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Piece Count advantage
Compiled by Granite

I've collected a series of games illustrating how trading a rook for two minor pieces, or a queen for some combination of minor pieces and rooks leads to an advantage. I often find in my own games that by piling up all my pieces on a weakness, or spreading the attack out you can quickly overload a single piece. This collection contains the games I've looked at with this theme.

Karpov's expert manuvering
Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Kramnik trades his queen early - twirling rooks to finish.
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 0-1

Petrov losing to the bishop and knight with queen on the board.
A Sokolov vs M Petrov, 2001 
(B57) Sicilian, 52 moves, 1-0

Micheal Adams with a bishop and knight over a rook
Z Kozul vs Adams, 2004 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 39 moves, 0-1

Capablanca wins even down pawns
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Tal take out Spassky with two bishops for a rook
Spassky vs Tal, 1973 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 38 moves, 0-1

Two bishops and some pawns beat a queen.
P Ricardi vs N V Pedersen, 2004 
(A13) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Petrosian loses to a bishop and knight vs a rook.
Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C11) French, 68 moves, 1-0

A genius weilds two rooks vs a queen against Capa
Sultan Khan vs Capablanca, 1930 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 1-0

Two rooks for a queen then a rook and a bishop for the queen!
Waitzkin vs N Vulicevic, 1992 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

The bishop pair over a rook
Tal vs Spassky, 1954 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

Rook and a minor piece dominate over a queen
Quinteros vs Ribli, 1974 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 24 moves, 0-1

Lasker takes three minor pieces for the queen
Marshall vs Lasker, 1914  
(A53) Old Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

Three minor pieces for a queen
Short vs R J Miles, 1976 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 1-0

Two pieces for a rook, followed by sacking the exchange!
M Schleifer vs K Spraggett, 1986
(B40) Sicilian, 44 moves, 0-1

Two minor pieces over a Rook
Leko vs R Fontaine, 1995 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 63 moves, 1-0

Two minor pieces for a rook early - and barely developed!
Fine vs Stahlberg, 1937 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

Knight and Bishop over a rook
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1944 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 64 moves, 1-0

A bishop and Knight over a Rook
G Horvath vs A Lugovoi, 2002
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 56 moves, 1-0

A rook and a knight over a queen.
Speelman vs S Polgar, 1989
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

Kasparov takes two minor pieces for his queen!
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Waitzkin takes two minor pieces for a rook
Waitzkin vs J Stocek, 1997 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 51 moves, 1-0

Karpov takes two knights for a rook
Karpov vs R Hernandez Onna, 1977 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 41 moves, 1-0

Karpov takes a bishop and knight for a rook - good endgame.
Karpov vs Van Wely, 1998 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 133 moves, 1-0

A queen for three pieces - great fun.
Dzindzichashvili vs B Rytov, 1975 
(A06) Reti Opening, 51 moves, 0-1

Great defensive work by the side with advantage.
K Commons vs Najdorf, 1976 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 56 moves, 0-1

Bronstein over Keres with two minor pieces for a rook.
Bronstein vs Keres, 1952 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 39 moves, 1-0

Topalov's Bishop pair over Adam's rook
Adams vs Topalov, 2005 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 54 moves, 0-1

Bishop and Rook over a queen
Ivanchuk vs N Delgado Ramirez, 2005 
(B58) Sicilian, 72 moves, 1-0

A pleasant win with a bishop and a knight over a rook.
Chigorin vs N MacLeod, 1889  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs A Dueckstein, 1984 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 35 moves, 0-1

Kornichoi takes two bishops and a rook for his queen!
E Paoli vs Korchnoi, 1954 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 112 moves, 0-1

The bishop pair over a rook - double bishop sac gone wrong.
Burn vs J Owen, 1884 
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Bronstein with a knight and bishop vs a rook
Bronstein vs Szabo, 1949 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 45 moves, 1-0

Two rooks and two bishops vs a queen and rook.
Eliskases vs Najdorf, 1953 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 31 moves, 0-1

Two pieces for a queen! That's ballzy!
Oll vs Y Kruppa, 1987 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 60 moves, 1-0

Anand with two rooks over a queen
Shirov vs Anand, 1998 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 55 moves, 0-1

So much material imbalance I can hardly describe it - great!
Z Zhang vs Sadvakasov, 2005 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 97 moves, 1-0

Nimzo defends well with bishop and knight vs rook to stablize
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1907 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 0-1

Schiller with a great knight and bishop vs a rook.
E Schiller vs E Temple, 2000  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Oll works a queen with pawns a knight and a rook
Oll vs Barsov, 1986 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 103 moves, 1-0

The queen outnumbered again!
Ganguly vs A Kunte, 2006 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

Impressive long term control with minor pieces vs a queen.
F Elsness vs N Borge, 1995 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 54 moves, 0-1

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