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COA: Capture or Attack
Compiled by notyetagm

The Underrated Removal of the Guard

by NM Dan Heisman

- "A piece that is guarded by another piece which is subject to capture or attack is likely not defended at all."

- "The logic “a guarded piece is not really guarded if the guard can be taken or attacked” is not emphasized in most beginner’s books."

- "One reason for the difficulty in understanding this motif is due to the fact that there are two similar but different concepts that could beinvolved. The idea “Removal of the Guard” can mean either “capturing it immediately” – as Black missed in the above example by not playing 3…Rxf5, or it can mean “attacking the guard” in such a way that if the guard has to move away from its guarding duties, it leaves the guarded piece vulnerable. An example of the latter concept was the missed 1…g6."

35 Ra6xNf6+! capture f6-knight defender of d5, rubberbanding
Bologan vs S Brunello, 2009 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 35 moves, 1-0

29 b3-b4! attacks Black c5-pawn defender of d4-knight, winning
Anand vs Svidler, 2009 
(D85) Grunfeld, 32 moves, 1-0

21 .. Bc8-f5! attacks White e4-bishop defender of f3-forking sq
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

32 Bg5-f4! attacks Black e5-bishop defender of h8-mating square
A Giri vs D Howell, 2010 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

S Kapnisis vs M Calzetta, 2010 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

31 b2-b4! attacks Black a5-queen defender of a8-,d8-back rank
Shirov vs L Dominguez, 2010 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

18 h2-h4! attacks the g5-queen *INDIRECT* defender of a5-knight
Le Quang Liem vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2010 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 31 moves, 1-0

29 Rf6-f8! attacks Black d8-queen defender of significant c7-sq
S Novikov vs Efimenko, 2010 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 34 moves, 1-0

36 Qd7-d6! 1-0 attacks Black e5-queen defender of h8-mating sq
Judit Polgar vs Kaidanov, 2010 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 36 moves, 1-0

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