In 2007 we viewed Alekhine’s Defence as an excellent opening to play if Black wants to go for the win and four years later this has not changed. If anything, more Grandmasters are using the opening today. Black gets a tough and resilient position with ample opportunity for counterchances. With 1...Nf6 he immediately throws down the gauntlet to the pawn on e4 and tries to take the initiative from the very first moves. This is a particularly effective game-plan at club level, where knowledge of exact theory is sketchy and where a passive response to immediate aggression is commonplace. So in the fully updated ABC of the Alekhine, we take a look at how the opening stands in 2011. 1...Nf6 seems to have a bright and enduring future. IM Andrew Martin provides sound, active recommendations for Black, modified if necessary to account for the passing of time and which can be used at all levels of play. To underestimate Alekhine‘s Defence would be a big mistake indeed! Video running time: 7 h 30 min!
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The Alekhine Defence is a provocative opening. Instead of doing the same as White and establishing a pawn in the centre, Black invites his opponent to chase his knight around the board and set up a broad pawn centre as he wins tempi. This is seen at its clearest in the principled Four Pawns Variation, in which 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 is played. White can point to three central pawns, Black on the other hand has moved his king’s knight from g8 to the apparently unpromising b6.
This opening was not taken seriously until the future world champion Alexander Alekhine (1892–1946) began to play it from 1921 on. It was developed at a time when the old dogmas were being questioned and people were looking for something new. The basic idea, to provoke the creation of a pawn centre which will later be the target of attacks, was very influential and that influence can be seen on many other modern openings.=> More products: Alekhine Defence