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
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.
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.
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.