OTHER e PAWN DEFENSES

In reply to 1.e4 there are quite a few defenses which have been tried. This page focuses on defenses other than e5, e6, c5, or c6. One of the defenses that crops up occasionally is Nf6 which is called Alekhine’s Defense. The original idea behind this defense was to provoke White to thrust his pawns forward in the hope that they would become targets of attack. If White wants to refute this defense he must try 2. e5. The standard reply is Nd5. White can kick the Knight with 3. c4 to which the reply is Nb6. Sometimes there are tactical advantages to postponing c4. The Modern Variation is considered to be the most reliable way to get an advantage against Alekhine’s Defense.
Another choice is the Scandinavian Defense 1.___d5. After 2. ed Qxd5 3. Nc3 Black must move his queen again. White can often get an advantage no matter which square Black chooses. a5, d6, and d8 are the main choices. Instead of 2. ___Qxd5, Black can try 2.___Nf6 which also has drawbacks.
The Pirc Defense is still another choice. That defense runs 1. e4 d6; 2. d4 Nf6; 3. Nc3 g6. This defense bears a resemblance to the King’s Indian Defense against 1. d4, the major difference being that White has not played c4.

Alekhine's Defense Modern Variation Pirc Classical Varaition Pirc Austrian Attack

Major choices for White in the Pirc Defense include the classical variation and the Austrian attack. In spite of its conservative appearance, the classical variation is far from harmless. The Austrian attack is aimed at immediate pressure. It’s also possible for White to proceed with f3 or Be2 followed by Be3 and Qd2 with ideas similar to the Yugoslav Attack against the Sicilian Dragon.

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PIRC DEFENSE

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Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern – Gallagher


The Pirc Defence (DVD) – Davies


Attacking with the Pirc – Bojkov


Dangerous Weapons: The Pirc and Modern – Palliser

ALEKHINE’S DEFENSE

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The Alekhine Defence: Move by Move – Lakdawala


Foxy Openings #4 Alekhine (DVD) – Dunworth


Alekhine Alert! A Repertoire for Black Against 1 e4 – Taylor

SCANDINAVIAN DEFENSE

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Starting Out: The Scandinavian – Houska


Scandinavian with 3…Qd6 – Tiviakov


The Scandinavian: Move by Move – Lakdawala


Roman’s Lab #95 Scandinavian / Centre-Counter