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Demolition of Pawns: f6 (f3), e6 (e3), a7 (a2)
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These pawn sacrifices are 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 with 24. Nxe6!!
O Bernstein vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1909 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 30 moves, 1-0

Black wins with 25...Nxf3!
Sajtar vs Szabo, 1953 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

White wins with 44. Rxf6!
F Olafsson vs Unzicker, 1970 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1-0

If 19. Nf4?, then 19...Nf3+!! wins for Black.
Euwe vs P Romanovsky, 1934 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Black wins with 17...Nf3+
de Riviere vs Morphy, 1863 
(C58) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

White's 32. Rxf6! sets up 34. Nf5!!
Fine vs Dake, 1933 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

White wins with 18. Nf6+!!
Kupreichik vs A Babev, 1969 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

White wins with 13. Rxf6!!
Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

White wins with 25. Nf6+!!
Petrosian vs Larsen, 1960 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 1-0

White's 15. e5! ? sets up 17. Rxf6!? for a deep swindle
Anand vs Rublevsky, 2004 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 35 moves, 1-0

17. Rxf6!!
Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933 
(C49) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

23. Nf6+!!
Nunn vs C W Pritchett, 1986 
(B89) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

36. Nf6+!! is a Sunday puzzler
B McCamon vs B Carlier, 1993 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

12. Bg5!! sets up 13. Bxf6!
K Galia vs Gruenfeld, 1946 
(B33) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

Appears to be 18. Nf6! +- , but is only 18. Nf6 =
Van der Wiel vs Quinteros, 1985 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 1-0

16. Nf6!
J Kaplan vs Timman, 1967 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 18 moves, 1-0

12. Bxf6!? creates complications with a draw in hand
Blackburne vs Mr. L, 1886  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

17...Rxf3!!
M Lanzani vs I Rogers, 1984 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 21 moves, 0-1

17. Rxe6!
H Olafsson vs J Levitt, 1990 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 1-0

29. Rxf6!!
S Slipak vs F Braga, 1998 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

20. Bf6!!
S Savchenko vs S Smagin, 1992 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

21. Nf6+!!
C H Alexander vs Szabo, 1947 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

17. Bxe6!! is better than 19. Rxe6!?
S Halkias vs S Kristjansson, 2004 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 39 moves, 1-0

18. Nxf6+!!
Tal vs D Gedevanishvili, 1970 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

27. Nef6!! punishes 26...Nb4??
DeFirmian vs P Nikolic, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

13. Rxe6+!!
Steinitz vs Meitner, 1860 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

11...Rxf5! sets up 12...Rxf3! to sacrifice the Knight on h5
Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

12. Qxf3!!
Janowski vs Marshall, 1912 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

26...Re3! gives Black winning chances , except for Nunn's draw
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

18. Rxe6!!
Carlos Torre vs Saemisch, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

19. Rxf6!
Nakamura vs M Hennigan, 2005 
(E77) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1-0

18...Ne6!!
Tal vs Suetin, 1969 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

23...h4!! sets up 24. Bxh4 Nf3+!
Showalter vs Gossip, 1889  
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 0-1

19. Rxf6!! is the first of three strong, surprise deflections
Kavalek vs Matulovic, 1966 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

15. Nxe6!
J Trapl vs J Stocek, 1995 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

32. Ne6!! is a strong defensive sacrifice combination
Kasimdzhanov vs Accoona Toolbar, 2005 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

16. Nxe6! gives White a strong attack with the draw in hand
Spassky vs N Rashkovsky, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

6...0-0?? 7. Nf6!+
K Blom vs Niels Jensen, 1934 
(C10) French, 9 moves, 1-0

26. Rxe6+!!
Timman vs Quinteros, 1973 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

23. Nxe6! is set up by 15. Qf4!, 16. Qc7! & 21. Re3!
Topalov vs Naiditsch, 2005 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

22. Rxf6! creates complications to win after a black miscue
L Day vs S Gravel, 1996 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

24. Nf6! works in the game, but 24. Rf1! may be stronger
Tal vs Y Rantanen, 1979 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

20...Qxf3!
G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1869 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

23. Nxe6!? creates sufficient complications to win
J Hall vs S Conquest, 1999 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

29. Rxf6!
Bosboom-Lanchava vs A Pourkashiyan, 2004 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

7...h6?! forces 8. Nxe6!, & wins after 8...Qe7 (8...fxe6!? = )
Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 19 moves, 1-0

33. Rxf6!
Stein vs Filip, 1967 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

15...Nf3+! gives winning chances with a draw in hand
Svidler vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 0-1

47...Rxe3!!
Illescas Cordoba vs Ivanchuk, 1992 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 57 moves, 0-1

30. Ng5+! sets up 31. Nxe6+!
K Visweswaran vs J Gonzales, 2005 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

13. Nxd7! prepares 14. Nf6+! and 15. Bxh7+!
Jansa vs D Marovic, 1974 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

21. Nxf6+!!
A Pomar Salamanca vs Robatsch, 1966 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

26. Rxf6!
Hromadka vs Tarrasch, 1922 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 27 moves, 1-0

27. Ne6! (also winning is 27. Re6!)
Panov vs N Sorokin, 1953 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

23...Bf3!
Kaidanov vs S Erenburg, 2005 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

21. Nxe6!
L Au vs J Frenklakh, 1997 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 1-0

19. Ndxe6!!
Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1993 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 25 moves, 1-0

19. Nf6+! is a clearance sacrifice to prepare a double attack
Szabo vs N Padevsky, 1972 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 1-0

20...Bf3!!
M Bezuch vs V Hornak, 2000 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 60 moves, 0-1

26...Nxe3!!
L Blumenoff vs Keres, 1933 
(A06) Reti Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

18. Rxf6!!
A Haik vs Skembris, 1981 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 21 moves, 1-0

15. Nxe6!!
S Makarichev vs Alburt, 1978 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

18. e6!!
J Penrose vs Blau, 1957 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

15. Bf6!
I Al-Rufaye vs N Al Jelda, 2001 
(C18) French, Winawer, 18 moves, 1-0

24. Rxf6!
Spielmann vs H Gebhardt, 1926 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

19. Rxf6!! sets up 22. Bg7+!
J Cervenka vs J Netolicky, 1991 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

18. Nf6+!!
Degraeve vs J P Boudre, 1987 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

15. Nf6+!!
R Cifuentes vs G Ligterink, 1988 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

20. Bxe6!!
Zsuzsa Polgar vs V Dimitrov, 1984 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

34...Ne3!!
Razuvaev vs L Gutman, 1977 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 35 moves, 0-1

17...Rf3!!
S Bartha vs G Kluger, 1979 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

14. Nf6+!!
Vaisser vs M Knezevic, 1983 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 31 moves, 1-0

25. Nf6+!
V Malakhatko vs Speelman, 2007 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

20. Bxe6!!
Miles vs Hort, 1983 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

24. Nxe6!!
Hort vs Hartston, 1976 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 32 moves, 1-0

25. e6!! helps set up 26. Bxg7! +-
Nunn vs A Greenfeld, 1988 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

29. Nxe6! wasn't necessary but iit works well
T L Petrosian vs A Anastasian, 2008 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 41 moves, 1-0

18...Rxe3!!
A Anastasian vs Yermolinsky, 1987 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 18 moves, 0-1

12. Ne6!!
W Watson vs Meduna, 1992 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

22. Bf6!! wins whether White accepts or declines the sacrifice
P Popovic vs M Lazic, 1993 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 29 moves, 1-0

21...Nf3+!
Ribli vs E Lobron, 1992 
(A28) English, 29 moves, 0-1

14...Bf3! facilitates an assault on the weak castled position
W Watson vs P Thipsay, 1985 
(C28) Vienna Game, 28 moves, 0-1

21. Rxf6!! prepares a devastating discovered attack
A Lukin vs G Timoshchenko, 1979 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 28 moves, 1-0

22. Rxe3!!
Igor Ivanov vs Tseshkovsky, 1977 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 29 moves, 0-1

36. Rxf6!!
B Abramovic vs Damljanovic, 1995 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 40 moves, 1-0

35...Rxf3!! solves the August 30, 2008 puzzle
Gunsberg vs Chigorin, 1890 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 0-1

36...Nxf3!
Yifan Hou vs Kosteniuk, 2008 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 48 moves, 0-1

31...Rxf3!
J M Bellon Lopez vs Smejkal, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 35 moves, 0-1

17. Bf6!! sets up 18. Bxg7 +-
Spassky vs V S Korensky, 1973 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 28 moves, 1-0

31. Bf6!!
Motylev vs A Iljushin, 2000 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

25. Bxe6!!
Anand vs Macieja, 2000 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

24...Qxf3!
J Klovans vs O Kalinin, 1986 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 26 moves, 0-1

22. e6!! solves a Friday the 13th puzzle
Tarrasch vs Steinitz, 1898 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

24. Nf6+! solves a Saturday puzzle
P Thipsay vs C Sandipan, 2004 
(B83) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

24. Bf6!!
K Havasi vs A C Sacconi, 1933 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

32. Nxf6! uses discovered attack and clearance to attack
Fine vs Dake, 1933 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

19. Nf6+!! initiates a strong Kingside attack
Carlos Torre vs M A Schapiro, 1924 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

33. Ne6+! is the follow-up to 29...Qa6? 30. Bg7! +-
Areshchenko vs F Corrales Jimenez, 2009 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

23. e6!!
Tartakower vs Vidmar, 1905 
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 29 moves, 1-0

16. Rxf6+!! yields a strong advantage with good winning chances
Gipslis vs Hracek, 1991 
(B56) Sicilian, 55 moves, 1-0

15. Nxe6!!
P Cramling vs S Kindermann, 1991 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

18...Ne3!! shatters White's position after 18. Nc1?
Adams vs Lputian, 1995 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 52 moves, 0-1

24. Nxf6!
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 30 moves, 1-0

24. Rxf6!! solves the Sunday, June 27, 2010 puzzle
F Olafsson vs E Eliskases, 1960 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 35 moves, 1-0

24...Nxf6!! solves a difficult Sunday puzzle
P Smirnov vs Rublevsky, 2004 
(B54) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

25. Rxe6!
L Bruzon Batista vs Anand, 2006 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

31...Bxf3!
Guimard vs Najdorf, 1948 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

19. Nxf6!!
Miles vs R Jamieson, 1992 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

17. Bxe6! fxe6 18. Rhf1 for advantage to solve Saturday puzzle
Dvoirys vs S Poliantsev, 1987 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 21 moves, 1-0

11. Nxe6! solves a Thursday puzzle
Kasparov vs G West, 1977 
(B40) Sicilian, 12 moves, 1-0

29. Rxe6!!
Dreev vs I Galic, 2008 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

20. g6!! Bxg6 21. Bxe6! is a sham sac for positional advantage.
Bologan vs I Rogers, 1995 
(B01) Scandinavian, 33 moves, 1-0

10. e6! gives White a strong attacking initiative
Balashov vs R Sabjanov, 1994 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 22 moves, 1-0

17. f6! solves a Sunday puzzle and wins with precise followup
Rublevsky vs Onischuk, 1994 
(C47) Four Knights, 23 moves, 1-0

15. Rxe6 !! fxe6 16. Ng5! +-
M Krasenkow vs Rozentalis, 1997 
(A13) English, 18 moves, 1-0

31. Rxf6!!
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1-0

29. Nf6+!
M Piskur vs B Klein, 2012 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

37. Nf6+!! sets up clearance 39. f5! +-
Yusupov vs V Kovacevic, 1983 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 39 moves, 1-0

15. Ndxe6!! begins a decisive pursuit & solves Fri 2/1/2013
K McDonald vs V Yanovsky, 2011 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 34 moves, 1-0

29...Bxf3!! combines clearance, decoy knight fork & deflection
K Van Leens Dijkstra vs J Penrose, 1983 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 38 moves, 0-1

27. Rxf6! solves Thursday 02/28/2013
L Semenova vs M Muresan, 1983 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

22. Bxe6!
Kramnik vs Short, 1995 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

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