Chess Tactics: combination using sacrifice

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In the article on formulating your game plan, we indicated that a simple or exchange sacrifice can often be used to initiate an attack on enemy position, often catching your opponent by surprise because of the unexpectedness of such moves. We give here a spectacular example!

Take a look at the position shown below. The material position is equal, but due to castling on opposite sides by White and Black, both players are ready to launch attacks on opponent’s King. If anything, Black King seems to be facing the worse of it, being completely without a pawn cover in front. But it is Black’s move now and he does not give White any breathing space!

It is an exemplary lesson in chess tactics to see how Black completely demolishes White’s position through a series of sacrificing play.

sacrificial combination

1. Nf3+
2. gxf3 Bxf3+
3. Bg3 Qxg3+
4. hxg3 Rxg3+
5. Kh2 If 5. Bg2 Rxg2+ 6. Kf1 Rh2 with mate to follow.
5. Bxf2 White is a full Queen ahead, but is helpless to avoid mate.
6. Bh3 Rxh3+
7. Resigns If 7. Kxh3 Rh8#


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