Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...Nf6/2. e5/2...Nd5

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Alekhine's Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)


Alekhine's DefenceEdit

White's pawn is now weak. It should be reinforced with other pawns. The most intuitive move is 3. d4. But White can also keep on attacking the knight and play 3. c4 delaying d4. An option may allow White to avoid the sharpest lines of the Alekhine : 3. Nc3. In compensation for doubled pawns, White can accelerate his development.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

'1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5'

Main Line d4
Lasker Attack c4
Two Knights Variation Nc3

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  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.