Greco Bishop Sacrifice

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Sometimes you will find yourself having a bishop pointing at h7 or h2 when your opponent has castled there. Sometimes you could sacrifice that bishop to check the king and lure him out for the classic bishop sacrifice. Here is an example from Marshall-Stodie:

Usually this is what it looks like involving a bishop knight and queen. There is a well known variation called the Greek Gift which is called Greco Bishop sacrifice or maybe classical bishop sacrifice. Here is it:
It was played by Greco in the 1600s. There are many variations of this and some are long and complicated and some are short. You should first calculate the variations before trying it. There is a version called the double bishop sacrifice used by Mikhail Tal. I hope you like learning about these sacrifices and please have fun. More articles will be coming soon.


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1


    This is a handy sacrifice to know about - from both sides of the board!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2


    i am a victim of this tactic, what's the proper defence? not castling king side?

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #3


    I just lost to this move, very nice, I need to learn it and defend against it, thanks to the player davidnas, who showed me,

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