11176 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
If you drop pieces (9...Nxc4?? 10.Qa4+) and your opponent does not pick them, then the Alekhine may not be such a bad opening, after all.
This opening requires a lot of micromanagement for things to go well - probably more than necessary in any opening, but certainly more than you ever need to deal with at your rating.
7...Bg4 is one of those times. Yes it seems rather picky to start going after your opening moves already but this defence is very demanding at times. It is usually better to play Bg4 after Black has castled and after a Black knight is on c6. There are exceptions to this rule which makes things annoying. Here is no exception and it opens you up to nasty tactics.
The times when White refuses to play Nf3 in the opening are even more complicated.
8...O-O seems better to me. You don't need to grab the knight unless White makes you do it or you get a tactic.
9...Nxc4? loses material to both 10.Bxb7 and 10.Qa4+.
12...Nxe3 wins a bishop.
18...Qxa1 wins material since 19.Qxd7 Nf2+ is too much.
19...Qa1 wins a rook but 19...Bxe5 looks like a winning attack after 20.Qa5 Qh4 21.g3 Qe4+ 22.Kg1 Bd4+
Luckily White blunered a few times but this defence requires too much tending to and you'd be better off playing something like 1.e4 e5 where you won't have to worry about simple tactics backfiring because of the passivity of your position.
Paul Morphy vs Wilhelm Steinitz
by yureesystem a few minutes ago
Secret revealed: Karpov and Fischer played for the title
by macer75 a few minutes ago
How to Become a GM: By Zod
by Erik-the-Viking 11 minutes ago
10/1/2014 - Mate in 3 Again
by EulerTheToiler 11 minutes ago
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen could be stripped of title
by indurain 11 minutes ago
What would you recommend White should do after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.Nxe5 Qe7
by XPLAYERJX 16 minutes ago
Lasker-(I frogot), 1/2-1/2
by TheElementalMaster 16 minutes ago
Ashley's Million-dollar chess tourney - but bring your own clocks
by Cezar99 17 minutes ago
Stuff Non-Chess Players Say
by camberfoil 22 minutes ago
Combinations and Traps.
by thundercobra 24 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!