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Breaking an alignment is a full-time job
Compiled by notyetagm
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The piece breaking the alignment must stay on the line like it is <PINNED>. So it can be exploited in the exact same way as a <PINNED> piece: take what it does not <DEFEND> or pile on it to make it leave the line.

Usually the <ALIGNMENT> of pieces that needs to be broken (<BLOCKING THE CORRIDOR> from inside) involves the king, especially when the king is <LINED UP> with the queen.

24 h5!! Black f6-knight breaks alignment of e5-queen, h8-king
Krasenkow vs Sutovsky, 1998 
(E90) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

63 ... Nh5xg3! f2-bishop breaks alignment of e3-queen,g1-king-
E Inarkiev vs Kasimdzhanov, 2008 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 86 moves, 0-1

49 ... h4! White g3-pawn breaks alignment of h3-king, b3-bishop
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 0-1

20 Rxe6! Black f7-pawn breaks alignment of f8-king, f6-queen
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858  
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

53 Bf5! Black d7-rook breaks alignment of b7-knight, f7-king
Rubinstein vs Tarrasch, 1922 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 53 moves, 1-0

34 Rd8+! Black f6-bishop breaks alignment of b2-rook, h8-king
Krogius vs Jansa, 1965 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

27 - Bxf4! White e2-knight breaks alignment b2-king, f2-bishop
Timman vs Karpov, 1980 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

37 Ne6+! Black f7-pawn breaks alignment of king/queen on 7th
Ivanchuk vs Van Wely, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

21 - Nf6xe4! White e1-rook breaks alignment of c1-queen,g1-king
J Rowson vs Adams, 1998 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 0-1

25 Nxf7! Black f8-rook breaks alignment of d8-queen, g8-king
Ulf Andersson vs Nunn, 1981 
(A15) English, 25 moves, 1-0

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