Contents

Symbols and Abbreviations 4

I am not Alone 4

Bibliography 5

Foreword 6

Introduction 8

1 The Basic Advantages 13

2 The System Principles 33

3 Chess Dynamics 48

4 The System at Work on an Actual Opening 66

5 The King's Fianchetto Defences 83

6 Miscellaneous Opening Analysis 108

7 Illustrative Games 130

8 Epilogue 171

About the Author

Symbols and Abbreviations

+

check

¥

Black is slightly better

++

double check

+

Black is much better

#

checkmate

-+

Black is winning

II

brilliant move

Ch

championship

1

good move

OTB

over-the-board chess

!?

interesting move

CC

correspondence chess

?!

dubious move

1-0

the game ends in a win for

?

bad move

White

??

blunder

V2-V2

the game ends in a draw

+-

White is winning

0-1

the game ends in a win for

±

White is much better

Black

±

White is slightly better

(D)

see next diagram

=

equal position

Over 60 years ago Alekhine appreciated something that is still not common knowledge today.

After the moves:

1 d4 d5

2 c4 c6

"In my opinion this move gives White more chances of obtaining an opening advantage..."

"It is almost incredible that this quite natural move has not been considered by the so-called theoreticians. White obtains now an appreciable advantage in development, no matter what Black replies."

Alexander Alekhine, 1937

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