Originally posted by Sophy
i wondered, How do we play the hypermoderns openings, such as the pircs systems.
how can I play it with White ?
I heard the pirc defense was a great opening, so I intend to play it with white and as black, how can I do it ?
Attila the Horn described the basic situation. White tends to grab a lot of space by putting pawns in the center.
Black, from the very beginning, should be playing to control the center with pieces, in preparation for using his own pawn advances to break up White's center. So, hypermodern openings, to be played correctly by Black, require a much better understanding of the importance of the center, and how to control and attack it (both with pieces AND pawns) than do some classic openings. It's more like Ju-Jitsu than boxing. You're going to let that anaconda squeeze you, take note of its weak points while it does so, then calmly strike at those weak points. Not to everybody's taste, and who can blame them?
Meanwhile, you'll keep an eye open for possible counterplay on the wings.