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Why did Black play that funny Knight move?
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My favorite Alekhine's Defense games aims to answer that question. White is frequently taken by surprise right from the beginning and Black is able to generate a lot of counterplay.

Pin and Pin and Pin and Pin to Win, One of my Alltime Favorites
B Gamback vs R Nevanlinna, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Perfectly Played Opening with 4...c5 and 6...e6
M Dzhumaev vs Mamedyarov, 2004 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Classical Kengis System with 4...exd5
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2002
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Classical Kengis with 6.Qf3!?
Sherzer vs A N Panchenko, 1992 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 67 moves, 0-1

Classical Kengis System with 4...dxe5 leads to Zugzwang
Ulibin vs Bagirov, 1992
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 76 moves, 0-1

Classical Kengis, White Plays 11.Nxd7?! Easing Black's Game
E Mukhametov vs Bagirov, 1995 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 53 moves, 0-1

Classical Kengis by transposition
S Maus vs Vaganian, 1992 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 35 moves, 0-1

Four Pawns with 6...c5
Ilincic vs I Marinkovic, 1989 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

Massive counter play for Black in the 4 pawns line
E Simini vs H Steniczka, 1973
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

7...Rf8 is key
P J Draganova vs M Velcheva, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

3Nc3 line
J Pelikian vs F Peralta, 2002
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Aggresive Play in the Chase Variation
L Falout vs P Freisler, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

Nice Comeback by Black in the Chase Variation
H D Pedersen vs C Hansen, 1981 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Chase Variation with 6...Nxc3
E G Sergeant vs Tartakower, 1946 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Chase Variation with 8...Ba6
A Machulsky vs Bagirov, 1973 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

Exchange Variation with 5...exd6
M Dubois vs P Dias, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Exchange Variation with 5...exd6
S Belkhodja vs Vaganian, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 52 moves, 0-1

Exchange Variation 5...exd6 with 7...Bf5!?
S Einacker vs M Kopylov, 2001
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

5.dxe5 is met by 5...Bg4
P Chandler vs Bagirov, 1994
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 0-1

Liquidation Variation with 5.d3?!
A Bek vs B Pasternak, 1947 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Liquidation Variation With 5.d4 5...e5 Tons of Tactics!
Mikkel Jorgensen vs K V Pedersen, 2000
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

Nice Bishop sac in the Liquidation Variation
Smyslov vs Vaganian, 1987 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Long Castle in Liquidation Variation
S Efkarpidis vs M Etmans, 2001
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

Nice Finish Liquidation Variation
Alburt vs Vasiukov, 1967 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

Liquidation Variation 5.d4 Nc6
W Jday vs T Zoltek, 2004
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 66 moves, 0-1

The tricky 6c4 line
T Ernst vs Bagirov, 1992 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 57 moves, 1-0

4.Bc4 Answered by 4...Nb6!?
T Angqvist vs Bagirov, 1990
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

4.Bc4 Answered by 4...Nb6!?
M Sibarevic vs Bagirov, 1976
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

How to Meet 2.d3, Nice Tactical Finish
G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

2.d3
C Orbaan vs Hort, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

The Voronezh set-up in the Exchange Variation
N Zdebskaja vs Karjakin, 2000 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

The Voronezh Goes Down!
D Gross vs Bagirov, 1996 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 54 moves, 0-1

Exchange Variation, White Plays d5, Declining Queen Exchange
J Houska vs A Summerscale, 1999
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Exchange Variation, White Plays d5 Declines Queen Exchange
Seidman vs Fine, 1945 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 51 moves, 0-1

2.Nc3 gets 2...d6!?
P Vavra vs Pribyl, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Four Pawns, Textbook Endgame Technique
M Sagafos vs E Anatsko, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

E Steiner vs Alekhine, 1921 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 62 moves, 0-1

Jonkman vs Wenliang, 2002
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 42 moves, 0-1

E Mnatsakanian vs Khmelnitsky, 1989 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 28 moves, 0-1

V Podinic vs M Grunberg, 2001
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Knight Exchange
E Khaskelman vs A G Panchenko, 1999 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

Knight Exchange
T Lynge vs Morten Nielsen, 2001
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

5.Nf3 Gets 5..g6
G Brunelli vs V Cibulka, 2001
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 55 moves, 0-1

Chase Variation
Z Radojevic vs V Cibulka, 1973 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

T Gillani vs Baburin, 2004 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 17 moves, 0-1

4 Pawns
Y Gruenfeld vs Ljubojevic, 1979 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

M Borriss vs J Nogueiras, 2004
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 65 moves, 0-1

Bc4 gets Nb6
Fedorowicz vs Alburt, 1985 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 40 moves, 0-1

Ng5 gets c6!
K Choobak vs Alburt, 1985
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 17 moves, 0-1

Bc4 gets Nb6
de Firmian vs Alburt, 1986
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 35 moves, 0-1

L Milman vs Shabalov, 2004
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

Martin Salinas vs M Acosta, 2001
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 38 moves, 0-1

M Gavric vs Khmelnitsky, 1990
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 32 moves, 0-1

J G Nicholson vs Khmelnitsky, 1990
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 50 moves, 0-1

R Francisco vs D Zilberstein, 2004
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 33 moves, 0-1

Awesome 4 Pawns
J Vetemaa vs Shabalov, 1986 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

4 Pawns
Gheorghiu vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

Exchange Variation
A Volokitin vs Ivanchuk, 2006 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

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