Chess Tips & Tricks #7 “Alekhine’s Maxim”

In today’s segment of chess tips and tricks we follow the great maxim of Dr. Alekhine’s  how “When you have a pawn on e5 it is the starting premise for an attack”. This is a very interesting adage by the Russian world champion.

A pawn on e5 removes the best defender of the opposing king and as a result allows many pieces to springboard over to that quadrant of the board. Moves like Qg4-h5 come to mind, together with knight, bishop, and rook leaps.

For our example today we will be looking at the classical encounter between Nigel Short and Jan Timman, where Short completely humiliates Timman’s Alekhine defense 🙂