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William Winter vs Alexander Alekhine
Nottingham (1936)  ·  French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1
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Apr-27-05  azaris: There's a reason it's called "Alekhine's Gun".
Jun-03-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Alekhine forms the <Alekhine Gun> in 5 consecutive moves: 20 Rde8, 21 Re6, 22 Rhe8, 23 R8e7 and 24 Qe8. <These trebled heavy pieces bear down heavily on White's weak squares on the e-file>; in particular, notice how Alekhine uses the weak e3-square to break into the White position. In his game notes Alekhine said that 14 f4?!, weakening these e-file squares, was virtually the losing move.
Jun-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <This game features a magnificent example of the interplay between strategy and tactics.> Alekhine (Black) plays 25 ... Na5, with the intention of following up with 26 ... Nc4, taking complete control of the weak e3-square. White cannot allow this to happen and so plays 26 b3, explicitly to keep this knight out of c4. So what then does Alekhine play? Why 26 ... Nc4!, of course. <The point is that the b3-pawn is overworked: it is lined up with the White king on the a4-d1 diagonal and must stay on this line to keep the diagonal closed; hence it does not defend the c4-square.> If it leaves this diagonal to take the knight, then the game ends immediately by 27 bxc4?? Qa4+ 28 Kc1 Ba3+ 29 Kb1 Rb6+ 30 Ka1 Qc2 mating.

Thus Alekhine is able to carry out the <strategically> desirable knight maneuver ... Nc6-a5-c4 because it is supported by the <tactical> threat of a mating attack. Simply beautiful chess by the 4th World Champion.

Sep-30-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Beautiful game by Alekhine.

You just have to love 26 b3 Nc4!. White plays 26 b3 -specifically- to stop Alekhine from playing 26 ... Nc4 but Alekhine plays it -anyway- because it works tactically.

Jun-08-07  RandomVisitor: Perhaps Winter could improve: after 14...Qg4


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(19-ply)
(-0.06): 15.Rhf1 Rhe8 16.f5 g5 17.h3 Qh4 18.Bd2 Ng8 19.f6 Re6 20.Nf5 Qe4 21.Qxe4 Rxe4

Jun-08-07  beatgiant: <RandomVisitor>
On the suggested 15. Rhf1 playing for f5, Black can restrain it by counter-attacks with ...Rde8.

For example, 15. Rhf1 Rde8 (now if f5, e3 is attacked) 16. Bd2 Qd7 (e2 is attacked) 17. Ng1 h5 (now if f5, Black has ...h4).

What does your engine say about 15. Rhf1 <Rde8>?

Jun-09-07  RandomVisitor: <beatgiant>After 15.Rhf1 Rde8

1: William Winter - Alexander Alekhine, Nottingham 1936


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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.1 mp :
(20-ply)
1. = (0.00): 16.f5 gxf5 17.h3 Qg6 18.Bf4 Bxf4+ 19.Nxf4 Qg5 20.h4 Qg4 21.Ngh5 Qxh4 22.Rf3 Rd8

2. = (-0.09): 16.Bd2 Qd7 17.f5 h5 18.fxg6 fxg6 19.Nf4 h4 20.Nge2 Rhf8 21.Rde1 Rf6 22.Ng1 Ref8

3. = (-0.13): 16.Rde1 Qd7 17.f5 Nxf5 18.Nxf5 gxf5 19.Bf4 Bxf4+ 20.Nxf4 Re4 21.Qh3 b6 22.Nd3 Ne7

Jun-09-07  beatgiant: <RandomVisitor>
Interesting, so after 15. Rhf1 Rde8, White can play f5 anyway, sacrificing the f-pawn.

I'd think after 16. f5, Black replies <16...Bxg3> 17. Nxg3 gxf5, leaving White unable to trade off the "bad" bishop. To me, it looks like Black's a pawn up in a slightly better position.

What say you, or you and your engine?

Jun-09-07  RandomVisitor: William Winter was born on the 11th of September 1898 in Medstead, England. He was the nephew of Sir James M. Barrie (the creator of Peter Pan).
Jun-09-07  RandomVisitor: After 15. Rhf1 Rde8 16. f5 Bxg3 17. Nxg3 gxf5 18.Rde1

Black's shattered kingside is compensation for the pawn: 1: William Winter - Alexander Alekhine, Nottingham 1936


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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.1 mp :
(14-ply)
1. (0.35): 18...b6 19.Qc2 Rhg8 20.Re2 Rg6 21.Rf4 Qg5 22.Rxf5 Qh4 23.Bg1 Rf8 24.Rh5 Qf6

2. (0.42): 18...Qg6 19.Qc2 Rhg8 20.Re2 Kb8 21.Nxf5 Nc8 22.h3 h5 23.Rf3 Qe6

Jun-09-07  beatgiant: <RandomVisitor>
On 15. Rhf1 Rde8 16. f5 Bxg3 17. Nxg3 gxf5 18. Rde1, then probably something like 18...Qh4 19. Nxf5 Qxh2. Sure, White has some compensation for a pawn and may hold, but I don't think this line is so clearly better than the game's 15. h3.
Jun-09-07
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  Gilmoy: 5.Ne2 is book? It invites Qh4, which lets Black rapidly castle Q-side. c3-Nd2 looks overcautious -- by move 12 White is congested, and Black has the space advantage. White's Spanish-like N tour Nf1-g3 seems out of place against a Kc8 -- with strong Black pawns on d5/g6, this N had no prospects on g3 anyways. Alekhine craftily rubs it in with 16.. h5 17.. h4 to cramp White tremendously.

Note how White already spent 3 tempi getting the N there, so Black can afford to return 1 tempo to poke it. Then White compounds his congestion by spending 1 more tempo to retreat his *other* N. Considering that White ends up with Ns on e2 and g4, he could have gotten there more directly with 17.<other> 18.Nh1 19.Nf2 20.Ng4 22.<other>. Those 2 lost tempi were the 2nd Rook in Alekhine's Gun.

After 18.Ne2 not only does this N have no life -- more punishment for his 6.c3 14.f4 -- but it also blocks e, preventing White from challenging the Gun buildup -- and then it even becomes the Gun's target.

Deer in the headlights. Kind of like Ivanovic wilting against Henin/spotlight/big stage (at the French Open '07).

Jul-31-07  Pragmatist: 5.Ne2 is probably white's best move. 6.c3 was the lemon. Here is the logic:

If black wants to put his queen on h4, he also needs his bishop on d6 to prevent white from playing Bf4. Therefore the ideal development for black (if he wants the queen on h4) is Bd6, Qh4, Nge7. Notice that the knight must be moved last because otherwise it either blocks the bishop or the queen or both. The key for white is to force the knight to move to e7 before black can play both Bd6 and Qh4. White does this by attacking black's d-pawn with the very natural move Nbc3. So we have 5.Ne2 Bd6 6.Nbc3 Now 6...Qh4 just loses the d-pawn to 7.Nxd5. If black plays 6...Be6 to defend d5 and leave the diagonal open for his queen, then his queen-bishop is passively placed since e6 is not an active place for it. This leaves 6...Nge7 or 6...Nb4. All three of these moves 6...Nge7 6...Nb4 6...Be6 are all dealing the how to defend the d5-pawn. The most natural, and probably best, move is 6...Nge7. In that case we have a symmetrical position and symmetrical positions usually favor white because he gets to move first. So white should keep a slight edge with 5.Ne2 combined with 6.Nbc3 The poor opening move was 6.c3?!

Dec-19-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: What a tremendous game by Alekhine.
Oct-11-12  darshandatta: This game deserves to be GOTD
Oct-11-12  cunctatorg: Terror, absolute Terror...
Oct-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Here's the original/1st game with <Alekhine's gun>: Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930
Nov-13-12  kia0708: the so-called Alekhine's Gun is so cool, it should be called the Big Punisher :-)
Nov-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  kellmano: <kia0708: the so-called Alekhine's Gun is so cool, it should be called the Big Punisher :-)>

Great comment sir. When I'm playing I often try to get Alekhine's gun on the board just because of it's name. Next time I play someone I will call it the big punisher in the post-mortem.

Even if I lose

Feb-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: Alekhine played like a machine...gun
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