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snyper ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh baby I love it... Alekhine's Defense....but why is it not as popular as the other "hypermodern" defenses?
tulkos ♡ 0 ( +1 | -1 )
because it is more diffucult to play I think.
bafverfeldt1981 ♡ 96 ( +1 | -1 )
. I play the Alekhine's solely against 1. e4. I have much knowledge in the genre but many lines lead to complications for black while white can play solid- without much worries.

If black knows what he is doing then the game will be interesting- not here though since databases are used in excess.

I'm really looking forward to start play OTB so I can lead my opponent into dubious lines not counting on him to know how to move. That goes for the four pawns- love to play against it.

GM Lev Alburt (Russian born- live in US) is one of the better users.

Karpov spent some time with trying to refute the opening and has given much knowledge for white how to play the sharpest replies.

As in life it is about trends. I expect players going back to 'old' ways since it is not much what opening you play- it's how you play it and in that case Alekhine's defense belong to the romantic school.
refutor ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
alekhine website
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pbarts89 ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Snyper Blanka is a solid player who uses it exclusively and seems well versed in its theory. You may want to send a challenge to him and pick his brain a bit.
snyper ♡ 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks! Thanks! Plus to all of you!
philaretus ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Minor variations 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 is claimed in the books to be equal, but I'm unpersuaded of this. After 4.d4 Black has by no means freed his position.
paulvalle ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Krejcik Variation Does anyone now if 2.Bc4 is sound? Can Black get more than an equal position after 2...Nxe4
bafverfeldt1981 ♡ 35 ( +1 | -1 )
paul I have thought of this and did some research.

1. e4 Nf6
2. Bc4 Nxe4

Seems not to be sound, even if there is much to be done in this area white do get satisfactory play- but that is not enough. Lev Alburt and Erik Schiller writes that the move is 'reckless'.

They suggest the following line:
3. Bxf7+ Kxf7
4. Qh5+ Kg8
With an advantage for black.
bafverfeldt1981 ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
There are of course other options after Qh5+ such as g6 Qd5+ d6 Qxe4 Bg7 Qf4 Ke8 are good as well. It seems the line is not adapted in GMplay today since white can get better pressure by simply choose four pawns or the modern with Nc3 Nxc3 dxc3.
refutor ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )
2. ... b5 i remember looking through the games in twic a while ago and seeing the line 1.e4 Nf6 2.Bc4 b5?! i don't know if it's good/bad/interesting or not, but i thought i'd put it up
bafverfeldt1981 ♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 )
That seems interesting. Bxb5 Nxe4 = (not Bd3 of course). I have not looked so far yet but that's mostly because I doubt I'll meet 2. Bc4 in serious games (please paul 1 and 2- don't punish me now ;)). I have met it on gamecolony a few times and trashed it, mostly against beginners though.

More interesting is the hunt variation, 4. Bc4 e6/c6 which can give a very sharp game.

keiserpaul ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Dear baf I'll not punish you for saying that 2.Bc4 is not played in serious game, but I will do punish you for saying not Bd3 "of course". You prefer exchanging a b-pawn against your center-pawn ? Why ? Because Bd3 is blocking the d2-pawn ? This is only a temporary situation.
bafverfeldt1981 ♡ 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Well Keiser I prefer exchanging his e pawn for my b pawn.

e4 Nf6 Bd3 is playable but the tempoloss e4 Nf6 Bc4 b5 Bd3 I would not recommend...BTW disaster and I chatted the other day and we produced a good line against the Halloween gambit.
bafverfeldt1981 ♡ 13 ( +1 | -1 )
A bit tired Time to go to bed ;) and no, I have never liked blocking central pawns so I'd go for the exchange (even if it is temporarly) and play further on with d4.
keiserpaul ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Baf I am anxious for this good line. I'll challenge you immediately !