Clearance Sacrifice, Example 3:
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Clearance Sacrifice
[Example 3]

Clearance Sacrifice, Example 3
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Clearance Sacrifice, Example 3Historical Game:
USSR, 1931

This image shows the position before White decides to play a
Clearance Sacrifice, to
get rid of the Bc4 and
place Ne5 on c4, instead.

The result traps Black's Queen, as all available squares (b5,b6,c5,c7,d5) are all guarded by White's Pawns and/or Pieces.

Clearance Sacrifice, Example 3
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Historical Game:
Botvinnik-Stepanov, USSR, 1931

In this scenario, Botvinnik (White) is after capturing Black's Queen.

In order to do so, he needs to get his e5 Knight onto the c4 square, currently occupied by his Bishop.

Here's how Botvinnik made the Clearance that forced Black to relinquish his Queen.

Move 1, White sacrifices his Bishop by using it to capture (x) Black's Pawn, on f7, which also places Black's King in "Check" (+) ...

Black has no option but to destroy the threat to his King, and he does so by using his Rook to capture (x) White's Bishop, on f7.

Move 2, White now makes his excellent attack, by sending his kNight to the now-vacant c4 square, threatening to capture Black's Queen on his next move.

Look at the clip, after White's second move and see how it doesn't matter where Black moves his Queen - each square is covered - ready for attack - by one of White's pieces.

Worth sacrificing that Bishop? You bet!

Moving On: Clearance, Example 4 (Page 5).

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