Chess Openings for Black: Alekhine’s Defense (31+ hours)
The Alekhine Defense (1.e4 Nf6) is a good choice to play as Black if you want to avoid the main chess openings such as the Ruy Lopez, the Sicilian, or the French. At club level, the Alekhine Defense practically guarantees that White will immediately feel out of place.
At first glance, the Alekhine Defense looks a bit odd. White is just going to push his e-pawn to e5 and the knight will have to move again.
Black’s knight might jump around a couple more times (it’s all theory, nothing to worry about!), but it will most definitely find its place (either on d5 or b6) and Black will get a good position to play for the win.
If you are looking for an alternative to Black’s main moves against 1.e4, the Alekhine Defense (1…Nf6) will do the trick.
That’s why we’ve put together this Mega Bundle with over 31 hours of GM opening instruction on the Alekhine Defense, both from Black’s and White’s perspective.
Alekhine’s Defense: A Weapon of Champions
Interviewer: “How is that you pick better moves than your opponents?”
Alexander Alekhine: “Very simple. I think up my own moves and I make my opponent think up his.”
Alekhine was, like many World Champions, a genius. And he knew it.
But when, in 1921, he met 1.e4 with Nf6, the onlooking masters thought he had made a mistake.
I mean, NO-ONE played 1.e4 Nf6 because White could just push e5, gaining space and time.
Most players would have dismissed this idea for Black after just a few moves.
But not Alekhine.
He dug deep, analyzing the resulting positions for years, satisfying himself that White’s pawn center was one big target.
He scored a win and a draw with his new opening at that tournament. The top German player Sämisch desperately trading off all the pieces to salvage half a point.
Alekhine’s Defense was born.
50 years on, and Fischer stunned Spassky by playing it in their World Championship match (Bobby also scored 1.5/2).
About the Authors
Lawrence Trent (born 28 April 1986) is an English International Chess Master, trainer and commentator. He has represented England in numerous international youth championships (including a 7th place in the U18 WCh in 2003).
Bryan Smith is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.
Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup.
Marian Petrov is an accomplished professional chess coach, theorist, and Bulgarian champion for 2002 and 2017, as well as winner of many open tournaments around the world.
GM Petrov is also a FIDE trainer and was the coach of Team Wales at the 2016 Baku Olympiad. He graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chess Pedagogy, a four-year undergraduate program designed to prepare top-level chess trainers.
Eugene Perelshteyn is one of the top players in the United States, his rating hitting a peak of 2555 Elo. Eugene Perelshteyn is an International Chess Grandmaster and chess author. He earned the International Master title in 2001 and obtained his Grandmaster title in 2006. He won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.
He started playing chess when he was seven years old, taught by his father Mikhail Perelshteyn, a professional chess coach. At the age of 10, he played in his first tournaments.
In 2001, Perelshteyn was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust. After taking two years off from school in order to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and graduated in 2004.
FM Yuriy Krykun – Ukrainian FIDE Master and member of the National Team. He has one IM norm. He has played in many National and International tournaments, winning over 10 medals. Bronze medal winner in European U18 Championship. Full-time chess player, coach, and author of multiple publications.
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.
By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.
Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili is former two-time U.S. Champion & Russian Champion, World Open Winner, writer & teacher, former chess coach & trainer for World Champions Gary Kasparov & Anatoly Karpov.
IM Bill Paschall was the 2013 New England Co-Champion, Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, two-time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM’s in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.
LM Dana Mackenzie is a USCF Life Master, a PhD mathematician, and an award-winning mathematic &, science journalist and author. LM Dana Mackenzie started playing tournament chess during the “Fischer boom” of 1971-72 and never quit. Champion of North Carolina in 1985 & 1987, he became a master in 1988. Mackenzie now lives in Santa Cruz, CA and runs a chess club for kids at the local library. His passion for chess and his enthusiasm for teaching is unmistakable.
Andrew Martin is a FIDE Senior Trainer and International Master. He is Head of the ECF Academy, which provides elite training for strong, young players. He teaches in twelve schools, is an experienced chess writer, and has produced numerous chess DVDs.
The Alekhine Defense (Deep Dive Vol. 19)
The Alekhine’s Defense is the #1 most requested opening for the Deep Dive treatment this year.
What most players will love about the Alekhine (1.e4 Nf6!) is that it avoids symmetry, creates imbalances, and set White tough problems right from the start.
Introduced into competitive play by the 4th World Champion Alexander Alekhine 99 years ago, this hypermodern opening shocked Alekhine’s rivals.
Is this course for me?
The Alekhine’s Defense is perfect for playing for a win against 1.e4 for two reasons:
- No boring, symmetrical, drawish positions. We accept a cramped position for a few moves, then lay siege to White’s overextended pawns.
- Your opponents don’t really know how to play against it… and the “logical” moves quickly backfire!
Here’s part of what this course is going to teach you:
How to deal with sidelines. What if White doesn’t push e4-e5? What if White plays 2.Nc3 and tries to force us into a Four Knights or Vienna Game? I show you how to keep control and get the positions we want.
Following the main idea of looking for non-symmetrical positions, Black continues with the interesting 2…d5 where we keep posting trouble after trouble for the White pieces.
So things won´t be easy for White even trying odd-looking moves!
This course prepares you for everything you’re likely to encounter. Take White’s Four Pawn Attack, for example. This is the most aggressive way for White to play for an advantage… but the killer gambit (and clever follow-up) we’ll employ will rip White’s position to shreds in just a few moves!
So expect to shock your rival with any move he tries, for sure, he won’t have an easy game against your Alekhine Defense, and that will surely play on your side.
Time to add this hypermodern weapon to your arsenal!
Alekhine’s Defense with GM Petrov!
GM Marian Petrov is back with another awesome opening course!
This time he turns his attention to the enigmatic Alekhine’s Defense – the hypermodern opening devised by the 4th World Champion.
Play for the win from move 1 with the Alekhine’s Defense (1.e4 Nf6!)
By avoiding symmetry, Black creates exciting, imbalanced positions full of creative potential. White usually chases the knight around but soon finds their position stretched and under serious pressure.
Openings expert GM Marian Petrov teaches you how to play the Alekhine’s Defense like a pro in this 8-hour training.
Far more than just opening theory, this course also reveals the Alekhine’s strongest attacks and tactical combinations – showing you how to actually win games as Black, not just get a good position.
GM Petrov covers all of the main setups including the Four Pawns Attack and the early fianchetto variation (4…g6), with analysis of memorable, attacking games in each line too.
Discover how to win with the opening your opponents don’t want to see!
Studies in: Alekhine’s Defense – IM Bill Paschall, GM Bryan Smith, GM Eugene Perelshteyn & LM Dana Mackenzie
Alekhine’s Defense is a hypermodern chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. e4 Nf6. This bizarre defense introduced by the chess champion Alekhine and later practiced by Gruenfeld is the extreme in hypermodern openings because of its unbalanced nature provoking a weakness in White’s center pawns.
Content: 156 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Beginning-Intermediate Players.
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Alekhine Defense – GM Chris Dunworth
Create an immediate imbalance in the opening with this provocative defense. Alekhine’s Master Chef Chris Dunworth serves up his favorite hot recipes to blow up the White center. Includes the ultra-modern Kengis variation. Understand the dynamic forces at work and reap the rewards!
Part 1: Four Pawns Attack
Part 2: 2.Nc3 d5
Part 3: Chase Variation
Part 4: Exchange Variation
Part 5: Main Line – Kengis
Fighting 1.e4 – The Complete Repertoire for Black with FM Yuriy Krykun
“Know thyself, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” – Sun Tzu.
Leave your opponent clueless. Drag them kicking and screaming into a world only you know and understand.
Know what you will do. Know the mistakes they will make.
This kind of opening advantage is worth 200 Elo points or more.
But how can you get this dominance in a world of booked-up players?
FM Yuriy Krykun has put together a fighting repertoire that will stupefy your rivals and give you the control you’re looking for.
Is this course for me?
FM Krykun actually gives you TWO anti-e4 repertoires in this course. As he points out, you’re going to want to mix things up.
First up is the Czech Pirc (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6). That sneaky c-pawn push covers d5 and opens the path for …Qa5. This early queen move gives White a headache, pinning the knight and threatening …Nxe4.
Next is a tricky line in the Alekhine: 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ng8! Carlsen has played this, Mamedyarov has too. That e5 pawn quickly becomes a problem for White… a problem few will be able to solve at the board.
Winning with New Attacking Lines Against Popular Openings – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
On this DVD Roman updates his best-selling course Crushing Lines covering The Alekhine Defense, French, Caro-Kann, and now included The Center Counter.
With the help of Rybka, Roman has given the edge back to White in all these openings and created a whole new opening Gambit in the center counter.
Roman created a new way to play against the Center Counter by giving up a pawn early in the game which leads to extra time and space for White.
Roman understands Black has already made 3 Queen moves and giving up a pawn causes Black to fall even further behind in development, a great concept that works well since making 5-6 Queen moves for Black cannot be good.
Rybka at first did not like Romans’s gambit idea however it did not take long before Rybka was giving White a plus score.
Roman does equally well with his ideas in the French, Alekhine and Caro-kann. Stop wasting time searching everywhere for opening winning lines, they are all on this chess course.
Beating The Alekhine Defense – IM Lawrence Trent
Lawrence Trent explains how to counter Alekhine’s Defence.
The goal of this series is to give you a repertoire against Alekhine’s Defence.
2. Lines with cxd6
3. Lines with exd6
White Repertoire Against the French, Caro-Kann & Alekhine – IM Andrew Martin
Volume Three completes Martin’s “Winning Repertoire Series for White – 1.e4”, which outlines a complete repertoire system for the first player, built around the King’s Pawn opening.
Here IM Martin demonstrates an easy to learn repertoire against the French, Caro-Kann, and Alekhine Defense. After 1.e4 e6 we continue 2.d4 d5 3.exd5, having mastered the Exchange Variation; if 1.e4 c6 then 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 (the Two Knights) and 1.e4 Nf6 meets the solid 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Be2 with a position of iron!
New Lines & Novelties against the Caro Kann, Alekhine & French – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Mastering the Opening Series – Crushing Lines for White – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
An Original System For Grinding the Sicilian Defense
Tired of losing your way in all of the theory of the Open Sicilian? Let GM Dzindzichashvili introduce you to a sound positional method of combatting this most fearsome of Black’s answers to 1.e4. Play centers around the line 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 and a Black doubled c-pawn complex.
GM Dzindzichashvili explores new ideas for White in lines against the French Winawer (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 and now 5.Bd2), the Caro-Kann (using the Panov Attack), the Pirc (White system with Be3/h3) and Alekhine Defense (1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5 and now 5.Nc3).
New White Secrets Against The Two Knights Defense
GM Dzindzichashvili analyses the Two Knights Defense from Whites’s perspective, concentrating on his new ideas in the system 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5.
Scotch Gambit – Giuoco Piano: Win Either Way
GM Dzindzichashvili completes his opening repertoire recommendations for players of the White pieces by examining some old but potent variations of the Giuoco Piano and Scotch Gambit. This DVD nicely compliments (but can be viewed independently of) New White Secrets Against The Two Knights Defense.
Practical Killer Traps and Super Sharp Lines for the 1.e4 Player – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
On this DVD Roman and Rybka bring you killer traps and super sharp lines for the 1.e4 player which occur in:
Roman using Rybka to verify his own analysis again has reversed opening theory against popular lines. These popular lines that Roman found traps in are considered sound so your opponent will have no idea what is coming, so get ready to rack up some wins!
Roman and Rybka, Perfecting the Opening Series – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
GrandMaster Roman Dzindzichashvili:
* Former two time U.S. Champion & Russian Champion
* World Open Winner, Writer & Teacher
* Former Chess Coach & Trainer for World Champions Gary Kasparov & Anatoly Karpov
Reverse Openings – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Reverse Openings: Advantages and Disadvantages of Playing the Sicilian, Kings Indian, French, Alekhine, Philidor, Benko, Grunfeld Panov Attack as White.
On this highly instructional DVD, Roman clearly demonstrates through novelties created in his own games how to recognize an opportunity for White to transpose into openings that are played for Black with the advantage of having an extra tempo.
Roman will also cover the disadvantages of trying to play certain black openings as white. Roman answers the rarely covered question: “Why can’t I play my favorite black opening for White?”
The Difference Between Sound and Unsound Ways To Play Sharp Chess Openings – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
On this DVD Roman will take you through several sharp chess openings demonstrating what happens when you violate the Principles of Chess, specifically no activity before development.
He also goes over the criteria needed before playing sharp continuations, gambits, and sacrifices.
Roman will help you understand the difference between what is considered sound sharp playable openings and sharp openings to avoid.
Even strong players will ignore the principles of chess and get punished for it. Roman demonstrates his point using examples from opening lines in Morra Gambit, Alekhine defense, Philidor, Queens Gambit declined, Petroff, Caro-Kann, English, Pirc, French, Latvian and Center Counter.
Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol 1 – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
This DVD covers:
(W) = covered from whites perspective (B) = covered from Blacks perspective
(W&B) = covered from both sides.
* Alekhine Defense (W&B) Main Variation, Four Pawns Attack, Exchange Variation, and other lines * Beefeater/Dzindzi Indian Defense (B)
* Benko Gambit (W&B)
* Benoni (W)
* Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (B)
* Blumenfeld Counter Gambit (W)
* Bogo-Indian Defense (W&B)
* Budapest Defense (W)