What’s the most famous queen sacrifice ever?
FM Mike Klein gives you the best-known queen sacs in history, but it’s up to you to decide.
Will it be the legendary “gold coin” queen sac by Marshall? Or one of the many queen offerings by Morphy?
How about young Fischer’s “game of the century” against Donald Byrne? Or Adolf Anderssen’s immortal game?
Let us know your choice in the comments section! | Watch video
"It's always nice to see 2700s beating the snot out of each other!" says our video author, FM Kavutskiy. Today he shows more tactical highlights from this year's Tata Steel Tournament. The games remind a little bit of Morphy. In the first, all the pieces were used, one of his trademarks. The second looks like a game from the Romantic era. White never finishes development and Black gets to finish in style. But this was not the 19th century; this was only just in January! | Watch video
MVL is GM Finegold's MVP! According to our author, he has faith in his ideas and loves to attack. In the opening game, the French number one mimics Ben's other favorite player, Paul Morphy, by bringing all of the reserves in before striking the decisive blow. In game two, he summarily busts a top-10 player's opening preparation. Don't try to out-prepare this top theoretician, or you'll be in Lagrave danger! | Watch video
By now you probably know about GM Finegold's crush on Paul Morphy. But how about the lesser-known, formerly top-10 GM Valery Salov? If you're a young player you may not remember his name (he retired while still near his prime). Today you'll see why Ben admired him so much - when he got an edge, he didn't take his foot off the gas. If you're not impressed with game one, stick around for game two, where he smashes Karpov with ease right out of the opening! | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold sacrifices the exchange again in another brilliant combination. He channels his inner 19th-century persona and acts like Morphy in his stylistic treatment of the Sicilian. The tactic is far from obvious, and is pleasing in that black has many options but no path to fully extricate his king. And like many games from long ago, we even end with multiple queen possibilities and stalemate traps. Now that's a full game! | Watch video