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53b_Middlegames: Positional Pawn Sacrifice
Compiled by Jaredfchess
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Pawn sacs for initiative, tempo, open up diagonals, enable manoeuvering, free squares

pattern recognition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv93...

Event "Golden Sands Europe op 2nd"
Date "2013.06.12"
Round "3"
White "Sagar, Shah"
Black "Sofranov, Velizar"
Result "1-0"
ECO "E69"
WhiteElo "2359"
BlackElo "2154"
PlyCount "53"

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. d4 Nbd7 7. Nc3 e5 8. e4 Re8 9. h3 exd4 10. Nxd4 Nc5 11. Re1 c6 12. Qc2 a5 13. Be3 a4 14. Rad1 Qa5 15. f4 h5 16. Bf2 Nfd7 17. a3 Bh6 18. Nf3 Bf8 19. e5 dxe5 20. f5 Kg7 21. Nh4 g5 22. f6+ Nxf6 23. Nf5+ Kg8 24. Nd6 Bd7 25. Nxe8 Rxe8 26. Qd2 Ne6 27. Ne4 1-0


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<19.e5!>

13... c5! pawn sac for open c and a files. 14..Na5
Lautier vs Ivanchuk, 1991 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 25 moves, 0-1

19. e5! dxe5 20. f5! against fianchettoed king bishop
J Penrose vs Tal, 1960 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 39 moves, 1-0

15...e4!? fxe4, 16..f4 push 20...Be5 blockade
Gheorghiu vs Kasparov, 1988 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 36 moves, 0-1

31...g5! for piece mobility
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

12.e5 followed by 13.f5!
Botvinnik vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

24.f5
Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1986 
(A10) English, 33 moves, 1-0

8...d5 Straßenbahn-Gambit
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

13.Ba3 sacs Pe5 4 piis-play
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

14...b5! 15.Rd6
N Grandelius vs R Kurayan, 2013 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 38 moves, 0-1

14. e6!!
Svidler vs S Volkov, 2003 
(C02) French, Advance, 54 moves, 1-0

7.e6!?
J T Barendregt vs Botvinnik, 1966 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 41 moves, 1-0

27.d5!
V Makogonov vs Botvinnik, 1940 
(A93) Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

11...Nxd4
Sadvakasov vs J Rohl, 2003
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

16.Rd1!
V Gunina vs Huang Qian, 2015 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 52 moves, 1-0

16.f5! exf5 17.exd5
Kramnik vs Topalov, 1999 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

7.0-0 (Nxc3 8.bc3 Bxc3 9.Rb1) - [Ba5 out of play]
Balashov vs Romanishin, 1978 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

2 pawns to trap the Queen
Keres vs Spassky, 1965 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Fingerslip Gambit (opening)
Alekhine vs Flohr, 1936 
(C15) French, Winawer, 57 moves, 1-0

...d5!! frees Be7 for ...Bc5+
Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 0-1

G Timmerman vs Ulf Andersson, 1994 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

12. Nc3 Qxe5
A Volokitin vs D G Fridman, 2016 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Positional Pawn Sac ..d5
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1949 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 46 moves, 0-1

Positional Pawn Sac ..d5
A Bokuchava vs Tal, 1970 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 28 moves, 0-1

A Hamza vs Mootribai Ilhom, 2016
(A48) King's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

QI-wPd5
G Sargissian vs Grischuk, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

14. f5 gf5 15. ef5 Nf5 16. Rf1
R Rapport vs M Bluebaum, 2015 
(C00) French Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Mikhalchishin vs Kasparov, 1981 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 38 moves, 0-1

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