One of the most interesting aspects of this fascinating game of chess is the sacrifice.
If you try and solve a chess puzzle there is normally a forced mate through sacrifice. However you can sacrifice early on in a game for positional advantage. This happened to me recently in a game against Start Rider.
I played the King’s Gambit the so-called darling of the romantics but these days considered to be unsound. My opponent sacrificed his knight early on to open up some attacking lines.
When defending a sacrifice you have the material advantage and look to exchange to get into the middle/end game as soon as possible to maximise that material advantage.
I had to play carefully but when I had the opportunity to counter-attack I did, winning three pawns and an unassailable advantage.
His king was exposed and my queen centrally placed. It was only a question of time before he resigned.
It was a satisfying win as he was a stronger player. Maybe he thought he could play boldly as my ranking was weaker. He was mistaken.
He did however give me a most enjoyable game and satisfying victory.