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70b_middlegame SACS on h6 (or h3)
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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.

Is there a name for this sacrifice <♕/♖/♗/♘ x ♙h6> when the ♙h6 is protected by ♙g7?

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21.Nxh6+!
Pelikan vs S Schweber, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

21. Bxh6 gh6 22. Qxh6
Anand vs M Massoni, 2014
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

31.Bxh6
Alekhine vs W Stickgold, 1928 
(A22) English, 40 moves, 1-0

18.Bxh6 gh6 19.Qh5
Caruana vs Anand, 2016 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 33 moves, 1-0

Bxh3 18.gh3 Qe5 19.f4 ef3 20.Qa4+ Kd8 21.Nf3 Qg3+ 22.Kh1 Qxh3+
Romanishin vs Vaganian, 1975 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 28 moves, 0-1

17.Bxh6!
B Adhiban vs S Vokhidov, 2016 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

33...Bxh3
Zhao Xue vs Aronian, 2005 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

15...Bxh3
Yoel Aloni vs Botvinnik, 1964 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

...Rxh3
V Kahn vs R B Estera, 1939 
(A84) Dutch, 18 moves, 0-1

23.Bxh6
D Yam vs A Alperovich, 2008
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

simple chess -18.Bxh6
V M Mikhalevski vs O Gamayev, 2015
(B07) Pirc, 23 moves, 1-0

16...Bxh3
Karjakin vs Jobava, 2014 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 31 moves, 0-1

Bxh6xg7
Topalov vs Timman, 1996 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

15.Nxh6+
George Rehberg vs E Weissenborn, 1948
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

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

17.Nxh6 gh6 18.Bxh6
L Shytaj vs A Donchenko, 2016 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

17.Nxh6+ / 18.Nxf7
B Voekler vs M Saltaev, 2016 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

21.Bxh6
Aronian vs Z Izoria, 2001 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

22.Bxh6
Kamsky vs Seirawan, 2012 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

16.Bxh6 gh6 17.Nxh6+
Jobava vs Bareev, 2003 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Bxh6 / Bxg7
L Milman vs J Fang, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

15.Nf5 / 16.Nxh6+
G Glatt vs K Burger, 1982
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 33 moves, 0-1

18...Bxh3
B Jeran vs D Cawdery, 2017 
(B30) Sicilian, 24 moves, 0-1

15.Bxh6 gh6 16.Qxh6 Ne8 17.e5 f5 18.Bxf5 ef5 19.Nd5
L Dominguez vs Judit Polgar, 2011 
(B32) Sicilian, 112 moves, 0-1

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

15.Bxh6
F Jenni vs P Nabavi, 2004 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 23 moves, 1-0

23.Nxh6+
E Walther vs H Heemsoth, 1949
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 39 moves, 1-0

28. Nh6+!!
R Forster vs Huebner, 1994 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Anand lectures -19.Bxh6
Anand vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

20.Bxh6
Navara vs Grischuk, 2014 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 1-0

Victor's lecture -17.Bxh6
Kupreichik vs M Kaminski, 1995 
(C02) French, Advance, 27 moves, 1-0

18.Bxh6
Kupreichik vs I Farago, 1993
(C02) French, Advance, 60 moves, 1-0

31.Bxh6
D Solak vs A Rombaldoni, 2015
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

Bxh6xg7
F Gerhardt vs W Eveleens, 1997
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

15...Bxh3!
P Simacek vs Jobava, 2013
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 0-1

14.Bxh6
Motylev vs M Roiz, 2005 
(C10) French, 25 moves, 1-0

13.Bxh6
Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1871 
(C27) Vienna Game, 20 moves, 1-0

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

13.Bxh6!
Blackburne vs Blanchard, 1891  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

14.Bxh6 / 19.Rxe6
S S Cohen vs H M Woods, 1937 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

13.Bxh6!
Anna Kantane vs B Skutta, 2017
(C41) Philidor Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

16... Bxh3!!
Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

15. Bh6...xg7
I Nepomniachtchi vs Li Chao, 2017 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

16.Bxh6!
Cochrane vs Mohishunder, 1856
(C42) Petrov Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

16. Bxh6 gh6 17. Qxh6
Kupreichik vs Yusupov, 1987 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Bxa6!!
Lasker vs Marshall, 1914 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

15.Nxh6!
Anand vs Aronian, 2016 
(C48) Four Knights, 19 moves, 1-0

13...Bxh3!
NN vs Blackburne, 1871  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

14... Bxh3
Jobava vs Aronian, 2004 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 31 moves, 0-1

12...Bxh3
Von Scheve vs Teichmann, 1907 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 0-1

...Bxh3 16.gxh3 Qxh3
Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

20.Bxh6
Geller vs Portisch, 1967 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

23.Nh6+!
Fischer vs Keres, 1959 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 81 moves, 1-0

20...Bxh3
Talal Alzaim vs Keletshabile Monnaatsheko, 2016
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 25 moves, 0-1

declined
Dreev vs A Haast, 2016 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 54 moves, 1-0

20.Bxh6!
Taimanov vs V Mikenas, 1965 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

18.Nxh6+
Tal vs M Stean, 1975 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

20.Bxh6!
Foltys vs E E Book, 1936 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

12.Bxh6!
Zhao Xue vs N Batsiashvili, 2016 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

18...Bxh3!
N Pogonina vs R Svane, 2018 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

13.Bxh6!
Smagin vs N N Monin, 1986 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

16. Bxh6!!
Pillsbury vs Winawer, 1896 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

28.Nxh6+
M Kantaria vs L Mkrtchian, 2001 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 32 moves, 1-0

15.Bxh6! gh6 16.Bxe6
L Shamkovich vs A Anguiano, 1978 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 19 moves, 1-0

23.Nxh6
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

20. Bxh6!?
M Bluebaum vs Semen Lomasov, 2017
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

14...Bxh3!! (0-1)
K Spraggett vs Smyslov, 1985 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 14 moves, 0-1

18.Nxh6+
Balashov vs Romanishin, 1978 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

26.Bxh6! gxh6 27.Rxh6+ Kxh6 28.Qg5+
K H Podzielny vs G Diez, 2007 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

Bxh6 (unusual)
Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov, 1920 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

19.Bxh6!
L Gutman vs V S Levchenkov, 1976
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 48 moves, 1-0

15.Bxh6
Keres vs E Gilfer, 1936 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

14.Bxh6!
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

20.Bxh6!! bang
E Bang vs M Umansky, 1995 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 26 moves, 1-0

18.Bxh6!
W D Taylor vs J Neumann, 2006
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

19...Bxh3
de Firmian vs E Tate, 2001 
(B56) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

18.Bxh6
Kasparov vs Short, 1999 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

18.Bxh6 gxh6 19.Qxh6
I Rogers vs J Nogueiras, 1986
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

17.Bxh6 gxh6 18.Qxh6
A Braun vs T Petrik, 2006
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

17.Bxh6 gxh6 18.Qxh6
I R Ortiz Suarez vs Ruifeng Li, 2014
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

30...Rxh3+!! (0:1)
S Cunningham vs I Nikolayev, 2010 
(A22) English, 30 moves, 0-1

...Bxa3
A Planinc vs Ivkov, 1975 
(C15) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 0-1

20...Bxh3
J Engler vs L Taussig, 1908 
(C28) Vienna Game, 29 moves, 0-1

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