Positional sacrifices for everone

12/3/2003 – In his Playchess.com lecutre on Thursday our GM trainer Dorian Rogozenko will provide you with new ideas on positional, i.e. non-forcing sacrifices. Here's how you can attend his lecture.

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Our GM trainer Dorian Rogozenko writes: "Tomorrow in my lecture I will talk about positional sacrifices. It is generally known that a positional (intuitive) sacrifice is more difficult than a forcing sacrifice. Thus, sacrificing a pawn for an open file in a quiet position requires more skills than sacrificing a queen and get a devastating attack by force in return. However, my idea will be to show that such positional sacrifices (usually of one or two pawns) are based on very clear strategical principles and in this way can be studied very well. The difficult part is to evaluate if the resulting compensation is entirely worth the sacrificed material. That will be another goal of my tomorrow's lecture."

GM Dorian Rogozenko's lectures begin at 21:00h server time (= MET, Middle European Time), which translates to 20:00h London and 3 p.m. New York. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client here.

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