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55d_Middlegame motifs - Alekhine's gun
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There is nothing stronger than a line-up of all three heavy pieces in a file (or rank).

It's fun to observe it.

Alekhine's gun is a formation in chess named after the former World Chess Champion, Alexander Alekhine. This formation was named after a game he played against another illustrious Grandmaster, Aaron Nimzowitsch in San Remo 1930, ending with Alekhine’s victory. The idea consists of placing the two rooks stacked one behind another and the queen at the rear. This can lead to massive damage to the opponent as it usually marks the beginning of the final assault (in this case it was only four moves before resignation). In rare cases it can be two queens and one rook on the same file.

Wikipedia article: Alekhine's gun

Pure gun with <Qd3/Rd5/Rd7>

Event ""
Site "San Sebastian"
Date "2012.4.2"
Round ""
White "Spraggett,K"
Black "Piasetski,L"
Result "1-0"
WhiteELO ""
BlackELO ""

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 b6 4. c3 Qd7 5. Nf3 Ne7 6. Na3 Ba6 7. Bxa6 Nxa6 8. Qe2 Nb8 9. O-O Nf5 10. Nc2 h5 11. Ne3 g6 12. Rd1 Nc6 13. b3 Nce7 14. c4 c6 15. a4 Bg7 16. Ba3 Nxe3 17. fxe3 O-O 18. e4 Rae8 19. Bd6 dxe4 20. Qxe4 f5 21. Qf4 Rf7 22. Rd3 Nc8 23. Ba3 Bf8 24. Bb2 Ne7 25. Rad1 Rh7 26. Ng5 Rh8 27. Qh4 Bh6 28. Rf1 Bxg5 29. Qxg5 Rh7 30. Ba3 Rg7 31. Rfd1 Kh7 32. h3 Ng8 33. Kh1 Nh6 34. Bb2 Nf7 35. Qe3 Qe7 36. d5 c5 37. dxe6 Qxe6 38. Rd7 a5 39. R1d5 g5 40. Qd3 Kg8 41. Rb7 Rg6 42. Qc3 g4 43. Rdd7 Rg7 44. h4 g3 45. Qf3 Qg6 46. Kg1 Re6 47. Qf4 Qg4 48. Qxg4 hxg4 49. Re7 Rxe7 50. Rxe7 Nh6 51. Rxg7+ Kxg7 52. e6+ Kf8 53. Bc1 f4 54. Bxf4 Nf5 55. Bg5 Nd4 56. e7+ Kf7 57. h5 Ne6 58. Bh4 Ng7 59. h6 Ne8 60. Bxg3 1-0

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Qc1/Rc2/Rc3 - Alekhines's gun I
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Qe8/Re7/Re6 - Alekhine's gun II
W Winter vs Alekhine, 1936 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

Qc1/Rc2/Rc3
Blackburne vs S Rosenthal, 1878  
(C45) Scotch Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Qb8/Rb7/Rb5
Winawer vs Blackburne, 1878 
(C14) French, Classical, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Qa3/Ra4/Ra7 - high noon on the a-file
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Qc1/Rc2/Rc3
J Medina Zavalia vs Kashdan, 1932
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 101 moves, 0-1

Qf2/Rf3/Rf5
Yates vs R Scott, 1921
(C49) Four Knights, 58 moves, 0-1

Qa8/Ra7/Ra3
T Nissl vs Tarrasch, 1932 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

Qa1/Ra2/Ra3
Antoshin vs Vasiukov, 1955
(A16) English, 55 moves, 0-1

Qc3/Rc4/Rc5 (pure)
Ulf Andersson vs I Sokolov, 1995 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 70 moves, 1-0

Qh1/Rh4/Rh6
E Cordova vs V Fedoseev, 2017 
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 1-0

Qc2/Rc3/Rc4
Petrosian vs Reshevsky, 1964 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 74 moves, 1-0

Qc1/Rc2/Rc3
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

Qc1/Rc2/Rc5 (xc7)
Karpov vs Yusupov, 1983 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 44 moves, 1-0

Qa7/Ra6/Ra3
Yusupov vs Gelfand, 1993 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 54 moves, 0-1

Qg7/Rg6/Rg5 - behind Pg4!
R Appel vs Speelman, 1998
(A04) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

Qg1/Rg3/Rg5 - high noon on the g-file
N Davies vs R J Dive, 1994 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Qd1/Rd2/Rd3
Van Wely vs Yifan Hou, 2013 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Qh8/Rh7/Rh6
P Ostojic vs Botvinnik, 1969 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 0-1

Re1/Qe2/Re3
O Bernstein vs A H Pettersson, 1906
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Re1/Re6/Qe8
Vasiukov vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Rh6/Rh7/Qh8
E Najer vs A Alavkin, 2004 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rd1/Qd2/Rd6 on move 23. After 24.Qf4 it's 1:0
Xu Jun vs Wan Yunguo, 2011
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Re1/Qe2/Re5 and manouvring along the file
W So vs A Shukuraliev, 2010 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 27 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Rd2/Qd3
Ulf Andersson vs K Langeweg, 1981 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 36 moves, 1-0

Rc1/Rc2/Qc3 vs Pc7
Lasker vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 66 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Qd5/Rd7
T Turgut vs A Barnsley, 2007
(D75) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5, 43 moves, 1-0

Rg1/Qg2/Rg3 - final position!
I Sokolov vs Kasparov, 1999 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 28 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Rd2/Qd3
Shirov vs M Muzychuk, 2012 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Re8/Re7/Qe6
Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 50 moves, 0-1

Rd1/Rd2/Qd3
Huebner vs R Knaak, 1999
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Qd3/Rd5
Alatortsev vs Chekhover, 1937 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 75 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Qd2/Rd3
M Stean vs Sosonko, 1975 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 102 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rd8/Qd7/Rd6 - Rf2/Rf3/Qf4
B Socko vs J Al-Huwar, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 53 moves, 1-0

Rf8/Qf7/Rf6
K Darga vs Stein, 1969 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1-0

Rd8/Rd7/Qd6
A J Goldsby vs Tkachiev, 1995 
(B06) Robatsch, 65 moves, 0-1

Rh8/Qh4/Rh3
W Paulsen vs J Mason, 1885
(C02) French, Advance, 73 moves, 0-1

Re8/Qe7/Re6
J Sunye Neto vs Kasparov, 1981 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

Re1/Qe2/Re3
Tal vs Speelman, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Rc8/Qc5/Rc4
V Manelis vs D Chuprikov, 2001
(C11) French, 45 moves, 1-0

Re7/Qe6/Re2
J Mieses vs Rubinstein, 1905 
(C21) Center Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Re8/Re7/Qe6
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1906 
(A53) Old Indian, 30 moves, 0-1

Rc1/Rc4/Qc6
I Cheparinov vs R Hess, 2012
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 41 moves, 1-0

Re8/Qe7/Re6
Taimanov vs Botvinnik, 1953 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 0-1

Rc1/Qc2/Rc3
Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C11) French, 68 moves, 1-0

Rb1/Qb2/Rb5
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 41 moves, 1-0

Rc1/Qc4/Rc5
G Kursuz vs C Andersson, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Rf8/Qf5/Rf4 + Rf8/Rf2/Qf1
Efimenko vs E Berg, 2011 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 94 moves, 1-0

Rf2/Qf3/Rf6 + Variationen
Kamsky vs Adams, 1992 
(C48) Four Knights, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rg8/Qg7/Rg4
Botvinnik vs Szabo, 1965 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 77 moves, 0-1

Rc1/Qc2/Rc3 (3 times)
A Gershon vs Timman, 2001
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1-0

Re8/Qe6/Re5 - Lasker's e-file counterplay
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

Rc1/Qc2/Rc3
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 48 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Qd4/Rd5 - backrank#
A Bannik vs Petrosian, 1951 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 30 moves, 1-0

Re1/Qe2/Re3
Kavalek vs Uhlmann, 1976 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 47 moves, 1-0

Rf1/Rf2/Qf3 + Rf1/Qf2/Rf3
Salwe vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rh1/Qh2/Rh3
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1907 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Rf8/Qf7/Rf5
Ding Liren vs Liu Qingnan, 2012 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rc1/Qc2/Rc5
Yusupov vs Gavrikov, 1994 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 34 moves, 1-0

Rb1/Qb2/Rb3 (3x)
Yusupov vs C Lutz, 1994 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 65 moves, 1-0

Rf1/Rf2+(Nf3)/Qf4; (semi)
H Danielsen vs C Hansen, 1997 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Rh1/Qh4/Rh7 (final position)
L Dominguez vs I R Ibragimov, 2012 
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 1-0

Rf1/Qf2/Rf5
Stellwagen vs A Berelowitsch, 2012
(C11) French, 58 moves, 1-0

Rg1/Rg2/Qg3
Schlechter vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 1-0

Re8/Qe7/Re3(e6)
E A Perez vs C Leite, 2008
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 1-0

Rf1/Qf2/Rf4
E Ovod vs B Kovanova, 2012 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 38 moves, 1-0

Rg1/Rg2/Qg4 ftw
L Ootes vs K Yamada, 2011 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1-0

Re1/Qe2/Re5 ... +ocB
A Volokitin vs Miroshnichenko, 2012 
(C10) French, 37 moves, 1-0

Rf1/Qf2/Rf3 - and than Column, left wheel!
Gligoric vs Botvinnik, 1965 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Re8/Qe7/Re3 <->
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

Ra8/Ra6/Qa5
Radjabov vs Naiditsch, 2011 
(A09) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 0-1

Rc8/Qc7/Rc4
F Nuernberg vs H Mueller, 1941
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 34 moves, 0-1

spot the horizontal Alekhine's gun
S Kindermann vs Speelman, 1983 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 55 moves, 0-1

Rd1/Qd3/Rd5
Ding Liren vs M Parligras, 2012 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

Rc8/Qc7/Rc4
A Mokshanov vs Epishin, 2010
(C02) French, Advance, 45 moves, 0-1

Rb7/Qb6/Rb5
Rubinstein vs Sultan Khan, 1930 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rb1/Rb2/Qb3 - jamming
Gligoric vs P Nikolic, 1982 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Rd1/Rd2/Qd4
Gelfand vs Kamsky, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ra1/Qa4/Ra5xa7
Nisipeanu vs Yusupov, 2003 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Qd2/Rd4
Ulf Andersson vs L Comas Fabrego, 1995
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 61 moves, 1-0

Rb1/Rb2/Qb6
J Gustafsson vs K Stupak, 2012
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 77 moves, 1-0

Double Gun: Rc8/Qc6/Rc4 vs Rd1/Rd2/Qd3
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Rd2/Qd3 and Re8/Qe6/Re4
Korchnoi vs Antoshin, 1954 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 70 moves, 1-0

Re1/Qe2/Re3
Kasimdzhanov vs Grischuk, 2012 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rh2/Qh3/Rh7 + Qh2/Rh4/Rh7 + Qh1/Rh4/Rh7
Yusupov vs Vaganian, 1979 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Qd2/Rd6
Lasker vs Reti, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 32 moves, 1-0

Re1/Qe2/Re5
Ding Liren vs G Meier, 2012 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 46 moves, 1-0

Rc8/Qc7/Rc6 --> xPc3 >-- Rh3/Rf3/Qd3 ||
Swiderski vs F J Lee, 1905 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 0-1

Qg8/Rg7/Rg5
T Kosintseva vs N Kosintseva, 2012 
(C18) French, Winawer, 66 moves, 0-1

Rd1/Qd2/Rd4 vs Rc8/Qc7/Rc6
H Heemsoth vs H Rittner, 1985 
(C16) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 1-0

Rc8/Qc6/Rc4 --> Pc3
Taimanov vs Karpov, 1973 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 39 moves, 0-1

Rd8/Qd6/Rd4
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 0-1

Rd1/Qd2/Rd3
Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1944 
(A09) Reti Opening, 68 moves, 1-0

Rg8/Qg6/Rg3
N Wallach vs V Rezzuti, 1998 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 0-1

Rf1/Rf3/Qf5 for a blink
R Djurhuus vs Hector, 1995
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 61 moves, 0-1

Rd8/Rd7/Qd5 (supporting black Pd4)
Stefansson vs Potkin, 2000
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Re8/Qe7/Re6
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Re8/Qe7/Re6
F Vallejo Pons vs V Gashimov, 2011 
(B06) Robatsch, 56 moves, 0-1

Rd8/Qd7/Rd6
A Srebrnic vs L Galojan, 2011 
(A22) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Rf3/Qf4/Rf6
Adams vs E Paehtz, 2012 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Qd3/Rd4
Lasker vs Albin, 1893 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

Rf8/Rf7/Qf6
J Gudmundsson vs Tartakower, 1930
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

Rf1/Qf2/Rf3
C Bauer vs Smirin, 2011 
(A48) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Rf8/Qf7/Rf6
Anand vs Carlsen, 2008 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rf1+Rf2+Qf4 (semi-closed file)
Fressinet vs Aronian, 2011 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 51 moves, 0-1

Rb1/Qb2/Rb7
P Nikolic vs Van der Wiel, 1976 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 31 moves, 1-0

Re1/e2/Qe3 vs Rd8/d7/Qd6
Ding Yixin vs Tingjie Lei, 2013 
(C10) French, 51 moves, 1-0

Rc1/Qc2/Rc4 vs (Pc6) Ra6/Qc7/Re6
Polugaevsky vs Taimanov, 1961
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rc1/Qc4/Rc5
G Borisenko vs Averbakh, 1961
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rg3/Qg5/Rg7
S Hwang vs Annie Weiss, 1999 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Rf8/Qf7/Rf4
Gligoric vs Botvinnik, 1967 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Rh1/Qh2/Rh4
M Shevchenko vs Mansur Musaev, 2001
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 48 moves, 0-1

Rd1/Qd5/Rd6
P J Sowray vs N Hutchinson, 2004
(E17) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

Rc8/Qc7/Rc6 secured the draw
Caruana vs Leko, 2013
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Double D congestion
Yu Yangyi vs Ding Liren, 2014 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 119 moves, 0-1

Qf3/Rf2/Rf1
Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 30 moves, 1-0

... Re6/Qe7/Re8
S G Cooke vs L Ptacnikova, 2008
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Rc1/Qc2/Rc5
Yusupov vs H Pfleger, 1985
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Rg8/Rg7/Qg6
Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1956 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rg1/Qg2/Rg3
Yermolinsky vs Blatny, 1996
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Rg1/Qg2/Rg3
T Beerdsen vs M C Nothnagel, 2017 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Rd1/Qd2/Rd3
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1936 
(A14) English, 49 moves, 0-1

Rc1/Qc3/Rc4
Ju Wenjun vs N Lane, 2017 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Rf1/Qf2/Rf3
Alekhine vs H Mueller, 1934 
(B20) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Rg8/Qg7/Rg4
C Hovind vs Alekhine, 1930 
(C01) French, Exchange, 24 moves, 0-1

Alekhine's gun back and forth
G Barrenechea Bahamonde vs D Kollars, 2018 
(C22) Center Game, 44 moves, 0-1

Qd1/Rd2/Rd3
Karpov vs Spassky, 1979 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Rh6/Qh5/Rh2
W Koomen vs H Max, 1936 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

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