Anti-Alekhine’s Defence

White has various options against Alekhine’s Defence (1.e4 Nf6). White can choose some of the more attacking lines, or some of the slower lines:

The most attacking line for White is the “Four Pawns Attack”, which tries to blast Black off the board, but a booked up Alekhine’s player is likely to know that theory. This does not mean that White should not play it, since it’s a good line to play if White has also booked up on the theory.

The “Two Pawns Attack” is a slower more positional attacking style, where White nevertheless gets a more open position with extra space. There are also various Nc3 lines and Nf3 lines.

Alekhine’s to BDG Transposition (Surprise!)

Another option for White to get Black “out of book” is to play 2.Nc3 intending to transpose into the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, which is usually a line in the Queen Pawn openings. The transposition runs like this:

Diagram: Alekhine’s to BDG

White can also prepare this by playing first “f3” and then “e4” Anyway, Black need not fear this line. The BDG gambit is not regarded as sound by masters, but it is quite playable at the club level. White gets an open position and plenty of attacking chances as compensation for the pawn.

Black can avoid playing “2..d5” in this line, thereby avoiding this entire variation, but in that case White gets the good center of “e4” and “d4” pawns, without having to advance them (which weakens the center pawns somewhat in other lines). For example, if Black plays “2..d6” then “3.d4” transposes into the Pirc Defence, which is fine for Black, although an attacking White player is happy to attack against the fianchetto bishop!

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