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Demolition of Pawn Structure: Sac on g7 (g2)
Compiled by patzer2
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The sacrifice at g7 or g2 is intended to demolish the opponent's King-side pawn structure, setting up possible mating attacks, decisive win of material or won endgame positions.

Furman wins with 26. Rxg7+!
Furman vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

Parma wins with 22. Rxg7!
Parma vs G Ramirez, 1963 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

Kere's wins with 23. Nxg7!!
Keres vs Unzicker, 1956 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 27 moves, 1-0

Christiansen's 14. Rxg2+!? fools Informant
D Botto vs L Christiansen, 1975 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 22 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi uses 32. Bxg7 !! to reach a won endgame
Korchnoi vs Filip, 1962 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Hort's 20. Rxg6! sets up 22. Rxg7+ for a King Hunt.
Hort vs Minic, 1967 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 28 moves, 1-0

Karjakin cranks up a King Hunt with 12. Nxg7!!
Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Vukovic wins after 12. Nxg7!! Kxg7 13. Bh3+! Kh8
Z Vukovic vs Mozetic, 1991 
(C45) Scotch Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Kere's 21. Rxg7! forces mate after 18. Rxd7!!
Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

13. Rxg2?? backfires and traps the Queen
Z von Balla vs K Sterk, 1921 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

26. Bxg2+! ! followed by 27. Rxf2+! mates quickly
Kiril D Georgiev vs I Rogers, 1993 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

16. Nxg7!
Spielmann vs Tartakower, 1909 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

18...Rxg2! is Laslo Polgar's # 4866
Ragozin vs V Sozin, 1937 
(A28) English, 23 moves, 0-1

19. Nxg7! is Laszlo Polgar Polgar's number 4886
Stein vs Portisch, 1962 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

19. Rxg7! is the solution to Laszlo Polgar's #4913
Hartlaub vs M W Testa, 1912 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

18...Rxf2 sets up 20...Rxg2+! and 21...Qh3+!
M Hewitt vs Steinitz, 1866 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

7...g2+! is an opening trap in the Vienna
Kolbe vs S Rotenstein, 1921 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 0-1

15. Bxg7!
Milner-Barry vs V Hanninen, 1956 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

18. Rxg7+! follows the failed Black attempt 14...Qxg2!?
Anderssen vs E Schallopp, 1865 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1-0

19. Qxg7+!
Anderssen vs B Suhle, 1860 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

19... Bxg2+! mates after a brilliant double rook sacrifice
Euwe vs Reti, 1920 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

16...Bxg2!! wins only after the followup 17...Qa8+!
Young vs L Barden, 1945 
(C58) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

18...Nxg2!! (set up by 16... Nxd3 17. Qxd3 Nf4! )
B Benediktsson vs L Christiansen, 1984 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

29. Nxg2!!
S Slipak vs F Braga, 1998 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

22.Bxd5! exd5 23.Rxg7+!
Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925 
(A81) Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

35...Rxg7!! (see notes to game)
Vaganian vs Korchnoi, 1975 
(A17) English, 40 moves, 1-0

26...Bxg2!
Anderssen vs Paulsen, 1876 
(C13) French, 29 moves, 0-1

26...Bxg2!!
Anand vs Leko, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

28. Qxg7+! leads to a quick pursuit mate.
Waitzkin vs E Frumkin, 1987 
(B40) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

22...Rxg2+
Shumov vs Kolisch, 1862 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 0-1

28. Ne6!! sets up 30. Rxg7+! for an 11-move mate
Kasparov vs Mephisto, 1985 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 36 moves, 1-0

23...Bxg2!
R Steel vs Blackburne, 1881  
(C52) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

23...Rxg2!!
Parma vs M Damjanovic, 1960 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 26 moves, 0-1

31...Rxg2!? loses to 32. Kh1! but wins after 32. Kf1?
C von Holstein-Rathlau vs H Kongsted, 2001 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

18. Nxg7!!
Ravinsky vs G Ilivitsky, 1952 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 27 moves, 1-0

31...h4!! sets up 32...Nxg2!!
A Zaitsev vs Gipslis, 1969 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

16. Nxg7 +-
Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer, 1880 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

31...Bxg2!
F Zita vs Antoshin, 1965 
(A06) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

23...Nh4!! sets up 23...Nxg2! -+
Alburt vs Vasiukov, 1967 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

25...Rxg2!!
Gligoric vs Larsen, 1967 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

21. Rxg7! is set up by 18. Ng4!! and 19. Bxf5!
M Krasenkow vs Sveshnikov, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

22...Nxg2!!
Tarrasch vs Ph Gutmann / Hahn / Kuerschner / R, 1895 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 31 moves, 0-1

35...Nxg2!
Karjakin vs Topalov, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 50 moves, 0-1

22. Nxg7! creates too many problems for Black
Jobava vs Naiditsch, 2006 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

22...Bxg2!? wins only due to White's defensive mistake
A Aleksandrov vs Adams, 2002 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

26. Nxg7!!
G Popov vs P Angelov, 1960 
(C56) Two Knights, 31 moves, 1-0

25. Bxg7+!!
R Lallemand vs M Lomineishvili, 2005 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

28...Rxg2 forces a quick mate
R D Gillon-Ferguson vs Euwe, 1921 
(C49) Four Knights, 30 moves, 0-1

31. Bxg7!! sets up a decisive pin on Black's Bishop
Bareev vs G Timoshchenko, 1986 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

27. Rxg7+!
M Skalicka vs F Havlicek, 1913 
(C14) French, Classical, 28 moves, 1-0

20. Nxg7!!
F Bohatirchuk vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1938 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

27. Rxg7+!!
Grischuk vs J Geller, 2004 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

17. Bxg7!!
D Keller vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1968 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

26. Nxg7!!
Nezhmetdinov vs Estrin, 1951 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 30 moves, 1-0

32. Bxg7!!
N Legky vs L Totsky, 1995 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

34. Bxg7!!
Zsofia Polgar vs Jansa, 1991 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

14. Bxg7!!
I Madl vs D Summermatter, 1988 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 21 moves, 1-0

29. Rxe7!! sets up 31. Nxg7! +-
Ghitescu vs Z Ljubisavljevic, 1988 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 39 moves, 1-0

35. Rxg7+!
Boleslavsky vs B Goldenov, 1947 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 35 moves, 1-0

27. Nxg7!!
Kotov vs Unzicker, 1952 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 30 moves, 1-0

29. Bxg7! wins but with a different followup than the game line
Larsen vs Geller, 1960 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

40. Rxg7!! sets up 42. Nxf7! +-
Alekhine vs L Asztalos, 1927 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

22. Bxg7!!
G M Todorovic vs Z Kozul, 1988 
(B89) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

35. Rxg7+!
Ni Hua vs Tiviakov, 2008 
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 1-0

22. Bxg7!!
J Penrose vs M Bobotsov, 1969 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 27 moves, 1-0

27...Rxg2+!! demolishes the weak castled position
L Schmid vs Rossolimo, 1949 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

13. Nxg7!!
C Jauregui vs J de Souza Mendes, 1959 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 18 moves, 1-0

17...Rxg2+!!
S Andriasian vs D Harika, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

23...Rxg2!
Soltis vs Z Kozul, 1989 
(B57) Sicilian, 48 moves, 0-1

24...Rxg2+! gives Black the attack with advantage
A Chernin vs Judit Polgar, 1990 
(E71) King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3), 29 moves, 0-1

23. Nxg7!?= is not a computer favorite but works well here
J Sarfati vs R Stevens, 2008  
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

28. Nxg7!! sets up 32. Rxh7!! (a solution) and 43. Qe8!! +-.
Kotronias vs N Davies, 1994 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

26...Bxg2+!!
I Sokolov vs Hracek, 1996 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

19. Nxg7!!
Fedorov vs Z Lanka, 1997 
(B89) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

18. e5!! sets up 18...dxe5 19. Rxg7 ! +-
N Mitkov vs Rublevsky, 2000 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 25 moves, 1-0

21...Rxg2! solves a thursday puzzle
B H Wood vs F Parr, 1950 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 21 moves, 0-1

24...Bxg2+! punishes White's last two moves
Tiviakov vs Shirov, 2010 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

26. Nxg7!!
I Asmundsson vs J Thor, 1974 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

20...Rxg2!
D Ilic vs P Lukacs, 1987 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

26. Nxg7!! and the precise followup 27. Qd2! -+
Psakhis vs V Malaniuk, 1987 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 29 moves, 1-0

20. Rxg7!
S Matthews vs P Seegolam, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

26. Bxg7!! solves a Sunday puzzle
Browne vs Shabalov, 1994 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

23. Rxg7+! initiates a neat minor piece King hunt
P Moran Santamaria vs E Franco Raymundo, 1955 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

19...Bxg2!! 20. Kxg2 and 20...Rxf2+ or 20...Nd5! win
D T Rowles vs C Reeves, 1998 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

15...Nxg2!!
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1899 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

42...Rxg2!! would have won quicker
Dreev vs Adams, 1995 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

25...Bxg2+! forces mate-in-five
S Hayes vs G Chandler, 2004 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

30. Rxg7+!
H Westerinen vs Timman, 1973 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

18. Rxg7+!! solves a Saturday puzzle
A Sokolov vs Salov, 1983 
(B89) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

14. Bxg7!! solves Saturday Aug 5, 2017
Movsesian vs V Babula, 1996 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

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