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ccmcacollister ♡ 91 ( +1 | -1 )
Alekines Defense ... Status ? Does anyone have some good Alekhines game(s)?
I've been wondering what the state of matters is with the opening (1.e4 Nf6).
I saw a match back in the 80's that I am near certain was GM Lev Alburt playing the BLACK side. And possibly GM Nigel Short(?) playing the whites, and Lev had a bad time of it.
Can anyone tell me if the match I am thinking of damaged the Alekhines? And did it then get a rebuild, if so? Or was it just bad play!? Or perhaps if his Fav variation was put out of business for good?
Or just any comments or info about Alekines is appreciated. Thanks all!
Regards, Craig AC
ccmcacollister ♡ 45 ( +1 | -1 )
PS// I am considering taking it up. Are there certain variations one should now stay away from.
I saw one where Tal had White that went:
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd4 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 Nd7?! and now the author of the article chiled Tal for not playing the sac Nxf7. To be honest, it doesnt seem that strong to me, nor so bad for Black. And Tal didnt play it either! (pretty good supporting opinion there!) . Anyone got a good game in that line, from either side?
A great win perhaps? but not necesssarily.
xerox ♡ 8 ( +1 | -1 )
fmgaijin look at his games with black...
He's an expert with this defense...
thunker ♡ 332 ( +1 | -1 )
He was a classic eccentric/chess genious! Alekhine was one sharp cookie in my humble opinion - although he was quite eccentric as many chess genious' were/are. But, I've played this opening before with success, and it's sure nothing to sneeze at. Of course I'm just a patzer, but it seems quite valid to me if you want a "different" type opening play. While I like Capablanca and his principles of not moving pieces too often, there's always that exception to the rule that can make for some really interesting play. Makes for a creative position on both sides I think. My database has several games when scanning for one player 2800+, and it looks like about 2/3 win for white if played well. I personally like Dr. Alekhine.

I have a cool audio interview with him from pre-WWII days on my tiny web site. From the sound of it, he was quite the character! Made me realize that I'm not a "natural" chess player, so I better not quit my day job! haha....


Click on the "Classic Dr. Alekhine interview!" link.

Kasparov,G (2827) - Raedler,W [B05]
Ebersberg sim Ebersberg , 14.06.2001

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 c6 6.Ng5 Bf5 7.a3 e6 8.c4 Be7 9.Nxf7 Kxf7 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.exd6 Bxd6 12.Nd2 Rf8 13.0-0 Nc6 14.Nf3 Kg8 15.Be3 Rc8 16.Rc1 Qf6 17.h3 Be4 18.Ng5 Bf5 19.f4 Qg6 20.Bh5 Qf6 21.Qd2 h6 22.Nf3 g6 23.Bg4 Bxg4 24.hxg4 Bxf4 25.Rce1 Bg3 26.Bxh6 Bxe1 27.Rxe1 Rfe8 28.Bf4 Rf8 29.Bg5 Qf7 30.Bh6 Rfe8 31.Qg5 Rc7 32.Rf1 Qh7 33.Nh4 Rf7 34.Re1 Rg7 35.Re3 Nxd4 36.Bxg7 Qxg7 37.Nxg6 Kf7 38.Ne5+ Kg8 39.Qf4 Nc6 40.Nxc6 bxc6 41.Re5 Rf8 42.Qe3 Rf6 43.g5 Rf5 44.Rxf5 exf5 45.Qe6+ Kh8 46.Qc8+ Qg8 47.Qxf5 Qe8 48.Kf2 Qb8 49.b4 Qb6+ 50.Kf3 Qg1 51.Qf8+ Kh7 52.Qf7+ Kh8 53.Qf8+ 1/2-1/2

Kasparov,G (2838) - Short,N (2682) [B04]
RUS-The World Moscow (6), 10.09.2002

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Be2 Bf5 7.g4 Be6 8.c4 Nb6 9.b3 f6 10.Nd3 Qxd4 11.Bb2 Qd8 12.Nc3 Na6 13.Qd2 Qc7 14.0-0-0 0-0-0 15.Qe3 Bf7 16.f4 Kb8 17.h4 e6 18.Ne4 Nd7 19.h5 h6 20.g5 Be7 21.g6 Be8 22.Kb1 Qb6 23.Bd4 c5 24.Bb2 Ka8 25.Ng3 Ndb8 26.Rhe1 Bd7 27.Nf5 exf5 28.Qxe7 Rhg8 29.Bf3 Bc6 30.Bxc6 Qxc6 31.Qe6 Qxe6 32.Rxe6 Nc6 33.Nf2 Nc7 34.Ree1 Kb8 35.Bc3 Kc8 36.Kc2 Rge8 37.Rxd8+ Kxd8 38.Rxe8+ Nxe8 39.Nd1 Kd7 40.Ne3 Ke6 41.Kd3 Nd6 42.Nd5 Ne4 43.Nc7+ Kd7 44.Nd5 Ne7 45.Nxe7 Kxe7 46.Be1 Kd7 47.a4 b6 48.Ke3 Kc6 49.Kd3 a6 50.Ke3 b5 51.Kd3 bxa4 52.bxa4 Kb6 53.Kc2 Nd6 54.Kd3 Nc8 55.Bc3 Ne7 56.Ke3 1/2-1/2

Bhat,V (2875) - Kopylov,M (2661) [B03]
Internet Section 14-B Dos Hermanas (5), 14.03.2003

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.d4 d6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qf3 Nc6 9.0-0-0 Be6 10.c5 Nd7 11.h3 Re8 12.d5 Nce5 13.Qe2 Bf5 14.f4 Nd3+ 15.Rxd3 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 Nxc5 17.Bxc5 dxc5 18.Nf3 Bf6 19.Ne4 Qe7 20.Nxf6+ Qxf6 21.g3 Rad8 22.Bg2 h6 23.Ne5 Qb6 24.Rd1 a5 25.Qf5 Re7 26.Rd2 c4 27.Qc2 Qg1+ 28.Qd1 Qc5 29.Qf3 f6 30.Ng4 Re1+ 31.Kc2 Qg1 32.Rf2 0-1

Pinto Coelho,L (2804) - Merg Vaz,M (2054) [B05]
Internet Section 15-A Dos Hermanas (6), 15.03.2003

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.h3 Bh5 7.c4 Nb6 8.exd6 cxd6 9.Nc3 Be7 10.d5 e5 11.g4 Bg6 12.h4 h5 13.g5 N6d7 14.Be3 Na6 15.a3 Nac5 16.b4 Ne4 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Bd3 Bxd3 19.Qxd3 g6 20.Nd2 a5 21.Ke2 0-0 22.Ne4 Kg7 23.c5 f5 24.gxf6+ Nxf6 25.Ng5 1-0

Khruschiov,A (2852) - MPP (2564) [B05]
Internet Section 17-B Dos Hermanas (4), 17.03.2003

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.0-0 Nc6 7.c4 Nb6 8.exd6 cxd6 9.b3 Be7 10.Be3 Bf6 11.Nc3 d5 12.c5 Nd7 13.b4 0-0 14.b5 Ne7 15.h3 Bxf3 16.Bxf3 Nxc5 17.dxc5 Bxc3 18.Rc1 Bf6 19.g4 Ng6 20.c6 bxc6 21.bxc6 Qc7 22.Qa4 Be5 23.Rb1 Rfb8 24.Be2 Ne7 25.Rbc1 a5 26.Rfd1 Rb4 27.Qc2 Rab8 28.Bd3 Rb2 29.Qa4 R8b4 30.Qa3 Bd6 31.Bc5 Bxc5 32.Rxc5 Nxc6 33.Qc3 Qf4 34.Rf1 Nd8 35.Rc8 Rb8 36.Rxd8+ Rxd8 37.Qxb2 Qf3 38.Qb6 Rf8 39.Qe3 Qf6 40.Re1 g6 41.Qe5 Qf3 42.Bf1 Qa3 43.h4 h6 44.Qe3 Qb4 45.f3 Rc8 46.Rc1 Rxc1 47.Qxc1 Qd4+ 48.Kg2 Kg7 49.Qc2 e5 50.Bd3 a4 51.a3 Qe3 52.Qe2 Qd4 53.Bc2 Qb2 54.Qd3 f5 55.gxf5 gxf5 56.Qxf5 e4 57.Qd7+ Kf6 58.Qc6+ Ke5 59.fxe4 dxe4 60.Qxe4+ Kd6 61.Qxa4 Ke5 62.Qe4+ Kd6 63.Qb4+ 1-0

Kashtanov,R (2641) - Soppe,G (2810) [B04]
Internet Section 17-B Dos Hermanas (7), 17.03.2003

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 c6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.Re1 dxe5 8.Nxe5 0-0 9.Bb3 Be6 10.Bg5 Nd7 11.Nf3 Nc7 12.c4 Nb6 13.Qc2 Bf5 14.Qd2 Ne6 15.Be3 Be4 16.Ne5 Bxb1 17.Raxb1 Qc7 18.Nf3 Rad8 19.Rbd1 Rd7 20.Qa5 Rfd8 21.c5 Nd5 22.Qxa7 Nef4 23.Bd2 Rb8 24.Bxf4 Nxf4 25.Qa4 Rbd8 26.Qc4 e6 27.g3 Nd5 28.Kg2 Ne7 29.Rd3 Nf5 30.Red1 h5 31.h3 Qa5 32.Bc2 Rd5 33.b4 Qc7 34.Bb3 R5d7 35.a4 Bf6 36.b5 g5 37.g4 hxg4 38.hxg4 Ne7 39.Qc1 Ng6 40.R3d2 Qf4 41.Rd3 Qxg4+ 42.Kf1 Nf4 43.Ne1 Qe2+ 44.Kg1 Bxd4 45.Rxd4 Rxd4 46.Rxd4 Rxd4 47.bxc6 Rd2 0-1

Hebden,M (2868) - Polaczek,R (2374) [B04]
Internet Section 18-A Dos Hermanas (2), 18.03.2003

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 Bg7 7.Qe2 0-0 8.h3 a5 9.a3 a4 10.Ba2 dxe5 11.dxe5 Nc6 12.0-0 Nd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14.Re1 Ra5 15.e6 Bxe6 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.c3 Qc4 18.Qxe6+ Qxe6 19.Rxe6 Re5 20.Rxe5 Bxe5 21.Nd2 Rd8 22.Kf1 Bf4 23.Ke2 Bxd2 24.Bxd2 Nc4 25.Bc1 b5 26.Rb1 Rd6 27.Be3 Re6 28.Kd3 Nxe3 29.fxe3 Rd6+ 30.Ke2 Rd5 31.Rf1 Rg5 32.g4 h5 33.Rf4 hxg4 34.hxg4 e5 35.Rb4 c6 36.Kf3 Kf7 37.c4 Ke6 38.cxb5 cxb5 39.e4 1-0

Khruschiov,A (2808) - Podobnik,M (2325) [B05]
Internet Section 18-A Dos Hermanas (7), 18.03.2003

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 c6 6.0-0 Bxf3 7.Bxf3 dxe5 8.dxe5 e6 9.Nd2 Nd7 10.Re1 Qc7 11.Nc4 N7b6 12.Qe2 Nxc4 13.Qxc4 0-0-0 14.a4 Be7 15.c3 h5 16.a5 g5 17.a6 b6 18.g3 Rdg8 19.Qe4 g4 20.Bg2 Bg5 21.c4 Ne7 22.Bxg5 Rxg5 23.Qf4 Rf5 24.Qe4 Rd8 25.Rad1 Rxd1 26.Rxd1 Qxe5 27.Qd3 Qc7 28.b4 Ng6 29.b5 Ne5 30.Qd4 Qd7 31.Qa1 Qc7 32.bxc6 Nxc6 33.Qh8+ Qd8 34.Rxd8+ Nxd8 35.Qe8 Kc7 36.Qe7+ Kc8 37.Qxa7 1-0

fmgaijin ♡ 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the Compliment, Xerox! I'm blushing--if having two of my famous losses appear as stem games in many places (ECO, etc.) makes me an expert, I suppose I am. As an "expert," I advise The Great Collister to only play the Nd7 line mentioned above if VERY well prepared (or in postal/turn-based). Theory right now says Black is fine, but it's a tightrope act that can be difficult OTB.