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What is this so called "Alekhine's Block"
What's this alekhine's block? The book describes it as a jaw dropping tactic that is essential on the road to mate. If it is so why can't I find anything resembling that in my encyclopedia on chess or in a tactics book? Also can someone explain to me how it works why would you put a piece in front of the line of pawns giving the enemy the choice to take it or not when you can just sacrifice it by capturing a pawn?
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Here you can search anything in Chess analysis:
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There is a book...
on this theme, written by ICCF IM Victor Charushin,part of his Tactician's Handbook series.I quote from the back cover:"World chess champion Alexander Alekhine(1892-1946) refined the art of Kingside attack into its purest form. Often Alekhine's onslaught was accompanied by the spectacular placement of a piece directly in front of the enemy King's castled position,exposed to immediate capture.Th specialized tactiic is called lekhine's Block,designed to jam interior lines around the defending King or break up his pawn cover." The modt famous example of this theme is Fischer-Benko,US Champ. 1963-64.
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Thank you very much for that link I was actually planning to buy that book but if it doesn't explain anything I'd be better off researching it myself with the help of my trusty fritz.
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Good Alekhine books?
you have saved your money to buy another book instead.
Maybe about Steinitz, Keres or Alekhine.
There are a lot of more giving books about
"the old Grandmasters"
who have taken part in the development of chess
into a modern piece of art.
I have only 2 good chessbooks.
One by Bent Larsen(GM) on the Opening Play in chess. He describes shortly most openings
and gives some general rules to keep in mind.
The other is by Keres.
It deals with how to analyse, with real examples.