Originally posted by Wulebgr
Against 1...Nf6, I'll often choose the second most popular move, 2.Nf3.
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Here black most often plays 2...e5, and now were transposing into lines quite different from Alekhine's defense. Good reason to learn those first before venturing into the main line Alekhine.
I can't believe your first response was no! But I do understand why...
I think the Alekhine is an excellent "backup" opening and I use it as that. Against Wulebgr's somewhat annoying 2.Nc3 I play 2...d5 and transpose into Scandinavian lines which don't tend to be theoretical and give black pretty good chances to win, as opposed to going into potential 4 Knight Defense lines.
It is good to have a more solid first choice, but I can tell you from experience that the Sicilian is best suited for 1600+ because you simply won't see book lines often under that (So much 2.Bc4 crap) so you may want to practice the Alekhine, Scandi, French, Caro-Kann, or 1...e5.