The 414 selected annotated games offer excellent material for study. The database includes annotations by Anand, Giri, Sasikiran und Sutovsky, but the lion’s share has been analysed by our Alekhine Defence expert Alexander Finkel (191 games). There is a total of 3723 games with a rating average of at least 2500 (apart from games with annotations or played by Alekhine Defence experts Bortnyk, Baburin and Varga).
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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
A double click on the database loads the overview of the games. A further double click loads the relevant game. The tab Players lets you sort the games by frequency (with the tab Total). Olexandr Bortnyk heads the list with 428 games, followed by Zoltan Varga (237) and Alexander Baburin (184).
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