The phrase in the title belongs to Savielly Tartakower.
The reason to quote him is that a few days ago in a blitz game I had a position which I considered hopeless and resigned.
Here it is, I am Black.

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OK, so I decided to run the game through Crafty quickly, looked at something else, then returned to analysis when it was already done and was dumbfounded to see the estimate after the last White’s move 27. Nf5 – minus 4 something.  Hey, minus is me, Black. I looked at the line – yeah, Crafty was right. Another line was even better ( if you want, you can hide the rest and try to find the right moves).

It was funny, I laughed, but I don’t think I would be laughing if it would be a real OTB game.  So here the “magic survival”, Fritz 11 added a line with the same conclusion – White, not Black is lost.

27. … Qa4! 28. Bxg7  Qd1+ 29. Kg2 Bxd5+!  

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30. cxd5 Qxd5+ 31. Kf1 Qxf5

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Another Crafty’s line – 28. Nxg7 Qd1+ 29. Kg2 Qf3+ 30. Kg1 Qxf2+ 31. Kh1

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31. …Qf3+ 32. Qg2 Qd1+ 33. Qg1 Bxd5+!

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34. cxd5 Qxd5+ 35. Qg2 Rf1#

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Here is the line from Fritz 11:  28. Qh5 Rxf5 29. Qg4 Rf7 30. Bxg7 Rxg7

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31. Rg6 Qd1+ 32. Qxd1 Rxg6+ 33. Kf1 e6 with -4.79 estimate.

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