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Imagine you are White in the above game. You’re up a piece for a pawn. You just need to convert this won game and you’ll add a full point to your score. What could be better?
So why not just play 52.Bc2 and threaten to win a pawn to go up a full piece? Yep, that’s what you do. You see your opponent’s eyes light up. Oh no, what have you missed?
Your opponent plays 52…h4, and now after 53.Bxe4 hxg3 54.fxg3 Kg4 you realize your mistake.
If White saves the bishop, Black will win White’s last pawn, and the game is a theoretical draw of R+B vs R.
I honestly don’t know why White didn’t go into that and at least try for the win.
Here is the complete game, which is wonderfully rich and complex.
Til Next Time,