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Rook sacrifice is used to gain tempo.
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Knight sacrifice is used to manipulate the position.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Spassky, 1955 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

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

Queen sacrifice
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

Queen sacrifice
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Knight sacrifice used to expose White's king.
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Multiple piece sacrifices.
Aronian vs Anand, 2013 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

Queen sacrifice leading to a mate.
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

Queen sacrifice leading to mate.
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1968 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 35 moves, 1-0

Spassky manipulates Bronstein's king.
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Geller makes use of Smyslov's king's position.
Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

A knight is offered, which is not taken due to mate-in-two.
Keres vs Geller, 1962 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

Queen sacrifice.
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

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