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Fianchettoed pawn structure without the bishop
Compiled by randomsac

If the pawn structure looks like you intended to fianchetto (g3, g6 b3, b6), but the bishop is missing, this weakness is rather bad if your king is around - especially if your opponent can pin down your king by posting a piece in the pawn holes (usually h6 or h3). Let this be a lesson.

(blindfold) Qh5 forces g6. White posts pieces on h6 to win.
Anand vs Kramnik, 2009 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Black bishop creates back rank threat to win a piece
Korchnoi vs Levenfish, 1953 
(E07) Catalan, Closed, 26 moves, 0-1

Bishop on h3 creates dual mate threat
B Wexler vs O Bazan, 1960 
(A15) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Castled into the weakness.
Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1-0

Things get even worse for white once the bishop dies
X Vasicek vs V Stulik, 1943 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 29 moves, 0-1

White forced the bad structure and wins: Qxh5 and mate on h7
Menchik vs Graf-Stevenson, 1937 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

Qh4 forces white to use h3, then after Qh3 and Nh4 its over
Morozevich vs Adams, 2001 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

After Qd3, black has to let white post his bishop on h6...
L Owen vs R L Mapes, 1984 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

The posted bishop will trap the black king
Rubinstein vs NN, 1902 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

Black has to spend too much time to tame the bishop on h6
Smyslov vs Karpov, 1971 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

Pinned down and mated by a pawn
Bird vs Pinkerley, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 24 moves, 1-0

Bh6 traps and ices the king with Qg7# threat
D Freeman vs Laufer, 1993 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 29 moves, 1-0

That weakness opened up mating squares.
Tolush vs Boleslavsky, 1944 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 28 moves, 1-0

White rolls black up.
R Vera vs J Becerra Rivero, 1996 
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

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