Thursday, February 21, 2008
For years, Alekhine's Defense was rarely seen in the top echelons of the chess world and was at times, heavily criticised for being unsound.
Today, this defence has a new champion. Magnus Carlsen defeated not just any pansy but currently ranked world #3 Veselin Topalov with the Black pieces using this defence at the Morelia -Linares tournament being held in Mexico now.
That's mighty impressive, considering how Topalov is normally armed to the teeth when it comes to opening preparation as Kramnik can readily testify.
What is more startling with this game was how quickly Topalov went down. In a mere 19 moves, the former FIDE World Champion Topalov was facing a losing endgame position!
Will we see a revival of Alekhine's Defense?