>a triple sacrifice

>Here is a recent game in which I found myself in a tight spot, thought the game was lost, but then used two sacrifices to turn the game to my advantage. In the end my opponent was forced to resign or face an inevitable checkmate. I was playing white. My opponent was rated slightly higher than I.


The game began ordinarily enough with 1.e4 e5. Lately I’ve been trying different openings, but this time I went with the most common opening. Then I tried 2. Nc3 which turned it into a Vienna game. But by 27. … Nf8 I was feeling a bit cramped and disorganized. So I got an idea and played 28.Nh8. This knight sacrifice enticed his king to take my knight the next move so I could eventually set up 29.Rbh1, which I hoped would cause a little panic in my opponent. After a number of subsequent positions where I felt the game was probably lost I then played 36.Qxf8, sacrificing my queen and forcing 36. … Rxf8. Then at 38. … Qc7 his queen, brought in to save the position becomes a target which leads to 39. … Rf7. At this point the game is essentially over. I take the bishop, sacrificing my rook, and he now has only his king, rook and some pawns ripe for the taking. At 47.Rxb6 he looses his last rook and resigns.

I am sure my playing was full of holes, and I blocked in my bishop and knight and thus had to essentially play without them, but I like how I was able to wrap up the game. And I especially like using sacrifices. There’s something satisfying in that.

This was played on Chessworld.

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