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Alekhine's Gun

  • SonofPearl
  • | Jul 3, 2007
  • | 12845 views
  • | 29 comments

Most chess players know that it is a good idea to double rooks on an open file or rank (especially the 7th, where there may be pawns waiting to be eaten!), but what if your opponent's defences still hold?

Well, if your Queen is still on the board you could try out Alekhine's Gun!  That describes a position where the Queen stands behind the rooks to supply even more power!

It was named after Alexander Alekhine, who used the idea more than once in his games.  The most famous of those is below - witness the power of Alekhine's Gun! Cool

 

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  • 13 months ago

    Bagramian

    Just for the records: the least famous of those is here - virtually a non-brainer.

    http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=70868852

  • 18 months ago

    Bagramian

    @Tajek

    i guess an a-gun is even rarer on a rank then a file because it's usually meant to give a blow to a rank. the point of this asymmetry being that the nasty pawns can only interact along ranks.

    i don"t think it matters how many squares the gun takes except for the general reason that makes the a-gun so rare. it constrains the combinational capacities of the three strongest soldiers. that's a lot of missed opportunities for an opportunity.

  • 18 months ago

    Tajek

    I just played a game in which I set up a decisive Alekhine's Gun on the 7th rank, not on a file. I wonder why this type of formation is never described. Also, can there be spaces between any of the three pieces? Mine had a space between the rooks and queen.

    Considering the attacking power is the same, I don't think any of these discrepancies would matter. On a side note, I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere that this formation is pretty rare.

  • 24 months ago

    Bagramian

    this is my favorite alekhine gun. never seen such a thing. instead of stubbornly defending a murky position mikhail tal uses 14 moves and some sacs to build it. it's almost impossible to see in the making. his adversary might be forgiven to have missed the point. http://www.chess.com/games/view?id=116685#.

  • 2 years ago

    Mitsos101

    The gun has a strong, sometimes unbreakable structure, which might put a load of pressure on the target square, file, etc. and forces the opponent to cease offensive play to protect the attacked square, file, etc.

  • 2 years ago

    vyik

    The pawns are stuck, and the pieces are stuck defending the knight. If the back rook or either of the knights move, white wins up a queen+piece or major piece. If the king moves, g3 wins the rook and/or the knight.

  • 3 years ago

    RedCastleBlock

    Great article. I think a more suitable name would have been Alekhine's Cannon.

  • 4 years ago

    lemlbgens

    it seems to me like the gun is very powerful, but it also takes a lot of moves to set up... if the pawn structure was not as static or stuck, black could have attempted to halt its creation

  • 5 years ago

    chessmaster102

    Hello sonofpearl this is a good example I am currently trying to learn more about this combination can you post a game where it is used in other types of ways like to get control of a file or place a rook on the 7th rank as to how this game is only used for material gain and if you cannot or there are no games like that can you tell me if the other things I mention are also concepts/objectives when using this technique. thanks it would really help.Smile

  • 6 years ago

    figrock

    Yes, I do like Alkehine's games. Now I know what a Alkehine's Gun is. BAHM..! What power!!!

  • 7 years ago

    jburl2004

    Good game

  • 7 years ago

    chessnoob1997

    BOOM!!! BOOM!!!

     This is just for fun...


  • 7 years ago

    Ray_Brooks

    Skillz... read my post just three above. I hope this will clear it up for you.
  • 7 years ago

    Skillz88

    great game by Alekhine, i am a bit of a noob (pretty good at chess but not very experienced) y would Nim. lose material?!? because his pieces are inactive!?! Embarassed please some1 tell me!!

    also wat would the next few moves be?? if u were playin of course Laughing
  • 7 years ago

    BigJimi

    OK
  • 7 years ago

    theplayer

    I like the games of Alekhine because most of them are creative...


  • 7 years ago

    Ray_Brooks

     "I'm not sure if i would have resigned at that point but maybe that's proof i still have alot to learn."

                          says Z021

    Black resigns not one moment early, he has reached the most painful of ends...Zugzwang. The term zugzwang is frequently used in chess. A player whose turn it is to move who has no move that does not worsen their position is said to be in zugzwang. Thus every move would make their position worse, and they would be better off if they could pass and not move. You will better understand this if you actually try to find a move for black.

     

    for example if 33....  Ke8 then 34 b4 and the knight is lost.

                       if 33.... g5 then 34 hxg5 and black is set the same thorny problem,

                                    a further pawn down.

     


  • 7 years ago

    ZO21

    Watching how the board developed for white was intresting. Being a fairly new player to the game, this was educational for me. I'm not sure if i would have resigned at that point but maybe that's proof i still have alot to learn.Cool  
  • 7 years ago

    ronstopable

    well, it's a nice strategy to be use within the game..
  • 7 years ago

    sin1977

    it shows power to the game..
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