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3 Piece Rule
Compiled by notyetagm
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You need three pieces to checkmate the enemy king, one to sacrifice and two to deliver mate. Of course more is better. :-)

Three pieces is mate: killer f6-pawn, g5-rook, f3-queen
Nisipeanu vs V Babula, 2005 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

White sacs his d7-rook to mate with his e1-rook and g4-queen
Chandler vs G Jacoby, 1980 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 24 moves, 1-0

Smyslov sacs one rook to get a winning Q+R attack
Kotov vs Smyslov, 1950 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 44 moves, 0-1

Van Wely violates the Three Piece Rule, his "attack" flounders
Van Wely vs Kramnik, 2007 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 0-1

29 ... Ne5-c4! threatens mate 30 ... Rd2-a2+ 31 Ka1-b1 Nc4xa3#
J Levitt vs Speelman, 1982 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 31 moves, 0-1

31 ... Ne4xf2!, 34 ... Re8xe2! sacs two pieces to mate with two
Gelfand vs Eljanov, 2009 
(A13) English, 36 moves, 0-1

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