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When COUNTING says no, MISPLACED PIECES says yes
Compiled by notyetagm
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ALIGNMENT: you control the resulting alignment (Anand vs Gelfand, 2007)

TRAPPABLE: you control the resulting flight squares (Blau vs J H Donner, 1958)

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notyetagm, chessgames.com 2009


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1 ♖e1x♗e7+! +- wins even though the e7-square has four(!) defenders versus only one(!) attacker, even though the ♖ is more valuable than the ♗, because the e7-square is <LINED UP> with both the Black e8-king and the Black d7-queen and White controls *both* of those <ALIGNMENTS>.

1 ... ♔e8x♖e7 2 ♖h1-h7+ <skewer: e7,d7>


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1 ... ♕d7x♖e7 2 ♖h1-e1 <pin: e7,e8>


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22 ... Re4xf4! loose pawn falls due to pin 23 Qd2xRf4?? Bf6-g5
Anand vs Gelfand, 2007 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

34 b3-b4! takes 3-3 loose b4-square based on pinning 35 Qe2-d2
Gheorghiu vs Beliavsky, 1982 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 47 moves, 0-1

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