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Demolition of Pawn Structure: Sac on h6 (h3)
Compiled by patzer2
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The sacrifice at h6 or h3 is intended to demolish the opponent's King-side pawn structure, setting up possible mating attacks, decisive win of material or won endgame positions.

White wins only a pawn after 17. Bxf6!? c5!
L Shamkovich vs A Anguiano, 1978 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 19 moves, 1-0

White wins with 22. Bxh6!!
Hartston vs Portisch, 1974 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

White's 18. Bg5!! sets up 21. Bxh6!!
Geller vs Portisch, 1967 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh6!!
Harikrishna vs C S Gokhale, 2002 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

White puts black into a complex mating web after 23. Qxh6+!!
M Romm vs S Tatai, 1973 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 36 moves, 1-0

26. Nxh6+!
Timman vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(C11) French, 30 moves, 1-0

16. Bxh6!!
Kamsky vs Lautier, 1993 
(B53) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

26...Ndf6! sets up 28...Bxh3!
Shabalov vs Xie Jun, 2002 
(E97) King's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

21...Rxh3! sacs a Knight on f5 for two pawns & the attack
DeFirmian vs Bronstein, 1993 
(C16) French, Winawer, 56 moves, 0-1

24...Bxh6!! is a move White could have played for a win
DeFirmian vs P Nikolic, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

15. Bxh6!
J Lechtynsky vs Pachman, 1968 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 19 moves, 1-0

20. Qh6! f6 21. Qh7+ Kf7 22. Qxh5+ +-
Janowski vs Saemisch, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

23. Bxh6!
Santasiere vs B Blumin, 1939 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

22. Bxh6! would have given White strong winning chances
Leko vs Kramnik, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

36...Nxh6! deflects for a winning pin or mating attack
Sokolsky vs Kotov, 1949 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

30...Nxh3!
L Bruzon Batista vs Topalov, 2005 
(B40) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

23...Bxh3!! is winning outright, but Black misses the followup
Kasparov vs Rachels, 1988 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

10. Bxh6!
Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1-0

26. Ra6!! and 27. Rd6! set up 28. Bxh6! +-
Hydra vs Adams, 2005 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 1-0

32. Bxh6!
Szabo vs Portisch, 1959 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 36 moves, 1-0

31. Bxh6!!
Adorjan vs P Ostojic, 1970 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

19. Bxh6!
Gligoric vs Prins, 1952 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

22. Bxh6!!
Nunn vs S Tatai, 1992 
(C49) Four Knights, 23 moves, 1-0

35. Nxh6!
R Pert vs A Greet, 2006 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

23. Re5! sets up 24. Nh6+!!
Carlsen vs G Tallaksen Ostmoe, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

20. Bxh6!? gives strong winning chances with a draw in hand
A Volokitin vs G Vescovi, 2005 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 25 moves, 1-0

29. Bxh6!!
E Tate vs Akobian, 2006 
(A06) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

18. Bxh6!!
E Sharapov vs G Timoshenko, 1998 
(C16) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1-0

25...Bxh3!!
Van der Wiel vs Van Wely, 2006 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 33 moves, 0-1

28. Bxh6!
Korchnoi vs A Petersons, 1965 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

32...Rxh3+!!
O Sick vs Gorelov, 1989 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

14. Nh6+!!
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1927 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh6!
Bologan vs H Westerinen, 1991 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 32 moves, 1-0

26. Nxh6!! is a move that eludes some computers
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh6!!
Nunn vs S Hmadi, 1985 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh6!!
Gipslis vs A Sygulski, 1987 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 1-0

32...Nxh3! helps set up 40...f4! for a Tuesday puzzle solution
J Perlis vs Vidmar, 1907 
(C47) Four Knights, 40 moves, 0-1

18...Bxh3! gives winning chances if White misses 19. Bxe5=
T Halay vs D Laylo, 2004 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

19. Bc4! sets up 19...exf6 20. Nxh6+! with a strong advantage
I Farago vs I Zaitsev, 1980 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

19. Bxh6! +- or 19. Bh7+! Kh8 20. Bxh6! +-
Serper vs Barsov, 1988 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

39. Bxh6+!!
L Dominguez vs R Buhmann, 2008 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

21. Nh6+!
R Buhmann vs B Saeheng, 2008 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

15...Bxh3!! -+
R Biolek vs Oral, 1997 
(B30) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

31...Nxh3+!! initiates a winning Kingside attack
O Gavrilov vs S Solovjov, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 0-1

43...Rxh3+!! sets up a Queen and Knight mating attack
Z Kozul vs Bologan, 2005 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 0-1

24. Bxh6!!
A Bykhovsky vs D Oltean, 1990 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

20. Nxh6+!! followed by 21. Ng4!
Adams vs Leko, 1999 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

23. Nh6+!!
Stein vs Vladimir Lepeshkin, 1965 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1-0

37...Rxh3+!
E Gerigk vs H Teske, 2009 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

31. Bxh6!
D Howell vs R Pruijssers, 2008 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

38...Bxh3! involves a deflection and double attack threat
M Dziuba vs V Onischuk, 2008 
(E70) King's Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

29. Bxh6!
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

16. Bxh3!! offers a poisoned piece and wins at least a pawn
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2011 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

22...Bxh3!! solves a Saturday puzzle
A Geller vs M S Tseitlin, 1987 
(B40) Sicilian, 29 moves, 0-1

26. Nh6+!! solves Jan 11, 2013 Friday puzzle
N Velez vs F Braga, 1983 
(A06) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

22. Bxh6!! & 23. Rd7! combine decoy, clearance & deflection
Kamsky vs Seirawan, 2012 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh6! solves Wednesday 4/3/2013
Tseshkovsky vs V Inkiov, 1983 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

20. Bxh6!!
O Castro vs Ivkov, 1978 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 35 moves, 1-0

23. Bxh6!
G Lorenz vs L Espig, 1970 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 29 moves, 1-0

26. Bxh6!
K H Podzielny vs G Diez, 2007 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

23...Rxh6!! solves Sunday Jul 30, 2017
Timman vs Karpov, 1978 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

24...Rxh3!!
E Grant vs Salov, 1983 
(B44) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

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