This book is devoted to openings rather exotic.
It is maybe the Alekhine Defence, which can be spared such definite evaluation, but this would be probably only due to the reputation of this outstanding chess-genius.
It is hardly worth denying that Black would eventually fail to equalize after moves like 1…a6, or 1...b6.
Nevertheless... the chess-players, belonging to the older generations, definitely remember the famous game Karpov – Miles (Skara 1980) 1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5.
Many less experienced players have encountered opponents at club-level who solve their opening problems once and for all, by avoiding the endless complicated lines of the Ruy Lopez, or the Sicilian Defence and instead respond to 1.e4 with 1...Nc6 (1...b6, 1...a6, 1...Nf6) and take care only about all immediate refutation attempts?
- Baker's Defence
- Owen's Defence
- Nimzowitsch Defence
- Alekhine's Defence
- 1.e4 e6 2.d4