Understanding before Moving 50: Typical Sacrifices

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10/24/2021 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 50th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman talks about typical sacrifices. | Photo: Tommy Grooten

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When studying openings, it is important to study typical sacrifices, particularly when you play the Sicilian. This  applies to the attacker and the defender. The tactical patterns that result from a  particular structure are often similar and it is a great advantage to have studied such tactics in advance.  However, whether a particular sacrifice works or not depends, of course, on the concrete position.

One of the best attacking players in the world, especially against the Sicilian, is the American Grandmaster Nick De Firmian, and in the course of his career he has damaged a lot of Sicilians with powerful sacrifices.

In the diagram position De Firmian came up with a typical sacrifice that not only is beautiful but also hard to spot. Do you see what he saw?


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