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Often chess players ask “When can I sacrifice a piece? Why some sacrifices don’t lead to checkmates? What kind of advantage is an appropriate compensation for a piece sacrifice?”. If you have similar questions, then great, because that’s what we are going to learn today!
In the following video lesson prepared by RCA guest coach IM Asaf Givon (you can find his chess courses here), he explains about those pieces sacrifices that are made in order to achieve a specific strategic goal. Even more specifically, he explains about piece sacrifices that strive to achieve pawn majority in the center – or in other words, a big and very powerful central pawn storm.
Now have a look at the following position.
We can see that White has very good central pawns, while Black is suffocating with his undeveloped pieces on the queenside. In order to liberate his pieces, to give them some freedom and to develop them to good squares, Black decides to sacrifice his piece. Can you find the move?
Remember, it’s not just important to think of the move that sacrifices a piece, but you have to calculate all possible variations before committing to it. Take a few minutes, and then you can watch the video lesson below. 🙂
SuggestedYou may like to watch the video lesson "Positional Pawn Sacrifices of Garry Kasparov"
1. Sacrifice a piece in order to get a very big central pawn majority – from a cramped position, Black was able to develop his pieces with ease after making that sacrifice.
2. Sacrifice a piece in order to destroy your opponent’s strong center – you want to have your strong, centralized, and advanced pawns to limit the movement of your opponent’s pieces as much as they can. This is the compensation you want for your sacrifice – to restrict your opponent’s pieces that they are almost insignificant.
You can download the PGN of this game below: