The Alekhine as Black is not a very popular response in top-level chess. However, it has not really been abandoned totally. World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, as a 13-year-old, had lost an Alekhine game to Emil Sutovsky in 2003. It took him just about five years to use it as a secret weapon against Veselin Topalov in 2008 at the Morelia-Linarest Chess Tournament. Here is the cool game with Chess King as our Monday morning chess tutor show. Watch how Black activates the King and builds solid pressure to clamp down White.

Topalov Veselin (BUL) (2791) – Carlsen Magnus (NOR) (2786)

Result: 0-1
Site: Morelia/Linares (Mexico/Spain)
Date: 2008.02.20
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