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WEAK BACK RANK
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36 ... Qxh5! wins a piece by exploiting White's weak back rank
Y Erturan vs Potkin, 2001 
(C01) French, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

Black f8-queen defends back rank b8-square not g7, so 36 Bxg7+!
Grischuk vs Sutovsky, 2006 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 36 moves, 1-0

18 Qd8! one back rank defender cannot keep out Q+R battery
Unzicker vs K Skold, 1950 
(E61) King's Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

White c1-bishop stops a1-rook from defending back rank
A Silver vs A Wahono, 2006 
(C59) Two Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

25 Qxg6! since Black g8-rook must defend back rank h8-square
Spassky vs Evans, 1962 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

29 ... Nd3! White d1-rook must defend a1-checking focal point
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1970 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 35 moves, 0-1

29 Re4xBe7! Black d8-queen keeps White g4-queen out of c8
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

23 Qg4xRd7! Black d8-rook must defend e8-checking focal point
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

20 ... Qh5-e2! wins since 21 Re1xQe2 Rb2-b1+ mates on back rank
Bacrot vs Anand, 2001 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 21 moves, 0-1

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

17 Bc4xf7+! Black f8-rook must defend e8-back rank square
V Soldatenkov vs S Durnovo, 1898 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

34 - Qd5-d1+! mates since Black e5-bishop covers h2-luft square
G Mammadova vs O Girya, 2001 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 35 moves, 0-1

29 ... Ra8-c8! rook moves for free by threatening mate on c1-sq
Onischuk vs Shirov, 2008 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 29 moves, 0-1

26 Qb2-e5! explots fact that 26 ... Rd8xNd7?? 27 Qe5-e8+ mates
Aronian vs Gelfand, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

27 Rf4-f2?? traps White g1-king on back rank for 27 .. Qe6xBe4!
Korchnoi vs I Krush, 2007 
(A28) English, 27 moves, 0-1

24 Qd5xRd8! exploits Black g8-king being trapped on back rank
Fressinet vs Macieja, 2008 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

26 ... d4-d3! possible by White g1-king trapped on back rank
Sokolsky vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(D94) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 0-1

25 Qh4-f2? traps White g1-king on back rank for 25 .. Qc4xBc1+!
Colle vs Capablanca, 1929 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

35 Nd6-f5!! traps Black f8-king on back rank by covering e7,g7
Dominguez Perez vs Morozevich, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

35 ... Rd8xd6?? utterly fails to exploit White's weak back rank
Svidler vs P Nikolic, 2009 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1-0

Rubelvsky's 26 ... Nf4-h3+!! leads to brilliant back rank mate
A Galliamova vs Rublevsky, 1998 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 26 moves, 0-1

Tisdall vs Polgar, 1988 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

29 Qc5xRc8+! based on Black g8-king trapped on the back rank
Sutovsky vs Kamsky, 2010 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 30 moves, 1-0

Tomashevsky vs Svidler, 2007 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 45 moves, 1-0

T Kosintseva vs A Stefanova, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

34 Qb1-f5!!
Aronian vs Giri, 2011 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

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