New: Christian Bauer - The Alekhine revitalised
The Alekhine (1.e4 Nf6) is a rare guest in general and especially at a high-level. During the pandemic, however, this daring opening has been employed on several occasions, notably by the World Champion Magnus Carlsen. A faster time-control and perhaps the unusual atmosphere created by online games probably helped some players unleash, from time to time, a marginal opening to surprise their opponents. Playing the Alekhine on a regular basis is quite demanding, not to say a bit foolish. Not that this provocative opening is bad, but some paths have been established where White can more easily claim a slight advantage out of the opening than against a more classical opening. So grab this DVD and increase your element of surprise arsenal. Photo: ChessBase
The Alekhine revitalised
by Christian Bauer
Playing the Alekhine on a regular basis is quite demanding, not to say a bit foolish. Not that this provocative opening is bad, but some paths have been established where White can more easily claim a slight advantage out of the opening than against a more classical opening.
This also means that the surprise-effect will be greater, particularly at speed-chess, an insufficiently-prepared opponent will find it hard to find the best replies.
In this video course we will discuss some fashionable lines, still unexplored 3 or 4 years ago, like the astonishing piece-sacrifice in the well-known Voronezh Variation: 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.Rc1 0-0 9.b3 d5 10.c5 e5!?
In some correspondence games Alekhine devotees have used the now trendy fianchetto-approach vs 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3, achieving fairly decent results.
The impression that White can’t easily extract an opening edge was validated afterwards by over-the-board practice.
• Video running time: 5 hours 17 minutes
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Model games database & Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels
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About Christian Bauer
Christian Bauer, born in 1977, is a grandmaster who became champion of France as early as 1996 and soon thereafter gave up his studies to become a professional chess player. He has played several times for the French national team and was a member of the silver medal winning (2001) and bronze medal winning (2005) teams in the European Team Championships. Bauer has so far published three books: "Play 1...b6", "The Philidor files" and finally "Play the Scandinavian". He lives in Montpellier and has two daughters.