Alekhine’s Defence is a Black defence against e4 that starts with Nf6. It has a style whereby White is allowed to create a huge central pawn mass, and the Black player then hacks away at it. The opening has a tactical style and is not particularly popular. Nevertheless, it is quite playable, especially in a club tournament level.
Diagram: Alekhine Defence
White has various choices for lines against Alekhine’s Defence:
- Four pawns attack
- Two pawns attack
- Nc3 lines
There is even a way to transpose into the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, which might be of interest to attacking players. White plays “2.Nc3” and “3.d4”. The BDG is regarded as unsound by masters, but is quite trappy at club level. Read more about: Anti-Alekhine’s Defence Lines.
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