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Predrag Ostojic vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Hoogovens (1969), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-14
French Defense: Tarrasch. Pawn Center Variation (C05)  ·  0-1

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Dec-14-05  suenteus po 147: After 28...Qh8 Botvinnik has an Alekhine's Gun. Pity he didn't get a chance to use it. I wonder how many other world champions got an Alekhine's Gun in their career?
Nov-04-11  Hesam7: What a wonderful game by the patriarch.

It is strange that greats such as Petrosian and Korchnoi both employed this line (7. ... c4) in their height of career (1964 & 1969 respectively) yet this line has never caught on.

Dec-09-12  Everett: <Hesam7: What a wonderful game by the patriarch. It is strange that greats such as Petrosian and Korchnoi both employed this line (7. ... c4) in their height of career (1964 & 1969 respectively) yet this line has never caught on.>

Moskalenko mentions this worthwhile and forgotten idea in "The Flexible French." Great book for French fans.

Dec-10-12
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  perfidious: <Everett> Long ago, I played 5.f4 successfully with both colours, but never got the position after 7....c4 on the board. Most of my games (all of them when I was Black) continued with 7....Qb6, though one opponent played 7....Qa5 instead. There is no reason that I remember why I never gave 7....c4 serious consideration.
Dec-10-12  Everett: <perfidious> I would play the French more if I didn't despise the Exchange and Winawer Exchange variations so much. I miss out on great ideas like this, though. Really like the opening.

Because of White's drawish tendencies, I answer with 2..c5 and go Franco-Benoni or some sort of Sicilian after 3.Nf3

Apr-20-15
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  zydeco: 50.Kf1 to meet 50...Bh4 with 51.Be1 might be a reasonable defensive try.
Oct-05-16  Xeroxx: wow 7. c4 interesting.
Feb-24-17
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  whiteshark: <I wonder how many other world champions got an Alekhine's Gun in their career?>

Alekhine twice:
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930

W Winter vs Alekhine, 1936

also:
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929

Petrosian vs Reshevsky, 1964

Karpov vs Yusupov, 1983

more games ==> Game Collection: 55d_Middlegame motifs - Alekhine's gun

Jan-01-19  Xeroxx: Dunno.
Aug-27-19  hashtag: <Xeroxx: Dunno>

#don't know
#uncertain
#doubtful
#dubious
#unsure
#questionable

Sep-07-19  Xeroxx: <<Xeroxx: Dunno> #don't know
#uncertain
#doubtful
#dubious
#unsure
#questionable>

Yes.

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