Miscellaneous th moves for White

White obtains an edge against the alternatives a) 3 ib6 4 a4 a5 5 > f3 d5 (or 5 d6) 6 ed ed (6 cd7 d5 e5 8 de jLxe6 9 Ab5+ ic6 10 > g5, Zhidkov-Mikadze, USSR 1972) 7 Ad3 . b) 3 e5 4 dc (or 4 > f3, transposing, after an eventual c3, to the Sicilian Defence, Alapin-Sveshnikov Variation. 4 c4 ) 4 e6 (4 a5+ 5 c3 ) 5 Ac4 a5+ 6 c3 Wxc5 7 JL d5 xd5 8 Kuznetsov, USSR 1968. c) 3 e6 shuts in the bishop on c8, and after 4 c4 sb6 5 f4 White has a favourable version of the Four Pawns Attack. White has...

Illustrative Games

The goals of the Alekhine Defence are simple destroy the White centre without getting destroyed in the process. But the execution is not simple. In this chapter we will explore some of the ideas of the Alekhine Defence as put into practice by the authors and other contemporary practitioners. The handling of the Black side has evolved considerably since Alekhine first played 1 )f6 at Budapest 1921. We make no attempt to discuss the history of the opening, as this would require far more pages...

Sxf

Majority, but his king is quite exposed. Chances are roughly level. The powerful Black bishop is incapable of defending the dark squares near the Black king, which can be attacked by a battery of c3 and & d5. Alburt had already seen this position in Georgadze-Dvoretsky, USSR 1974, which was agreed drawn at this point. The prevailing opinion was that Black is a touch better. Still, the position of the white king is now an asset, not a liability, and this shift is of considerable importance in...

Four Pawns Attack c

Black strikes at the white centre immediately. This move has a poor reputation. It leads to massive complications. Black gets a good game on 7 dc xdl 8 si xdl amp a4 , e.g. 9 b4 a5 10 a3 ab 11 ab amp c3 White must not get carried away. After 8 d6 th4 9 g3 e4 10 We2 xhl 11 amp f3 amp c6i 12 amp bd2 amp d7 13 sg f2 amp dxe5 14 ixe5 lrxh2 Black is way ahead This might seem a bit odd but Black cuts down the scope of the bishop on f 1 and opens a path for his bishop on f8. White cannot play 10...

Preface

The Alekhine Defence has had a number of fairly thorough treatments in the post-Fischer era, beginning with Eales and Williams 1972 , Bagirov several volumes, most recently in 1979 , andHort 1980 . There have been so many interesting new games that it is difficult to squeeze all of the relevant material into a single volume. The authors have decided to economise in three ways. First of all, we have selected those lines which we consider to be viable, or nearly viable, for Black. Even so, we...