Sacrifices

 

People sometimes complain that there are fewer 'brilliant' sacrifices than there used to be in the past. However, the point is that players just don't allow them anymore!  -  Alexander Grischuk (2012)

 

I repeat, that the first and main difficulty in making a positional exchange sacrifice is a psychological caution: after all, you have to give up a rook for a minor piece. The second difficulty is that the exchange is given up when this is not forced by circumstances. Therefore you must anticipate beforehand, in good time, how events will develop and take the necessary measures.  -  Tigran Petrosian

 

Quiet moves often make a stronger impression than a wild combination with heavy sacrifices.  -  Mikhail Tal

 

Combinations with a queen sacrifice are among the most striking and memorable ...  -  Anatoly Karpov

 

As a rule, so-called "positional" sacrifices are considered more difficult, and therefore more praise-worthy, than those which are based exclusively on an exact calculation of tactical possibilities.  -  Alexander Alekhine

 

It is unjust, and sometimes very untrue, though it is a common theory, to hold that it is sacrifices which make the beauty of a combination, and that the combination is prettier by the magnitude of the sacrifices.  -  Eugene Znosko-Borowski

 

No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King.  -  Koblentz

 

A real sacrifice involves a radical change in the character of a game which cannot be effected without foresight, fantasy, and the willingness to risk.  -  Leonid Shamkovich

 

Objectivity and presence of mind are essential in such positions where sacrificial temptations are not always resistable.  -  Leonid Shamkovich

 

There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones, and mine.  -  Mikhail Tal

 

I will not hide the fact that I love to hear the spectators react after a sacrifice of a piece or pawn. I don't think that there is anything bad in such a feeling; no artist or musician is indifferent to the reactions of the public.  -  Mikhail Tal

 

If your opponent has an exposed king it is frequently worth sacrificing a pawn to be able to bring your rooks into the game, especially if your opponent's rooks are languishing in the corner. Kasparov has made a career out of such sacrifices.  -  Neil McDonald

 

We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a chessplayer's nature.  -  Rudolf Spielmann

 

A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused.  -  Rudolph Spielmann

 

It is always better to sacrifice your opponents' men.  -  Savielly Tartakower

 

To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game.  -  Savielly Tartakower

 

A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only difficult, but almost a matter of course.  -  Savielly Tartakower

 

A Queen's sacrifice, even when fairly obvious, always rejoices the heart of the chess-lover.  -  Savielly Tartakower

 

Whoever has known bumper to bumper traffic snarls of a Sunday afternoon on the way home to the big city (and who has not?) would gladly give up a Rook for the open road.  -  commenting on Spielmann-Eljaschoff, Munich 1903  -  Tony Santasiere

 

Voltaire said once that he was ruined twice, once when he lost a lawsuit, and once when he won one. In the same way, a beginner at chess must get somewhat discouraged, for he loses if he accepts a sacrificed piece, but he also loses if he declines it.  - Tony Santasiere

 

A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it.  -  Wilhelm Steinitz

 

It so often happens that, after sacrificing a pawn, a player aims not to obtain the initiative for it, but to regain sacrificed material.  - Yefim Geller