[FEN ""]

1. d4 d6 2. e4 g6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. dxc5 Qa5 6. cxd6 *


above you can see the first moves of a pirc game, to study this opening I learn with the book "Pirc Alert!", from lev alburt & alex chernin.

after 4.Nf3, there is a trick which consists of ...c5, ...Qa5 (two pawns are threatened) and ...Qxc5, winning the pawn ...c5 and bringing a sicilian dragon pawn structure, which is very good; but today I played an internet game and whites played the sixth move (above) : cxd6, which seems very good; the authors of the book didn't spoke about this move.

I had a little overview at the position after 6.dxc6 and didn't found any strong reply, nor my chess engine.

so my question is simple : is this move (exd6) strong?what is the best answer for blacks?

thanks and happy new year!



Yeah, seems like black just blundered a pawn with c5. Probably you just mixed up the variation and you really wanted to play:

rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1
1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 c5  

That is quite a common variation, I looked at 6.dc Qa5 7.Qd4 for white a while back, if I remember correctly. So maybe you should just check your book again, it's unlikely they made such a mistake.

  • here is a copy of the book : "after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5" the following move is "6...Qa5!" (with the book's commentary). As for you, is there a difference? is it a good move? – lolveley Dec 31 '14 at 17:41
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    Well, the difference is that you have more firepower on c3. In your variation white can take on d6 because he can easily defend the Nc3 after Nxe4. But with the bishop on g7 after Nxe4 the Nc3 is already attacked three times. – BlindKungFuMaster Dec 31 '14 at 17:45
  • ...and I suppose that after cxd6 black takes with Nxe4? it's hot for the black king, it seems! – lolveley Dec 31 '14 at 17:57
  • please, can somebody tell me how to display a list of moves as a diagram and its attached controls? – lolveley Dec 31 '14 at 18:00

I play like this with the white pieces

[FEN ""]
1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4.h3 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bd3

As far as I understand, black already has a "dragon structure" because the dragon pawn chain is h7-g6-f7-e7-d6 and has nothing to do with the c-pawn. It is true that the Dragon variation is found in the Sicilian system. But the dragon pawn structure has nothing to do with the c-pawn to my knowledge. As for the c7-c5 push in this system, usually black prefers c7-c6 instead, preparing b7-b5, opening the c7-square for the queen and taking control over the d5-square.

  • hello, don't forget that the dragon is before all a sicilian opening, in which blabk have no c pawn, if you let them their c pawn, some thoughts true in the dragon become irrelevant – lolveley Jan 1 '15 at 8:58

Black gets his pieces to attacking posts after cxd6. Nxe4 is a good reply and Black threatens to take multiple times on c3. The extra pawn isn't that important compared with the relative quality of Black's pieces. Bg7 Nc6 and Bg4 are coming with good development and chances for the Black player.

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