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7th heaven! 7th rank above all!
Compiled by notyetagm
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Nimzowitsch famous saying about the desire of a rook to penetrate into the enemy position via the 7th rank.

29 Rg6-g7+ monstrous White g7-rook helps demolish Black
Short vs Karjakin, 2008 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

Magnus' 25 ... Rad8!! seeks to place Black f8-rook on f2
Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2006 
(C57) Two Knights, 54 moves, 0-1

White e7-rook laterally pins Black f7-pawn to allow 30 Qxg6+!!
G Neumann vs Mayet, 1866 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

29 ... Rxa2, 30 ... Rxa3 Black 7th rank rook whisks away pawns
Bologan vs Radjabov, 2006 
(B30) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

How does Fischer always manage to get his rooks on 7th rank?
Szabo vs Fischer, 1970 
(A36) English, 37 moves, 0-1

Bu sacs d-pawn for skewer to play 28 ... Rd2+ and mate looms
Jobava vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2006 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

White b7-rook controls d7- , f7- squares next to Black king
Nijboer vs Timman, 2006 
(C18) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1-0

Rublevsky's 7th rank rampaging rook eats everything in its way
Rublevsky vs Harikrishna, 2006 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Powerful 7th rank rook makes even Magnus tip over his king
Carlsen vs A Volokitin, 2006 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 0-1

Capablanca's g7-queen, h7-rook dominate the 7th rank
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

35 Qg6 coordinates with White c7-rook against g7, forcing mate
Petrosian vs G Borisenko, 1964 
(A14) English, 35 moves, 1-0

Black's 7th rank rook leads counterattack against White king
Yates vs Rubinstein, 1925 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 0-1

13 - Re2! Korchnoi's 7th-rank rook raises havoc, wins instantly
S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C01) French, Exchange, 14 moves, 0-1

31 Rf2xf7 gives White overwhelming middlegame position
Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2007 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

White b7-rook laterally pins Black f7-pawn to allow 20 Qg6!
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

23 Rc1xQc7 White c7-rook in 7th heaven dominates board
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

26 Ra1-b1! Black cannot keep White b1-rook out of the b7-square
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 29 moves, 1-0

22 Re2-e7 domination of the 7th rank leads kingside attack
Larsen vs J H Donner, 1969 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

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