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Alekhine's Defense (B02)
1 e4 Nf6

Number of games in database: 1952
Years covered: 1887 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 38.3%
   Black wins 34.2%
   Draws 27.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  24 games
Sveshnikov  18 games
Geza Maroczy  15 games
Vladimir Bagirov  42 games
Lev Alburt  30 games
Alexander Baburin  23 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1926
H Borochow vs Fine, 1932
B Verlinsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925
NN vs G Geshev, 1935
G Gibbs vs L Schmid, 1968
J Rabinovich vs Levenfish, 1927
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 page 1 of 79; games 1-25 of 1,952  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Samuel Lewis McCalla vs L D Barbour  1-0271887Casual gameB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. J M Hanham vs E Delmar 1-05418931st City Chess Club TournamentB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. T Physick vs John Edmund Hall  1-0461897City of London CC - Yorkshire CA telephone mB02 Alekhine's Defense
4. Pillsbury vs E Chatard 1-0161900Blindfold simul, 12bB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Nimzowitsch vs Albin 1-0381905Austro-Hungarian championshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. A Donegan / E Muller vs Alekhine / O Zimmerman 0-1331921Consultation gameB02 Alekhine's Defense
7. Saemisch vs Alekhine ½-½241921BudapestB02 Alekhine's Defense
8. Z von Balla vs K Sterk 1-0171921BudapestB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. Maroczy vs G Marco 1-0381921The HagueB02 Alekhine's Defense
10. J Krejcik vs A Gottlieb 1-071922Landstraser schachbuB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. Hermanus Jan Ament vs NN  1-0121922Sneek WinterB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. City of Kuldiga vs City of Ventspils  1-0231922Kuldiga v. VentspilsB02 Alekhine's Defense
13. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich 0-1351922Leningrad-ChB02 Alekhine's Defense
14. A Aurbach vs Alekhine 1-0261922Exhibition gameB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. L Bourqui vs I Koenig 0-1291922Team MatchB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. P F Johner vs G Marco ½-½261922Bad PistyanB02 Alekhine's Defense
17. Prokes vs G Marco 1-0501922Bad PistyanB02 Alekhine's Defense
18. O Zander vs S Gruber 1-041192222. DSB KongressB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. J Mieses vs B Kostic ½-½581922Teplitz-SchönauB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. H Wolf vs Gruenfeld ½-½391922Teplitz-SchönauB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. Maroczy vs Bogoljubov 1-0461922ViennaB02 Alekhine's Defense
22. Euwe vs De Koning 1-0211923AmsterdamB02 Alekhine's Defense
23. P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner 1-0291923USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
24. P Krueger vs Gruenfeld  0-143192323. DSB KongressB02 Alekhine's Defense
25. A Becker vs Gruenfeld  ½-½30192323. DSB KongressB02 Alekhine's Defense
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  Robin01: How about this variation -- 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne4. I faced this over the weekend as white. I know the theory move for white is d3, but I decide to go for d4 (decided I was not going to chase the black knight) here and got a good game. Anyone else ever faced this from the white side? I will try to post more of the game later.

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  whiteshark: <Robin01: How about this variation -- <1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne4.>> is called <Mokele Mbembe>. It has been invented/analysed by Stefan Buecker (Nakamura) ...

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  Robin01: <whiteshark>Thanks.

Here is the position from later in that game. The queens came off shortly and we played out this endgame for another 50 moves. The game ended in a draw. It is white's move in the position.

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  tamar: <whiteshark> You could have said it was <Clyde> Nakamura!
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  whiteshark: Tkanks for pointing out, <tamar>. I didn't know that there are more Nakamuras (4: It's one of those split-second non-awarenesses that make you look like a patzer. Like todays puzzle. :D
May-09-10  refutor: does anyone have tim taylor's new book "Alekhine Alert"?

what are the lines he recommends v. Nf3? is it a decent book?

May-25-10  midknightblue: I just ordered it. I understand that he recommends exd6 in the exchange variation, and that he feels white's strongest variation is the modern variation, where he recommends 4 Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 and either 5...c6 or g6, noting that in some cases the lines can transpose. You can download a pdf of the table of contents and of the beginning of the chapter on the modern variation on the everyman chess website.
Jun-20-10  rapidcitychess: I was considering adding the Alekhine to my very small opening list (Ruy Lopez,Najdorf Sicilian, King's Indian) until I saw the amazing Spielmann gambit.As most of you know it goes <1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3. e5 Nfd7 4.e6!?> Before I adress the gambit itself AgentRGent 3...Ne4 It is a move that seems good but GM Boris Alterman points out that the odd looking 4.Nce2! gives White a advantage. His main line runs 4...Nc5 5.d4 Ne6 6.f4

Now we go to the gambit.
4...fxe6 (forced)5.d4 and the main position is reached. Now I turn it over to Boris Alterman. In case you cannot get that, There are three main lines 5..Nf6
Spielmann vs S Landau, 1933
The others are discussed in the video as I have no games for those.I will try to get those.I need to watch this to get the others.

Untill next time...

Aug-05-10  TomGinTX: I am reading "Alekhine Alert" nowadays. I like it. Also like Starting Out: Alekhine and Davies' Alekhine's Defence.

vs Modern 4 Nf3, he recommends Kengis 5...g6 or 5...c3.

vs Exchange 5...exd6

vs 4 Pawns 5...g6

Every chapter has a section of "Lines I don't like". He steers you away from lines where you have to memorize a lot of theory just to keep from getting killed.

rapid, you can go ahead with the Alekhine. After 2 Nc3, Taylor recommends 2...e5. Instead of the cool gambit, White has to play a Vienna or Four Knights or somesuch. Maybe he will fall asleep at the board and you will win on time. 8-)

You can also play 2...d6 and go to a Pirc, or 2...e6 and go to a French.

Aug-05-10  AgentRgent: <rapidcitychess> With all due respect to GM Alterman this line looks rather poor for white in practice... e.g. Opening Explorer

Furthermore, shows Black scoring 36% vs 13% for white after 6...g6 (incidentally the last white win was in 1996 with 3 Black wins [1 this year in Prague] and 6 draws since).

I'd be interested to see GM Alterman's analysis on this line.

Aug-22-10  rapidcitychess: Hmm, nice. <Agent> It doesn't give a winning advantage. If you can read up on it,that would be nice, that's about all he gives on it, and it's fairly old to so maybe? I don't know much about it, and I have about zero opening books except for an old book by Seirawan that's worth it weight in something. But it's no good for me. :-)

<rapid, you can go ahead with the Alekhine. After 2 Nc3, Taylor recommends 2...e5. Instead of the cool gambit, White has to play a Vienna or Four Knights or somesuch. Maybe he will fall asleep at the board and you will win on time. 8-)> I tried it. I got squished like a bug. :-(

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day:
Alekhine's Defense, Krejcik Variation
1.e4 ♘f6 2.♗c4

What a strange opening.I have never even considered gambitting a pawn like that.

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  keypusher: <Penguincw: Opening of the Day: Alekhine's Defense, Krejcik Variation 1.e4 Nf6 2.Bc4

What a strange opening.I have never even considered gambitting a pawn like that.>

It's not really a gambit. 2....Nxe4 3.Bxf7+ Kxf7 4.Qh5+ g6 (or 4....Kg8) 5.Qd5+ e6 6.Qxe4. But Black should take the pawn anyway, since he winds up with the bishop pair and an extra pawn in the center.

Of course 2....d5 is also fine, and 2....e5 is a Bishop's Opening.

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Alekhine's Defense
1.e4 ♘f6

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Nov-04-12  AgentRgent: The Krejcik comes round again...

Opening of the Day (Nov 4, 2012)
Alekhine's Defense, Krejcik Variation
1. e4 Nf6 2. Bc4

Nov-12-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Any club players here who venture this opening with any frequency? Thinking about picking it up and am curious which variations are most commonly seen.
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  WannaBe: <keypusher> is a practictioner of this opening, pick his brain...
Nov-12-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Thanks. I've played the French for probably 15 years. Just getting tired of the exchange variation.
Nov-13-12  Shams: <Wyatt Gwyon> As I understand things, the lines after <4.Nf3> are why today's elite players shy away from Alekhine's Defense. For a while the Voronezh Attack was quite dangerous, but Black is surviving that well enough today I think. Whether you can play for a win against it is a question I don't know the answer to. You'll see it a lot, so defending that is a good place to start:

Dec-29-12  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Alekhine's Defense (B02)

1. e4 ♘f6

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Jul-15-13  parisattack: I never tried the Alekhine until recently in a series of email games. I actually sort of like it! Seems to take a few games to get into the swing, however.

Many books on the Alekhine, course. Although a little out-of-date the best is the two volume German Die Aljechin Verteidigung by Siebenhaar / Delnef / Ottstadt. (Sounds like a German law firm!)

If any interest I can post a list of Alekhine tomes.

GM Baburin plays it quite well, 100+ games in the database.

Jul-15-13  parisattack: Alekhine Defense Books

Bagirov - Alekhine's Defence
Bogdanov - Play the Alekhine
Burgess - New Ideas in the Alekhine Defence
Christiansen - Alekhine's Defense As White: The Four Pawns Attack Davies - Alekhine's Defence
Dunworth - Developments in the Alekhine 1985-1987
Eales and Williams - Alekhine's Defence
Greet - Beating Unusual Ches Defences
Hort - Alekhine's Defence
Hort and Keene - Alekhine's Defence
Lane - Alekhine Defence
Lonsdale - Alekhine Defence: 3. d4 Against the Brooklyn Variation Lonsdale - Alekhone Defence: Larsen Variation
Martin - Trends in the Alekhine 2
McDonald - Trends in the Alekhine 1
Sawyer - Alekhine Defence Playbook
Schwarz - Alekhine Verteidigung
Siebenhaar, Et Al - Die Aljechin Verteidigung B1
Siebenhaar, Et Al - Die Alejechin Verteidigung B2
Smith and Hall - Alekhine's Defense
Soltis - Beating the Alekhine Defense with the Exchange Variation Taylor - Alekhine Alert!
Tucker and Long - Alekhine's Defense: Bronstein-Ljubojevic Weinstein - The Alekhine 1977


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  TheFocus: Hey <paris> I picked up the DeLucia 2-volume set for $675. A bargain.
Jul-15-13  parisattack: That's a bargain, indeed <TheFocus>! Saw <Bogomeister> [KC] listing them on eBay for $1100 recently.
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  TheFocus: Brandreth has it for $1020.

My dealer went directly to David.

They are not inscribed though.

Two of my others are signed. (Not the Fischer one!)

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