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53a_Middlegames: Positional Exchange Sacrifices
Compiled by Jaredfchess
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Interne Nummerierung:

1 = Petrosian
2 = Kasparov
3 = Kramnik
4 = Karpov
5 = Fischer
6 = Carlsen
7 = Andersson
8 = Anand
9 = Gelfand
10 = Aronian
11 = Botvinnik
12 = Tal
13 = Korchnoi
14 = Topalov

15 = Bronstein
16 = Smyslov
17 = Spasski
18 = Geller
19 = Alekhine
20 = Keres
21 = Tarrasch
22 = Lasker
23 = Capablanca
24 = Shirov
25 = Mamedyarov
26 = Ivanchuk
27 = Svidler

< No Sacrifice, No Victory! <>> http://www.damnlol.com/i/cf1b08fc97...

" Petrosian introduced the exchange sacrifice for the sake of 'quality of position', where the time factor, which is so important in the play of Alekhine and Tal, plays hardly any role. Even today, very few players can operate confidently at the board with such abstract concepts. Before Petrosian no one had studied this. By sacrificing the exchange 'just like that', for certain long term advantages, in positions with disrupted material balance, he discovered latent resources that few were capable of seeing and properly evaluating." ~ Kasparov

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Intro: Wikipedia article: The exchange (chess)

Related and recommended game collections: Game Collection: The Exchange Sacrifice ; Game Collection: "Learn from the Legends" - Mihail Marin Section 5! ; Game Collection: The Exchange Sacrifice ; Game Collection: Deep Exchange Sacrifices, Part One: Petrosian ; Game Collection: The Exchange Sacrifice: A Practical Guide ;

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Lecture on Exchange Sacrifices with GM Ben Finegold http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smTv...

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GM Alexander Ipatov shows one of his Exchange Sacrifices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj1...

♖ - ♖ - ♖x♘x♗ - ♖ - ♖ - ♖ - ♖ - ♖x♘x♗ - ♖ - ♖ - ♖ - ♖ - ♖x♘x♗ - ♖ - ♖ Qualitätsopfer als taktisches wie auch positionelles Kampfmittel werden zu selten angewandt, wahrscheinlich aus Furcht vor der materiellen Einbuße; dies vermutet der ungarische Autor (im Vorwort S. 3), der im dritten Band seiner Reihe "Kombinationen lernen und lehren" eine systematische Übersicht zu diesem Thema präsentiert.

Ausgehend von drei ausführlich analysierten Partien des verstorbenen Exweltmeisters Tigran Petrosjan, des "größten Qualitätsopferers" (Zitat S. 7), bietet der Autor zunächst jeweils 35 Testpartien leichteren Kalibers ("A") und gehobener positioneller Qualitätsopferkunst ("B") in Bezug auf aktiv durchgeführte Qualitätsopfer an, gefolgt von je 25 Beispielen ("A" und "B") für passiv angebotene Opfer (S. 13-59). Jede Partie, teilweise mit kurzen Anmerkungen im Informatorstil versehen, wird bis zum kritischen Punkt vorgeführt, und nach dem folgenden Stellungsdiagramm soll der Leser die Fortsetzung finden. Lösungen und Partieschlüsse finden sich dann im Anhang (S. 90-109).

Ganz ähnlich konzipiert sind die beiden abschließenden Kapitel über Qualitätsopfer in der Sizilianischen Verteidigung (meistens sT x wSc3 bzw. wT x sSh5) und in anderen Eröffnungen, wiederum jeweils 35 Partien am Stück (S. 60-89). 43 Schach - Sinnsprüche lockern den Text auf; von diesen z. T. weniger bekannten Zitaten hat mir eines besonders gut gefallen: "Derjenige, der sich nicht so zum Schachspielen hinsetzt, daß er siegen will und siegen muß, sondern lediglich darauf hofft, daß ein Versehen des Gegners ihm später zu einem unerwarteten Punkt verhilft und der, der den Gegner für stärker hält, kann keine Erfolge erringen. Einem feigen Schachspieler bereitet das Wettkampf - Schach kein Vergnügen, sondern unangenehme, seelenquälende Anspannung (Maróczy)" (Zitat S. 51). Zudem findet sich im Anhang ein Register aller 190 aufgeführten Partien (S. 110-115), die aus einem Zeitraum von 150 Jahren bis hin zur Gegenwart ausgewählt wurden.

Das Konzept des Büchleins erscheint bemerkenswert, liefert es doch in systematisierter Form auf knappem Raum eine Fülle von Material zum bisher in der Schachliteratur etwas stiefmütterlich behandelten Thema des Qualitätsopfers. Hie und da wäre jedoch weniger mehr gewesen, denn manchmal vermißt man schon tiefergehende Erläuterungen zum Spielgeschehen. Gleichwohl bildet der Band natürlich eine wahre Fundgrube an taktischen und positionellen Ideen, die mit dem Qualitätsopfer verbunden sind.

Rochade Europa 11/99

Mit diesem Buch legt Imre Pál eine Abhandlung über ein Thema vor, das in den meisten Lehrbüchern ein wenig zu kurz kommt, nämlich das Qualitätsopfer. Als Einstieg zeigen 3 kommentierte Partien Petrosjans, der für diese Spezialität geradezu berüchtigt war, das Qualitätsopfer in Angriff und Verteidigung.

Dann folgt der Haupteil des Buches: 120 Testpartien, die in zwei Schwierigkeitsstufen und in die Kategorien "aktiv" und "passiv" unterteilt sind. Zu jeder Partie gibt es die Notation (teilweise knapp kommentiert) bis zum Qualitätsopfer sowie das entsprechende Diagramm. Nun ist es Aufgabe des Lesers, sich den Sinn des Qualitätsopfers sowie die weitere Zugfolge zu erarbeiten, die Lösungen mit den wichtigsten Varianten befinden sich im Anhang.

Im dritten Teil des Buches gibt es 70 weitere Beispielpartien, in denen jeweils das Qualitätsopfer eine wichtige Rolle spielt. Im Unterschied zu Teil 2 gibt es hier die komplette Partienotation, außerdem wurden diese Partien nach der Eröffnung geordnet. Den Abschluß bildet ein Register aller 190 enthaltenen Partien. Für Auflockerung sorgen einige Zitate berühmter Schachspieler.

Fazit: Das Buch bereitet sein interessantes Thema sowohl inhaltlich als auch in der Gestaltung sehr ansprechend auf, und auch der Preis geht mit 22,80 DM in Ordnung.

Schach-Markt 1/2000
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Event "WC24/final"
Site "ICCF"
Date "2009.6.10"
Round "-"
White "Turgut, Tansel"
Black "Kunzelmann, Dr. Fred"
Result "1-0"
WhiteElo "2610"
BlackElo "2464"

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Bb4+
6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 O-O 8.Nc3 d6 9.d5 e5 10.O-O a5 11.Qc2 Nbd7 12.a3 Qe7 13.Nd2 h6 14.e3 Ra6 15.b3 Rfa8 16.Nb5 Nc5 17.Nb1 Bc8 18.N1c3 Ne8 19.f4 Bd7 20.Rae1 Rb8 21.Re2 Raa8 22.fxe5 Qxe5 23.Ref2 Qxe3 24.Kh1 f5 <25.Rxf5> Bxf5 26.Qxf5 Nf6 27.b4 axb4 28.axb4 Nd3 29.Qe6+ Qxe6 30.dxe6 Ra6 31.Nxc7 Ra7 32.N3b5 Ra2 33.e7 Nxb4 34.Re1 Nd3 35.Bd5+ Kh7 36.Re6 Ne5 37.Kg1 Rc8 38.Rxf6 gxf6 39.Nxd6 Rb8 40.e8=Q Rxe8 41.Ncxe8 h5 42.Be4+ f5 43.Nxf5 Ra1+ 44.Kg2 Ra2+ 45.Kh3 Kg6 46.Nd4+ Kh6 47.Bd5 Rf2 48.Nd6 Rd2 49.N4f5+ Kg6 50.Ne3 Rb2 51.Ng2 Kg5 52.Ne1 Kf6 53.Nf3 Ng4 54.Bc6 Ke7 55.Nf5+ Kf6 56.N5d4 Ne3 57.Be8 Nxc4 58.Bxh5 b5 59.g4 Kg7 60.g5 b4 61.Kg3 b3 62.Bg4 1-0

Event "Ho Chi Minh City ch-VIE"
Date "2010.??.??"
White "Bui Vinh, "
Black "Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy, "
Result "1-0"
WhiteElo "2480"
BlackElo "2469"
ECO "A28"

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. g3 Ne4 7. Qd3 Nxc3 8. bxc3 Be7 9. Bg2 Ne5 10. Qe4 d6 11. f4 Nd7 12. O-O O-O 13. Ba3 Nb6 14. Qd3 c5 15. Nc2 Be6 16. Ne3 Qc7 17. Rab1 Rad8 18. f5 Bc8 19. f6 Bxf6 20. Rxf6 gxf6 21. Rxb6 Qxb6 22. Nd5 Qa5 23. Bc1 f5 24. Qe3 Kh8 25. Qe7 Rg8 26. Qf6 Rg7 27. h4 Be6 28. h5 h6 29. Bxh6 Rdg8 30. Bxg7 Rxg7 31. h6 1-0

Event "URS-ch27"
Site "Leningrad"
Date "1960.??.??"
White "Bronstein, David I"
Black "Petrosian, Tigran V"
Result "0-1"
ECO "B10"

1. e4 c6 2. Ne2 d5 3. e5 c5 4. d4 Nc6 5. c3 e6 6. Nd2 Nge7 7. Nf3 cxd4 8. Nexd4 Ng6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Bd3 Qc7 11. Qe2 f6 12. exf6 gxf6 13. Nd4 Kf7 14. f4 c5 15. Qh5 cxd4 16. Bxg6+


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hxg6 17. Qxh8 dxc3 18. Qh7+ Bg7 19. Be3 cxb2 20. Rd1 Ba6 21. f5 exf5 22. Qh3 Qc2 23. Qf3 Bc4 0-1

check also the following collections:

- Game Collection: Exchange sacs - 1

- Game Collection: Exchange sacs - 2

- Game Collection: Exchange sacs - 3

150 = pre WWI
160 = 1914-1944
174-177 = 1945-1979
180 = 1980-1989
190 = 1990-1999

200-209 = 2000-2009
300-306 = 2010-2016

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Der schwedische IM <Ari Ziegler> behandelt auf dieser DVD Möglichkeiten, Stellungsbewertungen durch ein Qualitätsopfer plötzlich zu verändern. In den meisten Schachspielern ist die Wertigkeit der Figuren fest verankert, man weiß, dass ein Turm mehr wert ist als eine Leichtfigur, er beträgt ungefähr das Äquivalent zu Leichtfigur und zwei Bauern. Somit kommt es nicht oft vor, dass man in seinen Partien so ein Qualitätsopfer überhaupt andenkt, spielt doch einfach die Angst vor dem Verlust einer Schwerfigur eine zu große Rolle. Zudem erscheinen die Möglichkeiten und Konsequenzen eines solchen Opfers oft nicht überschaubar. Welche Stellungen erlauben eigentlich so ein Qualitätsopfer? Wie kann man die Chance zu solch einer Spielweise in den eigenen Partien überhaupt erst erkennen? Reicht die Kompensation für den Verlust des Turmes aus oder führt der Tausch einfach schnell in ein verlorenes Endspiel? Diese und viele Fragen mehr beantwortet Ziegler auf dieser ausgesprochen gut gelungenen Mittelspiel-DVD.

Der Autor zeigt nicht nur eine Ansammlung von Beispielen aus der Großmeisterpraxis, sondern er bespricht die Partien systematisch: Wie kann man die Qualität opfern, um eine Festungsstellung zu erlangen? Falls man eine Leichtfigur auf e3/e6 oder d3/d6 etablieren kann, ist dies oft mehr wert als der Verlust der Qualität. Trifft dies immer zu oder gibt es Ausnahmen? Wie kann man mittels eines Turmopfers die gegnerische Königsstellung ins Wanken bringen? Wieso kann Schwarz so oft in der sizilianischen Verteidigung einen Turm für den Springer auf c3 opfern? Warum ist das Läuferpaar + Bauer in der Regel genauso stark wie Turm und Springer des Gegners? Diese und etliche andere Fragen beantwortet Ziegler umfassend. Die gezeigten Beispiele sind meist aggressiver Art, d.h. die Partei, die das Material hergibt, bekommt dafür in der Regel eine sehr aktive Position mit Initiative und Angriffsmöglichkeiten, in der der zweite Turm des Gegners zumeist passiv ist und seine numerische Überlegenheit gegenüber der Leichtfigur des Gegners nicht ausspielen kann.

Mich hat diese systematische Herangehensweise an dieses komplexe Mittelspielthema sehr angenehm überrascht. Hat man in der Vergangenheit öfter über Qualitätsopfer in Großmeisterpartien gestaunt und sich gefragt, wie man überhaupt auf so einen Gedanken kommt und wie sich der Spieler sicher sein kann, dass diese Spielweise in der Stellung funktioniert, erhält man hier selbst das Rüstzeug, um die Wertigkeit des Turmes neu einzuschätzen. Wenn man die Beispiele auf der DVD gesehen und verstanden hat, wird man sein Verständnis des Mittelspiels nachhaltig verbessern. Gewisse Stellungen werden dann unter einem anderen Blickwinkel gesehen werden, da man die Möglichkeit eines Qualitätsopfers in Betracht zieht, was einem womöglich sonst niemals in den Sinn gekommen wäre. Ziegler gibt dem Zuhörer einige Richtlinien an die Hand, damit dieser die Partie auch nach dem Qualitätsopfer richtig weiterspielen kann. Oft ist es nämlich derart, dass nach so einem unerwarteten Opfer der Gegner völlig aus dem Konzept gebracht wird und es nicht schafft, sich der neuen Situation anzupassen. Das macht Fehler sehr wahrscheinlich. Dieser psychologische Effekt, der ja mit einer zum Teil radikalen Stellungsänderung einhergeht, könnte im Prinzip nur mit einer neuen objektiven Betrachtung der Stellung neutralisiert werden, was aber oft nicht gelingt. Der Autor zeigt ein ums andere Mal Beispiele, die das belegen. Tatsache ist, dass man nicht auf das Material achtet und die scheinbar stärkere Figur opfert, sondern im Prinzip nur die Stellung in eine überlegene Position verwandelt. Wie man dann diese Positionen zum Sieg ausspielen kann, erklärt der Autor natürlich auch ausführlich.

Ari Ziegler präsentiert die Stellungen meist in angenehm langsamer und ruhiger Art, sodass man den Kern der Sache versteht und dem Gesagten gut folgen kann, auch wenn er manchmal das Tempo anzieht und durch die Partien sprintet, aber dies ist natürlich auch der Menge des Materials geschuldet. Eine ausgezeichnete Darbietung eines schwierigen Mittelspielthemas, welches jedem Schachfreund einen Entwicklungsschub für sein eigenes Spiel geben sollte. Sehr empfehlenswert!

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16.Qd1 Nxa1 --> RE-sac ...Rxe4
W Pietzsch vs Petrosian, 1960 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Hübner
Huebner vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 40 moves, 0-1

52...Be1 (RRN:RRB)
J Klovans vs Petrosian, 1975 
(C11) French, 60 moves, 0-1

16.Rh3
Petrosian vs N Rashkovsky, 1976 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 31 moves, 1-0

29.Rxg7
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

29... Rxf3
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pet's Doppel-Rucksack
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

--> QRB+p : QRR
Petrosian vs Reshevsky, 1964 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 74 moves, 1-0

14...Rxe5
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Petrosian strikes again with a gem
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

early Pet
Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

25...Rxe4; e-pawn+long diagonal
O Troianescu vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 0-1

25... Re6 (by Petrosian)
Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1953 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

37... Rxc6
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1955 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

19...Nxc4
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1956 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

31... Rxf4
Tal vs Petrosian, 1958 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

28.Rfe2=
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1962 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Sac by Petrosian
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1961 
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

didn't worked here
Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1980 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Petrosian strikes again
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sac, Petrosian style
Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

so tief
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A10) English, 34 moves, 0-1

13...Rxc3
Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2000 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 0-1

Bh6xRf8
Morozevich vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 57 moves, 0-1

25. Bf4! Bc2 (interesting)
Kasparov vs Sadvakasov, 2001 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

17. Rxb7 (by Kasparov)
Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

14... Rb8 (by Kasparov)
Bareev vs Kasparov, 1991 
(E61) King's Indian, 19 moves, 0-1

20...g3
Piket vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 28 moves, 0-1

Huebner vs Kasparov, 1981 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 49 moves, 0-1

15...Qb7
Smyslov vs Kasparov, 1981 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 0-1

13... Rxe3
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(E92) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

10.Nb3 Bxa1
Kramnik vs A Shomoev, 2013 
(A04) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

(40.Rxe6) winning combinatipn
Kramnik vs J Rowson, 2013 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 47 moves, 1-0

30.e4
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2014 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

24.Rxb4
Kramnik vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2015 
(A48) King's Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

20.Rxf5
Kramnik vs M Bluebaum, 2017 
(A06) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

34.Rxf6!!
Kramnik vs D E Cori Tello, 2015 
(E91) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

29.Rxd5 creates a central passer
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2015 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

18...Rxe3
J Gustafsson vs Kramnik, 2012 
(E92) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

24.Rxf4!? --> R:pawns
McShane vs Kramnik, 2011 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

23. Rxd4 (by Kramnik)
Kramnik vs A Giri, 2011 
(E97) King's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

24.Rxf6
Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

33. Rxc7 (by Sokolov)
I Sokolov vs Kramnik, 2004 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

12...Nfxe4
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

22.Rxf5!
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 40 moves, 1-0

29.Rxf5
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

22...Qxc3
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1993 
(B57) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

15... Nxe5 (by Kramnik)
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 32 moves, 0-1

Endspieltraining für die Praxis
C Lutz vs Karpov, 1993 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 74 moves, 0-1

21.Rxg6+
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Compensation: 2conn pp, King stuck in center, Rook undeveloped
Lautier vs Karpov, 1995 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

18.Rd5!
Karpov vs Sax, 1983 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

domination
Karpov vs Hjartarson, 1989 
(A20) English, 45 moves, 1-0

RRB vs RRB - exchange sac
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 1-0

17.Rxe6!
Karpov vs Larsen, 1979 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 1-0

29.Bxc7
R A Redolfi vs Fischer, 1959 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

21...Qe5
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

22.Rxh5! (destruction)
Fischer vs Larsen, 1958 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

22.Rxf7 --> QR:QB
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

23...RxNe4
G Meier vs Carlsen, 2017 
(D90) Grunfeld, 41 moves, 0-1

31.Rxf6 by Carlsen (@?@)
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1-0

20.hxg4
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2011 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Carlsen
J Rowson vs Carlsen, 2008 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

27.Rxb4
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

14.RxNd5
Carlsen vs Portisch, 2007 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 30 moves, 1-0

12.axb4
Carlsen vs Adams, 2008 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 56 moves, 1-0

27.Rxe4!
Carlsen vs S Tjomsland, 2002
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 50 moves, 1-0

15... Rxd5 (by Andersson) - most unexpected move
Keene vs Ulf Andersson, 1975 
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 40 moves, 0-1

18.Rxc5!
Ulf Andersson vs Larsen, 1983 
(B38) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Maroczy Bind, 6.Be3, 34 moves, 1-0

31.Rxh5 - R:Np
Ulf Andersson vs Hort, 1973
(A36) English, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

14...Nxe5
A Medina Garcia vs Ulf Andersson, 1974 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

27...Rxe3! by Uffe
Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1975 
(B44) Sicilian, 79 moves, 0-1

23_Rxd3
F Visier Segovia vs Ulf Andersson, 1975
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 29 moves, 0-1

15.Rxf5!
Anand vs Adams, 2015 
(A20) English, 51 moves, 1-0

28.Rd5!
Anand vs Mamedyarov, 2015 
(C49) Four Knights, 43 moves, 1-0

2p, 1pp, active rook, dragon B
Naiditsch vs Anand, 2013 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

18.Rxe6!
Anand vs Gelfand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 66 moves, 1-0

20... Rxd6
Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

13...Rxc3
Shirov vs Anand, 2008 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 0-1

27.Rd5!
Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

23...Rxc3
Huebner vs Anand, 1996
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 36 moves, 0-1

14.Rd8+!
Anand vs Robatsch, 1992 
(C10) French, 20 moves, 1-0

13.b4! by Gelfand
Gelfand vs Kasimdzhanov, 2012 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

20...Rxc3!
Mamedyarov vs Gelfand, 2011 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 39 moves, 0-1

16.Bxe3!
Aronian vs Topalov, 2014 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

21.Kf2
Aronian vs C Balogh, 2013 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

13.Rxc4!
Aronian vs A Giri, 2017 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

13...Rxf3!
A Giri vs Aronian, 2012 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

22.Bxa7
Aronian vs U Gass, 2010 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 29 moves, 1-0

20.Rxd6
Aronian vs I Sokolov, 2006 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

26.Qa1!
Aronian vs Konstantin Chernyshov, 1996 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 66 moves, 1-0

14.Rxe5
Aronian vs Khenkin, 2001
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

20... Rxf3
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

37.Rd6 BxRd6 38.exBd6+ Kf8 39.Bf6 [didnt work due2 a blunder]
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1936 
(A14) English, 49 moves, 0-1

21...RxNd6
Tolush vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

39...Rxf4
Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 0-1

31.Rxd7
Botvinnik vs B Goldenov, 1952 
(A13) English, 35 moves, 1-0

24...Rfe7 for central pp
Antoshin vs Botvinnik, 1955 
(C18) French, Winawer, 49 moves, 0-1

22. Rd5
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 83 moves, 0-1

17.Rxf6!? --> Q:RR middlegame
Tal vs Huebner, 1973 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 34 moves, 0-1

16.Rxe6!
Tal vs A Kolarov, 1970 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 35 moves, 1-0

18...Rxf3
D Rovner vs Tal, 1955 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

29.Rd5 (endgame-like)
Tal vs Gurgenidze, 1959 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 67 moves, 1-0

13.Rxe6
Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

12...Rxf3
R Felgaer vs Korchnoi, 2002
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 33 moves, 0-1

30.d3! - Korchnoi's awakening!
Korchnoi vs Suetin, 1953 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 42 moves, 1-0

33.Rxc8
Korchnoi vs B Nazarov, 1956
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1-0

18.Nxf8 Qxf8
Smyslov vs Korchnoi, 1960 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

passive, didn't work here
Gligoric vs Korchnoi, 1968 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 39 moves, 0-1

17....Ne5 18. Bxa8
Portisch vs Korchnoi, 1970 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kortschoj; 23.Rxc4
Korchnoi vs Seirawan, 1987 
(A15) English, 41 moves, 1-0

27.Rxb6!
Korchnoi vs Short, 1995 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

32.Bxd5!
Korchnoi vs Kotov, 1954 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

xa8; --> Piece sac
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

18.Rxe4!
Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

20. Rc5 !?
Topalov vs Mamedyarov, 2006 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

12... b6 (I don't get it)
Bacrot vs Topalov, 2000 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 33 moves, 0-1

lately, but effective
Bareev vs Topalov, 2002 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 46 moves, 0-1

34.Rxe4 (Exchange sac for a passed pawn)
Topalov vs R Mantovani, 1988 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 59 moves, 1-0

13...Rxc3 (Classic Sicilian sac on c3)
Lizbov vs Topalov, 1988 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 29 moves, 0-1

14...Nd7 (offers/sacs Re8)
Van Wely vs Topalov, 1998 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 48 moves, 0-1

18.d5! Bxa1 19.Qxa1
Bronstein vs B Ratner, 1939 
(B20) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

25...Re4!
Vadasz vs Bronstein, 1977
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

23...Rxg2+
Keres vs Bronstein, 1946 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

Pachman vs Bronstein, 1946 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 31 moves, 0-1

14.d5 Bxa1 15.Qxa1 (Grünfeld Xchg Sac)
Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1950 
(D89) Grunfeld, 32 moves, 1-0

34... Rxd6
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1948 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

...Qxc6 | e5 Qxc4 | Bxa8 (by Smyslov)
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

22.Rxg4 / 25.Qg2 double Xchg
Spassky vs Ghitescu, 1967 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Not enough compensation
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(A39) English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4, 37 moves, 1-0

14.g4
Geller vs Averbakh, 1950 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

O Moiseev vs Geller, 1951 
(A15) English, 44 moves, 0-1

14.Nb5 Bxa1
Geller vs Gurgenidze, 1958 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine's 18.Ra6
Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

16.Rxc5!
Keres vs H Westerinen, 1973 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 1-0

19.Bxf6
Keres vs Simagin, 1951 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 40 moves, 1-0

13...Rxf3 --> 2 center pawns
Harmonist vs Tarrasch, 1887 
(C14) French, Classical, 38 moves, 0-1

14.Ng5
Tarrasch vs S Taubenhaus, 1892 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 23 moves, 1-0

13.Rxf6
Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

strong center pawns 4 Jano
Capablanca vs Janowski, 1913 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 52 moves, 1-0

19.Rxd7!
Shirov vs F Braeuer, 2016
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

13...Rxc3
Kasimdzhanov vs Shirov, 2000
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 32 moves, 0-1

17.Rxe7!! - Domination along a1-h8
Shirov vs Kramnik, 1993 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 1-0

16...Nf4!
Salov vs Shirov, 1995 
(A21) English, 33 moves, 0-1

14.Rb4
Shirov vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1994 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 34 moves, 1-0

Doppeltes Quali~opfer
Lautier vs Shirov, 1990 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

20.Rxd5!
Mamedyarov vs Aronian, 2014 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

6.Rxh5
Mamedyarov vs P Koykka, 2015 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 25 moves, 1-0

28.Rxe4 2cenPP+ reduced K-safety
Ivanchuk vs S Bogdanovich, 2014 
(C49) Four Knights, 47 moves, 1-0

12...Rxc3
W Arencibia Rodriguez vs Ivanchuk, 1997 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 21 moves, 0-1

36...Rxc4
Caruana vs Svidler, 2013 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 0-1

29...Rxc4
Naiditsch vs Svidler, 2004 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 39 moves, 0-1

15.Rxe6!
Svidler vs J Yedidia, 1995 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

QRR:QBB
R Irzhanov vs Svidler, 1990
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 0-1

18... Rxd4
Tarrasch vs Janowski, 1911 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

35.Rxd6!° to conquer the backrank
Duras vs Z Barasz, 1912 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

14...bxc1Q
A J Mackenzie vs W Gunston, 1904 
(D66) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 35 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

11.Rxe8 ein kühnes Opfer
Janowski vs Lasker, 1896 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 71 moves, 1-0

20.Rxa5 by Zuke
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1887
(A20) English, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

19...Rxf3!
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 27 moves, 0-1

...Rxd3
Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

22...Rxd2! finish development and storm teh barricades
H Suechting vs Metger, 1897 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

24.Rxe3
Janowski vs Kupchik, 1913 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

22...Qh6
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

16...Rxf4
Rubinstein vs Vidmar, 1918 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 24 moves, 0-1

23...exf5 connects pawns...
V Sournin vs O Chajes, 1923
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 0-1

Brinkmanship
Prokes vs A Brinckmann, 1929
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

12...e4!!
A Speijer vs Euwe, 1923
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

Janowski vs Tartakower, 1924
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

17.Qf1
Kotov vs L Bogatirev, 1935
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 43 moves, 1-0

17...Bxe5
Panov vs Kotov, 1937 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

14_Rxf3! -+
G A Thomas vs M Scheinberg, 1930 
(C14) French, Classical, 22 moves, 0-1

17.Rxc5
Hromadka vs M Schreiber, 1936 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

24.Rxa3
J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

13...Rxc3 (Dragon Xchg-Sac)
Althausen vs Simagin, 1943 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

12...Bh8 (Dragon Xchg-Sac)
Panov vs Simagin, 1943 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

12...Rxc3 / Dragon
Ravinsky vs Simagin, 1947
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 29 moves, 0-1

18.Rxf6!
D Andric vs D Djaja, 1949 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

18...Bxa8
Lilienthal vs Tolush, 1947 
(E72) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

22.Rf6!!
V Mikenas vs Kotov, 1949 
(A80) Dutch, 42 moves, 1-0

22.Rxf6
Boleslavsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1957 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

11...b4
C Hayes vs L Schmid, 1954 
(A43) Old Benoni, 27 moves, 0-1

28...Rxg3 weakens the kingside
W Pietzsch vs B Djurasevic, 1958
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

A Bannik vs L Shamkovich, 1950 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 46 moves, 1-0

11.Bxb4 Bxa1
Najdorf vs Filip, 1952 
(D71) Neo-Grunfeld, 26 moves, 1-0

19...axb6
Lilienthal vs Nezhmetdinov, 1951 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 28 moves, 0-1

Avram chess
H Avram vs Fischer, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

16. bxc4
F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1958 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

19...Rxb2
Saidy vs H Westerinen, 1969 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 35 moves, 0-1

26.Rxg7+
J Sloth vs K B Richardson, 1964
(A10) English, 56 moves, 1-0

E Mnatsakanian vs Kholmov, 1960 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

G Sanakoev vs D Stern, 1968 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 48 moves, 0-1

25.Rxd5!! CORR-WC
D Stern vs Hybl, 1968 
(B69) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6, 41 moves, 1-0

33... Rxc4
L Schmid vs Larsen, 1967
(B37) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 41 moves, 0-1

23...Rxd2+!
Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

33...Qf8
Polugaevsky vs Stein, 1965 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

30...Qa7
Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964 
(B06) Robatsch, 75 moves, 0-1

Matulovic vs Korchnoi, 1967 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 78 moves, 1-0

21.Bxb6
Antoshin vs Keres, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Demolition with 23...Nxg2! -+
Alburt vs Vasiukov, 1967 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

22.Rxd5
S Wong vs N Grinberg, 1976 
(D85) Grunfeld, 33 moves, 1-0

19...Rxd4!
Ulf Andersson vs Ribli, 1970
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 45 moves, 0-1

Against THE MASTER himself: 21...Qg6!
Petrosian vs T Carr, 1978 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

15.Bxe7 - BB + central pawn majority
A Pomar Salamanca vs Smejkal, 1972 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 35 moves, 1-0

29...Rxd3!
Quinteros vs Larsen, 1974 
(A43) Old Benoni, 40 moves, 0-1

Analyse this!
Polugaevsky vs H Pfleger, 1978 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 0-1

12.Bg5 (Bxa1)
Portisch vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1972 
(A10) English, 22 moves, 1-0

29...Rxe3
Mecking vs Polugaevsky, 1977 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 63 moves, 0-1

26...Rd4
Miles vs Gligoric, 1979
(D85) Grunfeld, 34 moves, 0-1

18...bxa2!
A Planinc vs Vasiukov, 1973 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 40 moves, 0-1

22.Rxf6
Portisch vs Karpov, 1972 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

23... Rxb6
Geller vs Uhlmann, 1970 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Balashov vs Savon, 1971 
(A73) Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O, 48 moves, 0-1

Sax vs Ehlvest, 1988 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

23.Rxh5
A Lukin vs T Khasanov, 1983 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

12... f6
E Hintikka vs Antti Koponen, 1989
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 22 moves, 0-1

19...Ndxe5 20.Bxf8
Yusupov vs Timman, 1986
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

18...Be5
A Sokolov vs Van der Wiel, 1985 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 60 moves, 0-1

Short vs T Horvath, 1984 
(B33) Sicilian, 52 moves, 1-0

2 draw
Ljubojevic vs Short, 1989
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

10...Bxg5
Korchnoi vs Vaganian, 1985 
(A14) English, 49 moves, 0-1

Hjartarson vs Korchnoi, 1988 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 44 moves, 1-0

G Rechlis vs Kupreichik, 1987
(A48) King's Indian, 57 moves, 1-0

21.Nxc4!
Browne vs Korchnoi, 1982 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

25...Bxd5
Uhlmann vs Ftacnik, 1989
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 72 moves, 0-1

29.Bxd4 - 2 conn pp
Bagirov vs O Magyar, 1989 
(A14) English, 46 moves, 1-0

29.Rd6! (Odessky,Play 1.b3, p171-178)
A Minasian vs O Nikolenko, 1991
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

A Nickel vs C Broeker, 1999
(B15) Caro-Kann, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

9.d5 - it didn't work here
G Danner vs M Rytshagov, 1997
(D85) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 0-1

16.Rxd5
Yusupov vs J Hickl, 1999
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 46 moves, 1-0

21.Be2
Seirawan vs Z Kozul, 1991 
(E77) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

18...Rxe5
M W Johnson vs T Niessen, 1996 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 38 moves, 0-1

11...Nxe4
I Miladinovic vs A Kovacevic, 1993
(A56) Benoni Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

29...Bxe5!
Yusupov vs Van Wely, 1994
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 64 moves, 0-1

29.Rbd1
Suetin vs J G Wilson, 1991 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

34... Rge8
Vaganian vs Short, 1995
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 64 moves, 0-1

22... f5 (QRRB:QRBBp) +attacking
A Grosar vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1991
(B32) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

24...Rxe3
A Galliamova vs C Lutz, 1997 
(A81) Dutch, 43 moves, 0-1

26. Bb6
Gulko vs Korchnoi, 1995
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 31 moves, 1-0

25.Rxd5!
Kamsky vs Wolff, 1991 
(A48) King's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs R Sabjanov, 1994 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 22 moves, 1-0

19...Rxf3!
Adams vs Epishin, 1992 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 0-1

16.Rxd4
Sveshnikov vs G Chepukaitis, 2000
(B06) Robatsch, 50 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs Khalifman, 2000 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 37 moves, 0-1

22.Rxe4!
E Ubiennykh vs A Bragin, 2001
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 32 moves, 1-0

R Zelcic vs V Neverov, 2001
(B53) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

3 conn pp (a-c)
Akobian vs Browne, 2002
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

13... Rc4
I Yaranga vs V Moret, 2002 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 19 moves, 0-1

20.Rxf5
J Perl vs J A Curdo, 2003
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 1-0

16...de5! 17.Bxa8 Rxa8
G Timmerman vs F Baumbach, 2003 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

--> QR : RRBp
Motylev vs V Malakhov, 2003
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 57 moves, 1-0

23.R1xd5
Hector vs B Lindberg, 2003
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

23... axb3 24.BxRb8
M Lecroq vs A B Jorgensen, 2004
(C11) French, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

21.Rxf6
M Marin vs Gavrikov, 2004
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

13... d4
Lahno vs Jobava, 2004 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

29... Rxd3
W Haas vs C Sielecki, 2005
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

17.Nxd5
Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

S Jessel vs R Pert, 2005 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

2 connected passers as compensation
B Avrukh vs V Gashimov, 2005
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 49 moves, 1-0

26...Re8
S Conquest vs J Cox, 2005
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 47 moves, 0-1

35...Rxe1
T J Craig vs T Turgut, 2006 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

17.Rxe7
R Hess vs S Ravot, 2007
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 46 moves, 1-0

19...Bxc6
I Schneider vs W J Aramil, 2007
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 41 moves, 0-1

28...Kf7
M Pena Gomez vs V Moskalenko, 2008 
(C18) French, Winawer, 63 moves, 0-1

36. Rxh7+ (by Kosteniuk)
Kosteniuk vs Yifan Hou, 2008 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

31...Rxg2+
Le Quang Liem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 68 moves, 0-1

14.d5 mainline
Wang Yue vs E Hermansson, 2008 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 35 moves, 1-0

22. Rxd4! eliminates a central defender
Bu Xiangzhi vs V Zvjaginsev, 2008 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 1-0

nya ...
Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 64 moves, 0-1

D Vocaturo vs T Hillarp Persson, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

25.R1xe4!
Ding Liren vs Wang Hao, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

... 13.Bxf8
Nakamura vs McShane, 2009 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 55 moves, 0-1

26. Rxf4 (by Gordon) to get 4 connected passed pawns
S Gordon vs D Rogozenco, 2009
(A56) Benoni Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

19.Ne5!
T Turgut vs H Tiemann, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

13...dxe5
Naiditsch vs A Korobov, 2010 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 0-1

12.dxc5! Bxa1 13.cxd6
Wang Hao vs Ding Liren, 2010
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 53 moves, 1-0

A Gupta vs S Ernst, 2010
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

26...Rf6
Xin Nie vs Wang Jue, 2011
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 37 moves, 0-1

wow
R Wojtaszek vs Hracek, 2011 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

nya ...
N R Visakh vs X Mastalerz, 2011
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

13...Rxf3
Uhlmann vs A Breier, 2011
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 31 moves, 0-1

late middlegame for 2 pawns and opp col B
Potkin vs F Vallejo Pons, 2011 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

23...Rxg3
Morozevich vs McShane, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

24.Rxa6!
T Gareyev vs R Yankovsky, 2012 
(D80) Grunfeld, 55 moves, 1-0

28_Rxd6!
Li Chao vs Jakovenko, 2012 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 61 moves, 0-1

Double Rucksack ftw
Karjakin vs Caruana, 2012 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

10... e5
L Dominguez vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2012 
(C18) French, Winawer, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

19.bxa5
F Bindrich vs P Tregubov, 2012 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 61 moves, 1-0

24.Rxe5 (R:Bpp)
B Socko vs Smirin, 2012
(A81) Dutch, 48 moves, 1-0

46... Rxf3!
T Kosintseva vs N Kosintseva, 2012 
(C18) French, Winawer, 66 moves, 0-1

17.Rxc5!
D Rogozenco vs G Fish, 2012 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

17...Bh6
Zhou Weiqi vs Zhao Jun, 2012
(A15) English, 59 moves, 0-1

9...axb5! 10. Rxa8
Aronian vs McShane, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

V Malakhov vs Movsesian, 2012 
(A09) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

16. Rxh5!
V Belous vs M Codenotti, 2012 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

29.Rxb5!
I Cheparinov vs A Shimanov, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

<18...Rxb2!!> Fantasztikus intuitív minőségáldozat!
A Naumann vs R Rapport, 2012 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

19.Rxf6
A Ipatov vs D Debashis, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 29 moves, 1-0

24... f6
M Jelica vs G Heinatz, 2013
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

27.Rxf7+
B Sambuev vs Morozevich, 2013 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 50 moves, 1-0

21.Rxe3
Sutovsky vs V Laznicka, 2013
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

really??
D Dubov vs E Ovod, 2013 
(A15) English, 40 moves, 1-0

22...Rxb3
A Giri vs Yifan Hou, 2013 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 85 moves, 0-1

22.Rxd4
Caruana vs Naiditsch, 2013 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 1-0

18...Qxe5
K W Troff vs Kamsky, 2013 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 32 moves, 0-1

27.Rxd6
P Maghsoodloo vs V Rasulov, 2014 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 61 moves, 1-0

21...Bc5
D Khismatullin vs J Duda, 2014 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 0-1

12... Rxf4!
Ding Liren vs Bacrot, 2014 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

high tec
Arasan vs Critter, 2014 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 38 moves, 0-1

M Matlakov vs C Ali Marandi, 2014 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

17.b4!!
H Martirosyan vs V Nevednichy, 2014 
(A48) King's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

24...Qxb3
Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2014 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 52 moves, 0-1

24.Rxe6
J Duda vs I Beradze, 2014 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

25...Rxc3
C Vinas Guerrero vs Z Abdumalik, 2014
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 57 moves, 0-1

13.Rxd6!
D Smerdon vs Aronian, 2014 
(B07) Pirc, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

25.Rxc5
Jobava vs R Hovhannisyan, 2014 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

Nxa8 for a central pawn
Navara vs Wei Yi, 2015 
(D85) Grunfeld, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

18.Rxc6
A Haast vs V Gunina, 2015 
(C56) Two Knights, 45 moves, 1-0

28...Qxc5
B Michiels vs Wei Yi, 2015 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 37 moves, 0-1

18.Rxf6!
Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

D Howell vs D Naroditsky, 2015 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 45 moves, 1-0

Sutovsky vs K Spraggett, 2015 
(B01) Scandinavian, 33 moves, 1-0

18.Re4!! insane
Ganguly vs S Palit, 2015 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

16.Rxb4! (incl ppd6)
L Dominguez vs Jakovenko, 2015 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

28.Qxd4
A Stefanova vs K Abdulla, 2015 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 1-0

Xueyi Li vs Shiqun Ni, 2015
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 33 moves, 0-1

13.Nxe5
M Perunovic vs R Edouard, 2015 
(C18) French, Winawer, 33 moves, 1-0

27...Rxe4!
M Palac vs A Neiksans, 2015
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 36 moves, 0-1

20...Rxc4
Wang Yue vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2015 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

21... Rxf3!
Nakamura vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(A48) King's Indian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

16.Be2
B Adhiban vs Dreev, 2016 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

12...Rxf4!?
S Khademalsharieh vs D Harika, 2016
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

27.Rxd4
A Korobov vs V Kunin, 2016
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1-0

22...Rxe3
A Sharafiev vs V Zvjaginsev, 2016 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

15...f5!!
K Stupak vs B Bok, 2016 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

24...Qxe6 (2centr pp)+BBpair
Shabalov vs G Jones, 2016 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 0-1

31.Rxe4
Romanishin vs P Formento, 2016
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 41 moves, 1-0

21...Bxe6=
K Treybal vs Spielmann, 1922 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 36 moves, 0-1

13...Rxc3
Lasker vs D Mackay, 1908 
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 34 moves, 0-1

28.Rxf6! (Ootposts Bd5/Nf5)
Stein vs Parma, 1962 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

14...Rxc3
Judit Polgar vs Igor Ivanov, 1989 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 23 moves, 0-1

13.Nxg6 / 14.Qxg6+ / 15.Rxe7 / 16.Qxg7+
Delchev vs K Miton, 2011 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

20...Rxc3
V Castaldi vs B Rabar, 1954
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 33 moves, 0-1

29.Bd2
E Eliskases vs Bogoljubov, 1939 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 55 moves, 1-0

16.Rxc6!
Podgaets vs Kupreichik, 1972
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 39 moves, 1-0

Ra1 sac: 12.exd5
Balashov vs Beliavsky, 1986 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 31 moves, 1-0

16.cxd5!
Dreev vs Shirov, 1995
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

16.Rxh6!
P H Nielsen vs V Georgiev, 2008 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 30 moves, 1-0

20.Rxd3
A Kuligowski vs Przewoznik, 1976 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 35 moves, 1-0

16...Rxh2
Jakovenko vs V Artemiev, 2013
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 1-0

19.RxBd6!
Dreev vs R Cifuentes, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

31...Rxg3+
I Sokolov vs Judit Polgar, 2006 
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 39 moves, 0-1

29.Rxg7+!
Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1960
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

27...Rxh5
Ravinsky vs Kotov, 1949
(A53) Old Indian, 54 moves, 0-1

20...Qb8
V Malakhov vs V Zvjaginsev, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

14...fxe4
S Nordal vs T Harestad, 1992 
(B33) Sicilian, 29 moves, 0-1

19.Rxf6
Glek vs I Frog, 1995 
(C47) Four Knights, 29 moves, 1-0

16.dxe4!
F Olafsson vs C H Alexander, 1957 
(A28) English, 32 moves, 1-0

24...Rxf3!
Ljubojevic vs Judit Polgar, 1994 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 106 moves, 0-1

25.Nf5
H Wuts vs E Van Loon, 2001
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 43 moves, 1-0

27. RxNa5
H Stevic vs A Ismagambetov, 2016
(B10) Caro-Kann, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

13.Rxe7! + 2p
De Vere vs C Golmayo, 1867
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 33 moves, 1-0

24.Rxd4!
M A Tabatabaei vs R Svane, 2017
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

23. Bd3 Bxd6 24.Bxf5+
Yifan Hou vs Navara, 2016 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

13...Rxc2
J Salomon vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

15.Rxe6
J van Foreest vs D Paravyan, 2017
(C42) Petrov Defense, 72 moves, 1-0

18.Bg3 (Double Xchg Sac)
Yu Yangyi vs S L Narayanan, 2017
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

18...Rxg5!
Tingjie Lei vs L'Ami, 2017 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

15.Rxe5
A Wirig vs R Zysk, 2017
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

9...Bxc4 10. Bxb7 Nbd7 11. Bxa8 Qxa8 12. O-O d5
Korchnoi vs V Sherbakov, 1956 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 33 moves, 0-1

22...Rxc3
DeFirmian vs Ivanchuk, 1989 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 0-1

17...Rxf3!
Blatny vs Jansa, 1986 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 26 moves, 0-1

22...Rxe4
Mecking vs M Basman, 1967 
(A43) Old Benoni, 31 moves, 0-1

14.RxBd7 Rxd7 15.Bb5 Bd6 16.Rd1 O-O 17.Bxd7 Qxd7
Seirawan vs Timman, 1990 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

21.Nxc5
Piket vs Kasparov, 1995 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 41 moves, 1-0

17...Nd3!
A Giri vs Granda Zuniga, 2017 
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

12. dxc5 Bd7 13. Qb4 Bxa1
S Bogner vs A Seyb, 2017
(D85) Grunfeld, 21 moves, 1-0

20. Qd3 Bxa1 21. Rxa1
V Mikhalevski vs E Solozhenkin, 1999 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

15. Ng5 fe4 16. Nf7 [xRd8/xRh8]
Ponomariov vs Svidler, 2011 
(D85) Grunfeld, 43 moves, 0-1

12.dxc5 Bxa1
Navara vs L Cernousek, 2017
(D85) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1-0

19.Rxf6!
Kavalek vs Matulovic, 1966 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

30.Rxc5!!
Gligoric vs Matulovic, 1967 
(A73) Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O, 42 moves, 1-0

19...Rxf3!
B Kristjansson vs J L Arnason, 1985
(B50) Sicilian, 25 moves, 0-1

20. Rf5 Bh4 21. Qe3 Bf5 22. Rf5 g6 23. Rf1 (didnt work here)
Ermenkov vs Ulf Andersson, 1980
(B83) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

T Erdelyi vs E Reppen, 2008
(A09) Reti Opening, 68 moves, 1-0

38. RdxBd4 cd4 39. Qd4
M Karttunen vs D Howell, 2017 
(A22) English, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

20. Nxa5 BxRf1 21. Nc6 Qd7 22. Bxf1
V Laznicka vs V Gashimov, 2012 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

20.Kg1 BxRc1 21.RxBc1
B Firat vs V Nebolsina, 2017
(D85) Grunfeld, 33 moves, 1-0

24...Nc2 25.NxRd4 NxNd4
Grischuk vs V Malaniuk, 2001 
(C59) Two Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

didn't work here
I Sokolov vs Naiditsch, 2009 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 75 moves, 0-1

27. Rxf6 e4 28. Nxe4 gf6 29. Nxf6+ Kg7 didn't work here
Korchnoi vs Hjartarson, 1988 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 0-1

21.Rxc2
J Horner vs D Smerdon, 2007
(B01) Scandinavian, 31 moves, 1-0

22. RxBe5 dxRe5 23. f6 Kh7 24. Rf5!! (1:0)
N Vitiugov vs Ding Liren, 2012 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 24 moves, 1-0

18. Rd5 Rfb8 19. Qa4 Bxd5 20. ed5 + ReSac
Li Chao vs Jakovenko, 2017 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Muzychuk vs A Muzychuk, 2015
(D85) Grunfeld, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

21._Nxc2 22. NxRe8 Rxe8 23. Re2 b3!
Browne vs Uhlmann, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 44 moves, 0-1

22._RxNf7 23. exf7 Qxf7 24. Rb1 Nd4 25. RxRb3 ab3
K Valkesalmi vs Uhlmann, 1989
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

12._RxBf4 13. gf4 Bxb2 14. Rb1 Bg7 15. e4 Nd7
N Studer vs Leko, 2017 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 66 moves, 0-1

18.RxNd7 [eliminating a possibly good defender]
Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

rpd 30...Rxd5 (strong ...Nd4 + 2cPP)
E Romanov vs Gelfand, 2016
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

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