Why-Resign Chess Puzzle: Explore Your Resources

Being material down is often a logical resign to resign your chess game. In the position on the left, White resign because 1.Rxd2 Rxd2 2.Qg4 h5 and the White Queen has to leave the d1-h5 diagonal so White cannot prevent the checkmate on d1 with the Black Rook. Or, if he tries to save the checkmate by Qf3, then it’s BxQf3 by Black. In any case, White loses the Queen. But, should White resign? Is there a way for White to win?

Yes, there are hidden resources in there.
It’s the h5 that is creating problems on the diagonal. So, all White has to do is go 1.Rxd2 Rxd2 2.Bxg6 hxg and no h5 now. White can win easily win with Q vs Rook+Bishop in this endgame. Watch one of the winning lines in the Chess King applet.

Chess Puzzle

Result: 1-0

[…] 1.¦xd2 ¦xd2 2.¥xg6 hxg6

(2…fxg6 3.£g4 (0:00:01) 2…fxg6)

3.£g4 ¦xa2

(3…f5 4.£xg6+ ¢f8 (4…¢h8 5.£h6+) 5.£h6+)

4.£d1 ¥e4 5.f3 ¥c2 (0:00:04) 1.

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