** Sacrifice **in chess is defined as a move that gives up some material in hopes for getting some

and require some serious thinking from your side.

Even the great players like Karpov and Leko did not see it coming!

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“Combinations with a queen sacrifice are among the most striking and memorable … ”– Anatoly Karpov

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Problem #1: rf1xf4

Problem #2: nc3e4

Problem #3: rf4xbf6

Problem #4: nf5g3

Problem #5: qxnc5

Shirov’s Bh3 against Topalov shouldnt be forgotten, even the best computers cannot find it.

1.0 Rxf4

2.0 Ne4

3.0 Rxf6

4.0 rxh2

5.0 Rd7

Problem #1:

Txf4

Qxf4

Tf1 //taking the queen away

Qe5

Qg6+

Kf8

Txf7+

Ke8

Qg8++

1. d6

Had trouble with #5 because I didn’t notice the queen is x-raying the e7-rook.

Problem 1: 1. Rxf4 diverting the Black queen from control on h8…followed by 2. Qh7+… & 3. Qh8# or 3. Qg6#

Problem 2: 1. Ne4; Rxe4 2. Bxf6 (threatening Nh6#); gxf5 or N8d7 3. Bxd8 winning the exchange..& having a passed pawn..

Problem 3: 1. Rxf6 (forcing the King into dangerous zone); Kxf6 2. Qh4+; Kg7 3. Qh6+; Kg8 4. Qh8# (If 2. …; Kg6, 3. Qh6+; Kf5 4. Qg5+ wins the Queen) (If 2…; Kf5, 3. Qg5+ wins the Queen)

Problem 4: 1. Rxh2 (simultaneously threatening Rh1# & Qxf2#); Kxh2 2. Qxf2+; Kh3 3. Qf1+; Kh2 or Kh2 4. Qh1#

Problem 5: 1. Rd7 (threatening the Queen & exploiting the pinned knight. 1…; Nxd7 loses to 2. Qxe7+ followed by 3. Rxd7); Rxd7 2. Rxd7 (1…; Qe5 loses to 2. Rxe7+; Qxe7 3. Rd7 pinning the Queen & exploiting the pinned knight); Nxd7 (forced) 4. Qe7_ followed by cxd7 & winning with the passed pawn on d7.

#1 RxF4

1-Qh7+ …..Rxf4

2-Ne4

3-Rxf6

4-Rxh2

5-Re7