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GM Yermo Teaches You Openings! - Alekhine Defense - Part 3

Opening: B03: Alekhine's defense

Player(s): Yakovlev, Tal, Yermolinsky

I took up the Alekhine under the influence of the two great games from Larsen's book of his best games. What attracted me was the originality of the concept, of how easily White can be misled into thinking that he's doing everything right, only to find his position overextended and very difficult to play. Another big help came from the opening monograph on the Alekhine Defense, written by a great theoretician and a devoted practitioner of this opening, GM Vladimir Bagirov. The rewards came immediately, as I was able to win a couple of nice games, shown in Video 2. I do not regret spending time studying some sidelines, as they're quite likely to occur in your games (see Monin-Yermolinsky), and, also offer an easier path to understanding some of the ideas present in typical structures. I even managed to improve, or at least, offer an alternative, in the line from the Tsinis game. Video 3 introduces two systems I tried as Black in reply to the Four Pawns Attack. Neither one is 100% reliable, but they both offer some chances. I am particularly encouraged by Carlsen's choice of the Bb4 line, which I discarded (perhaps prematurely) when I was 15, in his recent game against Nakamura.

Teacher's library (593) B03 Yakovlev Tal Yermolinsky opening

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