Petrosian's stunning sacrifice - Honorata's Harmony

by Arne Kaehler
7/14/2023 – In today's episode, Honorata shows us one of the most spectacular positional exchange sacrifices, played by Tigran Petrosian. In this famous game against Samuel Reshevsky, "Iron Tigran" made a slight mistake in the middlegame, and White's bishop pair was about to cause havoc. But Petrosian found a spectacular move, which most of you probably know already.

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Honorata's Harmony

with WFM Honorata Kucharska

Chess is a game of strategy and each piece has its unique function that contributes to the harmony of the game. The pieces work together to protect the king, attack the opponent's pieces, and control the board.

This is where Honorata's Harmony kicks in. The 20-year-old Polish WFM was actually a fearless attacking player. But the more she got into chess, the more she was delighted by the power of positional play, and how all pieces can be used to their full advantage. 

Her rating soon went over 2200, and although studying computer-science, she is focusing on achieving her WIM title. So far, she reached all 3 norms for WIM and her first WGM norm!

Honorata's Harmony is all about understanding the roles of each chess piece, which is crucial for developing a successful playing style.



Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.