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Thematic Sacrifices to Convert Advanced Pawns.

  • Bogor
  • | Jan 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM
  • | Posted in: Bogor's Blog
  • | 1051 reads
  • | 45 comments

Having recently been caught out by a piece sacrifice to convert an advanced pawn I was finally able to pass the lesson along.  The lesson being that if you can get your pawns into advanced positions you can often find a piece sacrifice to Queen the pawn.

 

The lesson learned:



The lesson passed on:


Comments


  • 12 months ago

    Bogor

    Last move is a little tricky.  Thanks for that.

  • 12 months ago

    jadedog

  • 16 months ago

    jadedog

    This one seems quite strange at first, but is actually a well known position. (If not by patzers, then at master level.)

  • 16 months ago

    jadedog

    Oh man. I posted the whole thing solution and all. 

    Reposted it as a puzzle. 

  • 16 months ago

    Bogor

    1st of the two is fantastic.  Thanks for the posts.

  • 16 months ago

    jadedog

    There's no end to these. This one is worth analyzing after it's "over."

  • 16 months ago

    jadedog

    I've gotta add this one. It is the ultimate.

    (Damn I've given half the puzzle away already.)



  • 16 months ago

    Bogor

    Sure thing.  Please send me the link.

  • 16 months ago

    jadedog

    I blew that one too. I was reluctant to play the pawn sac d7 and moved the bish instead.

    I'm starting a thread on Correct Endgame Exchanges.

    Please feel free to post any examples on the topic that you find interesting.

  • 16 months ago

    Bogor

    Oops, moved a7 too quick Embarassed

  • 16 months ago

    jadedog

  • 16 months ago

    Bogor

    That's not a bad effort and makes for a nice little puzzle.  The 1 move mate threat forces precise play from white.

  • 16 months ago

    jadedog

    From my "best win" (online chess) game.

    I ran it through an engine to make sure it qualifies as a puzzle with single "correct" moves, and it does that in spades. Makes me feel even better about the win. Incidentally I saw the player in question on your list of recent opponents. "somaja" he was rated 2111 at the time and I was 1958. 

    I was marginally up in material at the time when the puzzle begins, but as there is a mating attack on my king, it is the tempo that makes the difference.

    I think it even qualifies under this heading "Thematic Sacrifices"

  • 17 months ago

    jadedog

    Lol. The cheek of it. Wink

    I'm not really playing enough games to have examples of this kind yet. As it happens I'm playing a friendly where I "sacrificed" a piece for 2 pawns. It later turned into 3 pawns - all passed and my friend has decided to give the piece back for 2 of the pawns. Alas, I fear for him it wil be not enough.

  • 17 months ago

    Bogor

    That one's rather neat.  When are you going to show an example from one of your games?

  • 17 months ago

    jadedog

    This one was too good to let it get past my net.

  • 17 months ago

    Bogor

    Yes, I made the same mistake.  I'm sure plenty of GMs would also.

  • 17 months ago

    jadedog

    Very cool resource from black to draw. I promoted to queen thinking "What could be wrong with that?"

  • 17 months ago

    Bogor

    Wow.  I'd have never got that in a real game.

  • 17 months ago

    jadedog

    Stole another puzzle off Tactics Trainer.

    Click Move List after completion to see alternate line.

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