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53c_Middlegames_Positional piece sacrifices
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Positional piece sacrifices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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