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Weakened Back Rank
Compiled by patzer2
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24...Rxa3!
V Mikenas vs Bronstein, 1965 
(A53) Old Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

26...Qh4!! sets up 27...Qf2!!
Larsen vs Ljubojevic, 1975 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 27 moves, 0-1

26...Rxc4!!
Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

18. Qg4!!
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

34. Bc5!
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

40...Qxg2+! ( "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess")
Polugaevsky vs J Eising, 1974 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 40 moves, 0-1

19. Qd5! +- exploits a weak back rank
Traxler vs Duras, 1902 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

32. Qxf1+
B Blumenfeld vs Alekhine, 1908 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

35. Rxb8+!
Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

22...Rxa3!
S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1973  
(A16) English, 22 moves, 0-1

26. Nxd8!
P Ricardi vs G Milos, 2001 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

38. Qa6!
T Kosintseva vs M Velcheva, 2001 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 39 moves, 1-0

26. Bxa6! wins with the threat of a back rank mate
Naiditsch vs Leko, 2005 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 59 moves, 1-0

26. Qxf8+!
T Haimovich vs V Slovineanu, 2001 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 26 moves, 1-0

21. g5!
A Volokitin vs Pelletier, 2005 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

16 Bxc6!
Larsen vs E Nievergelt, 1954 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 37 moves, 1-0

36. Rc8+!
Razuvaev vs Z Mestrovic, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 44 moves, 1-0

28. Qxe1!
M Guid vs M Cebalo, 2004 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 28 moves, 0-1

33. Qxc6!
Sliwa vs Stoltz, 1953 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

34. Qd8+!
Leko vs Bareev, 2003 
(C11) French, 34 moves, 1-0

33...Rxb3+!
D Podhraski vs S Jeric, 2001 
(B01) Scandinavian, 36 moves, 0-1

18. Qd8!
Unzicker vs K Skold, 1950 
(E61) King's Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

27. Rad1!! is the move White should have played
Duke Karl / Count Casabianca vs Kolisch, 1859 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 0-1

24. Qxd8+!
Lilienthal vs G Negyesy, 1931 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

22...Qxc3!!
I Madl vs Chiburdanidze, 2000 
(B89) Sicilian, 26 moves, 0-1

40...Qc6!
Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1958 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

34...Qd1+! is mate-in-two
G Mammadova vs O Girya, 2001 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 35 moves, 0-1

33. Re7!
Van der Wiel vs Timman, 1988 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

19. Nb4!!
E Korchmar vs E Poliak, 1937 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

28. Qxe4! appears to be set up by the sacrifice 25. Rxe4!
Sasikiran vs D Rombaldoni, 2006 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 28 moves, 1-0

25...Qf2! combines the double attack and weak back rank tactics
Ashley vs Nakamura, 2003 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 25 moves, 0-1

32...Bh4!! exploits the weak (back) rank and (h-) file
O Sarapu vs Browne, 1972 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

42. Rb6!
A Nickel vs Hydra, 2004 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

38. dxe4? Qc2+!
Karjakin vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 39 moves, 0-1

23. Qa7!
Minic vs K Honfi, 1966 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

27...Rxc4! leads to mate or win of decisive material
R Kempinski vs H Tirard, 1996 
(E91) King's Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

34. Qe6!! uses the weak back rank as a diversion to mate
Anand vs I E Morovic-Fernandez, 1990 
(B32) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

30. Rxf7!
Larsen vs P Large, 1986 
(A13) English, 31 moves, 1-0

26. Qd8!! is followed by 27. Be7! +-
Tartakower vs M Billecard, 1907 
(C56) Two Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

20...Bxf2+!
D Riley vs F Parr, 1949 
(E61) King's Indian, 20 moves, 0-1

23...Rxd5!
A Hahn vs R Kaufman, 2000 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 25 moves, 1-0

34...Qg6+! or 34...Qf5+! weakens back rank and wins a piece
Y Erturan vs Potkin, 2001 
(C01) French, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

23...Rxe4! 24. Rxe4 Qxd6 -+
Korchnoi vs Levenfish, 1953 
(E07) Catalan, Closed, 26 moves, 0-1

21...Qxc1+!
J Alfred vs P Walsh, 2005 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

25...Qxe4! solves a Monday puzzle
V Vepkhvishvili vs N Alexandria, 1968 
(B32) Sicilian, 26 moves, 0-1

20...Qxb2! wins a Rook due to the mate threat
V Wehner vs I Zaragatski, 2006 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 20 moves, 0-1

23. Rh2? allows 23...Qd3!! -+ leading to 26...Qe3! -+
Nakamura vs Y Shulman, 2010 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 0-1

30. Ng6+! solves a Friday puzzle
Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

33. Qxd7+! solves a Monday puzzle
Keres vs Alekhine, 1937 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1-0

33. Qg6! also utilizes deflection and double attack tactics.
B Katalymov vs M Kolpakov, 1975 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

30. Bf5!! also uses decoy, deflection and skewer tactics
Khalifman vs Ehlvest, 1985 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

32...Rxa5!
H Lehmann vs Fischer, 1965 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 32 moves, 0-1

15...Nf2+! uses decoy, deflection, discovered check & skewer
Marciniak vs H Dobosz, 1973 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 17 moves, 0-1

22. B4! solves a Friday puzzle
Bukic vs Romanishin, 1977 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

22...Bc4! exploits weak back rank with X-Ray mate threat
McShane vs V Mirumian, 1999 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 0-1

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