The Greek Gift!
Paulsen,L - Schwarz,A [C02] Leipzig m Leipzig, 1879
'The Greek Gift' sacrifice is a theme in chess that you can not simply afford to ignore.
This involves the sacrifice of bishop at h7 (or h2 mirror) and follow it up with combinations of attack generated by queen and knight.
Just be aware that there is only a hairline difference in positions or patterns where these types of attacks may succeed or fail.
'The Greek Gift'
[there is no going back! 17...Kg8
see how the knight even while hanging supports the queen to deliver checkmate!]
threatening discovered check!
The Greek Gift often works. The patterns that it works against any defence are so close to the ones that it fails against accurate defence. The fact that it often works is based on the restricted choice of moves for defender and psychological advantage! [19...f4
'the return gift'
the knight has already done the damage
Beekhuis,M - Sparenberg,E [C17] NED-ch U16 Leiden, 04.05.1999
The prior knowledge of 'The Greek Gift' would have certainly helped to initiate a search for defensive moves! But....
Attacking the rook instead..
Guards h7 square
guards h8 square but casts shadow on Black queen's rays on h7.
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