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REMOVE THE FOUNDATION!
Compiled by Baby Hawk
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"Remove the foundation" is an expression by GM Sergey Shipov used in the context of getting rid of a pawn that supports a piece, making that piece "unstable" on the square it resides on because it is no longer supported by a pawn, the best defender.

21 ... e5-e4! strikes at White d3-pawn stabilizing c4-knight
McShane vs Aronian, 2012 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 76 moves, 0-1

30 h4-h5!, 31 c4-c5! remove foundation of Black e5-, f5-knights
Capablanca vs Milner-Barry, 1936 
(A25) English, 36 moves, 1-0

27 h4-h5! if Black g6-pawn goes, so does Black f5-knight
Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 28 moves, 1-0

87 f4-f5! destabilizes Black d5-bishop by attacking e6-pawn
Radjabov vs Anand, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 85 moves, 1-0

22 e5-e6 prevents ... e7-e6, supporting pinned Black d5-bishop
M Pavlovic vs Carlsen, 2004 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 33 moves, 0-1

29 d4-d5+! strikes at the Black e6-pawn foundation of f5-pawn
Carlsen vs C G Ward, 2003 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 1-0

25 - Nd4-f3 Black e4-foundation pawn cannot be attacked by pawn
E Alekseev vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

23 c5-c6! strikes at Black b7-pawn that defends crucial a6-pawn
Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

13 Be2xa6!! b7xa6 removes Black b7-foundation pawn of c6-knight
Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 
(A15) English, 21 moves, 1-0

27...a3! It is important to remove the foundation for the c3-N
J Hobaica vs Aronian, 2007 
(A15) English, 33 moves, 0-1

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