How can I counter hypermodern openings such as English opening when I play as black?

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    Since c4 is, just from "classical aspect", unaggressive, you can play almost anything. Including Pirc ;-) (Just a few days ago, someone played this against me: 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Nxc3 6.bxc3, i.e. an atrocious reverse Sicilian Dragon for Black. It was perfectly playable.) Take a look into the LiChess Master database - even 1...g5 has only +9% for White, although n is far too small for this stats to be meaningful. (If you totally trust LiChess stats, play 1...b6, +1%.) Jan 9 at 9:24
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    Do you mean 1 ... d6 ? 1 e4 d6 is the Pirc Defence -- nothing else is.
    – Rosie F
    Jan 9 at 11:49
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    You'll end up in a Kings Indian line or a Modern. The distinguishing feature of the Pirc rather than the Modern is that white's c-pawn is blocked by by the knight on c3, so this won't be a Pirc. Jan 9 at 19:38
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    @RosieF So 1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 e5 is a Pirc defence but 1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 is not?
    – bof
    Jan 10 at 1:44
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    I think the real issue here is that the OP needs to clarify what they want. As a Pirc player I would say you can't get into a Pirc type setup against the English as the pawn on c4 fundamentally changes the position - you are now in Kings Indian territory, which while related also has a lot of differences. What I think is really being asked is "Can I play a ... d6 ... g6 ... Bg7" type set up against the English - to which the answer is yes, but before that answer can be given the OP needs to clarify that that is what they want.
    – Ian Bush
    Jan 10 at 8:49


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