by Andras Meszaros
Publisher: Caissa Hungary, 2014
Edition: Paperback small
A sacrifice is such a continuation in a chess game when a piece of greater value is given in return for “nothing” or a piece of minor value.
When the operation is completed, the position of the sacrificing side is left with a positive change of a lesser or greater size, such as:
mate is given
material is won
positional advantage is gained
from an inferior position stalemate, perpetual check or theoretical draw is forced
an inferior position is somewhat improved
“The main purpose of a sacrifice is to effectively increase the strength of the pieces.” Rudolf Spielmann
This book is aimed at making players familiar with tactical sacrifices in an entertaining manner.
Sacrificing requires accurate foresight and calculation. Examples were derived from training samples and practical chess games.
In the course of studying the examples the reader will get more and more experienced in the wide-ranging world of tactical sacrifices.