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Essential sacrifices: Exposing the King
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24. Rxb7!!
Tarrasch vs Mendelson, 1879 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

17. Qxd7!!
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1879 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 19 moves, 1-0

14. Bxg6!
Marshall vs Burn, 1900  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

23 Nxe6! N for 2 pawns.
J Hall vs S Conquest, 1999 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

28...Rxb2 and Rxa2!!
W van Lankveld vs Van der Wiel, 2000 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 0-1

22. Qxh6!!
Spielmann vs L'Hermet, 1927 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Drops piece to create three connected passed pawns.
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

12. dxe6 allows ...NxQ. Then 13. exf7 begins the King Hunt.
Steinitz vs Rock, 1863 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

Both Kings exposed, neither completes their development.
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

28. Rxf3!!!
N Spiridonov vs Tal, 1970 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 36 moves, 0-1

23. Rxg7!
Tal vs Dzindzichashvili, 1991 
(B30) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

15, Nxf7!
Tal vs W R Chandler, 1974 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

38...NG3+
Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 
(B32) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

Bg6!
G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Bc7!!!
Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914  
(A03) Bird's Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

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

Rxg7+! the classic rock sac for the pawn g7-g2
Lasker vs Teichmann, 1909  
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Bh3!! what a move
Roesch vs W Schlage, 1910 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 15 moves, 0-1

Bxf7!+
Anand vs Kamsky, 1992 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Bxf7!+
Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942  
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

the lasker sacrifice!!
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Qxh3!+ demolition of a pawn structure via h3-h6 brings a king h
Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 51 moves, 0-1

Bxh6! a deep combination of 10 moves bring a brilliant checkmat
L Milman vs J Fang, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

Re6!! great rock sac
E V Kalegin vs S Yuferov, 1990 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Ne6!! create a mating net of five vaiations
Krasenkow vs Adianto, 1998 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

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