THE SACRIFICE IN CHESS: the Kamikaze pieces / By M. Benavides
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THE SACRIFICE IN CHESS: the Kamikaze pieces / By M. Benavides

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THE SACRIFICE IN CHESS: the Kamikaze pieces

Hello everyone! Today we will talk about a very interesting topic in chess, I will be showing several examples of analyzed games that will attract a lot of attention due to their high tactical level, but also for their brilliant auctions started by sacrifices of pieces that are always usually quite attractive when it comes to seeing and putting them into practice.

 Sacrifice in chess occurs when one side gives up a piece in exchange for a tactical gain or positional compensation in another way. Usually the sacrifice initiates a combination that can end in mate, the winning of a piece or at least the recovery of the sacrificed piece.

There are several types of sacrifices: deflection sacrifices, positional sacrifices, tactical sacrifices, defensive sacrifice, among others. It is a theme that encompasses quite a few variations. When you say kamikaze piece, it is a rather unexpected piece sacrifice, very tactical, surprising and unprecedented. That said and as the title indicates, we will focus on the purely tactical part, with highly aggressive, brilliant sacrifices, and above all, very entertaining.


Next we will see 5 example games analyzed and discussed.




    Something that must also be taken into account is that sacrifices are not always beneficial for the side that executes them since there are times that they do not work because the opponent manages to defend themselves, or because of precipitation, or due to simple calculation errors. The following and last example is kind of special, because it is set in the purest high-level chess, it is the ninth game of the match for the world title of 1960, between the magician from Riga, famous for his tactical ingenuity and Combinative, Mihail Tal, facing the patriarch of the Soviet school, 6 times champion of the USSR, Mikhail Botvinnik, in which the first player made a sacrifice that seemed promising, but Botvinnik managed to defend himself correctly and then win the game. This game is commented and analyzed by the famous Russian Grandmaster Gary Kasparov.

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