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Necessary sacrifices
Compiled by Phaedrus.2012
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V Laznicka vs Kulaots, 2012 
(D85) Grunfeld, 28 moves, 1-0

Morphy decisively mates after sacrificing piece after piece.
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Queen sac leads to checkmate
K O'Brien vs D Salter, 2008 
(C15) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 0-1

Queen sacrifice leads to checkmate
S Evans-Quek vs I Cheparinov, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Queen sac after intermediary moves
A Rakhmanov vs Y Ginzburg, 2010 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 1-0

Queen sac at end pulls defender away so knight can mate.
E Terpugov vs Petrosian, 1957 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

Knight & Rook sac. Don't isolate your King!
M Piskur vs B Klein, 2012 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Queen sac followed by great rook & bishop clockwork mate!
Santasiere vs E B Adams, 1926 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

White clears own bishop out of queen's way @ move 28.
Tal vs R Mascarinas, 1981 
(B01) Scandinavian, 29 moves, 1-0

35.? Rook-sac backdoor undermines king; draws defender away
Romanishin vs Marjanovic, 1972 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 42 moves, 1-0

Q sac captures N defender, clears P defender for B mate
Srinivas vs V Ravikumar, 1984 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 0-1

28.? Sac queen all the way to move BK away from BR
Morozevich vs Bologan, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

14...? R sac dislodges WP plus BQ pins WQ sets up mate.
F Lida Garcia vs Y Shulman, 2003 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 16 moves, 0-1

28. 3 sacrifices collect tempi to pass and queen pawn
R Beyen vs Filip, 1971 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

31. White rook sac enables Queen mate
F Beeckmans vs J Renet, 1998 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 31 moves, 1-0

21. Queen sac then chase BK into RRBPP mate
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 26 moves, 1-0

35. w? Hold him (B, P); hit him. 3 bullets to King's head.
Short vs A Muir, 2004 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

19. w? Q sac backed by 2 Ps. Lonely K. Black walls self off.
H Asauskas vs Malisauskas, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

30. w? W assembles QRR cannon. W plan begins at move 19.
L Ootes vs K Yamada, 2011 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1-0

44. ...? Black Knight sac flushes out White King.
Simagin vs Kholmov, 1966 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

42. ..B? A wonderfully constructed checkmate box!
K Akshayraj vs S Safin, 2005 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

33. .B? Q sac blocks B to enable N fork of K and Q. Nice!
E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

40. .?White. Q sac; Q promotion; mate.
Tan Zhongyi vs V Cmilyte, 2011 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 42 moves, 1-0

18. W? Simple Q sac springs Morphy-esque smother mate.
V M Mikhalevski vs R Gardner, 2012 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 19 moves, 1-0

30. ?W. Non-obvious Q sac strips pawns, clears way for R mate.
S Redford vs C Madiba, 2011 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

33. W? Humble pawn anchors Q sac to R mate
J de Wit vs de Firmian, 1982 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 34 moves, 1-0

17. W. Q sac > R check opens Black position to White attack
M Dutreeuw vs C Horvath, 1992 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 32 moves, 1-0

26. W. Q sac takes out defender, clears way for revealed mate.
H Lehmann vs K Junge, 1942 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

12. B. Line up cannons. Clear center. Ignore Q sac.
S P Finn vs R Heasman, 1993 
(B01) Scandinavian, 15 moves, 0-1

29. B. Bishop double attack. Q sac moves WQ off center. Mate.
D Zagorskis vs J Michenka, 1994 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

7. W? Early N sac borks K into worse fork in road.
V Kolesnikov vs P Piatnitsky, 1994 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 11 moves, 1-0

12. W. Q sac busts pawns open for R-B-N mate.
Plachetka vs L Zinn, 1974 
(A04) Reti Opening, 13 moves, 1-0

34. W? Rook sac tempo gain leads to pawn forking BK & BQ!
J Peters vs L Day, 1977 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 40 moves, 1-0

32. W? Pull defending Q out of position then wham!
de Firmian vs G Burgess, 1995 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

16 W. Chase off BQ. Gallop WK into BK attack & disruption.
Gilg vs I Censer, 1927 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

48. B? Take out WP defender to set up fork then knife.
Naiditsch vs Kasimdzhanov, 1997 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

44. W? Sac queening pawn distracts BQ, wins tempo & game.
Xie Jun vs N Ioseliani, 1997 
(B32) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

32. W. Sac of powerful N fork sets up Q for the mate.
K McDonald vs N Rosenthal, 2011 
(C11) French, 33 moves, 1-0

40. B? Sac a queen to fork a queen.
D Hansson vs R Akesson, 1998 
(B50) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

23. B? Q sac sets up revealed check & unhinged Q fork
M Konopka vs P Haba, 1998 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 26 moves, 0-1

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