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Minor pieces do *not* belong on the back rank
Compiled by notyetagm
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"Minor pieces belong on the back rank only in the most extreme of emergencies" -- Alekhine

Disconnecting his rooks Black gets into insurmountable trouble.
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2007 
(B07) Pirc, 28 moves, 1-0

40 Qd1xRf1: White threatens 41 Qf1-f8# due to Black e8-knight
E de Haan vs H Agustsson, 2006 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

20 ... Qd5xf3+! f1-rook overloaded as b1-knight blocks a1-rook
L Petovic vs A Chudinovskikh, 2009 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 0-1

26 .. Bb7-c8? blocks Black a8-rook allowing mating 28 Re1-e8+
Geller vs Kotov, 1955 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 29 moves, 1-0

41 c6-c7+! wins because Black e8-bishop blocks h8-rook from c8
Navara vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Baburin vs D King, 2003 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 0-1

31 ... Qb5-b3! only works due to presence of White c1-bishop
G Sargissian vs Li Chao, 2009 
(A16) English, 31 moves, 0-1

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