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The Bxe6 sacrifice in the Sicilian

In the last few articles, we have been looking at the most common sacrifices in the Sicilian defense. These sacrifices are, in no particular order, the Rxc3 sacrifice in the...

The Nd5 sacrifice in the Sicilian

When it comes to the typical sacrifices in the Sicilian defense, the Nd5 sacrifice is by far the most common and most complex of all thematic sacrifices in the Sicilian....

Checkmate patterns: the Back Rank Mate

As you are now an expert to recognize a checkmate from a stalemate, we are going to study a few common mating positions. The first pattern worth looking at is...

The Nf5 sacrifice in the Sicilian

This article is a second in-depth article about typical sacrifices in the Sicilian, after the Rxc3 sacrifice in the Sicilian. The next articles to come are the Nd5 sacrifice in...

The Rxc3 Exchange Sacrifice in the Sicilian

Amongst all the sacrifices in the Sicilian defense, the Rxc3 exchange sacrifice is one of the most famous tactical patterns , and it is well known to any e4 or...

Sacrifices in the Sicilian Defense

The Sicilian Defense is one of the most popular openings in chess, and by far the most popular response to e4 on the club and amateur level. Even among the...

Test yourself on the Bxh7+ sacrifice

This is already our fourth article on the topic. Previously, we have seen the basics of the Bxh7+ sacrifice, but also some advanced patterns related to the Bxh7+ sacrifice. Finally,...

Bxh7+: advanced attacking patterns in the Greek Gift

You are probably familiar with the conditions to make the sacrifice Bxh7+ work. This article will bring you a lot further by showing you more advanced patterns. Let's state the...

Bxh7+: the Greek Gift in Real Games

After looking at the basic setup making Bxh7+ possible in the introduction to the Bxh7+ Greek Gift, we can look at more advanced examples of Bxh7 sacrifices. The simplest and...

Bxh7+ Sacrifice: the Greek Gift

On the importance of pattern recognition in attacking chess The number of possible moves and move orders in a chess game is so large that it is impossible for a...