Did someone play with you some time defence of Beyker, Nimtsovich or debut of Owen? Do not you know what is it?! But the defence of Alekhin certainly passed. These the defence considers and named as "little correct", "wrong" etc, but, clashing in practice, quite often remain without promised by common sense advantage.
In a preface to the book which speech will go about (Khalifman A.V. Opening for white according to Anand 1.е4, volume 5 . - Spb.: Garde, 2006. - 232 p.) sensible judgement which it is useful to remember any from beginner to grand master speaks out: for the even prominent chess-players in the debuts of not "first rate" neither victory nor debut preponderance is assured...
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:: Added 12.03.2006