Exchange sacrifice[ edit ]

In chess an exchange sacrifice occurs when one player gives up a rook for a minor piece (knight or bishop). It is often used to destroy the enemy pawn structure (as in several variations of the Sicilian Defence where Black plays RxNc3), to establish a minor piece on a strong square (often threatening the enemy king), or to improve pawn structure (creating, for example, connected passed pawns). Tigran Petrosian, the world Champion from 1963-1969, was well known for his especially creative use of this device; in the game Reshevsky-Petrosian, Zurich 1953, he sacrificed the exchange on move 25, only for his opponent to sacrifice it in return on move 30 (the game ended a draw).


categories: myChess-Wiki | chess terminology | Exchange sacrifice
article No 612 / last change on 2005-06-29, 05:09pm

back  write a new article  show all articles  


direct links: chess chess960 correspondence chess Fischer Random Chess chess terminology chess players chess opening


This article is based on the article Exchange sacrifice from the free encyclopaedia Wikipedia and stands under the GNU-Licence for free documentation. In the Wikipedia a list of the authors is available.

6 chessplayers online and 2 in the chat! Games are being played: 410, Challenges: 2, Halfmoves up to now: 6.299.679
Copyright 2003-2017 Karkowski & Schulz - All rights reserved - privacy statement