Thursday, December 8, 2016

James Schuyler Pirc Defence

James Schuyler wrote "The Dark Knight System: a repertoire with 1...Nc6" published by Everyman Chess in 2013. That is a nice descriptive title for a major branch of the Queen's Knight Defence. This book interested me greatly since I play 1...Nc6.

Who is Schuyler? Page 3 has this note: "James Schuyler is a FIDE Master. He was Nevada State Champion in 2007 and won the Virginia State Championship in both 2011 and 2012. He has been teaching chess for over 25 years."

The Dark Knight System teaches how to play a well-coordinated method of development that helps you to win future games. Why call it "Dark" Knight? We begin with the Black horse that starts on a dark square. From 1...Nc6, this knight hits important dark squares, often preparing ...e5. The knight works in conjunction with the dark squared bishop. Starting from Bf8, the author has this bishop going to Bb4, Bc5, Bd6, Be7, Bg7 or even Bh6.

Schuyler's concepts are understandable. He provides specific theory with analysis going deeper. Starting on page 134 are 100 annotated games, illustrating how to go from the opening to the finish. I chose to annotate the FIDE Master Levy Rozman game against James Schuyler. This contest became a Pirc Defence.

Rozman (2200) - Schuyler (2345), Washington International 2012 Rockville USA (5), 30.07.2012 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.c3 g6 [Black heads for a Pirc Defence. Other options are 4...e5 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.d5 Ne7 7.h3 Bd7 8.c4 Ng6 9.Nc3 Be7=; or 4...Bg4 5.Nbd2 e6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.b4+/=] 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.h3 e5 8.Na3 [More common are 8.Re1 h6 9.Na3 Re8 10.Nc2 d5 11.exd5 Qxd5=; or the King's Indian approach with 8.d5 Ne7 9.c4 Nh5 10.Nc3 f5 11.Re1 fxe4=] 8...d5 [8...exd4 9.cxd4 Nb4 10.Bb1 Be6=] 9.Bg5 [9.exd5 Nxd5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 12.Re1 Bg7=] 9...dxe4 10.Bxe4 exd4 11.Bxc6 dxc3 12.Qa4 [12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.Bb5 cxb2 14.Rab1 Rd5 15.Bc4 Ra5=] 12...bxc6 13.Qxc6 [13.Rad1 Qe8=/+] 13...cxb2 14.Rad1 Bd7 15.Qc2 Qc8 [15...Rb8!-+] 16.Qxb2 Ne4 17.Qb4 Re8 18.Kh2 Bf8 19.Qa5 [19.Qd4 Bxa3-+] 19...Bd6+ 20.Kg1 Bxh3 21.gxh3 [21.Nh4 Qg4-+] 21...Qxh3 22.Rd3 Ng3 23.fxg3 Qxg3+ 24.Kh1 Re2 0-1


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