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52c_Middlegames_2 minor pieces for a Queen
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Our final theme is a striking one: the sacrifice of a queen for two minor pieces, a bit of centralisation and...well, not much else, it seems. Leonid Yurtaev (RIP) is a major protagonist here; it seems he is only happy once he is a queen down....

The world has been understandably slow to recognise the merits of these queen sacrifice ideas. ...

check out --> Game Collection: pure queen sacrifices

The average value of the queen (if the opposing side does not have the bishop pair) is that of a rook, a minor piece and 1 pawns. The knight is fractionally stronger than the bishop when supporting the rook in its struggle against a queen. The value of a queen and pawn is the same as that of two rooks, when no minor pieces are present. When both sides have 2 or more minor pieces, the queen does not need a pawn to equal the two rooks in value. In the situation of queen against 2 rooks with 5-8 pawns on each side, the advantage of the rooks is a tiny one; when there are at the most 4 pawns per side, the rook has an advantage of approximately a pawn. A queen and half a pawn equals 3 minor pieces.

no. 1
Huzman vs Yurtaev, 1987 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

no. 2
A Graf vs Yurtaev, 1993 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 51 moves, 1-0

re-sacrifycing material didn't help
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

central passed pawns were too strong
Gulko vs Van Wely, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

no. 5
L B Hansen vs Van der Wiel, 1995 
(E92) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 48 moves, 1-0

winning a 3rd piece...
T Ernst vs J O Lind, 1990 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 50 moves, 0-1

winning a 3rd piece II
B Spycher vs Piket, 1986 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 36 moves, 0-1

A Queen was not enough, even for a World Champion
Kasparov vs Seirawan, 1989 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

White sacs....
S Azarov vs B Predojevic, 2006
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

The end of the E87 Queen sac line
Karpov vs Velimirovic, 1976 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 67 moves, 1-0

BB win
K Baranov vs N Grigoriev, 1919 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 0-1

Q vs B+pppp
J Hirneise vs M Hoensch, 2007 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

Qvs BB
Polugaevsky vs Geller, 1968 
(E73) King's Indian, 66 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs L Shamkovich, 1960 
(A13) English, 43 moves, 0-1

Q vs BNpp - minors win!
A Neumann vs H Caro, 1905 
(B26) Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3, 70 moves, 0-1

BB --> RN
Geller vs P Trifunovic, 1961 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Bergraser vs Ragozin, 1956 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 44 moves, 0-1

Uhlmann vs Geller, 1967 
(E73) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann vs J Moeller, 1920 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs W Gooding, 1908 
(C16) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1-0

Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 33 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Maroczy, 1907 
(C25) Vienna, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

BNp --> RN...
Tolush vs Geller, 1952 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs K Moll, 1902 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 0-1

Lutikov vs Polugaevsky, 1960 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 34 moves, 0-1

at 1st just a rook
Leitao vs Caruana, 2010 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 24 moves, 0-1

Q: R+N
Karpov vs Hort, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 55 moves, 1-0

Q vs BNP
Psakhis vs E Magerramov, 1978 
(A15) English, 40 moves, 0-1

BNpppp and attack
Oll vs Y Kruppa, 1987 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 60 moves, 1-0

Capablanca's reading
Capablanca vs A Chase, 1922 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Jobava, 2011 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

The storm broke loose.
Rudnew vs Drosd, 1977 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

one minor piece only, but with a tremendous attack
V Malinin vs V Savinov, 1988 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

Malinin 2
V Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

QR vs RBBpp
I Nepomniachtchi vs L'Ami, 2008 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

nice try, Sutovsky
Aronian vs Sutovsky, 2011 
(D85) Grunfeld, 38 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Alert
D Bryson vs T Luther, 2002 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

BB in a closed position
B Chesney vs Gulko, 1986 
(C16) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 0-1

BN + an exposed King
K Spraggett vs F South, 1976 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

BN - on a temporary basis --> BN:R endgame
Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Dus Chotimirsky vs Nimzowitsch, 1907 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1-0

Q:BB endgame
M Damjanovic vs Teschner, 1971
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1-0

Q: BNpp endgame
D Kosic vs L Lenic, 2008 
(B06) Robatsch, 157 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(E92) King's Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

ach Gisela, ach Gisela
M Litinskaya-Shul vs G Fischdick, 1980
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Q:NNpp blitz
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2010 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

BB --> RBB
Kramnik vs M Ezat, 2013 
(A14) English, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zsuzsa Polgar vs D Norwood, 1989
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Miles, 1986 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 40 moves, 1-0

Krum Georgiev vs Miles, 1992 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Q:NN+p.p. --> RNN
Grischuk vs L Dominguez, 2013 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Gelfand, 1994
(A48) King's Indian, 83 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs Keres, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

A Gupta vs M Lagarde, 2014
(D85) Grunfeld, 71 moves, 1-0

J Levitt vs A D Martin, 1989 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 31 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Geller, 1965 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

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