NEW UPDATED OPENING LINE
[August 08, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Alekhine Defense with 4. Nf3 (incl. Keres, Alburt, Larsen, Schmid & Flohr Variations)
[Line 287 : 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3]
The Modern Variation (4. Nf3) of the Alekhine Defense is examined in our Line 287, namely the numerous setups that have been tried against it by the players of Black.
Currently the most popular is the Larsen Variation (4… dxe5 5. Nxe5 c6). White has many possibilities at his disposal, and the simple 6. Be2 leaves him in a more promising position.
In the old main line 4… Bg4 5. Be2 Black usually opts for 5… e6, while the Flohr Variation (5… c6) represents the main alternative.
Against the Alburt Variation (4… g6) White has two ways to obtain a slight advantage: one is the Keres Variation (5. Bc4), and the other is the plan starting with 5. c4 Nb6 6. Be2.
Sidelines 4… Nc6 and the Schmid Variation (4… Nb6) are rarely seen nowadays, since White can generally achieve comfortable positions without much effort.
[Diagram: White to Move] V. Moiseev – A. Kertesz, Germany 1992. In this theoretically important position White gains a big edge with a remarkable combination. How should he proceed?
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