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Positional Sacrifices

Positional Sacrifices

Learn to sacrifice like an attacking genius!

Join GM Victor Mikhalevski as he demonstrates long term positional sacrifices in some of his best games. Watch how he targets the opponent's king with sacrifices. Even when they don't lead to a quick mate, the attack can tie up the opponent and there's no escape from the positional squeeze! Start using positional sacrifices in your own games today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to spot attacking sacrifices that leave your opponent in difficult positions!
  • How to sacrifice for long-term compensation!
  • How to seize the initiative with positional sacrifices!
  • Pawn Avalanche

    Our second featured author making his Chess.com debut today is Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski! In this mini series he reviews the power of the long term sacrifice. He explains how to judge long term compensation, especially when your opponent's pieces...

    • 16 min
    • 5 challenges
  • School Me Twice, Shame on Me!

    Losing for a second time to an eerily similar idea happens... but falling for the same long term, positional sacrifice to the same opponent? Here GM Mikhalevski takes his opponent to school a second time with a similar early sacrifice of a knight on...

    • 18 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Best Game Prize

    To bring his debut series to an end, GM Mikahlevski reviews his win over GM Akobian that led to him earning a Best Game Prize at the Gibraltar tournament in 2011. Once again, Victor makes a "long term" sacrifice, with compensation stemming from the uncoordinated...

    • 22 min
    • 5 challenges
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