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Defending one square is a full-time job
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43 - Bc3-d4!! White e3-bishop, e2-knight don't defend d4 and f4
Topalov vs Nisipeanu, 2007 
(B01) Scandinavian, 47 moves, 0-1

36 ... Rd8-d1+! White e2-bishop cannot DEFEND both d1 and f1
V Liberzon vs Taimanov, 1967 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 36 moves, 0-1

27 Qd3xh7+! Black g8-bishop cannot DEFEND both f7 =and= h7
Shirov vs O Renet, 1991 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 1-0

38 .. Rg5xe5! White e3-queen cannot defend both f3-,e5-squares
G A Thomas vs Lasker, 1936 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 55 moves, 0-1

55 Rc5-e5!! Black e4-queen must defend g4-checking focal point
Anand vs Morozevich, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 56 moves, 1-0

33 Be6+!! Re7xe6?? deflects Black e7-rook from g7-mating square
Svidler vs Morozevich, 2007 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

23 Qg4xRd7! Black d8-rook cannot defend d7-rook, e8-checking sq
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

31 Rd1-d7! Black f7-queen must defend f6-checking focal point
J M Hodgson vs Hebden, 1986 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

30 Qf3-c6!! Black c7-queen cannot defend the e7- and c6-squares
Capablanca vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1913 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 47 moves, 1-0

35 RxBd5! Black d7-rook cannot defend both c7-queen, d5-bishop
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1999 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 36 moves, 1-0

21 Ra1-e1? Qh5-e2! White e2-rook cannot defend e2-, b1-squares
Bacrot vs Anand, 2001 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 21 moves, 0-1

30 Qh4xRh8+! Black g7-king defends h8-rook, f7-tactical base
M Judd vs J A Congdon, 1874 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

30 Bf4-d6+! Black d7-queen must defend g7-mating focal point
A Adly vs V Laznicka, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

41 ... Nf8-e6?? Black d4-knight must now defend both e6 and c6
A Adly vs G Meier, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 51 moves, 1-0

22 Qf3-f6+! Black g8-knight must defend e7-mating focal point
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

20 Nb5-a7! Black a8-rook cannot defend both c8-, a7-squares
Keres vs Flohr, 1937 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

White must defend "anchor", the c4-square , from Black knights
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 54 moves, 0-1

34 ... Nc6-e5! White d4-pawn can't prevent e5 knight instrusion
Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

13 Nd4-f5! Black e6-pawn must defend d5-square, stop Qb3xNd5
Kramnik vs Naiditsch, 2006 
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1-0

83 ... Qh3-h8+!! the White g7-king must defend f7-tactical base
Kotronias vs Hebden, 2007 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 86 moves, 1-0

17 Nd4-e6! d7-queen defends c7-tactical base of White d5-knight
Nimzowitsch vs L Steiner, 1927  
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

29 Rh1-h7+! Black g7-king must keep White f3-queen out of f7
A Volokitin vs Bareev, 2007 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

31 Re1-e6! Black e7-rook must defend the g7-mating focal point
Mamedyarov vs M Gurevich, 2007 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

25 Qxh7+! Black h8-rook defends e8-forking square of f6-knight
B Kostic vs H Wolf, 1922 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 80 moves, 1-0

26 Nc6-d4?? Bc5xNd4 White d1-rook defends e1-checking square
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C49) Four Knights, 26 moves, 0-1

18 ... Qe6xBc4! White e2-queen must defend the e3-tactical base
Steinitz vs J Minckwitz, 1870 
(C28) Vienna Game, 18 moves, 0-1

34 Rh1-h7+! Black g7-king defends the f7-square from e8-queen
G Sargissian vs M Tratar, 2007 
(E61) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

20 ... Qb4-b2! White d4-queen keeps Black f4-knight out of d3
Ljubojevic vs Morozevich, 2003 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

42 .. Nc5-e4! White e3-queen defends f2-bishop/f2-mating square
Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 2007 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

24 Re1-e5! Black d6-bishop must defend e7-royal forking square
Kasparov vs Timman, 1994 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

33 Bd5-f7! Black e8-queen defends e5-pawn from White g4-knight
Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2007 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

27 Nf3-e5! Black d6-pawn defends e5, does not block the d-file
N Davies vs C Duncan, 1999 
(A25) English, 30 moves, 1-0

17 Bc4xf7+! Black f8-rook defends e8, Black g8-king defends h7
V Soldatenkov vs S Durnovo, 1898 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

41 ... Ne6xd4! White c3-bishop defends the a5-base of c4-knight
Mamedyarov vs Kamsky, 2007 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

24 Be2-b5! Black b6-queen must defend the d8-promotion square
Rublevsky vs I Hera, 2007 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

29 Ndd-e6+! Black e8-rook must defend the h8-promotion square
Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2007 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 37 moves, 0-1

13 c4-c5 Black d6-pawn must defend Black e5-pawn/e5-square
Carlsen vs Zhao Zong-Yuan, 2007 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

55 ... h7-h5 White g5-pawn defends f6-knight, not h6 en passant
Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2007 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 58 moves, 0-1

24 Re1-e8! Black d8-queen keeps d5-knight from f6-tactical base
P Chan vs Wu Kaiyu, 2001 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 24 moves, 1-0

22 Qh5xf7+! Black d5-queen defends d7-mating square, Ne5-d7#
Najdorf vs NN, 1942 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

35 Re1xNd1! White f1-rook must keep Black h4-queen out of f2
P Nikolic vs Kramnik, 1998 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

34 f7-f8=Q+! Black g7-king must defend g6-base of f4-knight
Kramnik vs Nunn, 1992 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

12 ... Qf6xNg5! White g4-queen must defend the e2-mating square
H Bohm vs Roman Hernandez, 1979 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 12 moves, 0-1

20 Nf3xd4! Black d7-queen defends e7-bishop from Re1xBe7 threat
Ponomariov vs Wang Hao, 2007 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 76 moves, 0-1

31 Rc1xRc7 Black d8-queen must defend e8-square else 32 Qa4-e8#
Tomashevsky vs Svidler, 2007 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 45 moves, 1-0

15 ... Nd7-c5! White c2-queen defends e2-mating square not f5
J Rotstein vs Uhlmann, 2007 
(C01) French, Exchange, 54 moves, 0-1

27 ... Nd1-f2! White e1-queen cannot defend e5-bishop,f2-square
J Smeets vs Yifan Hou, 2008 
(C13) French, 58 moves, 0-1

38 .. c4-c3+! White d2-queen cannot defend c3-square, e2-knight
Vaganian vs Short, 1989 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 0-1

27 ... Nf6-g4!! White e2-queen cannot defend g4-,f2-squares
Korotylev vs Mamedyarov, 2007 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 0-1

71 g4-g5+! Black f6-king cannot defend e7-bishop, g5-square
Short vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 72 moves, 1-0

56 ... b4-b3! White b2-rook must defend the d2-tactical base
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

51 Qb5xb3?? White b1-rook cannot defend b3-queen, e1-square
Eljanov vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

30 Re5-e8+!! Black d7-queen must defend Black h7-pawn,square
Fischer vs U Geller, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

31 Qh6xh7+! Black f6-knight must stop mate on g8-square
Kramnik vs N Rashkovsky, 1991 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

46 Bc3-e5! Black e8-rook prevents promotion of b7-passer on b8
Fischer vs A Di Camillo, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

19 ... d3-d2+! White d1-rook must defend loose White f1-rook
T W Barnes vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

24 Rf4-d4+! Black d2-rook defends d4-sq, hangs Black g2-queen
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

12 Bc4xf7+! Black d7-queen defends d6-base from White e4-knight
Mamedyarov vs G Ginsburg, 2007 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

31 ... Rc8-c3! White d4-bishop must defend f2-royal fork square
Mamedyarov vs Anand, 2008 
(B20) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

29 Rg2-g5!! Black f5-queen defends f7-base of White e5-knight
Aronian vs Stefansson, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

43 ... Qg4xNf3+! White g2-king must defend h1-promotion square
Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2007
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 44 moves, 0-1

72 Nc5-d7! Black d8-rook defends b8-queening square of b7-pawn
Mamedyarov vs Bacrot, 2008 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 73 moves, 1-0

13 Rd1-d8+! Black e8-king defends f7-base of White e5-knight
Anand vs N Sulava, 2004 
(C10) French, 17 moves, 1-0

20 ... Nf5xh4! White g3-pawn must defend loose White f4-knight
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

61 Nd5-b6! Black c6-rook must defend c8-promotion square
S Volkov vs Yifan Hou, 2008 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

64 h2-h4+! Black g5-pawn defends f4-square from White f2-pawn
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2008 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1-0

29 ... Ra8-c8! White e7-knight defends d5-queen from .. Qd5xQd5
Onischuk vs Shirov, 2008 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 29 moves, 0-1

37 Qh8xNf6! Black f4-queen must defend the g4-mating square
Karjakin vs Short, 2008 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

45 Bc3xa5! Black d8-bishop defends e7-base, not Black a5-pawn
E Alekseev vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

19 Ne4-d6!! Black e6-queen defends f7-base of White e5-knight
Short vs Timman, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

21 - a3xb2! White c3-knight,d1-rook cannot both attack d5-knigh
A Dunkelblum vs Keres, 1937 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

27 Qh6-f6!! Black f8-rook defends g8-square from mate threat
J Werle vs P K Wells, 2008 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

30 ... Rc4xNc3+! White d2-bishop must defend f4-sq to stop mate
A Minasian vs V Malakhov, 2006 
(B32) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

35 Bg3-h4! Black g6-knight keeps White e6-queen out of e7-sq
Rubinstein vs Maroczy, 1920  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

28 Qf3xRa8! Black f8-rook must avert mate by defending f7-sq
Shirov vs D G Fridman, 2008 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

45 Rd3-c3! Black c8-rook must defend loose g8-promotion square
Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

24 Be3xh6! Black g7-bishop must defend 1-1 loose Black b2-queen
Larsen vs Fischer, 1971 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 54 moves, 0-1

10 Nc3xd5! Black f6-knight must defend Black d7-knight
Ivanchuk vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(A15) English, 32 moves, 1-0

22 Nd5-c7! Black d8-queen must defend the f8-rook,mating square
Tal vs Birjanis, 1952 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

18 b2-b4! Black c5-bishop defends b6-base of White c4-knight
M Rodshtein vs J Vang Glud, 2008 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

50 ... Nd5-e3! White f3-rook must defend the f2-pinning square
Yusupov vs Topalov, 1993 
(A48) King's Indian, 50 moves, 0-1

42 Rh1-h7! Black g8-queen defends 2-2 loose d8-mating square
Topalov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 48 moves, 1-0

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