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dozer ♡ 122 ( +1 | -1 )
25. Ra2 Bd4? 26. 0-1?? Have you ever come across a game in which the worst move in the game was when the one who actually has the advantage resigns? And because he really thinks the position is lost? Well here is one recent example.

board #603167

Ok, I hadn't looked too deep into the 25. Ra2 line because the 25. - Bd4 move seems so strong and indeed, if queen now moves, White loses material. It seems that White loses at least an exchange. But I was actually saved by the fact that my opponent had not seen the Bd4 move at all, and he resigned 26. 0-1?? Irony has it that my last move was actually a mistake worth a "?" that would allow White to WIN, not to lose, the exchange...

Propably you see the win now that you know what to look for, it's rather simple...

26. Nf6+! Kh8 (26. - gxf6 27. Qg3+ Kh8 28.Rxc2)
27. Qd3! Bxf6 (Queen moves out of the way with tempo)
28. Rxc2 and White is up the exchange for a pawn.

Note that 27. Qh3 is worse than Qd3:
27. Qh3 Bxf2+!
28. Kh1 Bh4! (28. Rxf2 Rc1+ 29. Rf1 Rxf1+ 30. Kxf1 gxf6)
29. Rxc2 Bxf6 (29. Qxh4?? Qxg2#) and Black has two pawns for the exchange.

Makes you think twice before resigning??

Kind Regards,
Dozer :-)