Webinar 41. Dynamic Pawn Sacrifice

Webinar 41. Dynamic Pawn Sacrifice

FM Gertsog

Dear Chess Friends!

I know that most chess players prefer to capture the material rather than to sacrifice. But sometimes you can’t really exploit your advantage without sacrifice. It’s fine when you are able to calculate the line from the beginning to the very end. But what if the position is too complicated and you can’t? if so, I would recommend you to not sacrifice much material, but you may consider a pawn sacrifice, especially in the games with short time control.

You often sacrifice a pawn to develop your pieces faster and get a temporal advantage. Such a pawn sacrifice can be called a “developing sacrifice”.  But how to get a temporal advantage? You can embarrass the opponent by a pawn sacrifice. Thus, it will be quite difficult for him to develop his pieces like I did in some of my games.

For example, in this position white plays e5-e6 and black captures with a pawn (if black captures with a bishop d4-d5 is a fork). However, then the e6 pawn prevents black pieces development and white can use these extra tempos and finish his development or even start the attack on the enemy king.

You know there 2 types of sacrifices: Dynamic and Positional. On this upcoming webinar I would like to focus on a “Dynamic Sacrifice”, when the position has plenty tactical opportunities, the side who sacrificed, has the initiative, but you can’t calculate the lines to get a clear material advantage.

I’m glad to welcome you to my next 41st webinar - “Dynamic Pawn Sacrifice”

I’m going to illustrate everything by the examples of games played by top grandmasters and, of course, explain the ideas behind their moves:

  • Bobby Fischer – Bent Larsen
  • Mikhail Tal – Dieter Mohrlok

And, of course, I prepared 2 exercises for you! So that you may try your new skills and abilities there at the webinar!

The webinar starts on Sunday (19th of July) at 10 a.m. (EDT), 2 p.m. (GMT), 5 p.m. (Moscow time). This webinar is free.

Please, register for the webinar with this link:


Please, don’t forget to register in advance and reserve your spot in case of high number of attendees.

See you on the webinar!

FM Victor Neustroev