Positional Rxe6 Sacrifice - Part Two

  • GM Gserper
  • | Aug 5, 2012

Last week we discussed the basic ideas of the Rxe6 (or Rxe3 for Black) positional exchange sacrifice. Today let me present the hit parade of games where this effective and useful chess tool was utilized.

7th Place - GM Vlastimil Hort and his total domination on the dark squares (check out the position after 40...Ng3+):

6th Place goes to Sergey Grishchenko and his pretty checkmate against a strong opponent.

5th Place is earned by GM  Alexander Grischuk for his knowledge of the classical heritage (compare to the 2nd place game Tal - Kolarov!)

4th Place GM Mikhail Krasenkow for creating a miniature against a very solid GM who doesn't lose very often.

3rd Place to GM Veselin Topalov for two masterpieces:

2nd Place to Mikhail Tal for being one of the first chess players to execute this positional exchange sac!

And the Winner is (a drum roll please!).... Garry Kasparov!  For the following "triplets" against very strong opponents (including the World Championship match!!):

I hope to see a name of one of our readers in the next edition of the Rxe6 (Rxe3) sacrifice hit parade!

Good luck

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  • 3 years ago


    I have same question as Ricardo Ruben

  • 3 years ago


    Yuri Drozdovskij (2627) vs. Sergey Grishchenko (2464), 2nd game in this article, 47.Bh+ is an another superb sacrifice for black. Grischenko had calculate a checkmate  position in next four move. Agree, this is a great winning against a strong player with almost 200 difference in their rating.

    Thank you for your article, Mr. Serper.

  • 3 years ago


    Nice informative article. Thanks for posting such wonderful games.

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you for this very interesting series of articles, containing both theory and lots of great games to study!


    (nitpicking: 7th - 2nd place are in bold letters, but the winner not)

  • 3 years ago


    In the Hort game with 42 Rxg3 fxg3+, White can't play 43 Qxg3 because of 43...Qxg3+ 44 Kxg3 Bf2+, winning the e1-rook. I don't know what would be wrong with 43 Kh1, other than Black's having the better position.

  • 3 years ago


    FordanVanOvid, good question! I didn't notice this myself.

  • 3 years ago


    On the 5th of August I sent message to Gregory about one small improvement (fast mate instead of taking Queen). I do not know. Maybe it is not possible to improve article on the same place on which it was published.  Or maybe Gregory did not have time to read all messages after such wonderful article. Game Veselin Topalov (2804) vs. Gata Kamsky (2671). 45. Qh8+ with fast inevitable mate 47. Qg8# instead of also surely winning 45. Bxd3 makes observe of this game a lit bit more pretty. It means fast inevitable mate in both cases that were researched (42. ... Rxe7 and 42. ... Kxe7).

  • 3 years ago


    Nice article, thank you!

  • 3 years ago


    Hi, in the game number 4 (Mikhail Krasenkow vs. Eduardas Rozentalis) he also had 21.Qxf6+, if 21.. Rg7 22.Qxg7#, if 21..Bxf6 22.Nf7#

    Incredible games, thanks!!

  • 3 years ago


    17. b4 in the 4th place game is a *very* beautiful and hard to see move. Clicking on „move list“ helps understanding here. Great game!

  • 3 years ago


    Grandmaster, great job !!! now please on part 3, can you break it down to elements: when can this sac. happen and the best way for defence.

  • 3 years ago


    In the 6th place game, why doesn't the computer register Qh2 as checkmate?  It shows a + not a #. Therefore 50... Qh2+ should be Qh2#

  • 3 years ago


    After see this , i retun to read the fantastic book

    The Art of Sacrifice in Chess by Rudolf Spielmann

  • 3 years ago


    Very well done! Wonderful article! Very good and long-period work! Kasparov did not win or drawed by fast tactical way as others did in many cases but he fairly took this first place because his sacrifices were more risky and almost totally positional.

  • 3 years ago


    Powerful imagination.  Games like this makes chess challenging.  Thank you for sharing such tactical games.

  • 3 years ago


    In the first game (7th best, with Vlastimil Hort) - couldn't have White, instead of resigning, play Rxg3? That would return the sacrifice and soon reach an endgame with reasonable chances for both players.

  • 3 years ago


    E.Rozentalis is on my chess club!

  • 3 years ago


    great show of tactics. Always looking forward for your next article. Thanks!

  • 3 years ago


    absolutely amazing.....hope i had training like this......it would have added totally another dimension to my chess playing abilities :)

  • 3 years ago


    Yeah! Very instructive! Smile

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