Positional sacrifice is a very important topic for those who wish to take their positional understanding to the next level.
The importance of positional chess cannot be underestimated. It is a fundamental understanding of the game, it’s core principles and ideas. And it is one of the key reasons why Masters beat club players in almost every game. They simply read and interpret what’s happening on the board better.
It is not something you can’t learn overnight, but even a slight improvement in this area can lead to a rapid rating boost.
The sacrifices can be sub-divided into 3 main categories:
- Exchange Sacrifices
- Pawn Sacrifices
- Piece Sacrifices
The most logical and straightforward way of covering the positional sacrifice is categorizing them by the opening type and pawn structures.
The key is to concentrate on the main principles, game plans, and ideas rather than the exact variations. By learning those sacrifice patterns you’ll be able to identify them in any opening or any positions that you encounter over the board.
Today we will study the Karyakin – Rajabov game which clearly demonstrates one very important idea of an exchange sacrifice.
Let’s get started with positional sacrifices:
Here is the full game for you to analyze on your own:
This free lesson is just a small part of the brand-new course Positional Sacrifice with FM Yuriy Krykun. It covers all major types of positional sacrifice and making sure that you really understand the ideas and principles to be used in your own games.
FM Yuriy Krykun covers positional sacrifice in the following opening lines:
- Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack (B78)
- Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen variation (B61)
- Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer attack (B65)
- French, Winawer (C15)
- French, Tarrasch (C06)
- Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation (A87)
- English (A13)
- Queen’s Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (D45)
- Queen’s Gambit Declined Slav (D11)
- Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3 (E04)
- Benko Gambit (A58)
- Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer (C95)
- Queen’s pawn game (D02)
- King’s Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line (E69)
- English (A17)
- Sicilian, Scheveningen (B82)
- Ruy Lopez (C77)
Here is what to expect
With FM Krykun’s Positional Sacrifice you’ll learn how to disrupt the flow of the game, seizing control with spectacular moves that will send your opponent spinning.
And you’re not just learning a few patterns.
You’re learning how the relative strength of the pieces in different positions, plus the technique required to turn your sacrifice into victory.