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70f5_middlegame N-SACS on f5
Compiled by whiteshark
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Knife f5!
Vasilios Kotronias
Ben Finegold

A (passive) ♘ sacrifice on f5 to

1) storm the fianchettoed castle or
2) s.th. completely different (castle w/o a ♗g7 that is)

Didn't Kasparov said s.th. about a ♘f5 beeing worth ....???

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20.Ngf5 - Damenfang
Antoshin vs V Liublinsky, 1952
(A04) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

19. Nf5!! (1:0)
Radjabov vs G Jones, 1997 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

19. Ndf5 gxf5 20. Nxf5 Re5 21. Nxd6 Re6 22.Nf5 Nf8 23.Nxg7 Kxg7
S Vaibhav vs P Dimic, 2017 
(A05) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

27.Nhf5+
Y Abdulghafour vs Thomas Araya Fessihaye, 2018
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Nf5 offer declined --> NxBg7
R Rapport vs D Anton Guijarro, 2016 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

18.Nd5 Bd5 19.ed5 e4 20.Qe4 21.Qc4 Bd6 22.dc6
Fedorov vs Dmitry Tsoi, 2017 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

14. Nf5+ gf5 15. Kxg2 fe4
Capablanca vs J C Rather, 1936 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

39.Nf5!
Ivanchuk vs Adams, 1992 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 43 moves, 1-0

23.Nf5+
I Rausis vs T Matsegora, 2008
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 25 moves, 1-0

23.Nf5+ (A42)
Aronian vs S Shoker, 2015 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

15. Nf5!
Jobava vs Ponomariov, 2016 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

26.Nf5+!! to get the 7th
E Lobron vs Korchnoi, 1998 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

20.Nf5
Alekhine vs Kieninger, 1941 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 31 moves, 1-0

21.Ngf5
C Garcia Palermo vs A S Segal, 1996
(A56) Benoni Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

26.Ngf5
Kasparov vs F X Mateu, 1984 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

20.Nhf5
D E Vigorito vs A Kovacevic, 2003
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 28 moves, 1-0

17.Nhf5
B Perenyi vs M Pein, 1986
(B06) Robatsch, 75 moves, 1-0

21.Nf5!
H Stevic vs C Papatryfonos, 2003
(B07) Pirc, 26 moves, 1-0

25.Nf5!! winning combi
Huebner vs Ivanchuk, 1990 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 28 moves, 1-0

23.Nf5!!
Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

16.Nf5!
B Voekler vs M Saltaev, 2016 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

18.Nf5! --> (19.Nxg7! Kxg7 20.Bxh6+! Kxh6 21.Nxf7+)
N Gaprindashvili vs J Nikolac, 1979 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

16.Nf5
Beliavsky vs Larsen, 1981 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

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

24.Nf5!
Smyslov vs Kotov, 1943 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

14.Nf5 (didn't work out)
J Alvarez Nunez vs J Hellsten, 2006
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 28 moves, 0-1

26. Nf5 exf5 27. Nd5 Qd7 28. Ne7+ Kf8 29. Nxf5 Qc7 30. Qh8#
Deshmukh Divya vs Andrei Novitckii, 2017
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 30 moves, 1-0

13.Nf5
B Bok vs W Spoelman, 2014 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

14.Nf5
M Bartel vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2015 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

21.Nf5+!! (1:0)
H Seifert vs M Szmyd, 2009 
(B53) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

28.Nf5!
G Tokhirjonova vs E Torre, 2017 
(B57) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

18.Nf5! and hell broke out
L Barczay vs Kavalek, 1967
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

17.Nxf5+
Khalifman vs Smirin, 1988 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

26.Nf5+ (1/2)
Yudasin vs Smirin, 1987 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

18. Nf5 Bxf5 19. exf5 (not rly a sac)
Fischer vs S Purevzhav, 1962 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

26. Rf5!! QxBb3 27. ab3 exf5
Karpov vs E Gik, 1968 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

17.Nf5
P Kiss vs Tibor, 1973 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

8. Nf5 g6 9. g5 gf5 10. ef5
Shirov vs Van Wely, 2000 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

26.Bxf5!
Areshchenko vs Ftacnik, 2010 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 34 moves, 1-0

32.Nf5+!!
Bagirov vs Furman, 1972 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 69 moves, 1-0

19.Nf5! (trade-off)
A Volokitin vs Carlsen, 2004 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 28 moves, 1-0

16.Nf5!
Rublevsky vs E Zude, 2011 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 20 moves, 1-0

13. Nf5
E Tate vs T Braunlich, 2001 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 21 moves, 1-0

14.Nf5! (A textbook Nf5 sacrifice in the Sicilian)
M Eisinger vs J Rejfir, 1961 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

13.Nf5 (ends on f6 later) / no fianchetto
V Palciauskas vs Vytautas Andriulaitis, 2001 
(B89) Sicilian, 52 moves, 1-0

14.Nf5!!
Velimirovic vs J Sofrevski, 1965 
(B89) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

14.Nf5! (declined)
J Furhoff vs Balashov, 1992 
(B89) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

13. Nf5 b5 14. Bd5 Bb7 15. g5 exf5
A Sokolov vs Salov, 1983 
(B89) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

32.Nf5+
T Warakomski vs S Trofimov, 2005 
(B89) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

21.Nf5 - lose Bauernstellung
Topalov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 69 moves, 1-0

15.Nf5 exf5
F Vallejo Pons vs L Ortega, 1999
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 47 moves, 1-0

23.Nf5
J N Riff vs L Leriche, 2015
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 49 moves, 1-0

15.Nf5 followed by Bb6 wins the Q
J Eric vs L Agbabishvili, 2016
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0

17.Nf5!
Wei Yi vs Anh Khoi Nguyen, 2016 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0

19.Nf5!!
Kaidanov vs Wojtkiewicz, 1994 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

19.Nf5!
E Tate vs Yudasin, 1997 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

12. Nf5 gxf5 13. gxf5
S Brenjo vs A Tate, 2009
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

18. Nf5!!, declined
Nakamura vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

14.Nf5!!
Wei Yi vs T Dao, 2016 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

29.Nxf5 gf5 30.Bxf5 Nxf5 31.Qxf5
I Radulov vs Quinteros, 1973 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1-0

12.Nf5!!
Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

12.Nf5!!
P Ofstad vs Uhlmann, 1963 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

20.Nxf5 / 21.Rxh7+
E Najer vs A Timofeev, 2016 
(C10) French, 29 moves, 1-0

13.Ngf5
K Sakai vs M Dorer, 2003
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

16.Ngf5
Taimanov vs Koblents, 1944 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

15.Nf5
A R Saleh Salem vs R Svane, 2016 
(C11) French, 30 moves, 1-0

17. Ngf5 g6 18. f4 gf5 19. fe5 de5 20. Nf5
Kupreichik vs Yusupov, 1982 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

21.Nhf5
A Stefanova vs M Kandic, 2014
(C41) Philidor Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

20.Nf5
Nunn vs J Cooper, 1976 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

27.Nf5! (opens g-file)
E Eliskases vs Gruenfeld, 1933 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

Nf5xg7 / Nf5
D Anton Guijarro vs S Azarov, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 0-1

The mighty 13.Nf5 - no sac
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1-0

23.Nf5+
H Westerinen vs Timman, 1969
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

25.Nhf5
Vasiukov vs Gufeld, 1964
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

36.Nf5!!
Spassky vs Unzicker, 1966 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 46 moves, 1-0

22.Nhf5
W So vs Kamsky, 2016 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 28 moves, 1-0

26.Nf5!!
S Megaranto vs E Hossain, 2007 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 65 moves, 1-0

21.Nxf5
S Brenjo vs N Bulatovic, 2008
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 26 moves, 1-0

24.Nf5!! (1:0)
E Eliskases vs Bogoljubov, 1939 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

25.Ndf5!
Morozevich vs Movsesian, 2008 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

26.Nxf5
Botvinnik vs Larsen, 1965 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1-0

23.Nhf5
Bronstein vs Tolush, 1952
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 36 moves, 1-0

21.Nhf5
Korchnoi vs M Dutreeuw, 1993 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 36 moves, 1-0

Nf5 (no sac)
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

20.Nf5
Razuvaev vs Lputian, 1979 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 35 moves, 1-0

22.Nhf5!!
Eljanov vs D Andreikin, 2011 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

10. Nf5 (no sac at all!)
Kasparov vs Marjanovic, 1980 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

21.Nf5!!
M Gurevich vs G Agzamov, 1985
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

18.Nf5
A Kashlinskaya vs D Charochkina, 2015
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

18.Nxf5!
Kotov vs Bronstein, 1944 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 31 moves, 1-0

21.Ndf5! gxf5 22.Nxf5
Kotov vs G Barcza, 1952 
(E72) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

22.Nf5
Averbakh vs R Fuchs, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 26 moves, 1-0

21.Rxf5!
Soos vs Geller, 1962 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

19.Nf5! (declined)
Tal vs Tolush, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

20.Nf5
Larsen vs Lombardy, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

28.Nf5!
H Ree vs Stein, 1969
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

16.Nf5
Pachman vs Pilnik, 1959 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

24.Nhf5!
A Virkud vs C Yip, 2017 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

22.Nf5
O'Kelly vs S Tatai, 1968
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 29 moves, 1-0

27.Nf5! --> R:BB
G Podkriznik vs A Praznik, 2001
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 63 moves, 1-0

17.Nf5
Spassky vs J van Oosterom, 1955 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

28.Nhf5
C Henriksson vs H Salo, 1992
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 34 moves, 1-0

25. Nf5+ Kf8 26. Qh6+ Kg8 27. Rdh1 gxf5 28. gxf5 Raa7
E Paehtz vs M Narva, 2019 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

17.Nf5
Keene vs M H Hughes, 1963  
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 29 moves, 1-0

15.Nf5 gxf5 16. exf5
Pachman vs A Tsvetkov, 1947 
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 37 moves, 1-0

25.Nf5!
Plachetka vs Z Basagic, 1979 
(E91) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

13.Nf5
S Sjugirov vs J Prizant, 2014 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 20 moves, 1-0

13.Nf5
Gelfand vs F Amonatov, 2014 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 30 moves, 1-0

21.Nf5 gxf5 22.exf5 actually wins a piece
N Whitaker vs Showalter, 1915 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 26 moves, 1-0

17.Nf5 exf5 18.Nd5 Qd8 19.0-0-0
N Grandelius vs V Keymer, 2019 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

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