How to Attack Effectively (Part 4: The Unsound Sacrifice)
Most people know what a sacrifice is. They know the price of playing a sacrifice on the board, but just don't know when to use it or how to follow up the sacrifice. In this blog you will learn to master the unsound sacrifice.
When you see a sacrifice that might work, you need to ask yourself what would benefit you from playing that sacrifice. If there is nothing or a few things that would benefit you when playing that sacrifice, then don't play it. After doing that think about what your follow up for that sacrifice would be. When you do this, try to use all that benefits you to your advantage. When you're done with that try to find the best defensive move for your opponent. If you find a very good response to the sacrifice, try to think of a way to fight back, and if resistance gets you nowhere then don't play the sacrifice! The next and last thing you should do before playing a sacrifice is make sure there is no better move than that sacrifice(if you are in a position where you need to win, you might want to make the sacrifice if there is a move that is only slightly better).
These Medieval chess pieces date all the way back
to the Middle Ages!
If your opponent has attacking chances on your own king, then don't make the sacrifice! The player with more material would have better winning chances if he is on the attack! Therefore, it is much better for the side that is sacrificing material to not allow the opposing side to develope an attack himself.