashdan vs Pirc  ½-½591930FrankfurtD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Nimzowitsch vs Pirc  1-0581930FrankfurtB10 Caro-Kann
22. Pirc vs Przepiorka  0-1511930FrankfurtD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Pirc vs W Orbach  1-0361930FrankfurtA13 English
24. Alekhine vs Pirc 0-1481930Ljubljana blitzE20 Nimzo-Indian
25. Pirc vs Spielmann 0-1301931MatchA84 Dutch
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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.
Feb-08-09  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 :-)
Dec-19-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vasja!!

The Pirc Works!

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  whiteshark: <Vlastimil Hort remembers Vasja Pirc>:
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