The Alekhine Defense is an excellent opening to play if one wants to go for the win.
Black invariably gets a tough and resilient position with ample opportunity to counterattack.
With 1…Nf6 he immediately throws down the gauntlet to the pawn on e4 and tries to take the initiative from the very first move.
This is a particularly effective game-plan at club level, where knowledge of exact theory is sketchy and where a passive response to immediate aggression is commonplace.
In the ABC of the Alekhine we take a look at how the opening stands in 2007.
IM Andrew Martin provides sound, active recommendations for Black, which can be used at all levels of play and demonstrates that the Alekhine Defense is actually in pretty good shape.
To underestimate Alekhine’s Defence would be a big mistake indeed!
About the Author:
Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of international master.
Martin has won various national and international tournaments. He has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League, at present (July 2009) for Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher, previously for the Camberley Chess Club. Martin received his title as international master in1984.
He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. Martin was a commentator on the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000.
Andrew Martin is a chess columnist, an author of chess books and the author of various instructional videos. He was the publisher of the series Trends Publications.
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