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Where can I find this game with a sacrifice followed by a long series of checks leading to a discovered mate?

I believe that the game you speak of is the extremely famous Lasker-Thomas match in which Lasker forces Black to accept his queen "sacrifice" on move 11. It is followed by a king hunt in ...
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Spectacular queen sacrifice game

This does sound like the famous game between Edward Lasker (not the world champ) and George Alan Thomas. [FEN ""] [Event "Casual game"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "1912.10.29"] [Result "1-0"] [White "...
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Why does GM Larry claim that this sacrifice is brilliant?

Because it is brilliant No, Larry was not wrong, and neither are all the grandmasters and chess commentators who praised (and are still praising) the move 17.Rxb7!! Nobody, and I am sure neither ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

This is kind of out there (virtually nobody plays it as white and even fewer allow it as black) but there is a rather crazy queen sacrifice line in the Grand Prix: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/...
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Why doesn't Lichess' Stockfish suggest this bishop sacrifice?

Good question. I let Stockfish 11 think on the position, and even by around depth 25-26 it didn't suggest Bf6. But like in your case, after making the move on the board, Stockfish suddenly realizes it ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

A commonly known knight sacrifice by white is the Fried Liver Attack: [FEN ""] [ECO "C57"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5?! (5... Na5 {The main line.} 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 {...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

The Cochrane Gambit: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7 This is relatively sound gambit, Topalov has played it against Kramnik. The Traxler Gambit: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

The 'Halloween Gambit' or 'Müller-Schulze Gambit' is a knight gambit in the (often characterized as dull) Four Knights Game: [FEN ""] [White "Blokje"] [Black "Platypussy"] [StartPly "7"] 1. e4 e5 2. ...
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Why did white sacrifice knight in this Nimzowitsch's 1905 game?

White has a mating threat (Qxh7 Kxh7 Rh6#) that he couldn't execute because he was under check. On the next move Black will remove the mating threat with 1...Qxg6 or with a knight move, most probably ...
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What is the the idea behind this popular double pawn sacrifice line In the Evans Gambit?

The problem with 7... dxc3 is that White quickly regains both pawns. r1bqk1nr/pppp1ppp/2n5/2b5/2BpP3/2P2N2/P4PPP/RNBQ1RK1 b KQkq - 1 7 [StartFlipped "0"] 7... dxc3 8. Bxf7 Kxf7 9. Qd5 Kf8 ...
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Why is sacrificing an extra pawn good for White in the Goring gambit but bad in the Smith-Morra gambit?

In the Goring, White's bishop on c4 attacks f7. In the Smith-Morra, Black can easily play e6 to block that attack.
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In this game, should white sacrifice their bishop to expose black's king?

The sacrifice makes very little sense here. A weakness is only a weakness if it can be exploited, and in this case white won't really have anything substantial to go on after giving up the bishop. But ...
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Could you help me to find which game this is?

https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-avoid-blunders-part-two In one of his books GM Alexander Kotov even coined a term "Dizziness due to success" which describes Chigorin's blunder ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

The Perenyi Gambit is an important theoretical variation that has been favored by GMs like J.Polgar or A.Shirov. White sacrifices at least one piece, and often two: [FEN ""] [ECO "C57"] 1. e4 c5 2. ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

Not sure if this is considered a gambit, but one of the lines of the Steinitz variation of the Caro Kann defense involves white sacrificing a knight: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR ...
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What is the the idea behind this popular double pawn sacrifice line In the Evans Gambit?

Fischer played a famous miniature in this line against Ruben Fine and published his analysis in "My 60 Memorable Games." Basically white gets a huge attack in this line and black's best shot ...
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How can I get a collection of chess games with a 'Greek gift' sacrifice?

Something which might help here is Chess Query Language. Just like SQL does for relational databases, CQL can search in a database of chess games for positions/games which match certain criteria. I ...
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Term for sacrifice that causes opponent to block an escape square?

What you are looking for is called "attraction". That is, you attract a piece to a specific square. One of the most famous types of attraction is seen in this example: [FEN "r1b2rk1/pp2pp1p/1qp3p1/...
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Why does Stockfish recommend this queen sacrifice in this puzzle?

After 2.f4: 2...Qf6 3.fxe5 Qxe5 4.Nf5 Rc7 5.Rf3 h6 6.Nd6 leaves White 2 points up with a killer knight on d6, and Black basically has no chances. 2...Qxg3 3.hxg3 Ng4 prepares to follow up with ...Re4, ...
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Pawn Sacrifice Justification

As was stated in the answer to this post made by D M, one idea of capturing in this manner is to open up the g-file for white's rooks to attack black's king. In the game this proved to be a very ...
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Queenless Imbalanced Middlegame

First, I don't think that there is any doubt that black has significant compensation, but clearly, black is still trying to hold this, not win it when talking two computers playing each other. I ...
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History of this queen sacrifice in the 4 Knights

Seems to be a relatively unknown sacrifice - the chessbase online database gives me three games after 10.Nxd4, all of which were correspondence and within the last decade. The root game is M.Dos ...
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Why would a player throw a game?

It looks like your opponent underestimated you. He began by playing an inferior opening, sacrificing a pawn to get two "free" bishops. You neutralized his advantage by "opposing" bishops on his ...
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Why would a player throw a game?

Certainly some of the suggestions listed above are possible, but I believe he played below his best and just lost. I will explain why I think so. First, I believe you played one of those games ...
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How do I become less materialistic?

A suggestion I have is to start playing gambits, and high-risk-high-reward openings. For example, playing the King's Gambit as White forces you to utilize any initiative you are given. Playing the KID ...
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Could you help me to find which game this is?

Sorry it is not an answer to the original question. It is supposed to be a comment to StudetT's answer - definitely correct one - but is too long to fit the comment format. Just a bit of chess history....
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Is the exchange of a rook for two minor pieces really worth it?

You say your opponent had a strong attack against your king and you had to "sacrifice" your rook for two minor pieces and went on to lose. I think you have it the wrong way round. It sounds like your ...
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Spectacular queen sacrifice game

I just saw this question, and while someone came up with the game you were looking for, here is a game with what many consider THE most spectacular queen sacrifice ever. It is a positional sacrifice ...
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Is this knight sacrifice a good idea?

The sacrifice is quite dubious. Besides the answers with 10.Nxe5, 10. Rxe5 is simply two knights for a rook and there is no attack for Black.
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

The Frankenstein-Dracula variation of the Vienna game features a Rook sacrifice by Black (effectively an exchange sacrifice however, since the Knight will not escape). [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3....
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