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53c_Middlegames_Positional piece sacrifices
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Positional piece sacrifices

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Wen Yang vs V Zvjaginsev, 2016 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

10.Bxd6 cxd6 11.Nxd6+ Kd8 12.c4 Kc7 13.c5 Nc6 14.Qd2 a5 15.Rc1
V Bergraser vs M Salm, 1962 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

black
Kramnik vs Fressinet, 2013 
(A06) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

18. NxPd5!! ed5 19. e6 Qd8 20. ef7 Kh8 21. Ne5
Vasiukov vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

17.Nxd5 exd5 18.Bxd5+ Kh8 19.Bf3 [2ctr Pwns]
J K Duda vs K Bischoff, 2014
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

17.Nxd5!? ed5 18. e6 Nf8! 19. ef7 Kf7 20. h6!? Bf6!
Morozevich vs Yifan Hou, 2017 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

8.fe6 dxNc3 9.ef7+ Kf7 10.bc3 Be7 11.Nf3 g6 12.O-O Kg7
D Kollars vs R Thogersen, 2017
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

B:3P
Karjakin vs D Andreikin, 2015 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 54 moves, 1-0

1P + attack
Petrosian vs A Khasin, 1957
(A14) English, 33 moves, 1-0

9.Nxe5!
Granda Zuniga vs Seirawan, 1993 
(A15) English, 56 moves, 1-0

20.Ne6!?, but later missed the win
I Nepomniachtchi vs Harikrishna, 2017 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 55 moves, 0-1

(N} 19.Qxg5 entblößte K~Pos, Angriff, Harmonie
Carls vs Spielmann, 1912 
(A25) English, 27 moves, 1-0

22.Nxf5gxf423.Nxd6 (2cp)
Palatnik vs Joel Benjamin, 1991 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 40 moves, 1-0

2 central pp
Plaskett vs Short, 1985 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 37 moves, 1-0

16.Nfe5
Suba vs P Stefanov, 1980 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 26 moves, 1-0

Potkin vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2012
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nxe6/Bxe6+ w/ 2centr pp + attack
Stein vs Karpov, 1972 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 0-1

Jakovenko vs Sutovsky, 2016 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 38 moves, 0-1

17.Ndb5 axb5 18.Nxb5 Qc6 19.Nxd6 [Outpost]
Vaganian vs Psakhis, 1980
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

N:4P - 23...Nxc4 (3pp in the center + active Bg7)
Simagin vs Stein, 1966 
(A36) English, 41 moves, 0-1

central pp 13c5/14cxd6/15dxc7
Spassky vs Bukic, 1978 
(A48) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

18.Rxd4
Kramnik vs D Vocaturo, 2016 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 41 moves, 1-0

14...Ndxe5 + 20...Ba6!!
Van Wely vs S Zierk, 2009 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

25.Rc6! bxc6 26.dxc6 Qf7 27.Bc4 d5 28.Nxd5 Kh8 29.Nb6 Qc7
Kasparov vs Larsen, 1982 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 39 moves, 1-0

30.c6!! Rxe2
Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1954 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

7...Nxe4 8.Nxe4 exd5 9.Nc3 d4 10.Bxc4 dxc3 white gives it back
Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1922 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 47 moves, 1-0

13. h3 Bh3 14. Bh3 Ng3 15. fg3 Re3 (didnt workout)
Eljanov vs Topalov, 2008 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 46 moves, 1-0

rook down 4 a while
R Alvarez vs Suba, 1992
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

12.dxe6 and get Him out
D Gorodetzky vs A Kogan, 2015
(B01) Scandinavian, 23 moves, 1-0

14.O-O-O!!
M Kleinman vs T Krnan, 2010 
(B01) Scandinavian, 28 moves, 1-0

11...Bxg4 (B:ppp)
Suttles vs Korchnoi, 1967 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

3 conn pp (a-c)
Alekhine / LaMothe vs Blanchard / Cartier / Manseau / Ma, 1923 
(B06) Robatsch, 33 moves, 1-0

18.Nxd5!
Z Abdumalik vs A Stefanova, 2016 
(B06) Robatsch, 36 moves, 1-0

9.hxg6
C Diebert vs J Readey, 1985 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

18...Bxe5
Felix Fischer vs Tartakower, 1923
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 26 moves, 0-1

10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.Bxe6
J Coll Ortega vs A Suarez Real, 2012 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

20...Nxc4 (B:ppp)
H Stevic vs F Berkes, 2007
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

15.Ngxe6 fxe6 16.Nxe6
Simagin vs Korchnoi, 1960 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 48 moves, 1-0

An incredible 9 Nc3-d5!!? sacrifice
F Vallejo Pons vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

14.Bh6 O-O-O 15.Bb5 axb5 16.axb5 Qd6 17.Nxf6 Qf8 18.Bxg7 Qxg7
Kupreichik vs J Sunye Neto, 1989 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

(N) 31.Nxd6 -2 central pp
Tarrasch vs Muenchhoff, 1881 
(B27) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

11.Nd5! exd5 12.exd5 Kf7 13.Qg4 h5 14.Qxd7 Qxd7 15.Bxd7
A Tukhaev vs Vladimir Antonenko, 2017 
(B30) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

13.Nxb5!
D Kollars vs A Parrella, 2016
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

24.c5!!
Csom vs A Planinc, 1974 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

(N) 11.Nd5
Carlsen vs Kamsky, 2005 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 48 moves, 1-0

(N) 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Bxe6
Anand vs Svidler, 2017 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 32 moves, 1-0

N sac: 17.b3
E Tate vs Y Shulman, 2001 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

N:3P (+ pp) + attack
Sax vs J Flesch, 1983 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

(N) 16.Nd5!! (open e-file; K uncastled)
S P Sethuraman vs J Bai, 2016 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 69 moves, 1-0

16.Nd5 exd5 17.exd5 Nb8 18.Bd4 g6
Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970 
(B57) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Delayed Keres Attack Perenyi Gambit
Carlsen vs S Bromberger, 2004 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 44 moves, 0-1

16.Nd5! exd5 17.exd5
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

B:3P (10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Nxe6 Kf7 12.Nxf8 Rxf8 13.Qxd6)
Tal vs A Kolarov, 1957 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

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

10.Nd5!
Hector vs J Carstensen, 2003 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 75 moves, 1-0

19.Nd5!
Murey vs Ftacnik, 1983 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 74 moves, 1-0

18.f5 gxf5 19.Bxf5 exf5 20.Rxf5
T Hillarp Persson vs F Grafl, 2017 
(C00) French Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

11...Nfxd4
Movsesian vs Ni Hua, 2006 
(C02) French, Advance, 50 moves, 0-1

11...Nfxd4
Movsesian vs M Gurevich, 2000 
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 0-1

13.Qxd3
Akopian vs J S Christiansen, 2018
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

Ncxe5 11.dxe5 fxe5 [N:2cp]
D I Patrick vs Hecht, 2010
(C10) French, 59 moves, 0-1

AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017 
(C11) French, 52 moves, 1-0

B Melvin vs R Cunningham, 1994  
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

21.Nxd5!
B Barnard vs M Steadman, 1997 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs Yusupov, 1982 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

9.Qh5!!
J Westmoreland vs V Kestler, 1985 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

11. Bxb5!
Shirov vs Azmaiparashvili, 2003 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

23.Rf3!
D Harika vs Jakob Pfreundt, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 1-0

19...Nxf2!
U Eliseev vs G A Ageichenko, 2009
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

(N) 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxd4
J K Duda vs Eljanov, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

B sac: 8.dxe4 (pawnstorm)
Bronstein vs E Rojahn, 1956 
(C58) Two Knights, 38 moves, 1-0

N sac: 13.f4
Geller vs Taimanov, 1953 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

(N) 16.Nxg5!!
Wei Yi vs Navara, 2016 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

9...bxc6
Quinteros vs Kavalek, 1977
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

14.f4
Anand vs W So, 2015 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

30.Nxf7
H Walsh vs A Collins, 2003
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1-0

15...Nxe4 (Knight for Two Center Pawns+c-pawn)
Geller vs V Eingorn, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 46 moves, 0-1

27.Bxh6 Bxh6 28.exd5 (2 c.p.p.)
M Bartel vs Valentin Dragnev, 2017
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 49 moves, 1-0

Nbxd5 23. ed5 Nxd5 (Knight for Two Center Pawns)
Jansa vs Gligoric, 1974 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 52 moves, 0-1

28. Nxh5! gh5 29. e5 Kg8 30. e6
Chao Zhang vs M Panchanathan, 2016 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 56 moves, 1-0

10.O-O
Spassky vs V Mikenas, 1959 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

V Milov vs O Renet, 2002 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 39 moves, 1-0

13.Nd5! wow
D Dubov vs S Volkov, 2017 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

I Lysyj vs C Lupulescu, 2015 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 1-0

9.Bxe6 fxe6 10.Nxe6
Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1925 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

21.Rxd5!!
A M Mikhalevski vs Z Gofshtein, 1994 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

(N) 24.Nxf5
Botvinnik vs Larsen, 1965 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1-0

22...Bxf4
I Polgar vs J Trapl, 1963 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

15...Nxc5 16.dxc5 Bxc5
Grischuk vs Caruana, 2015 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

B:(b+c)pp
T Nyback vs Carlsen, 2008 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

N:3P
Lilienthal vs Flohr, 1935 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

N:3pp
M Barbosa de Oliveira vs P Diez de Rivera, 2007
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1-0

12.Nxf7
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

16...O-O-O
V Malakhatko vs Sutovsky, 2009 
(D85) Grunfeld, 27 moves, 0-1

B sac: 62.Qxf7 --> QB:Qpp
Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2014 
(D90) Grunfeld, 84 moves, 1-0

23...e6!! wow
S Volkov vs Svidler, 2017 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

(N) 13.exd5
Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2007 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 27 moves, 1-0

21. Nd5 ed5 22. ed5 Qd7 23. e6 Qd6
Li Chao vs Tkachiev, 2011
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 36 moves, 0-1

26.Rh8+
Li Chao vs L Vajda, 2016
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

21...Nxf2
J Xiong vs W So, 2017 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 31 moves, 0-1

(N) 30.Nxc6 bc6 31.Bxd5 (2cpp)
A Shimanov vs A Stukopin, 2017
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1-0

N:4P +all the play.
Van Wely vs S Kindermann, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

B:pp + K-safety/ R-R-coordination, centr pp
G Sargissian vs Grischuk, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

14.Nxf7!
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

18.Ng5 hxNg5 19.hxg5 dxRc3
Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

19.exf5
Aronian vs R Rapport, 2017 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

(N) 15...Ne5 /P-less K /co-ord / 2centPP
W So vs Aronian, 2015 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

13.Qh5 sacs Ng5 for 2 Kside pwns + perm attack
F Berkes vs I Lysyj, 2009 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

P K Wells vs Suba, 1991
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 37 moves, 0-1

19.Qxb6 (N-sac)
Vaganian vs D B Gurevich, 1983 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 45 moves, 1-0

(N) 24.Bd4
Gligoric vs Ulf Andersson, 1978 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

17.Nxe5!! (2conn centr pp (d5/e5) + attack
D Mardle vs A M Hallmark, 1959
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 33 moves, 1-0

23...Bxg4 24.fxg4 Nxg4 25.b4 axb4 26.axb4 Nxe4
Kiril D Georgiev vs V S Spasov, 1991
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 55 moves, 0-1

(N) Simagin - 19...Qxf6
O Moiseev vs Simagin, 1951 
(E70) King's Indian, 30 moves, 0-1

famous ...Nc6
Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

(N) w/ 12...Rxf3
Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

13.axb6! to get 3ppp on Qside /space /comm
Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2015 
(E97) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

20...gxh3
L Baquero vs V S Spasov, 1992
(E97) King's Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

23. Nxd6 N:P; K-exposed; P-weak; P-push
M Ragger vs S Maze, 2016 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 49 moves, 1-0

30.Nc6 bxc6 31.dxc6 Be6 32.Qxd6
Piket vs V S Spasov, 1989 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Najer vs Anand, 2019 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

16.Bxe4
D Anton Guijarro vs Grischuk, 2019 
(A20) English, 24 moves, 1-0

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