Caro-Kann experimentation and resigning in a won position?

This game played last night–username: waho (1360) and newengland7 (1151). waho had white pieces and newengland7 had black pieces.

Opening: Caro-Kann advanced variation
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 e6 4. Nf3 Ne7 5. Bd3 g6 6. Bg5 Bg7 7. Qd2 0-0 8. Bh6 Nf5 9. Bxf5 e6xf5 10. Bg5 Qe8 11. Bf6? Bxf6 12. 0-0 Bg7 13. Nc3 Nd7 14. Rae1 Nb6 15. Qg5 Nc4! 16. Re2 b6! 17. Rb1 Ba6! 18. R2e1 h6! 19. Qg3 g5 (king-side pawn storm) 20. h4 f4 21. Qh2 (critical position in the game) f6? 22. h4xg5? (I blundered but my opponent missed a spectacular double-attack on my queen and bishop with e5xf6!!) f6xg5 23. b3 g4! 24. Nh4 Qh5 25. g3! f4xg3 26. f2xg3! Nd2? 27. Qxd2 Qg5 (I decided after blundering my knight away like that that I’d be better with queens off the board) 28. Qxg5 h6xg5! 29. Ng6 Rf3! 30. Kg2 Rxc3! (well I got the knight back at least) 31. Nf7+ Kh7 32. Rh1+ Bh6 33. Rh5 Rf8! (last chance for black to possibly get some counter-play–is he possibly doomed?) 34. Rbh1 (I spent four minutes of this fifteen minute chess game for both players thinking through this next move so if you miss the forced mate for black in two moves, don’t worry–I almost missed it too) Rxc2+!! 35. Kg1 Rf1#!! 0-1 (some bad moves made but recovered getting lucky here and there and won the game in spectacular fashion with my bishop and two rooks involved in the mating attack)

This game played last night between username: Don123 (1574) and newengland7 (1155). newengland7 had white pieces and Don123 had black pieces. I personally think that Don123 resigned too early despite being in a winning position. But I’ll let my readers discuss this.

Opening: Queen’s gambit declined, Catalan variation
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bd2 Bxc3 6. Bx3 0-0 7. Bg2 d5xc4 8. Nf3 Ne4 9. Bb4 Ne6 10. Bxf8 Qxf8! 11. 0-0 Nf6 12. Rc1 Qb4 13. Rc2 a5 14. Ne5 Nxe5! 15. d4xe5! Nd7 16. Qc1 Nb6 17. Rd1 h6 (Can white attack the black king here? Should white go on the attack now or should he wait? Would this be ill-advised to go on the attack now?–Thought through this for a while–here’s what happened next…) 18. Rd8+ Kh7 19. Be4+ g6 20. Qf4 Qe7 (another critical position–what to do?) 21. Bxg6+!? f7xg6 22. Qf6?! Qxf6 23. e5xf6! Bd7 24. Rxa8 Nxa8 25. f7 Kg7 26. Rxc4 Nb6? 27. Rf4 1-0 (black resigned)

Why did black resign? Knight and bishop are more powerful than rook. The passed pawn is easily stopped by Kf8. Black can obviously create excellent counter-play. I have no idea why black resigned and this game will puzzle me as to why black resigned.

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