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Alekhine Defense Sadler's Collections Plus
Compiled by fredthebear
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Frethebear copied 28 games from Kirk Sadler's collections, primarily on top of the list. Thank you Sadler!

Fredthebear is going to jack this up some with additional Alekhine games and less common knight hikes in various openings that might or might not make sense.

* Game Collection: Why did Black play that funny Knight move?

* A Study... Game Collection: A Study of the Alekhine's Defence ...

* Morphischer: Game Collection: Alekhine Defense

* by Dreamcircus
A virtually unknown side variation of Alekhine's Defense, the O'Sullivan Gambit may or may not have been named after the notorious (and seemingly first-name-less) O'Sullivan who scored one draw and twelve losses out of thirteen games in the Hiversum Zonal tournament in 1947, and about whom Harry Golombek said "O'Sullivan's play was rather worse than his score." No analysis of this strange opening is to be found on the web, only brief mentions in long lists of obscure variations, so this node will be written based on personal experience and a half-remembered article in the Irish Chess Journal about 10 years ago. The opening moves are:

1.e4 Nf6
2.e5 Nd5
3.d4 b5!?

The normal move in Alekhine's Defense at this point would be 3...d6, attacking the white central pawn formation. The move played seems bizarre, sacrificing a pawn for no good reason, but there is a certain amount of logic behind it.

Black is preventing White from playing 4.c4, attacking the knight. Admittedly it is only delayed, but the delay allows Black time to attack the white center from the flanks. Black's white-squared bishop is going to fianchetto itself on b7, where it controls the long diagonal from a8 to h1 which has been weakened by White's e4-e5 pawn move. Black is tempting White's bishop into a vulnerable position, where it can be attacked in order to gain further time for development. Besides all this, the move is relatively unanalyzed and crazy-looking, which inevitably means that some White players will get cocky, making them more likely to fall into one of the waiting traps. Now, having said that, there is one major downside which balances all the points in the list above, namely:

It loses a pawn
If White accepts the pawn, and really there is no reason for him not to, then play continues:

4.Bxb5 c5!

Another pawn is sacrificed, but this one cannot be taken. If White plays 5.dxc5 then there follows 5...Qa5+ 6.Qd2 (6.Nc3 is impossible because Black plays 6...Nxc3) Qxb5 7.Qxd5 Bb7, and Black will capture the pawn on g2 with his bishop on the next move, winning the rook on h1 and with it the game. There are several possible replies, with the best being:

5.Bc4! Bb7

Black cannot try the same idea as in the previous note (5...cxd4? 6.Bxd5 Qa5+ 7.Nc3! dxc3) because after 8.b4! Qxb4 9.Bxa8 the position is lost. After 5...Bb7 the position holds some attacking possibilities for Black based on the long white diagonal controlled by his bishop and the semi-open b- and c-files, but it is probably insufficient compensation for the sacrificed pawn. As far as I know this opening has never been seen at grandmaster level, and with good reason.

The mainline Four Pawn Attack
B G Smith vs Shabalov, 2007 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Four-pawns line in action again.
Movsesian vs Z Varga, 2005 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

primary 4. Nf3 line
Tomashevsky vs Mamedyarov, 2016 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 43 moves, 1-0

The mainline after 4. Nf3 5. .. c6 6. Bc4
Efimenko vs I Khairullin, 2012 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

The mainline of the .. cxd6 Exchange
Pavasovic vs Shabalov, 2007
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

The game that inspired me to take up this line in 4 pawn attack
Ilincic vs I Marinkovic, 1989 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

Another 4-pawn attack line.
M Turpanov vs I A Nataf, 1993 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

A quick checkmate for Black in my 4-pawn line.
A Deloup vs J M Dubois, 1989 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Kmoch Variation 3.Bc4 (B02) 0-1 Interference
E G Sergeant vs Alekhine, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

Game 118: The Guinness Book of Chess GMs by William Hartston
Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: (Not) Normal Var (B02) 0-1 Reinfeld # puzzle
I Rabinovich vs Levenfish, 1927 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 11 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def., Scandi Var. Geschev Gambit (B02) 0-1 Legall's #
NN vs G Geshev, 1935 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Game #5 in Lombardy's "Modern Chess Opening Traps"
G Gibbs vs L Schmid, 1968 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Var (B02) 0-1 P charges
W Von Holzhausen vs Kmoch, 1928
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def., Scandinavian Var (B02) 0-1 White is BUTT UGLY
M A Kislov vs Gipslis, 1970 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Var (B02) 0-1 Eat just one rook
M Herdering vs H Schultz, 1993 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 12 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Var (B02) 0-1Enter the Queen!
K Moniszka vs T Kamieniecki, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Transposes to Russian Game (C42) 0-1 Beware same side B&N on f2
J Lastovicka vs F Vykydal, 1971 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 12 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Brooklyn Variation (B02) 0-1 Stockfish notes
Fressinet vs Carlsen, 2014 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Two Pawn Attack. Lasker Var (B02) 0-1
Z Radojevic vs Bagirov, 1973 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 13 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Two Pawn Attack. Lasker Var (B02)0-1 Q entrapment
D de Vreugt vs P Egeli, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 20 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Spielmann Gambit (B02) 0-1 Superior development
A Kuindzhy vs Alburt, 1974 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 20 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Normal (B03) 0-1 Develop Ns before Bs
Hecker vs A Harju, 1976 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Normal (B03) 0-1 Fianchetto suicide
L Masiagutova vs S Sudarikov, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense Normal (B02) 1-0 Miniature: Checkmate w/a pawn
A Powers vs Dake, 1937 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Normal (B03) 0-1Failed pin gives away 2 pawns
T J Pirttimaki vs Chekhov, 1983 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Hunt Variation. Lasker Simul G. (B02)0-1 Q&N roam
L Dobrovolsky vs P Hardicsay, 1978 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 12 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Saemisch Attack (B02) 0-1 Stockfish notes
E Steiner vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Saemisch Attack (B02) 0-1 Get the Q in close!
P Rahls vs Bagirov, 1990 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Saemisch Attack (B02) 0-1 Lost horse regardless
U Voigt vs Pribyl, 1996 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Four Pawns Attack (B03) 1-0 N betters B
Lasker vs S Bernstein, 1928 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

Nunn's Chess Openings prefers 9. dxc5 ♘6d7 10. e6 fxe6 11.
W Adams vs NN, 1950 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: 4Pawns Attack (B03) Tal blows the center to bits
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def. Four Ps Attk. Main Line (B03) 0-1 Q sac declined
Kupreichik vs Alburt, 1974 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

David Bronstein (1924-2006) Sacrifices all over the place!
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def. Four Pawns Attack. ML (B03)0-1 Qside penetration
A Andreev vs Khmelnitsky, 1988 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Four Pawns Attack (B03) 0-1 Stunning combo!
J Vetemaa vs Shabalov, 1986 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. 4Ps Attk. ML (B03) 0-1 Q sac accepted N interpose
G den Broeder vs T de Veij, 1980 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def. Four Pawns Attack. Main L (B03) 0-1 Q sac, K walk
E Maahs vs W Pajeken, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

How not to play White in the 2.Bc4 Nxe4 line vs Alekhine's Def
B Hofer vs A Nugteren, 1996 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Two Pawn Attack (B02) 1-0 "Book trap"
H Borochow vs Fine, 1932 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Two Pawn Attack. Lasker Variation (B02) 0-1
H D Pedersen vs C Hansen, 1981 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Game 58 in 'Modern Chess Strategy' by Ludek Pachman.
G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Modern (B04) 1/2- Slight resemblance French Advan
Keres vs J Turn, 1936 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 34: Move by Move - Tal (Lakdawala)
Tal vs Larsen, 1965 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Game 41: Alekhine Alert by Timothy Taylor
M Yudovich Jr. vs Larsen, 1962 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 47 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Modern 11.gxBf3 ML (B05) 0-1 Kside play N vs B EG
Leko vs Blatny, 1993
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 43 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def Modern 12.BxBf3 ML (B05) 0-1 Black isolani, R sac
Timman vs Bagirov, 1971 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 77 moves, 0-1

Why you play 11. gxf3 instead of 11. Bxf3
Gufeld vs Alburt, 1972 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 59 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def Modern 10.Nd2 Bf5 ML (B05) 0-1 Stacked e-file
R Mainka vs Yusupov, 1998
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 42 moves, 0-1

Classic kitchen sink attack, one of GK's best (15 yrs old)
Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 37 moves, 1-0

Kasparov was about 12 years old, and Yermolinsky about 17
Kasparov vs Yermolinsky, 1975 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 48 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def Modern ...Bg6 ML (B05) 1-0 What was Lev thinkin'?
Kudrin vs Alburt, 1981 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 44 moves, 1-0

Chess Review, 1933. Jan. 6 Kashdan notes by ForeverYoung
Kashdan vs Euwe, 1932 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Exchange (B03) 0-1 Pound 'em w/pins
H Wolf vs Gruenfeld, 1922 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Exchange Var (B03) 0-1 Up the exchange
H Petersen vs E Torre, 1972 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Exchange (B03) 0-1 The Immortal Pin Game
B Gamback vs R Nevanlinna, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Sodium Attack (A00) Direct hits on f7 and h7; odd mate pattern
R Durkin vs Spielman, 1957 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Hungarian vs Nc6 Cntr P Duo(A00) 1-0Qside play, sideways K walk
Larsen vs Geller, 1960 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Van Geet (Dunst) Opening (A00) 1-0 Nxf7 sac, Q&B battery hit e6
Myers vs Savon, 1959 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Trompowsky (A45) 0-1 Similar back rank assault by Black
S Terentiev vs J Gallagher, 1990 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Mexican Defense (A50) 0-1 Smothered attack nets Q for N & B
Venert vs V Mechkarov, 1970 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 6 moves, 0-1

Mexican Def./Black Knights Tango (A50) 0-1 Played on a ship
Marshall vs Carlos Torre, 1925 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 7 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Spielmann Gambit (B02) 1-0 Bone in the throat
F Gobl vs Jonas, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Spielmann Gambit (B02) 1-0 e6-pawn thrusts
Chelidze vs N Terashvili, 1976
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def. Steiner Var (B02) 1-0 Morphy's Concealed # coming
A A Barbosa de Oliveira / M Kiss vs Reti / L Vianna, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: Steiner Var (B02) 0-1 Stockfish notes; 14...?
F Frenkel vs C Lakdawala, 1987 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Var(C29) 0-1 Early Ps eat Ns
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1876  
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 21 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Krejcik Gambit (B02) 1-0 Imbalanced
H Pusch vs V Gassmann, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 68 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def. 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 c5 (B02) 0-1 0-0 vs 0-0-0, Exch S
M Morgan vs Yermolinsky, 1990 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Scandinavian 2.Nc3 (B02) 0-1 Like Shirazi-Peters
M Schriemer vs P Borman, 2004 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 5 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Scandinavian Var (B02) 1-0 Black had an escape
D Moore vs K Barclay, 1962 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Modern. Main Line (B05) 0-1 Pick on the Q
F Krautheim vs E Zemgalis, 1946
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 26 moves, 0-1

"A Long Walk Off a Short Peer" (game of the day May-26-2009)
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: Modern. Larsen, Miles Line (B04) 1-0 N+ robs pin
O Johannesson vs H Haga, 2012 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 13 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: Modern. Larsen-Haakert (B04) 1-0Pin game clincher
B Al-Hajiri vs M Hamal, 2014 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 15 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: Spielmann Gambit (B02) 0-1 Exch Sacs & Q romps
J Mieses vs Colle, 1930
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Exchange (B03) 0-1 Lost to his own opening
Alekhine / Gosselin vs Tartakower / Villeneuve, 1933 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 57 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Saemisch Attack (B02) 0-1 R sac for battery #
M Finkelstein vs G Kramer, 1946 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian 3.e5 Nd7 French-like (B02) 1-0
I Rogers vs F Delay, 1985 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: General (B02) 0-1 Q sac crusher for Boden's # w/R
A Baiwa vs J Nogueiras, 2004 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

Alekhine's Defense (B03) 0-1 internet blitz
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2020 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 58 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Modern. Larsen Var (B04) 0-1 Castling helps win
Nepomniachtchi vs J Xiong, 2020 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 21 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Scandinavian Var (B02) 0-1 Exch Sac for attack!
M Corden vs A H Williams, 1970 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Modern. Keres Var (B04) 0-1 U.S. Champions
L Christiansen vs Alburt, 1990 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 46 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Brooklyn Variation (B02) 0-1 Combo finish
M Oleksienko vs V Bernadskiy, 2017 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Two Pawn Attack (B02) 0-1 Q sac for K hunt
E S Jackson vs Denker, 1934 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Flohr, 1936 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine Defense: Maroczy Var (B02) 0-1 Q trap
NN vs F Rhine, 1977 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: General (B02) 1/2-1/2 Correspondence
L Compagnie vs J Prins, 1989
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine's Defense (B02) 0-1 Remove the Defender
L Kubbel vs I Rabinovich, 1922
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Alekhine's Defense, Krejcik Variation (B02): 0-1 Juniors
B de Jonghe vs Barlov, 1976 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 74 moves, 0-1

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