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Line opening sacrifices
Compiled by notyetagm
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18 a4-a5! e5xNd4?? 19 c3xd4 opens c-file, b8-h2 diag to c8-king
Le Quang Liem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2010 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 60 moves, 1-0

36 ... Ng6-h4+! opens g-file to get at White g2-king defender
Leko vs Grischuk, 2003 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

16 ... Nb6-c4!? 17 b3xNc4 opens b-file to undefended b2-bishop
Ponomariov vs Anand, 2009 
(D71) Neo-Grunfeld, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

55 ... Rg6-g5+! forces open the h-file for 56 ... Ra3-h3#
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2009 
(B40) Sicilian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

31 Re3xe5!, 33 d5-d6! forces open the a2-g8 diagonal to g8-king
Karjakin vs Van Wely, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

24 b4-b5! sacs pawn to open a-file and get at Black weaknesses
Anand vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

56 Rc6-c4+! opens a4-e8 diagonal to Black a4-king, 57 Bf3-c6#
M Gurevich vs R Ovetchkin, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

38 ... Rb4-e4+!! opens d1-h5 diagonal to White e2-king, mating
J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1957 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 41 moves, 1-0

30 ... Rf2-f4+! opens either e1-h4 diagonal or d8-h4 diagonal
E M Jackson vs Marshall, 1899 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

38 ... Rf2-f4+! 39 g3xf4 opens g-file for skewer 39 ... Rh2-g2+
Teichmann vs Marshall, 1902 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

27 h6-h7+! sacs pawn to open h-file for powerful king attack
W So vs Gao Rui, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

25 ... g3-g2+! opens g-file so Black f6-rook can get at g2-sq
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

20 - c5! opens b-file, get at White b2-bishop, b1-mating square
Lautier vs Kasparov, 1997 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

57 ... Qe8-e3+! 58 Qf3xQe3 d4xQe3 opens a1-h8 for 59 .. Bg7xb2!
V Papin vs I Kurnosov, 2011 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 70 moves, 0-1

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