In the Alekhine Defence, contrary to the classical methods of playing in the opening, Black does not fight for the centre with his pawns, but begins to exert immediate pressure against White's centre. Black's knight on f6 attacks the pawn on e4, and if it advances, then Black's d-pawn joins into the attack against it.
Play the Alekhine Defence
1. e4 e5: Sizzling Ideas for Black!
The Open Games (those beginning 1 e4 e5) are now more topical than ever, featured in a high proportion of elite-level games. This new user-friendly guide offers players of all levels a carefully worked-out repertoire, taking into account this wealth of new material. Noted opening writer Sverre Johnsen has also taken a critical look at the more traditional Open Games, where theory is often based on old or obscure games.
How to Beat the Open Games
A Black repertoire based on the Queens Gambit Declined. All the opening variations for Black have been chosen according to the latest fashion in the games of the top-class grandmasters.
Play 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6!
A Practical Black Repertoire with d5, c6 Volume 2 deals in depth with the Caro-Kann Defence 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 and various deviations for White as 1.e4 c6 2.d3; 2.Nc3; 2.c4.
A Practical Black Repertoire with d5, c6 - Caro-Kann and Other Defences - Vol. 2
In Volume 1 Kornev's choice of arms against 1.d4 d5 2.c4 is one of the most popular openings in modern chess practice - the Slav Defence. Besides, he considers in detail how to meet opening set-ups where after 1.d4 d5 White refrains from an early c2-c4: 2.Bg5, as well as 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 and 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3. Another topic is the ever growing in popularity The London System (2.Bf4 and 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4)
A Practical Black Repertoire with d5, c6 - Slav and Other Defences - Vol. 1
In this book, GM Alexei Kornev presents a practical black repertoire with Nf6, g6 and d6 - The English, Reti and Other Defences
A Practical Black Repertoire with Nf6, g6, d6 - English, Pirc, Reti and Other Defences - Vol. 1
In this second of the series, GM Alexei Kornev presents a practical black repertoire with Nf6, g6 and d6 - The King's Indian
A Practical Black Repertoire with Nf6, g6, d6 - King's Indian - Vol. 2
A Complete Repertoire Vs. the Sicilian
Every chess player, who begins his games with the move 1.e2-e4, should be perfectly prepared to encounter the move 1...c7-c5. Why is this opening so dangerous for White? The point is that in all the basic variations of the Sicilian Defence the fight is double-edged and often White risks at least as much as Black does. White is practically deprived of the possibility to simplify the position by numerous exchanges.
Rossolimo and Friends
The Nimzo-Indian and Other Defences
'The final volume consists of five parts. In the first part we analyse some seldom played moves for Black. The second part of the book is devoted to the Dutch Defence. In the third part we deal with the different defences for Black after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4, besides 2...c5 and 2...e6. In the fourth part we analyse the Benoni Defence and the Benko Gambit. Finally, in the fifth part of the book, we deal with Black's most reliable opening - the Nimzo-Indian Defence. In this volume, just like in the previous two, we have emphasized on reliability and rationality in our choice of systems for White. For example, against the Dutch Defence we have preferred the move 2.Nc3, with which White reduces Black's possibilities considerably. Against the Nimzo-Indian Defence we analyse theRubinstein System - 4.e3, followed by Nge2, in which White's first task is to avoid compromising of his pawn-structure.''
A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 3
The King's Fianchetto Defences
Alexei Kornev is an international grandmaster and coach. In 2001 he took the silver in the Russian Cup Final. He is also the winner of a number of international tournaments. Highest Elo so far - 2582. For many years, he has been the senior coach of the junior chess school in the city of Vladimir. His students are often among the Russian junior championships for boys and girls.
A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 2
The Complete Queen's Gambit
Most players, including the author, have no inclination to devote all their time to studying opening variations. Therefore, we have decided not to cover 1.e2-e4. As our main opening weapon for White we have chosen the closed openings arising after 1.d2-d4, in which an understanding of chess and a knowledge of the typical resources in the middle game and the endgame are often much more important than a detailed knowledge of a large number of variations.
A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 and 2. c4 - VOL. 1
The 1958 Interzonal Chess Tournament in Portoroz was one of the most important and strongest tournaments in chess history, and is still regularly discussed in chess circles today. This is the tournament where the 15-year-old Bobby Fischer earned the grandmaster title and first became a contender for the World Chess Championship. It is also the tournament where Mikhail Tal finally got his first chance to compete in a grandmaster tournament outside of the Soviet Union, and started one of the longest non-losing streaks in chess history on his march to the World Chess Championship.
1958 interzonal Chess Tournament Portoroz
Alexey Alexeyevich Troitzky (1866-1942) is considered to have been the greatest composer of chess endgame studies ever. To call him a genius is to trivialize his accomplishments, because there are many geniuses, but few can equal the output of Troitzky. In his lifetime, Troitzky composed more than one thousand chess endgame studies.
Collection of Chess Studies by Troitzky
In this book, Grandmaster Leonid Shamkovich and National Master Eric Schiller continue their examination of this variation, which they have been writing about for over a dozen years. They present much new analysis and critically review the many publications which have appeared in recent years.
CLEARANCE - Schliemann Defense - Vol. 2 - Classical Variation
The Keres Attack harbors many subtle nuances and intricate finesses which reveal themselves only after serious study. In most chess openings which avoid immediate pawn contact (such as double King pawn and double Queen pawn openings), both players have greater liberty at developing their pieces within their own camps thus delaying a direct confrontation which may ultimately determine the outcome of the game.
CLEARANCE - The Keres Attack in the Scheveningen Defense - Volume 1
The current volume (the fourteenth in the Syzygy Chess Opening Paperbound Series) not only re-examines classical and contemporary opening theory but also explores many new innovations in the middle game of the Center Attack. Primary in the editors' effort was to catalog new ideas and concepts for both White and Black aficionados of the jeu royale.
CLEARANCE - The Modern Center Attack in the Ruy Lopez
The 6 Bc4 variation offers a variety of themes and ideas after 6...e6 7 Bb3 b5. White eyes the sensitive e6 square for possible sacrifices with either Be6 or Ne6 once Black has removed one of its protectors (either by ...Bb7 or by blocking its protection with ...Nbd7 or, in some cases, ...Nfd7).
CLEARANCE - The Najdorf Defense with 6 Bc4
White's early use or abuse of his Kingside pawn structure nearly always dictates the course of action which Black must follow. In the older variations, Black must follow. In the older variations, Black is assured theoretical equality with cautious play. Additional tournament praxis is required to fully assess the complexities of the more recent innovations, particularly the seemingly innocous 4 Nf3 variation.
CLEARANCE - The Advance Variation of the Caro-Kann Defense
Despite its slow honing into maturity, the Arkhangelsk Variation remains a viable arsenal in any tournament player's repertoire.
CLEARANCE - The Arkhangelsk Variation of the Ruy Lopez - Volume 1
This seemingly masochistic yet dynamic reply (7...b5), accredited to international world-class Grandmaster Lev Polugayevsky, is one of the most aggressive moves at Black's disposal. However, this blatant violation of traditional opening principles (six of Black's first seven moves have been pawn moves and initiating flank operations before stabilizing the center), has yet to invoke a clear refutation.
CLEARANCE - The Polugayevsky Variation of the Najdorf Defense
"3 e5 seriously cramps Black's Kingside and, if White succeeds in holding his d4 without any counter-balancing disadvantages, a moment must come when Lady Fortuna will smile upon him; in the form, that is, of an attack with his pieces on the Black King in his constricted position, or else a vigorous onslaught on the pawn chain with f4-f5."
CLEARANCE - The Advance Variation of the French Defense - Vol. 2
The attacking move 6 f4 against the Dragon Defense appeared in tournament praxis over half a century ago. White bypasses the heavily analyzed Yugoslav Attack (6 Be3, 7 f3 and 8 Qd2) and the well-tested Classical Variation (6 Be2, 7 Be3 and 8 00) in favor of immediate complications in the center.
CLEARANCE - The Modern Levenfish Attack in The Dragon Defense
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