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TAKE THE BASE OF PAWN CHAIN! REMOVE THE GUARD!
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Capturing the pawn chain base that defends a critical square.

Since this defending pawn is at the base of the chain, it cannot have real protection since no pawn can defend it. Typically the pawn chain base is defended by a rook or a knight, which clearly cannot perform the defensive task of the pawn chain base that it replaces.

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966


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Black f7-pawn stops a breakthrough on e6 so 24 Rxf7+!
Chandler vs G Jacoby, 1980 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 24 moves, 1-0

Black f7-pawn stops a breakthrough on g6 so 24 Bxf7! (var)
Sutovsky vs A Kovacevic, 2004 
(C11) French, 28 moves, 1-0

25 Rxe6!! takes the Black e6-pawn chain base, allowing 26 Qxf5+
L Bruzon Batista vs Anand, 2006 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

23 Rc5? RxPd4! (VAR) wins a pawn by removing the guard
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

44 ... Rxc5?? 45 Rxc5+?? Kxb6 would win a pawn
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

5 Bxf7+! destroys Black f7-pawn defender of e6, 6 Ne6 wins
J Cukierman vs NN, 1934 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

26 Bxf7+!! removes Black f7-pawn defender of e6 for 28 Nd4-e6!
Kramnik vs L Bruzon Batista, 2006 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

49 Rg3xg6! takes Black g6-pawn which defends the h5-square
Leko vs Kramnik, 2007 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 1-0

22 Nf5xd6! takes pawn chain base defender of Black c5-knight
Robert E Byrne vs J H Donner, 1970
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 1-0

39 Rc6xd6! captures Black d6-pawn defender of Black e5-rook
Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

24 ... Nf4xd3! destroys the White d3-pawn defender of c4-knight
Leko vs Aronian, 2006 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

39 ... Ng4xf2! destroys defender of the e3-square and g3-pawn
E Alekseev vs Mamedyarov, 2005 
(A16) English, 46 moves, 0-1

34 Ng4xe5 destroys Black e5-pawn chain base allowing 36 Ne2xf4
Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2007 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

39 Rb7xc7 removes guard of d6 so White queen can reinforce pin
Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2007 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

20 .. Rf8xf2! destroys f2-pawn defender of g3 for 21 .. Qc7-g3+
Tseshkovsky vs Kasparov, 1981 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 25 moves, 0-1

64 ... Qg3xe3+!! destroys e3-pawn defender of d4-royal fork sq
Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966 
(A16) English, 61 moves, 0-1

29 Rg7xh7+! takes Black h7-pawn which defends Black g6-knight
Fischer vs D C Kumro, 1964 
(C26) Vienna, 30 moves, 1-0

33 Na4xb6!! destroys the defender of a5-square for 34 Nb3-a5
Anand vs Illescas Cordoba, 1992 
(B44) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

16 .. d4xc3! takes pawn chain base to create q-side pawn roller
Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 0-1

37 ... Rb2xh2+! destroys White h2-pawn defender of g3-tact base
Kotov vs Geller, 1949 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 40 moves, 0-1

19 ... Nb6xc4! destroys the White c4-pawn defender of b5-knight
A Ledger vs Arkell, 2008 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

25 Qh5xf7+!! destroys Black f7-pawn defender of the g6-square
Kaidanov vs Anand, 1987 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

26 Rd2xd6! destroys the d6-pawn defender of e5-checking square
Shirov vs L D'Costa, 2008 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 28 moves, 1-0

22 .. Bh4xf2+! destroys f2-pawn defender of e3-pawn fork square
Short vs Nakamura, 2010 
(B58) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

15 ... Bg7xc3! destroys White c3-pawn defender of d4-square
Tiviakov vs Shirov, 2010 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

V Iordachescu vs Raul Schmidt, 2010 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 19 moves, 1-0

39 Rc7xc5!
J Hawkins vs Z Lim, 2012 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 50 moves, 1-0

16 ... Rf8xf2+!-+ takes White f2-pawn protecting e3-fork square
M Brunoehler vs K Richter, 1941 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 0-1

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