Alekhine for Aliens
Here is a good article on Alekhine's defence and why Timman and Larsen played it. Larsen even played it against Tal [game below with Tal's notes]
Tal, Mihail -- Larsen, Bent [B04]
Candidates sf1 Bled (4), 1965
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 Nd7!?
Obviously provoking Tal to sacrifice his knight on f7. Now here is the rub -- Tal spent the next 50 minutes in deep thought, and then played...
In his notes to the game, Tal reveals that “A couple of hours later, during the game, it dawned on me that after 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qh5+ Ke6 8.g3 (threatening c2 -- c4 followed by Bh3+ and possibly c4 -- c5+) 8...b5 9.a4! c6 10.axb5 g6 11.Qe2+ Kf7 12.bxc6 N7b6 White has enough pawns for his piece to be satisfied with his sacrifice. I was no longer able to play normally.” The game ended in a draw.
6...e6 7.Qg4 h5 8.Qe2 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Bd7 10.0 -- 0 Bc6 11.Rd1 Qe7 12.Nc3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 g6 14.a4 a6 15.Rb1 Qc5 16.Be3 Qxe5 17.f4 Qf5 18.Bd3 Qg4 19.Qf2 Be7 20.Bd4 0 -- 0 21.Be2 Qf5 22.Bd3 Qg4 23.Be2 Qh4 24.g3 Qh3 25.Bf3 Rad8 26.Bxc6 bxc6 27.Be5 Qf5 28.Qe2 Bd6 29.Rd3 Bxe5 30.fxe5 Rxd3 31.cxd3 Rd8 32.Rd1 c5 33.c4 Qg4 34.Qxg4 hxg4 35.Kf2 Rb8 36.Rd2 Kg7 37.Ke3 g5 38.d4 Rb3+ 39.Kf2 cxd4 40.Rxd4 Kg6 41.Rxg4 Rb2+ 42.Kg1 Kf5 43.Rd4 Kxe5 44.Rd7 f5 45.Rxc7 Ke4 46.Rd7 Rc2 47.Rd6 e5 48.h4 gxh4 49.gxh4 Rxc4 50.h5 Kf3 51.Rd3+ Kg4 52.h6 Rc7 53.Rd6 e4 54.Kf2 a5 55.Rg6+ Kh5 56.Ra6 f4 57.Re6 Rc2+ 58.Ke1 Rc1+ 59.Kd2 Rh1 60.Rxe4 Kg4 61.Re6 Kg3 62.Rf6 f3 63.Ke3 Re1+ 64.Kd3 Re7 65.Rg6+ Kf4 66.Rf6+ Kg3 67.Rg6+ Kf4 68.Rf6+ Kg4 69.Kd4 Kg3 70.Rg6+ Kh3 71.Rg7 Rxg7 72.hxg7 f2 73.g8Q f1Q 74.Qe6+ Kh4 75.Kc5 Qb1 76.Qc4+ Kg3 77.Qc3+ Kf2 1/2--1/2
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