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Queen Sacrifices
Compiled by Jaredfchess
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17. Nxg5!! Bxe1 18. Ne6!! & crank up the computer
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 1-0

27. Qxd8! +- is a strong positional Queen sacrifice
Short vs W Watson, 1986 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

15...Nxe2!
T C Fox vs Timman, 1970 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 21 moves, 0-1

17. Bxe3!
Topalov vs M Leskovar, 1992 
(B07) Pirc, 23 moves, 1-0

34. Nxd5!!
Skripchenko vs Fressinet, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 37 moves, 1-0

27...h5!!
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

27. Qxe8!
Areshchenko vs Kiril D Georgiev, 2005 
(C45) Scotch Game, 45 moves, 0-1

22. Qxf4!!
Carlos Torre vs N Banks, 1924 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

25...h4! sets up 26...hxg3!
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 30 moves, 0-1

32. b4! Rh8 34. Qxh8!? maximizes White's winning chances
M L Hanauer vs Santasiere, 1939 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

54. Rxe5!
Ivanchuk vs N Delgado Ramirez, 2005 
(B58) Sicilian, 72 moves, 1-0

23...Qg3!!
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

19. Qxe5!
Szabo vs K Honfi, 1950 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

15...Qxb5!? +/= is Black's best chance in this position
Shabalov vs Gelfand, 2004 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 47 moves, 0-1

18...0-0-0! gives Black at least equality with winning chances
Ljubojevic vs A Planinc, 1971 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

24. b4! is a true sacrifice for winning chances and little risk
Khalifman vs Ermenkov, 1994 
(A43) Old Benoni, 32 moves, 1-0

26. Bxd6! is an instructive positional Queen Sacrifice
Unzicker vs Keres, 1956 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 39 moves, 1-0

10...Nxc3! and the followups 11...Nxb4! & 12...Qd5!! =/+
Musaiev vs M Karmov, 1979  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 28 moves, 0-1

23...Qxe4! gives Black a clear advanatage & winning chances
P Smirnov vs V Milov, 2005 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 47 moves, 0-1

34. Qxh7+!
Zsofia Polgar vs S Kamberi, 1996 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

23...Qxd5!! guarantees Black no worse than a draw
R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

10. e6!? is a true queen sacrifice (3 pieces as compensation)
Nakamura vs V M Mikhalevski, 2007 
(A15) English, 40 moves, 1-0

31. Qxg3! defends against a double attack & is also strong
Kiril D Georgiev vs Grischuk, 2007 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 43 moves, 1-0

27. Qxf3! is forced to avoid mate & even position becomes a win
E Fakhiridou vs O Vasiliev, 2007 
(B32) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1-0

12. Qxf6!? is a true sacrifice
Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

26. Rf4! sets up a trap for a surprise Queen (sham) sacrifice
O Lie vs H Theting, 1985 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

17. Nxd8!? is a true Queen sacrifice
R Levit vs N Kopilov, 1955 
(B56) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

27...Qxf2+!
I Cheparinov vs Navara, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 0-1

27. Nxf5! and 28. Bxg7+! offer Queen for Bishop Rook & Pawn
Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1968 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 1-0

20. Qxd4!! compensates with three pieces a pawn and the attack
V A Vasiliev vs Tolush, 1945 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 0-1

31. Qxd7!! is a sham sacrifice for a winning minor piece attack
Piket vs Smirin, 1993 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

22...Nd5!? = gives Black sufficient compensation
J M Bellon Lopez vs G Garcia, 1976 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

20...Qxa2!? a patzer-like pawn grab is actually much deeper
M Stoinev vs A V Kovalev, 1992 
(B32) Sicilian, 44 moves, 0-1

11...Nxd5!? is a true Queen cac for minor pieces and a pawn
M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

25. Qxg6! sacs the Queen for two Bishops (defensive sac?)
I Nepomniachtchi vs L'Ami, 2008 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

25. Qxb7! leads to a win after Black makes blunder
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2008 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 33 moves, 1-0

13...gxf3!
W Fried vs Schlechter, 1897 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 14 moves, 0-1

45. Nb4! sacs so 3 minor pieces can overwhelm Black's Queen
Grischuk vs Topalov, 2010 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 1-0

29. Qc7+!! decisively exploits Black's weakened position
E Sedina vs S Tkeshelashvili, 2003 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

41. Qb3!! is an amazing sham sac to solve a Saturday puzzle
Kotronias vs Grigoriants, 2009 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 28 moves, 1-0

37...Qc7! gives Black excellent winning chances
D Yanjindulam vs T Tsereteli, 2010 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

26...Qxd2!
Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2010 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

31...Qxc2! 32. Kxc2 cxb3+ -+ solves a Sunday puzzle
S Marder vs J Dlugosz, 2007 
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 0-1

19. exf6! +- actually begins with the clever 18. Ng5! +-
J A Rubinetti vs S Imbert, 2001 
(B20) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

29...Qxf3!
K H B Allen vs A Donchenko, 2016 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

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