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Demolition of Pawn Structure: Sac on f7 (f2)
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The sacrifice at f7 or f2 is intended to demolish the opponent's King-side pawn structure, setting up possible mating attacks, decisive win of material or won endgame positions.


Reti wins after 22. Nxf7!!
Reti vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1922 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Voorema wins with 8. Nxf7!!
A Vooremaa vs Lvik, 1962 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 11 moves, 1-0

7. Bxf7+! yields a quick win after 8. Ng5+!
B Wall vs R Gantt, 1978 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 8 moves, 1-0

25. Bxf7+ leads to two quick deflections and a win.
Gulko vs Volovich, 1968 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 1-0

White wins with 17. Bxf7+!
Spassky vs H Pfleger, 1979 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

White wins with 19. Bxf7+!
Teichmann vs Schlechter, 1911 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

White wins with 25. Bxf7+!!
Unzicker vs Antoshin, 1965 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 31 moves, 1-0

White wins with 15. Bxf7+!!
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 21 moves, 1-0

White wins with 18. Nxf7!!
Taimanov vs P Ostojic, 1968 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Geller's 20. Nd6!! prepares 21. Nxf7!!
Geller vs Keres, 1973 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

Fritz 8 busts 17. Bxf7+?! with 18...Kg7!!
B Vladimirov vs Doda, 1967 
(A69) Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 27 moves, 1-0

White wins with 32. Bxf7!!
Geller vs M Bertok, 1961 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Fischer wins with 10. Bxf7!!
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 
(B32) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

24. Nxf7!! composed or not? If so, it's still fascinating.
Botvinnik vs Chekhover, 1935 
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

20. Rxf7!
J Belson vs R E Martin, 1933 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 20 moves, 1-0

13...Rxf2! is the solution to Laszlo Polgar's #4826
S Boden vs Bird / Dobell, 1873 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 20 moves, 0-1

13. Nxf7! is the solution to Laszlo Polgar's #4820
Denker vs H Avram, 1940 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 19 moves, 1-0

15. Nf7! is the solution to Laszlo Polgar's # 4787
Seidman vs Santasiere, 1939 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 24 moves, 1-0

22. Qxf2+ and mate next move
Julio Bolbochan vs Pachman, 1956 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 22 moves, 1-0

17. Bxf7+
Dake vs J Schmitt, 1949 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

15. Ng5! sets up 17. Rxf7 and 18. Rg7+!
J Kupper vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 20 moves, 1-0

7. Bxf7+!! is a Sicilian Smith-Mora Gambit opening trap
R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 14 moves, 1-0

32. Rxf7!
Keres vs D Byrne, 1972 
(D94) Grunfeld, 33 moves, 1-0

24. Nxf2!! leads to a terrific King Hunt
R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

4...Bxf2+!! is an opening trap in the Budapest Gambit
Biegler vs Peperle, 1952 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 11 moves, 0-1

17. Bxf7+!? Lots of winning chances & good for at least a draw
Anderssen vs C Messemaker, 1861 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

15. Rxd8+!? Qxd8 16. Nxf7! should win after 16...Qf6!?
Captain Evans vs McDonnell, 1825 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

13. Nxf7!!
Keres vs W Winter, 1935 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 19 moves, 1-0

16, Rxc7!? sets up 18. Rxf7!!
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

22. Nxf7!!
Tal vs Speelman, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

13. Bxf7+!? is a tricky gambit but Black can equalize
Kupreichik vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 19 moves, 1-0

20. Nxf7!
Blackburne vs Collins, 1897 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 1-0

13. Nxf7!
De Vere vs J Minchin, 1871 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

15...Nxf2!
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

19. Nxf7!!
Tal vs Filip, 1967 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

21...Rxf7+!!
Keene vs Robatsch, 1971  
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

17...Nxf7!
J A Grefe vs Browne, 1973 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

20. Nxf7!!
Burn vs Owen, 1898 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

14. Nxf7+!? was a risky but rewarding gambit
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

19...Nxf2!
F Zita vs Taimanov, 1950 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

29...Nxf2!
G Fuster vs Simagin, 1949 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 0-1

32. Rxf7!
Ivkov vs A Ingerslev, 1956 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 35 moves, 1-0

17. Rxf2! (Win or Draw?) Still an open Question.
Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

19. Rxf7!!
Larsen vs B Eley, 1972 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

17. Nxf7!? appears to be a genuine sacrfice
Nezhmetdinov vs M Kamishov, 1950 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

32. Rxf7!
Shabalov vs Kharlov, 1998 
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

27...Nxf2!
A Planinc vs Lombardy, 1974 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 35 moves, 0-1

31. Nxf7!!
Geller vs Kholmov, 1957 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 34 moves, 1-0

22. Nxf7!
Savon vs V Brond, 1971 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 26 moves, 1-0

29. Rxf7! is set up by 23. Nxd5!
Adams vs Topalov, 2006 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

22. Bxf7!!
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 28 moves, 1-0

11. Bxf7+!!
Vaganian vs G Botterill, 1975 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

26...Bxf2+! initiates a winning pursuit combination
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2006 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

18. Rxf7+!? is a genuine demolition sacrifice
A David vs Z Sturua, 1997 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

If 21...Re8, then 22. Ng5!! fxg5 23. Rxf7! +- wins brilliantly
Shredder vs Rybka, 2006 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 1-0

23. Bxf7+! wins easily for White
M McCann vs B Wall, 1975 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

20. Nxf7!! is followed by 21. Bd7!
V Georgiev vs V Petko, 2002 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

21. Nxf7+!
N Gaprindashvili vs J Nikolac, 1979 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

28...Bxf2+!
Adorjan vs M Basman, 1974 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 35 moves, 0-1

18. Nxf7!!
Ftacnik vs R Florjancic, 1998 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 26 moves, 1-0

8. Nxf7!!
Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1865 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 12 moves, 1-0

14. Nxf7!!
Krogius vs O Chernikov, 1970 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

5. Bxf7+!!
L Monosson vs M Fauque, 1935 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

10. Bxf7+!!
Fischer vs Fine, 1963 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

20. Rxf7!!
A Rodriguez Cespedes vs I Herrera, 1990 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

19. Nxf7!! wins, but 20...Ke7 21. Bh5 +- is worthy of study
W Arencibia Rodriguez vs Granda Zuniga, 1986 
(A53) Old Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

21...Qxf2+!! yields a decisive King hunt
M Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A14) English, 28 moves, 0-1

26. Nxf7!! +- is an extremely difficult Sundaty puzzle combo
Vasiukov vs Y Rantanen, 1988 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1-0

21. Bxg7!!
Kasparov vs Turbostar, 1985 
(A20) English, 34 moves, 1-0

30. Rxf7 !? is an ineresting demolition sacrifice
I Ionica vs V Jianu, 2001 
(B33) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

32. Bxf7+!! sets up 33. Rxd6! +-
Z Almasi vs Navara, 2008 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

15. Bf4!! is the trap that sets up 15. Bxf7+! +-
J Picard vs R Gardner, 1992 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 44 moves, 1-0

15...Nxf2!!
Kholmov vs I Polgar, 1979 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 0-1

20. Bxf7+!!
J L Arnason vs Nunn, 1990 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 26 moves, 1-0

13. Nxf7!
Timman vs Korchnoi, 1991 
(C10) French, 25 moves, 1-0

9. Bxf7+!! mates in a King hunt or wins decisive material
Motylev vs A Czebe, 2008 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 1-0

32...Bxf2+!
Englisch vs Schiffers, 1887 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 0-1

20. Nxf7!! begins a double piece sacrifice for a King Hunt
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

10. Bxf7+! preceded Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958
Bastrikov vs L Shamkovich, 1958 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 10 moves, 1-0

22. Qxf7+!!
Piket vs Gulko, 1990 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 34 moves, 1-0

21...Nxf2! initiates a deep and probably decisive attack
V Ruban vs Miles, 1988 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 26 moves, 0-1

15. Bxf7+!! solves a Saturday puzzle
I Yagupov vs A Korotylev, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 22 moves, 1-0

15...Nxf2! gives Black the edge due to the knight fork threat
Reti vs H Wolf, 1922 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

21. Rxf7!!
Areshchenko vs A Volokitin, 2004 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

22. Rxf7!! solves a Saturday puzzle with the right followup
Y Gonzalez Vidal vs A Abreu Delgado, 2005  
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

22. Bxf7+!
F Handke vs K Bischoff, 2001 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

18. Rxf7!? may be a true sacrifice leading to equality
A Giri vs F A Cuijpers, 2009 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

25. Ngxf7!!
I Nepomniachtchi vs A A Kharitonov, 2009 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 48 moves, 1-0

12. Nxf7!! wins with 17. Qb4! (14...Nd5! & 17...Rf8! hold on)
Huzman vs Khmelnitsky, 1989 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

21. Bxf7+!? appears to draw after 22...Kg8 = but otherwise wins
P Chrz vs J Tuma, 2001 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 1-0

20. Rxf7!!
S Zhigalko vs D Obolenskikh, 2010 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 1-0

17. Nxf7!! is a Spielman "sham positional" sacrifice
Spielmann vs Pirc, 1931 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 25 moves, 1-0

23. Bxf7+!
E Nievergelt vs H Johner, 1955 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

22. Nf7!! prepares to demolish pawn cover and pursue the King
C Van Tilbury vs A Zapata, 1980 
(E73) King's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

27. Nxf7!
Larsen vs F Kuijpers, 1967 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

12. Nxf7!
Koltanowski vs J Salazar, 1940 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

24. Bxf7+!!
Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

30. Rxf7!! Bxf7 31. Rf1 Be8 32. Qc8 +-
Spassky vs Averkin, 1973 
(B44) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

19...Nxf7!!
Ramesh vs G B Joshi, 2000 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

25. Nxf7!! Kxf7 26. Re1! +/- was a missed opportunity
Akopian vs Kasparov, 1995 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

20. Nxf7!! justifies a double Rook sacrfice
S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

17. Nxf7! wins pretty even if the sham sacrifice isn't essentia
H Tirard vs A Silvert, 2000 
(C11) French, 23 moves, 1-0

If 19...Bb6 then 20. Bxf7+!! Kxf7 21. Qb3+ +- is instrutive.
M Seps vs Y Naydenova, 2010 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 1-0

25. Bxf7+! solves a Thursday puzzle
M Beinoras vs H Salo, 2009 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

19. Nxf7!
G Kanefsck vs R Cristobal, 1999 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 32 moves, 1-0

21. Rxf7!! is set up by 18. Bxh5! +-
Van der Wiel vs F van der Vliet, 1983 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

14...Nxf2! wins a pawn with decisive advantage
A Gasik vs P Priya, 2007 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

35. Rf7!! wins with 39. Qg4+!
Browne vs H Westerinen, 1970 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 40 moves, 0-1

26...Nxf2!!
K W Troff vs Nakamura, 2015 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

8. Bxf7+!!
M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014 
(A80) Dutch, 13 moves, 1-0

23. Rxf7!! sets up 25. Rxf5! +-
I Rogers vs Pelletier, 1996 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 35 moves, 1-0

16. Nxf7+!! Kxf7 17. Nxh6+! +-
D Boros vs V Ryzhkov, 2015 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

37. Rxf7+! is a winning desperado
Illescas Cordoba vs M Sion Castro, 1990 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 40 moves, 1-0

24...Nxf2! solves a Thursday puzzle
J Dworakowska vs Shabalov, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

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