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The Alekhine-Chatard

Attack

IN THE FRENCH DEFENSE By S. Belavenkts and M. Yudovich

(This article is the first of a series which clarifies the complex problems oj one of the most complicated variations in the whole realm of the openings. This article is much simpler than the following ones, and therefore gives the inexperienced player an opportunity to orient himself. The two games given below appeared only in their opening stage in the original Russian text, but it seemed to me that publication of the complete scores would be a: great help to the student,— F. R.)

The gambit attack originated by Chatard in the French Defense (first adopted by Alekhine against Fahrni at Mannheim 1914), has retained its vitality and sharpness to the present day. Recent tournament practice and theoretical research have failed to produce a clear and safe equalizing line for1 Black.

As a matter of fact, the acceptance of White's Pawn sacrifice after 1 P-K4, P-K3; 2 P-Q4, P-Q4; 3 Kt-QB3, Kt-KB3; 4 B-Kt5, B-K2; 5 P-K% KKt-Q2; 6 P-KR4 (see Diagram I) is extremely dangerous for Black.

DIAGRAM i

DIAGRAM i

Very striking in this respect is the game Riumin—Makaganov (U. S. S. R. Championship 1934), in which Black, after taking the Pawn, fell far behind in development and finally succumbed before an overwhelming attack. From Diagram I, the game took the following course:

6 « i i i

BxB

tempi in

develop-

7 PxB

QxP

ment, more than com

8 Kt-R3

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