Alekhine's Defence (1...Nf6) is a sharp and often underrated counter to 1.e4.
Black immediately challenges the white e-pawn and tries to lure White into constructing a big central position.
Black's hope is that White's central installations will become unwieldy and vulnerable to a middlegame counter-attack.
Grandmaster Nigel Davies, an Alekhine's Defence aficionado himself, has produced the ideal first primer on this dynamic system which will help you to start playing it straightaway - or, for white players, learn what to expect when someone plays it against you.
- Classical with 4. ...Bg4
- Classical Kengis System: 4. ...dxe5 5. Nxe5 g6
- Classical with 4. ...dxe5 5.Nxe5: 5....Nd7 and 5. ...c6
- Classical Divergences: 4. ...c6, 4....Nc6 and 4. ...g6
- Exchange Variation
- Four Pawns Attack