45 ( +1 | -1 ) Alekhines Defense (1.e4 Nf6) + exchange var.I've taken up the Alekhine as my #1 defense to e4. Most of my games are really knife-edge battles with interesting and varied positions. Does anyone else enjoy playing this defense and would like to contribute some of their experiences with it? I find the most challenging variation so far to be the exchange variation with 8.Rc1 and 9.b3 (1.e4 Nf6; 2.e5 Nd5; 3. d4 d6; 4. c4 Nb6; 5.exd6 cxd6; 6.Nc3 g6; 7.Be3 Bg7; 8.Rc1 0-0; 9.b3). How do you Alekhine players (or if you play this variation as white) like to tackle this one?
28 ( +1 | -1 ) I think this is a poor opening forblack except for the most skilled players. I move to 2. e5 and start the process of chasing the knight around while I am all the time developing pawns and pieces. Of all the openings available this one for Black I think a waste of time, development and tempo. Just my humblr opinion.
77 ( +1 | -1 ) Just an openingThe Alekhine is like most defenses to e4 - with accurate play white can obtain a small plus, but there are many paths to equality for black. I agree this opening is difficult to play with respect that if black does not time his counterpunch for the right moment he can get squashed by white's space advantage, but with straightforward development by white there is usually ample oppurtunity for hypermodern counterplay against the white pawn centre.
Remember that although the Black knight does get chased by pawns twice to end up at his home on b6, white is spending his time moving pawns, not developing pieces. Black's strategy is to fix these pawns and counterattack them, hoping to exploit weaknesses created by the pawn advancement.