Chess Sacrifice as a Chess Tactics: to gain time to attack

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In Chess Sacrifice as Chess Tactics, you have read that gaining tempo or time for attack is one of the chess tactics derived through a sacrifice when such offer cannot be refused without bringing other problems. The move spent in capturing the offered piece loses vital time for the opponent and the player employing the sacrifice uses the time gained to launch his own attack.

The game chosen as an example was played at Dusseldorf in 1908 between Jacques Mieses and Karel Treybal.

Jacques Mieses (1865-1954), a German Jew moved to England to avoid persecution by Nazis and when FIDE brought out the chess title system in 1950, Mieses became the first British Grandmaster. He was an attacking player with many brilliant victories.

You have already read about Karel Treybal in Chess Sacrifice as a Chess Tactics: forcing the King to a path of doom. In that article, we listed a good number of better-known players who were subdued by his attacking flair and Mieses was one of them. Here is a game that illustrates such an occurrence and also demonstrates how a piece is sacrificed to gain momentum for an attack.

If you play through the game, you can see how both the players, when facing an attack, retaliated with counter-attacks giving rise to a very absorbing tactical game. The position shown in the diagram is after White played 24. Nd5.

sacrifice to gain time

24. Bxh3   25. Bxh3 Nf3+ wins the White Q
25. c4 Bg4  
26. Re3 Nd4   Black is targeting White’s vulnerable f3 square
27. Bxd4 cxd4  
28. Re4 Bf5  
29. c5! Qxd5  
30. Rxe5 Qxe5!   Must have come as a surprise! The Q is exchanged for a Rook and Knight but Black was banking on the open Bishop diagonals and open e-file and f-file for his Rooks to get adequate play as compensation.
31. Rxe5 Rxe5  
32. Qb4 Bc8  
33. Bxb7  


Black seems to be in trouble. If 33. … Bxb7 then 34. c6 Rb5 35. Qxf8+. But White possibly did not anticipate Black’s reply!

33. a5!   Now White is in trouble. If 34. Qb5 then 34. … Bxb7 is possible because of 35. c6 Rxb5
34. Qxa5 Bxb7   The RP sacrifice by Black has gained vital tempo for Black
35. g4 Rg5  
36. Kh2 Rxg4  
37. Qb5 Rg2+  
38. Kh3 Rc2!  
39. Kh4 Rf4+  
40. Kg5 Rxc5+  
41. Qxc5 Rf5+  
42. Qxf5 gxf5  
43. Kxh5 Ba6   White resigned as after 44. Bxd3, White cannot stop one of the d-pawn and f-pawn from promotion.



  1. Zabir says:

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  2. ChessMaster says:


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