It’s not every day you get to make a move like this. From a 3-minute ICC game:
It was very pleasing to be able to play 25.Qxd6.
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Wow, spectacular! I wonder how quick you saw that black cannot take the queen back?
I guess that black can only stop the mating threat (Rxf8) with 25. … Ne7. But i guess then 26. Rd1 finishes the game, not?
I especially appreciate that you’ve posted a move that even we novices can appreciate readily.
Your opponent must have had quite an interesting few seconds fully grasping the situation!
26.Rd1 doesn’t work because of 26…Nxd6, 25…Ne7 having removed the pin on the other knight. I think 26.Qd3 might be the best, as this should win the knight in a few moves.
I must say, 25.Qxd6 is a very satisfying move, and probably better than 25.Qd5 which would win the knight right away (26.Rxe5, it can’t run since it’s pinned).
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