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  • Alekhine Alert!

    Just came in the mail today. A repertoire book that only focuses on lines of which author Timothy Taylor personally approves. There is no 4...Bg4 for the modern line! His aim is also to eliminate complicated "computer" lines. Unfortunately, it didn't arrive early enough in time for the game I'm currently playing against a much higher rated player in the CCLA!



    Also, a funny thing happened when I was typing this out:




    The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

    -JacksonWShowalter

  • #2
    I've heard real good things about Tim's writing, but haven't purchased any to date. Strong player, nice guy. Let us know how you like the book!
    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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    • #3
      I'm going to study his recommendations for the modern first, as that seems to be the variation everyone uses in correspondence--no doubt because the databases show it's a good response. It'll be a while before I get to put my new knowledge to practice, because all my current games are either not 1.e4 or well out of book.
      The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

      -JacksonWShowalter

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      • #4
        I learned most my Nf6 prowess from IM Andrew Martin's Chessbase videos - real good stuff.
        Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

        An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

        My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
          I learned most my Nf6 prowess from IM Andrew Martin's Chessbase videos - real good stuff.
          Mine is from trial and (a lot of) error, supplemented with tidbits from various (off-topic) books and some advice and analysis from FM David Levin (who has a site here: David Levin Chess).

          At any rate, here's me hoping the OP will update on how he likes the Alekhine Defense part of the book.
          Have you read the Forum rules?

          Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
          Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
          Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
          Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
          Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
          Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
          Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
          --Red Dwarf

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          • #6
            Yes,

            I had this book, and I think it's really good. If you are under 1800, most of what you'll see vs Alekhine's is the exchange, the four pawns, and 2. Nc3, whereupon you can transpose into a Vienna, or a Pirc/Czech Pirc, also possible to transpose into the French but the obstructive pawn sacrifice makes black's side difficult to play. I actually never got to play Alekhine's in a tournament. Everyone I played played 2. Nc3 so I transposed into the Vienna and won several games. Perhaps it's a regional thing. East Coast.

            His chapter on the exchange is one I looked over most, and it's great. His suggestions for the fianchetto against the four pawns is a little shaky for me. I'm sure it's viable, but I think you'd probably have to be an expert to play those lines well, as there are pawn breaks and positional pawn sacs that make it work and that stuff isn't intuitive.

            On the whole though it's a great book, and we're probably lucky he did the Budapest book first because Alekhine Alert is better organized, though both books were clearly handled with similar pedagogical goals. Bad lines, don't play them, here's why, now the good lines.

            Enjoy and keep us updated.
            "Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."- George Bernard Shaw

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
              I learned most my Nf6 prowess from IM Andrew Martin's Chessbase videos - real good stuff.
              Are you comfortable with players who does not answer alekhine defense with e5? For example the move 2.Nc3. I heard some Alekhine players(rated 1900-2100) gave up Alekhine because of this(not because it will give white a better edge, but because they don't like such positions, for example transposing into some type of vienna game)...
              " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

              -- Garry Kasparov--

              "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

              --- Garry Kasparov--

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              • #8
                Nah, I don't care what they play. I do like the chase variations best, but I don't get miffed when there's no e5.
                Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ryan_c View Post
                  Are you comfortable with players who does not answer alekhine defense with e5? For example the move 2.Nc3. I heard some Alekhine players(rated 1900-2100) gave up Alekhine because of this(not because it will give white a better edge, but because they don't like such positions, for example transposing into some type of vienna game)...
                  1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 and white has to play e5 or give black an easy time of it. Works fine against the average club Joe. From 1800 up I'd just play the Vienna, chances being I know it better than most people around. Some will play Maróczy's 2.d3, nothing to worry about. Then there's a few holdouts still trying that old 2.Bc4 song and dance with the check on f7.

                  No offense but the sidelines aren't so convincing that you should give up on the Alekhine. There's a reason 2.e5 is best.
                  Have you read the Forum rules?

                  Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                  Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                  Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                  Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                  Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                  Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                  Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                  --Red Dwarf

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                  • #10
                    If they play anything else but e5 black plays d5!, striking at the center first then. After that, there are a ton of options.

                    In bullet, I enjoy exd and then playing c6, gambiting a pawn for major activity.

                    However, Nx gives a good game and I normally go 0-0-0, ready for a battle. I just love all the Alekhine lines, even when they go into a French or something else.
                    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                    • #11
                      Actually I play/ed exd5 with great results. Some of you guys are over estimating the quality of 2. d5.

                      3. exd5 and 3. e5 are objectively equal and they at most give black equality. Lets not get too excited about it. (Yeah I have played both in competition with very good plus results.)

                      The best line is : 1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5! 3. exd5 Nxd5 4. Bc4 Nb6!

                      This line has been considered the best and I believe the score is only slightly in favor of white. The lines are not main stream at all any more, and if that is the reason people down it, it's not a good reason.;-)

                      The whole point of liking an opening is that you like the positions you get. Maybe those players who don't like non-e5 positions are not real Alekhine players.
                      Last edited by CookieMonster; 08-23-2012, 07:43 PM.
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                      If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CookieMonster View Post
                        Actually I play/ed exd5 with great results. Some of you guys are over estimating the quality of 2. d5.

                        3. exd5 and 3. e5 are objectively equal and they at most give black equality. Lets not get too excited about it. (Yeah I have played both in competition with very good plus results.)

                        The best line is : 1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5! 3. exd5 Nxd5 4. Bc4 Nb6!

                        This line has been considered the best and I believe the score is only slightly in favor of white. The lines are not main stream at all any more, and if that is the reason people down it, it's not a good reason.;-)

                        The whole point of liking an opening is that you like the positions you get. Maybe those players who don't like non-e5 positions are not real Alekhine players.

                        1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 is overzichtelijk as the dutch word goes. It translates as "clear", but it also means something along the lines of being able to see a long way ahead, few obstacles cluttering up the view. I don't see why black has to worry, though white's position is perfectly good.
                        Records don't say much, but I've a 100% record against sub-1700s in the line with 3.e5 d4. Lots of early endgames, good exercise.
                        It's 2... d5 or exit the Alekhine
                        Have you read the Forum rules?

                        Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                        Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                        Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                        Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                        Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                        Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                        Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                        --Red Dwarf

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                        • #13
                          Yep. d5 it is!
                          Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                          An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                          My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                          • #14
                            1700? Come on.. As if that is hard to beat a sub 1700 player with anything other then resigning on move 1.
                            I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link: http://chess-teacher.com/affiliates/...?id=1517_2_3_1

                            If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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                            • #15
                              I used to transpose to the Pirc after 2.Nc3, but now I just do d5. I'm reticent to put center pawns out early, so some replies merit it.
                              The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

                              -JacksonWShowalter

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