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Demolition of Pawn Structure: Sac on h7 (h2)
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The sacrifice at h7 or h2 is intended to demolish the opponent's King-side pawn structure, setting up possible mating attacks, decisive win of material or won endgame positions.

Miles follows 13...Bxf2+!! with a surprise 15...Bf3!!
E Dizdarevic vs Miles, 1985 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 0-1

20. Bxh7+!! and Spassky's followup surprises Geller
Spassky vs Geller, 1965 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

19...Bxh2+!! and Tarrasch is Off and Running
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

19...Bxh2 !! and Furman Wins or Draws.
V Kirilov vs Furman, 1949 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 27 moves, 0-1

11. Bxh2+ is a fairly easy h7 sacrifice win.
J H Donner vs Portisch, 1968 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh7+!! initiates a double Bishop sacrifice.
Joel Benjamin vs J Bartholomew, 2003 
(B01) Scandinavian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

With 25. Bxh7+!! Judit Polgar beats Karpov
Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh7 !? is a true Sacrifice in this game.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1988 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh7+! demolishes the Black position.
Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1907 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

15. Bxh7+! followed by a second Bishop Sacrifice.
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

20. Bxh7+!! and Alekhine wins
Alekhine vs J Drewitt, 1923 
(A06) Reti Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

11. Bxh7+ and one Bishop sacrifice is enough.
Schlechter vs Siegfried August Wolf, 1894 
(C13) French, 16 moves, 1-0

17. Bxh7 demolishes Najdorf's pawn cover.
Lilienthal vs Najdorf, 1948 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 25 moves, 1-0

Hort wins with single Bishop Sacrifice 15. Bxh7+!!
Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

20. Bxh7+!? initiates a true Tal-like sacrifice
Kudrin vs H A Machado Jr, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

15. Nc6!! makes 16. Bxh7+!! Possible
E E Book vs Ingerslev, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

22. Bxh7+! initiates a classic double Bishop Sacrifice
Koltanowski vs M Defosse, 1936 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

22. Bxh7+!? initiates a probable winning sacrifice.
Pachman vs O Neikirch, 1958 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

17. Bxh7+! initiates a classic double- Bishop Sac
G Kuzmin vs Sveshnikov, 1973 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

19. Bxh7+!! sets up discovered Attack and a King Hunt
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh7+!! followed by the subtle 22. Qf6+!!
Miles vs Browne, 1982 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1-0

25. Qxh7+!! initiates the mating attack. Note 29. f4+!
R Toran Albero vs O'Kelly, 1967 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

22. Bxh7+!! starts the fireworks.
Taimanov vs A Shashin, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

12. Bh7+! ! rips open h-file, enabling 18. Rh7+!
Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 
(C11) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Human Fritz's 10. Bxh7+!? wins after Black's error
A Fritz vs J Mason, 1883  
(C13) French, 21 moves, 1-0

11. Bxh7+! prepares a classic Queen & Knight Mate
M Pestalozzi vs D Duhm, 1900 
(C13) French, 18 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh7+!! prepares two great followup moves.
Szabo vs Bisguier, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

19. Bxh7+!! sets up to win with two deflection moves
E Grobe vs A Johnsson, 1986 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Misses 29...a3! and loses to 35. Bxh7+! or 35. Rxd6!!
Y Sakharov vs Cherepkov, 1968 
(A17) English, 37 moves, 1-0

9. Bxh7+!! catches a novice in an Opening Trap.
Koltanowski vs NN, 1946 
(B20) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1-0

9. Bxh7+!! is followed by a key pin 13. Ba3!
Marshall vs Stodie, 1920 
(B20) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

11. Bxh7+! is elementary Watson.
Yates vs V Marin y Llovet, 1930 
(C13) French, 11 moves, 1-0

10. Nxh7+! wrecks Black's Pawns before casting
Alekhine vs V Rozanov, 1908 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Petrosian's defense refutes 30...Bxh2
Petrosian vs Simagin, 1956 
(A53) Old Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

8...Bxh2+ used to secure a quick draw.
J Hohmeister vs Wolff, 1993 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

15...Bxh2+! and Kere's is the victim of pawn demolition
Keres vs J Kubanek, 1943 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

Polgar's 21. Nxh7 ? is beaten back with solid defense.
Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002 
(C22) Center Game, 39 moves, 0-1

18. Nxh7 ! and young Bobby Fischer is off and running
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957 
(B40) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh7+! Defeats Karpov
Anand vs Karpov, 1996 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

23. Rxd4! sets up 24. Rxh7+!
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

11. Nxh7!! wins quickly if you followup with 16. Bxf6+!
Duras vs J Kvicala, 1902 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

19. Bxh7+!! requires visualizing 22. Qg4+! and 24. f4!
J L Arnason vs Dreev, 1990 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1-0

15. Bxh7+!
L Filatov vs S F Mayer, 2000 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

19. Bxh7+ wins but be ready to followup after 21. Bf8!?
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 33 moves, 1-0

9. Bxh7+! is +/= after 12. Bxh6! (not 12. Rxf6? Be4! -/+)
B Wall vs Bob Brooks, 1973 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 16 moves, 1-0

7. e5!!
Pillsbury vs NN, 1899 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

23...Qxh2+!!
F Hermann vs H Hussong, 1930 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

24. Bxh7+ ?? is busted after 31...Re1+!!
Nunn vs Csom, 1977 
(B57) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

13. Bxh7+!! (if not sound, it sure is lively and fun)
J Kozma vs Sliwa, 1967 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 1-0

25. Rxh7!!
Anand vs Timman, 2004 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 29 moves, 1-0

25...Rxh2+!!
W Doubleday vs Kudrin, 2004 
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 30 moves, 0-1

21. Qf3!? sets up 24. Nxh7! +-
Zsuzsa Polgar vs J Costa, 1987 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

11...Qxh2+!!
NN vs R Crepeaux, 1923 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 16 moves, 0-1

31...Bxh2!! yields three deflections and a double attack
K Aseev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002 
(E91) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

10. Bxh7+!
Pillsbury vs Chaseray, 1902 
(C13) French, 13 moves, 1-0

10. Bxh7+!
Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 1-0

10. Bxh7+! gives Black the best chance but may well be a draw
Alekhine vs E V Schuman, 1933 
(C13) French, 46 moves, 1-0

10. Bxh7+! yields strong winning chances with a draw in hand
Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1897 
(C13) French, 39 moves, 1-0

23. Nxh7!?
M Dandridge vs B Kreiman, 1993 
(A04) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

26. Nxh7!
Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2005 
(C28) Vienna Game, 35 moves, 1-0

9. Bxh7+
G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928 
(C02) French, Advance, 15 moves, 1-0

14. Nxh7!
Sokolsky vs Navrodsky, 1944 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

28. Be4!! prepares 29. Nxh7!
Fischer vs Panno, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

20. Nxh7! sets up discovered check & mate
Kasparov vs Marjanovic, 1980 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

27...Rxh2+!!
Sax vs I Farago, 1973 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 0-1

36...Rxh7+! leads to a quick mate
O Barda vs Foltys, 1951 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 1-0

15. Nxh7!
Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1863 
(B06) Robatsch, 22 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh7+!!
Spassky vs G Capelan, 1974 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 31 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh7+! finishes off Black's weak castled position
J Acers vs G Hulburd, 1968 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 46 moves, 1-0

16. Nxh7!!
Portisch vs B Berger, 1964 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1-0

36. Qxh2+!
K Urban vs M Krasenkow, 2001 
(A21) English, 39 moves, 0-1

29. Rxh7+!
Flohr vs D Rovner, 1950 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 32 moves, 1-0

22. fxe6! and 23. Qh3! prepare 24. Rxh7!!
Velimirovic vs J Fridjonsson, 1974 
(B89) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

27. Bxe5!!
Smyslov vs Hort, 1973 
(B83) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh7+!!
V Yemelin vs E Goric, 2001 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh7+!
Koneru vs Z Nemeth, 2005 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

35...Bxh2+!
Z Almasi vs A David, 2005 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 36 moves, 0-1

21. Bxh7+!
Schlechter vs O Strobl, 1914 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 23 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh7+!
E Perelshteyn vs T Abrahamyan, 2006 
(C16) French, Winawer, 74 moves, 1-0

Not 13. Bxh7+?? because of 15. Qxc2!
J Friedman vs Gulko, 1993 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 16 moves, 0-1

18...Nxh2!! sets up a winning pin & deflection combo
R Hubert vs G Welling, 1997 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

24. Rxa5!! sets up 25. Rxh7+!
T L Petrosian vs P Smirnov, 2006 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

20. Bh7+!!
Lisitsin vs Ragozin, 1934 
(C00) French Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

11. Bxh7+!? true sac (improves 13...Ba6! -+ & 17. f4! +-)
V Kovacevic vs H Ree, 1980 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

20. Bxh7+!! requires the subtle follow-up 23. Bf6! +-
Areshchenko vs Savon, 2001 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

19. Bxh7+!
Najdorf vs NN, 1942 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh7+!!
Krum Georgiev vs C Ionescu, 1986 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 53 moves, 1-0

12...Bxh7+!! Good chance to win with at least a draw in hand
D H Campora vs I Morovic, 1981 
(B40) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

16...Rxh2!! solves a difficult Saturday puzzle
Taimanov vs Kaidanov, 1988 
(A13) English, 22 moves, 0-1

20. Nxh7!! solves a Friday puzzle
J Levitt vs J D Tisdall, 1990 
(A80) Dutch, 26 moves, 1-0

19. Nxh7!!
A Sokolov vs A V Kharitonov, 1990 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

16. Rxh7!!
T Fogarasi vs N Medvegy, 2003 
(B40) Sicilian, 19 moves, 1-0

22. Nxh7! solves a Friday puzzle
Miroshnichenko vs M Krasenkow, 2004 
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

18. Bxa3!! sets up 19. Bxh7+! +-
Kasimdzhanov vs A Lesiege, 2000 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh7+!! solves a Friday puzzle with a King-side attack
Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 19 moves, 1-0

25...Nxh2!!
E J Gausel vs T Ernst, 1992 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

16. Rxc6!! prepares 17. Ne5 and 18. Bxh7+! +-
Portisch vs DeFirmian, 1989 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

18...Rxh2! initially wins a pawn due to the Knight Fork threat
Uhlmann vs P Enders, 1985 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

51...Bxh2! decisively exploits White's weak castled position
J Mason vs Janowski, 1900 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 52 moves, 0-1

36. Rxh7!
E Tairova vs M Sandu, 2008 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

7. Bxh7+!
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C01) French, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

17. Bxh7+!
L Busquets vs A Mortazavi, 1994 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

17. Bxh7+! Kxh7 18. Rh3 +-
Spielmann vs Immo Fuss, 1934 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

17. Nxh7!! solves a Saturday puzzle
Kramnik vs B Abramovic, 1993 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

23...Bxh7+!
R Nizam vs G Nemes, 2007 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 26 moves, 1-0

16. Bxh7+!? Kxh7 17. Qh5+ Kg8 18. Rad1 Bd7 19. Rd3! +--
C Maier vs G Israel, 2008 
(B40) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

13. Bxh7+! gets complicated after 14...Kg6 15. Qg4! +-
O Engstrom vs A Koumtsis, 2007 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh7+!
Glek vs D Bunzmann, 2007 
(C00) French Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

23. Bxh7+! exploits the weak castled position
Akobian vs I Abdelnabbi, 2000 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 29 moves, 1-0

22. Bxh7+! exploits the weakened castled position
J B Bednarski vs J Adamski, 1978 
(B83) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

23...Bxh2+! begins a clever King hunt (mate-in-9)
M Kapelan vs Tarjan, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

10. Bxh7+! solves Friday 3/22/2013
Tarjan vs J M Hodgson, 1983 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh7+!
Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1908 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

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