Our chess friend Andrew Martin loves offbeat lines that place unexpected challenges to his opponents. White tends to just play naturally vs the Alekhine Defence rather than to follow a memorized set of standard moves. This allows for imagination. Andrew Martin gets very creative with 3.Na3!? Anyone playing the Alekhine Defence knows that White almost always takes the game into new territory. In a Sicilian Defence or Ruy Lopez one can expect White to follow known theory for 8-12 moves, but in the Alekhine Defence players are on their own early in the game.
In the 1990s when I was doing research for my Alekhine Defense Playbook, I enjoyed a quick three minute game vs International Master Andrew Martin, the notable author and teacher who apparently did the Kindle version of the Nigel Davies book on the Alekhine. My Amazon Kindle eBook Alekhine 2.Nc3 is the first book in the Alekhine series covers four 2nd moves options and four 3rd move options for White that are played by club players and masters alike.
Martin - Sawyer, ICC r 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 20.04.1998 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Na3 d6 4.Nf3 g6 [4...dxe5! 5.Nxe5 g6=] 5.Nc4 Bg7 6.d4 0-0 7.h4 Nb6 8.h5 Nxc4?! [This only helps White. Better is 8...Nc6 9.e6 Nxc4 10.exf7+ Rxf7 11.Bxc4 d5 12.Bb3 Bg4= with a playable and sharp position.] 9.Bxc4 d5 10.Be2 Bg4? [10...c5 11.dxc5 Nc6 12.c3+/=] 11.hxg6 hxg6 12.Ng5! Bxe2 13.Qxe2 e6 [Or 13...Qd7 14.Qf3+/-] 14.Qg4 f5 15.Qh3 Re8 16.Qh7+ Kf8 17.Qxg6 Qd7 18.Nh7+ Ke7 19.Bg5+ 1-0
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