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Alekhine's Defence (Everyman Chess) Paperback – 30 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess (30 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857442539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857442533
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 0.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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From the Back Cover

Alekhine's Defence 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 unweildy and vulnerable to a middlegame counter-attack. However, Alekhine enthusiasts must always be careful - get it wrong and White will come crashing through! Whether you want to play the Alekhine, or want to know what to do against it as White, this book will be an essential addition to your armory. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 160 pages, diagrams)

About the Author

International master Andrew Martin is an experienced chess coach and author of numerous chess books. His clear style and lucid explanations make his books accessible to players of all strengths.

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Davies ususally writes well, and this book is a good explanation of a tough, fighting defence. I've found this to be a superb weapon in Blitz games, as you're often out of 'book' by about move six, at my level, and it tends to unsettle White. But it's not simply a 'junk' opening, as Davies shows - it often gets used in correspondence games, too. Davies points out in the introduction that the Alekhine is currently scoring very well for Black, in comparison to virtually any other defence except the Sicilian. This is heartening, and his suggestion of how to tackle the material in this book is simple but effective, saving the reader time and getting them up and running quicker. Definitely a 'must-have' if you are at all interested in trying this strange-looking defence....and you'll probably be happily surprised with your results.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather good introduction to Alekhine's defence 25 Aug. 2003
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This opening book on the Alekhine's Defence is one of those that are built on complete games. This format is perfectly suitable for the opening in question, because to play this opening correctly it is essential that you learn the ideas and the correct piece configurations rather than the variations.
This book cannot really be used as a reference book, but rather as an introduction to the opening. Many lines get a very superficial treatment. But as an introduction the book does rather a good job, presenting material on all lines for both sides.
There is nothing really special in this book, but it is a good work that will be quite adequate for anyone starting out on this opening or playing against it. And at the time of writing (2003) this is the most recent book on this opening, which is relevant for some sharp lines.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good uptade on the Alekhine 11 Aug. 2010
By R. J. Cova - Published on
This is a useful, well-written book on the Alekhine. I recommend reading it along with other manuals on the subject, eg, Cox's Alekhine's Defence and the classic by Eales & Williams. Four starts.
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