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70d_middlegame SACS on g7 (of g2)
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The sacrifice at g7 or g2 is intended to demolish the opponent's King-side pawn structure, setting up possible mating attacks, decisive win of material or won endgame positions.

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check also Game Collection: Demolition of Pawn Structure: Sac on g7 (g2)

F Urkedal vs I Sokolov, 2017 <18.Rxg7+!!> is like a bold out of the blue that breaks up the pawn shield in front of the ♔.


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If 18...Kxg7 19.Qg2+ Kh8 20.Qg5! Rg8 21.Bxf6+ Qxf6 22.Qxf6+ Rg7 23.f5


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29.Nxg7! (1:0)
Tolush vs D Horne, 1954 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 29 moves, 1-0

13.Nxg7
J Hickl vs Yusupov, 1998 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 30 moves, 1-0

27.Nxg7 / 28.Bxh6+ (+attack)
Kotov vs Unzicker, 1952 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 30 moves, 1-0

20.Nxg7 (1:0)
Maroczy vs Swiderski, 1908 
(C49) Four Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

19.Nxg7!
Alekhine vs B Rabar, 1942  
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 27 moves, 1-0

18.Nxg7!
F Handke vs P Hoffmann, 2009 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 23 moves, 1-0

18.Nxg7! Kxg7 19.Bxh6+!
Ganguly vs D Kollars, 2016
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 1-0

21.Nxg7
Kasparov vs Tal, 1987 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 31 moves, 1-0

20.Nxg7!!
Landa vs E Shaposhnikov, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

19.Nxg7
Tal vs Vasiukov, 1964 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

19.Nxg7!!
Stein vs Portisch, 1962 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

21.Nxg7!!
J van Foreest vs I Sokolov, 2016 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

22.Nxg7
Anand vs Nisipeanu, 2004 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

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

20. Nxg7!
Portisch vs I Radulov, 1974 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

21.Nxg7!!
A Braun vs L van Foreest, 2016 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

19.Nxg7!
Gipslis vs M Ruderfer, 1979
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 1-0

14.Nxg7!
Kramnik vs Naiditsch, 2006 
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1-0

15...Nxg2
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1899 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

12. Nxg7!! Kxg7 13.Bh6+!! Kxh6 14.Qd2+
Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

16.Nxg7!
Schlechter vs Reti, 1915
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 1-0

21. Nxg7 Kxg7 22.Bxh6+
D Anton Guijarro vs S Azarov, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 0-1

16...Nxg2
Kieninger vs Alekhine, 1941 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 43 moves, 0-1

20.Nxg7! (insane)
J L Hammer vs M Zumsande, 2016 
(A06) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

23...Nxg2!
Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

16.Nxg7 Bxf2+
E Liu vs A Barnett, 2012 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 27 moves, 1-0

23.Nxg7
Keres vs Unzicker, 1956 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 27 moves, 1-0

12.Nxg7
Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 73 moves, 1-0

16.Nxg7!
Rohde vs Dirk Ball, 1974 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

17.Nxg7 Kxg7 18.Qh5 Bf8 19.Re1 Kg8 20.Re3 Re7 21.Rg3+ Bg7 22.Rx
P Dubinin vs Nikola Petrov, 1936 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

19.Nxg7!!
Fedorov vs Lanka, 1997 
(B89) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

...Bxg2!
E Stoliar vs J Kellner, 1966
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

Bxg7
Karpov vs Huebner, 1982 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Bxg7 (after Bxh7+/Rxd5 Xchng)
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Bxg7
Timman vs Van der Wiel, 1997
(E15) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

Bxg7
Bareev vs Topalov, 1999 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 43 moves, 1-0

Bxg7
Epishin vs Van der Wiel, 2001
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 43 moves, 1-0

Bxg7
E Moser vs M Michna, 2001
(C00) French Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Bxg7
Keres vs Foltys, 1943 
(B20) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1-0

12.Bxg7+!!
Capablanca vs NN, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

25.Bxg7!! (1-0)
Yusupov vs J A Rubinetti, 1982 
(A53) Old Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

20.Bxg7
D Andreikin vs S Sjugirov, 2012 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

20.Bxg7
M Trepp vs S Slipak, 1985 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

20...Bxg2
Vaganian vs Yifan Hou, 2017 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

22.Bxg7 / 23.Nxg7
J M De La Villa Garcia vs S Garza Marco, 2011
(C41) Philidor Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

22.Bxg7 better <21. Nxg7!>
P Bobras vs P Schreiner, 2017 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

15. Bg7!
Alekhine vs Gutkevich, 1910 
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1-0

18.Bxg7! (initiative + better structure)
Lu Shanglei vs J van Foreest, 2017
(B40) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

22. Bxg7 Nxg7 23. Rxg7 Kxg7
Wei Yi vs Chenxi Zhao, 2016 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

21.Bxg7!
Spielmann vs Gruenfeld, 1929 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

22...Bxb2+
V Mutu vs I Shkuro, 2001 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 42 moves, 0-1

14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Qh6+ Kh8 16. e5 Nf8 17. Ne4
I Madl vs D Summermatter, 1988 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

14.Bxg7 Nc5 15.Qh6 Re8 16.Ne2 e5 17.Ng3 Bg4 18.Bc4 Ne6 19.Bxe6
Movsesian vs V Babula, 1996 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

20.Bxg7!
J M Bellon Lopez vs Robert E Byrne, 1975 
(A06) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

23...Bxg2 / 25...Bxh2
Aronian vs Mamedyarov, 2018 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 48 moves, 0-1

24.Bxg7
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2019 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

19.Rxg7+
de Firmian vs N J Patterson, 1978 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1-0

Rxg7+
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1948 
(E28) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

Rxg7+ ends the game
Palatnik vs Geller, 1980 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 15 moves, 1-0

Rxg7!! wins by force
A V Frolov vs L B Shmuter, 1993
(B57) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

26.Rxg7+!!
Furman vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

35.Rxg7
Shabalov vs A Sorin, 1992 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 1-0

24.Rxg7+!!
Euwe vs R P Michell, 1935 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

25...Rxg2+!! Demolition of Pawn Structure
Gligoric vs Larsen, 1967 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

16. Rxg7+ Kxg7 17. Rg1+ Qg6 18. h4!! Kh8 19. Nxg6 fg6
A Muzychuk vs R Vasquez Ramirez, 2008 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 22 moves, 1-0

18. Rxg7+!!
F Urkedal vs I Sokolov, 2017 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 19 moves, 1-0

22...Rxg2+!!
A Chernin vs Judit Polgar, 1990 
(E71) King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3), 29 moves, 0-1

27.Bxg7!!
Geller vs Kotov, 1955 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 29 moves, 1-0

22...Rxg2!
M Zumsande vs V S Gujrathi, 2017 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 32 moves, 0-1

36.Rxg7+Kxg7 37.Rg4+Ng6 38.Bxg6
Ni Hua vs Tiviakov, 2008 
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 1-0

17. Rxg7+ Kxg7 18. f6+ 1-0
O Korneev vs C Humeau, 2005 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

25.Rxg7 Kxg7 26.Rg3+ Kh8 27.Nxd5 Nxd5 28.Bh6 Bf6 29.Qxf6+ 1:0
V Artemiev vs Hracek, 2019 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

35...Rxg2+!!
R Edouard vs N Huschenbeth, 2019 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 0-1

22. Rxg7+ Kxg7 23. Ne6+ Kh8 24. NxQc5 Rxf5 25. Qe2 Rxc5
A Muzychuk vs M Herbold, 2017
(C11) French, 28 moves, 1-0

18.Rxe7 Qxe7 19.Bxg7!
V Zvjaginsev vs S Khanin, 2019
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

18.Qxg7+!!
Suetin vs Bagirov, 1963 
(B83) Sicilian, 84 moves, 1-0

19.Rxg7+ Kxg7 20.Qg4+ Ng6 21.fxg6 fxg6 22.Qxh4 Rf7
M Michailov vs D Carlo, 2009 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 24 moves, 1-0

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