Exchange Sacrifices

I would like to share my 2 favorite Exchange Sacrifices (♖ for ♝/♞) games.

Lot of Club level player Believe they are simply rook down.Which sometimes is correct, but not all the times.

Concepts of Exchange Sacrifices.They are 2 different type of Exchange sacrifices. 1.Attacking ideas 2.Defending Ideas

Attacking Exchange sacrifce:

Garry Kasparov played Rxc3 This is an attacking Exchange Sacrifice

Major Concepts for Attacking Exchange sacrifice

  • To destroy the opponent’s king shelter(as Garry did in above diagram)
  • Bishop Pair(see my game with Suresh)

Defending Exchange sacrifice

My favorite player Mikhail Botvinnik played this strong defending exchange sacrifice

Major Concepts for Defending Exchange sacrifice

  • To close an open file
  • When it is strong pieces than our Rook

Tarun vs Suresh 1-0 The above game played against Mr. Suresh Duvvala who is leading this week ATC session was winning because I had too many pawns, the below Example  is more interesting and worth investigating.

1 Can you believe that I won this exchange down dry position?

Tarun vs Akira Positional Exchange sacrifice 1-0

Lets see today’s Tragicomedy


Black to play.
Black played h6-h5 which went on to lose.
Can you find the better move for Black?
Leaving the beach, heading to Slovakia

Trisha won the Championship

Trisha won the Championship category C of Karun cup. The participants are of under 14. Trisha top seeded. It was a tough decision for her as Tarun is playing in B category. Trisha has to play C because they don’t want to play each other. Iranian players are very tuf and past experience of Tarun loosing 52 points in Irans first tournament looks scary. Choosing a tournament is very important for a chess player. He or She should take individual decision rather then informed decisions. Chess player need to consider his or her individual circumstances rather then think about his coach or parents decisions.

Arbiters are strict in Iran. As you all know, we have very little experience on writing skills. The two arbiters were back on me from day 1. I’ve never seen such a strict arbiters in my life. In one of the game, which I played, Aribiter marked one illegal for not writing notation properly. I don’t know whether it is rule by FIDE.

Trisha Tarun finds Aribiters are strict at Iran

Trisha won the Championship at the end of 8th round, still one round to spare. She received 10 million Rials. Our next stop is at Mashhad. The tournament will be at Hotel Hyatt, one of the top most hotel in Iran. It is going to be a big chess festival in Iran. We are bit nervous flying from Ahwaz to Mashhad because few days ago one of the Iran flight crashed and 66 passengers died. Fingers crossed, we reached safe to Mashhad.

Flight from Ahwaz to Mashhad