Alekhine's Gun

  • SonofPearl
  • | Jul 3, 2007

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



  • 18 months ago


    @wubberz - after 32...Qe8 white could play 33. b5 attacking the knight. If the knight moves away, then the rook behing will be lost, so black will lose material.

  • 18 months ago


    I don't get it. what if nim plays Qe8? I don't see how it's lost yet can someone explain?

  • 18 months ago


    here is one of my own games using Alekhines Gun.  

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago



    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.

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 5 years ago


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

  • 6 years ago


    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

  • 7 years ago


    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

  • 8 years ago


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

  • 9 years ago


    Good game

  • 9 years ago


    BOOM!!! BOOM!!!

     This is just for fun...

  • 9 years ago


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


    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
  • 9 years ago


  • 9 years ago


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

  • 9 years ago


     "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.


  • 9 years ago


    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  
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