Modern Variation h Ah c

1

e4

<&f6

2

e5

3

d4

d6

4

£>f3

¿Lg4

5

Ae2

e6

6

0-0

Ael

7

c4

thb6

8

h3 (31)

This is the main line of the Alekhine at the present time. White drives back the enemy bishop and gives his king a bit of breathing space. In some variations the insertion of the moves 8 h3 .&h5 benefits White, while in others it is Black who gains. The insertion of these moves often has no significance, however, and for this reason we have decided to treat the systems together. We will use the indication (-h3, jLh5) whenever a game is given where the bishop has not been pushed back. Comments as to the importance of the omission will be made as appropriate.

White's omission of h3 does not radically alter the nature of the struggle. White does not have his "luft" square at h2, but otherwise the position remains the same, since Black almost always captures at f3.

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