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The ABC of Alekhine

DVD-box, ChessBase, 2. edition 2011.

From the Series »Fritz Trainer Opening«

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In 2007 we viewed Alekhine's Defence as an excellent opening to play if Black wants to go for the win and four years later this has not changed. If anything, more Grandmasters are using the opening today. Black gets a tough and resilient position with ample opportunity for counterchances.

With 1...Nf6 he immediately throws down the gauntlet to the pawn on e4 and tries to take the initiative from the very first moves. This is a particularly effective game-plan at club level, where knowledge of exact theory is sketchy and where a passive response to immediate aggression is commonplace.

So in the fully updated ABC of the Alekhine, we take a look at how the opening stands in 2011. 1...Nf6 seems to have a bright and enduring future. IM Andrew Martin provides sound, active recommendations for Black, modified if necessary to account for the passing of time and which can be used at all levels of play. To underestimate Alekhine's Defence would be a big mistake indeed!

Video running time: 7 h 30 min!

System requirements:

  • Pentium-PC at 300 Mhz or higher
  • 64 MB RAM
  • Windows 7, Vista, XP ®
  • DVD drive
  • mouse
  • soundcard


Sample Video

Language English
Author Martin, Andrew
Publisher ChessBase
Series Fritz Trainer Opening
Edition 2.
Medium DVD
Weight 100 g
Width 12.9 cm
Height 18.3 cm
ISBN-13 9783866812499
Year of Publication 2011
Binding DVD-box

Review of the 1st edition 2007:

The sympathetic speaking IM Andrew Martin explains you in this fritztrainer openings DVD a exciting repertoire line for black on the Alekhine defence where he prefers to on less explored lines.

As for example on 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 which was a favoured line of England's chess gladiator Tony Miles.

Nigel Davies one wrote in his book the Alekhine's defence Everyman Chess 2001;Tony Miles has been playing this a lot;it's a very reasonable move which theory has virtually ignored. Rather than challenge white's knight immediately, black first protects the horse on d5.This precludes the possibility of a sacrifice on f7, and indeed the German chess bible from Bagirow does not even mention the move 5..c6!

Andrew Martin does not only explain in these 25 multimedia files the secrets of the Alekhine but he also explains you how to explain and understand this aggressive line.

The running time of this DVD is nearly six hours and that makes it to one of the best loaded ChessBase openings DVD's.

In the 1970 Palma de Mallorca interzonal tournament Fischer started to experiment with the Alekhine defence and he played a fascinating 98 game move with Brown but at the 1972 world championship he out played Spassky in the 13th match game!

Later the Russians wrote after 1 ... Nf6 what a surprise!

And even later Botvinnink wrote: I think that Fischer's finest creative achievement was the 13th game of his match with Spassky, so with this DVD from Andrew Martin you are in excellent company to take up the Alekhine defence!

Conclusion: Buy it for the instructive explanations and tricky Alekhine tips!

With courtesy by the author:

John Elburg

August 2007

The ABC of Alekhine