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THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- HEISMAN
Compiled by Jaredfchess
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HEISMAN: <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.>

<<<<EPHIPHANY>>>: if your <DEFENDER> can be attacked, then it is *not* a <DEFENDER> but rather it is a <TARGET> for the enemy to attack! That is what NM Dan Heisman is saying: <<<it's not a <DEFENDER>, it's a <TARGET>>>>>!

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HEISMAN: <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.>

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7 ... ?


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HOLY CRIMINY!!

You don't say "Gee, I could play ... QxN+ and ... QxR but I can't because of the White b2-pawn defender. Nice idea. Too bad I cannot play it".

Instead you say "I am going to <DESTROY> that White b2-pawn <DEFENDER>, <REMOVING THE GUARD>, with 7 ... e7-e5! and 8 ... Bf8-a3!"

7 ... e7-e5! <line clearance: a3-f8>


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8 ... ♗f8-a3! <remove guard: c3>


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Event "USCL Los Angeles vs Manhattan"
Site "Internet Chess Club"
Date "2010.09.27"
Round "6"
White "Vovsha, Eli"
Black "Kretchetov, Alexandre"
Result "0-1"
WhiteElo "2539"
BlackElo "2376"
TimeControl "3600+30"
ECO "D01"
PlyCount "62"
EventDate "2010.??.??"

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 Nbd7 4. e3 c6 5. Qf3 Qa5 6. Bxf6 Nxf6 7. Bd3 e5 8. dxe5 Ba3 9. exf6 Bxb2 10. fxg7 Bxc3+ 11. Kf1 Bxg7 12. Rd1 Be6 13. Qg3 Bf6 14. Qf4 Be7 15. Nf3 O-O-O 16. Nd4 Bd6 17. Qf6 Qc3 18. Bf5 Rhe8 19. Qxf7 Bxf5 20. Qxf5+ Kb8 21. Qxh7 Re4 22. Rb1 Bc7 23. h4 Rf8 24. Rh3 Qc4+ 25. Kg1 Qxa2 26. Nxc6+ Kc8 27. Nxa7+ Qxa7 28. Qg7 Ree8 29. Ra1 Qb6 30. h5 Kb8 31. h6

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Attack the defender with a non-attacker from a square not in the defensive complex and capture (illusory protection), pin (overwork), dominate (drive it away) or double attack this defender.

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Kramnik vs Shirov, 2010

25 ?


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(VARIATION)
25 ♖d1-e1!+-


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Game Collection: THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- HEISMAN 25 Rd1-e1! attacks Black e4-knight defender of d6-forking sq

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Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov, 2010

20 ?


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20 ♗g3-d6!


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Game Collection: THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- HEISMAN 20 Bg3-d6! attacks Black e7-queen defender of loose b7-bishop

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Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2010

39 ?


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39 ♘g3-f5!


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Game Collection: THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- HEISMAN 39 Ng3-f5! attacks the Black h6-knight defender of f7

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Kasimdzhanov vs Kamsky GRENKE Rapid World Championship MAINZ, GERMANY 2010

70 ♖e7-e5??


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70 ... ♘b3-c1! 0-1


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Game Collection: THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- HEISMAN 70 ... Nb3-c1! attacks White d3-knight defender of loose e5-rook

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I saw the following incredible sequence of two consecutive bullet games on ICC the other day: a GM whose handle is <Sauerkraut> lost two games in a row to the exact same tactic!

In both games he resigned after missing the tactic <REMOVE THE GUARD/ILLUSORY PROTECTION>. Not only was it <REMOVE THE GUARD>, it was the exact same <REMOVE THE GUARD>: the capture of a bishop which was defending a royal knight fork square and did not have <REAL PROTECTION>.

Position after 25 ... ♗e7-f6??


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Here Black (Sauerkraut) has just blundered with 25 ... ♗e7-f6??. Now after 26 ♗c3x♗f6!


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Black has lost a piece and resigned. Black cannot recapture with 26 ... ♘d7x♗f6?? or 26 ... g7x♗f6?? because 26 ♗c3x♗f6! <DESTROYED THE DEFENDER> (Black f6-bishop) which was <DEFENDING> the e7-royal forking square of the White f5-knight. The Black f6-bishop performed the vital defensive task of <DEFENDING> the e7-square from f6, and neither the Black d7-knight nor the Black g7-pawn can perform that task of <DEFENDING> the e7-square from f6 like the Black f6-bishop did (<ILLUSORY PROTECTION/REMOVE THE GUARD>).

Then in the -very- -next- -game-, <Sauerkraut>'s game reach the following position.

Position after 26 a2-a4??


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Here White (Sauerkraut) has just blundered with 26 a2-a4??. Now after 26 ... ♘d3x♗e1!


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White has lost a piece and resigned. White cannot recapture with 27 ♖g1x♘e1?? because 26 ... ♘d3x♗e1! <DESTROYED THE DEFENDER> (White e1-bishop) which was <DEFENDING> the d2-royal forking square of the Black c4-knight. The White e1-bishop performed the vital defensive task of <DEFENDING> the d2-square from e1, and the White g1-rook cannot perform that task of <DEFENDING> the d2-square from e1 like the White d2-bishop did (<ILLUSORY PROTECTION/REMOVE THE GUARD>).

Yes, I know that these are two bullet (1 0) games on ICC, but still. It was simply -astonishing- to see a GM lose two games in a row to -exactly- the same tactic: the capture of a bishop (Black f6-bishop, White e1-bishop) which was defending a royal knight fork square (e7-square, d2-square) and had only <ILLUSORY PROTECTION> (Black d7-knight, Black g7-pawn, White g1-rook).

CAPTURING REMOVES THE GUARD!, CAPTURING DESTROYS A DEFENDER!

Event "ICC 1 0"
Site "Internet Chess Club"
Date "2008.03.16"
Round "-"
White "Nichega"
Black "Sauerkraut"
Result "1-0"
ICCResult "Black resigns"
WhiteElo "2362"
BlackElo "2154"
Opening "English: Neo-Catalan accepted"
ECO "A13"
NIC "RE.10"
Time "04:14:14"
TimeControl "60+0"

1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. O-O a6 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Be7 8. d4 O-O 9. Nc3 Rb8 10. Bf4 Nb6 11. Ne5 Nbd5 12. Bd2 Nd7 13. Nd3 N7f6 14. e4 Nxc3 15. Bxc3 b6 16. Qe2 Bb7 17. Rfd1 a5 18. Ne5 Nd7 19. Nc4 Ba6 20. b3 Qc8 21. Qc2 Rd8 22. Ne3 Bb7 23. Rac1 c5 24. d5 exd5 25. Nf5 Bf6 26. Bxf6 1-0

Event "ICC 1 0"
Site "Internet Chess Club"
Date "2008.03.16"
Round "-"
White "Sauerkraut"
Black "pugak"
Result "0-1"
ICCResult "White resigns"
WhiteElo "2134"
BlackElo "2094"
Opening "Mieses opening"
ECO "A00"
NIC "VO.13"
Time "04:15:39"
TimeControl "60+0"

1. d3 Nf6 2. Nd2 d5 3. Ngf3 c6 4. g3 Bh3 5. Bg2 Bxg2 6. Rg1 Bxf3 7. Nxf3 e6 8. Bf4 Nbd7 9. Bd2 Bc5 10. c3 Qe7 11. Qc2 Bd6 12. d4 e5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Nd4 g6 15. O-O-O O-O-O 16. h3 Nc4 17. Be1 Ne4 18. e3 f5 19. b3 Ba3+ 20. Kb1 Nb2 21. Rc1 Nc5 22. b4 Ncd3 23. Qb3 Nxc1 24. Qxa3 Ncd3 25. Qb3 Nc4 26. a4 Nxe1 0-1

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12 ... Bb4xc3?? 13 Nd4-b3! <DRIVES OFF> Black a5-queen defender of loose Black c3-bishop, winning ♗ for ♙.


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Event "ICC 3 0"
Site "Internet Chess Club"
Date "2007.12.27"
Round "-"
White "camelovich"
Black "unkavalo"
Result "1-0"
ICCResult "Black forfeits on time"
WhiteElo "3009"
BlackElo "2771"
Opening "Caro-Kann: anti-Caro-Kann defense"
ECO "B10"
NIC "CK.01"
Time "23:08:20"
TimeControl "180+0"

1. e4 c6 2. c4 e5 3. Nf3 Qa5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. d4 Bb4 6. Bd2 exd4 7. Nxd4 O-O 8. Bd3 d5 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. e5 Ne4 11. O-O Nxc3 12. bxc3 Bxc3 13. Nb3 Bxd2 14. Nxa5 Bxa5 15. f4 Nc6 16. Rb1 g6 17. Kh1 Bb6 18. Rb5 Nd4 19. Rxd5 Nf5 20. Bxf5 Bxf5 21. h3 Rfd8 22. Qf3 Rxd5 23. Qxd5 Rd8 24. Qxb7 Rd2 25. a4 Be6 26. f5 Bd5 27. Qc8+ Kg7 28. f6+ Kh6 29. Rg1 Bxg1 30. Kxg1 Rxg2+ 31. Kf1 Rd2 32. Qf8+ Kg5 33. Qc5 Kf4 34. Qb4+ Ke3 35. Qc5+ Ke4 36. Qxa7 1-0


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

21 ... Bc8-f5!, 22 .. Ra8-d8!, 23 .. b7-b5 all attack defenders
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

70 .. Nc3-b1! attacks White d3-knight defender of loose e5-rook
Kasimdzhanov vs Kamsky, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 70 moves, 0-1

31 Qg7-c3! attacks Black c2-queen def of e2-rook,checking sq
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

21 Nf3-g5! attacks Black f7-knight defender of d6-trapping sq
McShane vs R Wojtaszek, 2011 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

32 Bh3xNg4, 33 h2-h3 rid g4-knight defenders of e5-fork square
W So vs Navara, 2011 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 34 moves, 1-0

35 ... Qf8?? 36 Bd7+! removes the guard of the Black f8-queen
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

23 ... Rb4! dominates the White a4-queen defender of c2
Stefan Djuric vs Anand, 2000 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 23 moves, 0-1

21 Qe5!! attacks Black c5-queen defender of f8-mating square
Tal vs W R Chandler, 1974 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

22 ... Qd3! attacks White g2-queen defender of g2 and f1-rook
N Evseev vs Flohr, 1949 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 24 moves, 0-1

19 QxBf6! destroys the f6-bishop defender of e7-forking square
Rubinstein vs Tarrasch, 1922 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 53 moves, 1-0

21 RxNe5!! destroys Black e5-knight defender of Black g4-bishop
Rublevsky vs Sasikiran, 2005 
(C45) Scotch Game, 21 moves, 1-0

25 RxNd5! destroys Black d5-knight defender of e7-tactical base
S Kustar vs A Kranz, 1999 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 25 moves, 1-0

16 Qd1xBd6!! Black c7-pawn defender of bishop cannot defend f8
Alekhine vs Koehnlein, 1908 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

29 ... Qb2!! attacks White e2-queen back rank defender, c3-rook
Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1914 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

35 ... Be7-c5!! pins White e3-bishop defender to White g1-king
E Jimenez Zerquera vs Botvinnik, 1967 
(B07) Pirc, 35 moves, 0-1

29 Rc1xNc5! destroys Black c5-knight defender of b7-queen
Alekhine vs Keres, 1935 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 37 moves, 1-0

21 c2-c4 drives off the Black d5-knight defender of f6-bishop
V Zvjaginsev vs A Belozerov, 2006 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

37 h4-h5! attacks Black g6-pawn defender of the f5-square
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2007 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

32 - Rh3 almost drives off White f3-queen defender of e4-rook
J D Tisdall vs Judit Polgar, 1988 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

17 g2-g4! drives off Black f5-knight defender of e3-square
E Moser vs J Houska, 2007 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

45 ... h4-h3 attacks White g2-pawn defender of the f3-square
Alapin vs G Marco, 1905
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 0-1

7 f6-f7+! drives off Black e8-king defender of Black d8-queen
J Henningsen vs R Borik, 1979 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

54 Ra5-d5+ drives off Black d7-king from loose c6-knight
Ivanchuk vs Eljanov, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

33 - RxBa5! destroys defender of e1-tactical base, 34 ... Qe1+
Saidy vs Fischer, 1968  
(A25) English, 35 moves, 0-1

37 ... Bd8 38 Rd1 and 39 RxBd8! destroys defender of b6-square
Kramnik vs Naiditsch, 2007 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 47 moves, 1-0

28 Bc1-f4! attacks Black c7-queen defender of loose e7-bishop
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

27 Be3xNc5 destroys Black knight defender of e6-square for sac
Fischer vs W Hook, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 28 moves, 1-0

42 Re2-a2? Be4-c2+! drives off White b3-king from loose a2-rook
J Trevelyan vs F Jenni, 2005 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 43 moves, 0-1

22 Qd4-d6!! attacks Black e6-queen defender of f7-mating square
Bu Xiangzhi vs D Rensch, 2007 
(A15) English, 25 moves, 1-0

16 a2-a3! drives off Black b4-bishop defender of weak d6-square
Fischer vs Kate Sillars / Larry Manter, 1964 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 1-0

25 ... Qd5xBc4! White pawn on c4 cannot DEFEND d3 like bishop
Didier vs Marshall, 1900 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

43 ... c6-c5! would have driven off White d4-rook from f4-rook
Kasparov vs Speelman, 1989 
(A81) Dutch, 47 moves, 0-1

47 ... Kg3xf3?? 48 Re4xf4+ drives off Black king from e3-knight
Kasparov vs I Rogers, 2001 
(B01) Scandinavian, 48 moves, 1-0

38 f2-f4! drives off Black e5-knight defender of Black d7-rook
Wang Hao vs Deepan Chakkravarthy J, 2007 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

24 Qh3xNd7! destroys Black d7-knight of f6-knight tactical base
Ivanchuk vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 23 moves, 1-0

40 ... Qg6xRg1+! destroys White defender of d1-promotion square
Onischuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

28 RxNe6! destroys Black e6-knight defender of g7-mating square
A Adly vs V Laznicka, 2007 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

31 .. Rd8xRd1 32 Ba4xRd1 illusory protection of White c1-bishop
M Erdogdu vs R Almond, 2006 
(B01) Scandinavian, 32 moves, 0-1

35 Rd1xBd8! destroys defender of e7-square for 36 Bc5-e7 +-
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

54 .. Rc3-d3 55 Kf2-e2! drives off Black d3-rook from d7-bishop
Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 55 moves, 1-0

24 Qg1-g5!! attacks Black f6-bishop defender, pins it to d8
Dvoirys vs G Feher, 1991 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

37 Qe3xRe8+! destroys Black rook defender of promotion squares
Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Grischuk vs Kramnik, 2007 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 24 moves, 1-0

23 Rd8xRh8 destroys Black rook defender of d8-promotion square
Rublevsky vs I Hera, 2007 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

17 Qh6xRf8+! destroys f8-rook defender of back rank, mating
Judit Polgar vs P Chilingirova, 1988 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

39 Rf8xBc8+! destroys bishop which shields king on back rank
Leko vs Morozevich, 2000 
(C10) French, 37 moves, 0-1

28 h2-h4! drives off Black g5-queen from defense of the c1-rook
Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2007 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

21 Rd1xBd5! Qd8xRd5 now Black queen must defend both f7 and d7
Najdorf vs NN, 1942 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

12 Bd3xNe4! destroys Black e4-knight defender of loose c3-queen
I Cheparinov vs L Lang, 1995 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

35 ... Nc4-a5! drives off the White c6-rook defending c5-bishop
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

36 Rd1xQd6 Rd8xRd6 Black d6-rook cannot defend a3-knight like Q
Petrosian vs Uhlmann, 1968 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1-0

39 Bf6-g7+! drives off Black f8-king from loose Black e8-queen
Kasparov vs G Gonda, 1988 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

22 Qf3-g4 h6-h5! drives off White g4-queen from e2-forking sq
Sasikiran vs Kasparov, 2002 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

50 Rc7xBd7! destroys Black light-squared defender of e6-square
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

34 g3-g4+ drives off Black f5-king from e4-bishop else mate(!)
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1930 
(A90) Dutch, 50 moves, 1-0

39 .. a6-a5+ drives off White b4-king from loose White c3-queen
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B57) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

32 Bf4xd6! Qe7xBd6? then 34 Rf1-f7+ drives off d7-king defender
Capablanca vs Menchik, 1935 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

26 ... Re3xNc3! removes guard of e2-square for 27 ... Re8-e2 -+
R Palliser vs D Howell, 2005 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 27 moves, 0-1

27 ... Re8xNe3! destroys knight defender of valuable d5-pawn
Eljanov vs Radjabov, 2008 
(E77) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

36 Bb8-e5! pins Black d4-bishop to c3-king so a-pawn can queen
Fischer vs Euwe, 1960 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

27 - Bc8xBe6 28 Rb1xb7+ drives off Black f7-king from e6-bishop
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1995 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

17 Re6xNf6! destroys f6-knight defender of e4-tactical base
Ahues vs W Von Holzhausen, 1926 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

33 ... Ke8-d7! drives off White c6-rook from loose a6-bishop
Carlsen vs R S Jones, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1-0

37 c4-c5+! Kb6xc5 drives off king to make Black b7-bishop loose
Carlsen vs Kamsky, 2005 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 48 moves, 1-0

73 Rc6-c1! Black b1-rook defends b8-promotion sq along b-file
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2008 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 80 moves, 1-0

42 .. Rb6-c6! attacks White c3-queen defender stuck on 3rd rank
Gelfand vs Karjakin, 2008 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

17 - Nc6-d4! attacks f3-knight defender of g5-bishop/check sq
Sinkel Th vs Keres, 1942
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

21 - Qc7-d6? 22 f4xe5! drives off Black d6-queen from g6-square
P Tregubov vs A Greet, 2006
(E15) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

25 - b7-b5! attacks White c4-pawn defender of d5-outpost square
R Bertholee vs Judit Polgar, 1990 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 0-1

26 ... Nd4-c6! drives off the White a5-bishop from b6-knight
Radjabov vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 43 moves, 0-1

24 Qd5xRa8! destroys a crucial defender of the weak back rank
Fressinet vs Macieja, 2008 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

A Hansen vs S Jensen, 1945 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 9 moves, 0-1

15 ... Be6xa2! drives White b1-queen away from White e4-pawn
Skembris vs Judit Polgar, 1990 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

29 Qa4-c6+ drives off Black c7-king defender from loose d7-rook
Mamedyarov vs P Tregubov, 2006 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

39 Rf2-f7! threatens Black d7-knight defender of f8-bishop,sq
Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Capablanca, 1931 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

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

Nakamura vs Ni Hua, 2009 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

22 Bb2-a3! attacks the Black e7-queen defender of f7-mating sq
Aronian vs Karjakin, 2010 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

39 Ng3-f5! attacks the Black h6-knight defender of f7
Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2010 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs Caruana, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

25 Rd1-e1! attacks Black e4-knight defender of d6-forking sq
Kramnik vs Shirov, 2010 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

20 Bg3-d6! attacks Black e7-queen defender of loose b7-bishop
Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 52 moves, 1-0

30 Bb7-c8! 1-0 attacks e6-bishop defender of loose h3-knight
O Ulvestad vs I A Horowitz, 1946 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 30 moves, 1-0

Navara vs Aronian, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 0-1

19 a2-a4!,21 Ra1-a5 drives Black queen from defense of d7-bisho
T Hillarp Persson vs F Peralta, 2010 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Robson vs E Perelshteyn, 2010 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 14 moves, 1-0

Koneru vs Ju Wenjun, 2010 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

36 Bf4-h6 drives off Black f8-rook defender of loose f6-knight
I Sokolov vs A Chibukhchian, 2009 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

16 ... Qc7xNc4! destroys c4-bishop defender of e2-royal fork sq
J Smeets vs Ponomariov, 2011 
(C18) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

24 ... Rb3! attacking the White b6-queen defender of d4
Hebden vs Nunn, 1979 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

White king cannot defend c4 like bishop after 34 ... RxB+! KxR
Topalov vs Svidler, 2006 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 34 moves, 0-1

32 Kc2-d3 e5-e4+! drives off White d3-king from loose e2-rook
A Schoene vs Fischer, 1957 
(E70) King's Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

32 Rxc6! attacking the Black f6-queen defender of the g7-square
G Michelakis vs D Canda, 2004 
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 32 moves, 1-0

22 ... Rxe3! destroys the White e3-knight defender
N Bahram vs Hector, 1998 
(C57) Two Knights, 22 moves, 0-1

28 Qc5+! double attacks defending Black a7-queen and c8-king
Gligoric vs Larsen, 1973 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

32 Bb6-c5!+- attacks Black f8-bishop protecting g7-mating sq
V Gashimov vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 33 moves, 1-0

Grischuk vs Aronian, 2011 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 49 moves, 0-1

Ivanchuk vs Nakamura, 2011 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2011 
(C10) French, 42 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Grischuk, 2003 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

Navara vs Grischuk, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

M Rodshtein vs Harikrishna, 2011 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

Mamedyarov vs H Ibrahim, 2011 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

26 ... Re8-e2!! attacks White c2-queen supporting defender
Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 0-1

26 ... Bb7-g2+! attacks White f1-king defender of e2-bishop,sq
E Prandstetter vs I Hausner, 2001 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 0-1

33 Ne6-f8+!
Grischuk vs A Timofeev, 2007 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 33 moves, 1-0

28 Bg5-d8! +-
Zhao Xue vs N Kosintseva, 2011 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

60 Rh6-h4?? f7-f6+! drives off g5-king defender of loose h4-roo
D Yang vs R Mogranzini, 2011 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 60 moves, 0-1

17 Bc1-g5! aims trade for critical e7-knight dfndr of d5-,f5-Ps
T Willemze vs A Hovenga, 2011 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Yang vs Robson, 2011 
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 36 moves, 0-1

34 ... Rd7xBd5! destroys d5-bishop dfndr of c4-Q, pinning e4-P
Jakovenko vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 0-1

29 Bc5-e7 drives off d8-rook dfndr from loose,pinned d7-knight
Sasikiran vs Anand, 2011 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leko vs Kasimdzhanov, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

S B Hansen vs Aronian, 2011 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 0-1

33 Rc7-c8!, 34 Bb3-e6! attack Black d8- then d7-rook defender
Carlsen vs D Howell, 2011 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

22 ... Re8-e5! attacks f5-queen defender of d7-rook,g4-base
T Dao vs Kasparov, 2001 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

E Goudriaan vs L Ootes, 2012 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 21 moves, 1-0

62 Ne6-g5?? makes loose piece, 62 - Ba7-b8+ drives off defender
J Ortega Ruiz vs E Sos Andreu, 2012 
(E91) King's Indian, 62 moves, 0-1

18 .. Nf6-h5! c3-queen protect c4-knight as b3-pawn protects a4
M Ragger vs Le Quang Liem, 2010 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 33 moves, 0-1

19 Rf1xBf6! 1-0 destroys defender of e7-royal forking square
Rohde vs G C DeFotis, 2001 
(A15) English, 19 moves, 1-0

47 Rb6-c6 attacks Black c7-knight defender of the a6-,e6-pawns
Carlsen vs Ganguly, 2004 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

40 Rc6xBe6! 1-0 e6-bishop defends d7-sq, d8-rook defends skewer
Yifan Hou vs Stefansson, 2012 
(C26) Vienna, 40 moves, 1-0

30 Qd2-d6+! attacks Black e6-queen defender of f7-pig square
Movsesian vs L Pantsulaia, 2012 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 31 moves, 1-0

32 Qe3xNc5!! destroys dfndr of d7 for double attack 33 Ra7xBd7
Yu Yangyi vs Li Shilong, 2012 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 47 moves, 1-0

M Esserman vs V Martirosov, 2008 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 25 moves, 1-0

I Sokolov vs L Aroshidze, 2012 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 43 moves, 0-1

V Belous vs H Pasalic, 2012 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

35 Qg4xNe6+! destroys the defender of the f8-mating square
J R Koch vs E Neiman, 1997 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

N Zhukova vs Ju Wenjun, 2012 
(E71) King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3), 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ding Liren vs Karjakin, 2012 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 0-1

22 ... Bg7-h6!! attacks White g5-queen defender of g4-mating sq
Gu Xiaobing vs J Hawkins, 2012 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 0-1

28 ... Rc6xBc3!
K Kostin vs Sasikiran, 2013 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

27 Qg4xBd7+! destroys the defender of e6-mating sq, 28 Nd4-e6#
Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

21 Qd5-d3!, 22 Ra1-c1! White all over Black's piece defenders
Mamedyarov vs Topalov, 2013 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

31 Qc2-d3?? f6-f5! 0-1 ouch!
Mamedyarov vs Svidler, 2012 
(D80) Grunfeld, 31 moves, 0-1

39 Rc7xBd7! destroys Black d7-bishop defender of h3-pinning sq
E Kovalevskaya vs T Kosintseva, 2013 
(A14) English, 40 moves, 1-0

61 Rb6-f6+! attacks Black f7-king defender of loose g6-bishop
Adams vs D Andreikin, 2013 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 1-0

31 e2-e3?? h2-h3+! drives off g2-king dfndr of now loose bishop
G Meier vs Kramnik, 2013 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

23 ... Bg7xBb2 clears c3-base for upcoming fork 24 ... Qa5-c3
E Bronnikova vs J Zawadzka, 2013 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 0-1

23 Ba7-c5! 1-0, 23 Rd1-d7! MVL's clinic on removing the guard
M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013 
(B30) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

21 ... Bf5-c2! attacks d1-queen of f3-bishop, winning exchange
M Vachier-Lagrave vs Kramnik, 2013 
(C45) Scotch Game, 22 moves, 0-1

19 ... Qc4xNd4! 0-1 removes d4-knight defender of f3-check sq
M Subaric vs P Trifunovic, 1946 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 19 moves, 0-1

22 ... Qd6-c7+! 0-1 attacks b7-queen defender of b3-mating sq
Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

48 Nb1-a3?? Nc3-a2! and 49 .. Nb6-a4! attack c1-bishop defender
Sliwa vs Keres, 1952 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 52 moves, 0-1

32 .. Rc4xb4?? 33 f2-f3!, 34 Rf1-c1 1-0 drives off the defender
Bronstein vs V Vorotnikov, 1970 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 34 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs G Wood, 1947 
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 1-0

27 ... Re8-c8? allows the crushing guard removing 28 Nf5-g3!+-
Taubenhaus vs Marshall, 1905 
(B40) Sicilian, 84 moves, 0-1

36 ... Qd4xBd1! rook cannot prevent mate on a4 like d1-bishop
J Jackson vs D Okike, 2014 
(B56) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Kmoch vs Prins, 1940 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 17 moves, 1-0

8 Qd1xBd4! destroys d4-bishop defender of f6-sq for fatal check
Muller vs NN, 1928 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 10 moves, 1-0

37...Rd7?? misses the "in-between" move 38.g5!
M Vachier-Lagrave vs Wang Yue, 2006 
(B30) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

24 Nc2? was a blunder, and it's black to play and win.
Granda Zuniga vs W So, 2016 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 28 moves, 0-1

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