The other day Tom published a piece on his favourite move (2. ... Ng8 in the Alekhine). It reminded of a chapter in John Watson's most recent book on the French, Dangerous Weapons dedicated to the following line,
1. e4 e6, 2. d4 d5, 3. Nc3 Nf6, 4. e5 Ng8!!
Watson points out the position can also be reached by the even more splendid 1. e4 e6, 2. d4 d5, 3. Nc3 Bb4, 4. e5 Bf8!!!!
for those times when you wish to play the Winawer but don't fancy the Bryant variation (see here and here) for some reason
or indeed via Tom's Alekhine move order 1. e4 Nf6, 2. e5 Ng8, 3. d4 d5, 4. Nc3 e6.
After 4. ... Ng8 the sage of all things French considers various lines for White (5. f4, 5. Be3, 5. Nce2, 5. Bd3, 5. Qg4, 5. Nf3 and even the ultra amusing 5. Nb1, which Watson notes transposes into the Advance variation), but who cares about precise variations? Clearly this is an ideal method of dealing with the Haldane Hack - avoiding any nasty tactical tricks Robin might have had in mind by keeping your pieces as far away as possible.
Petrosian, as in Tom's post, shows us the way.
Only a draw, but even World Champions have off days.