2 Chess Puzzles Guaranteed To Amaze You

These are 2 of my favorite chess studies composed by Mark Liburkin. The geometrical ideas at play are truly mind boggling and are sure to make you smile.

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  1. This is probably too late for anyone to answer this but why can’t white check with the pawn when the queen is at b8 and force the king to move away or take it?

  2. Both are great, but the position of nr. 1 looks more natural, one wouldn’t quite expect something special, so my vote goes to nr. 1.

  3. At 2:00, I would've done f4+ to force the king away from the queen. Is there a reason why that wouldn't work?

  4. in the first problem, after the second check, instead of Qb2+ u can fo f4+ and win the queen anyways

  5. Hey we like these do more like these 🙂

  6. On the second puzzle, why doesn't rook c8 work for the first move instead of pawn takes or push pawn?

  7. These puzzles are really mind blowing😯👌

  8. The first is aesthetically more beautiful, the second is intelectually more challenging. Both amazing in their own way.

  9. For the second one, why doesn't the rook take the bishop first move instead of moving the pawn if the end goal is your king and queen versus their king and bishop? Since you said after all a queen beats a bishop, plus sacrificing the rook to get a queen takes less moves overall from my own look

  10. 2:18 white can move pawn to f4 attacking the king. So the queen is conpletely lost there itself

  11. Hey, we like it. For me it is the first one.

  12. Second puzzle is draw. After Bh4+ and Kd2, black can play Rd8+. With perfect play, starting with move 7, white has one queen and black has the 2 bishops.

  13. Instead of calling if the skewer trap I feel like it should be called the dancing queen

  14. 2.05 Push Pawn Check, King has to move + you win queen

  15. 2:45 why we can't just push pawn to F4? Check -> king has to move or beat that pawn -> we can take easily blacks queen
    Greatings from Poland 🙂

  16. On the second puzzle, after 1.b8=Q Bh4+ 2.Kd2, the tablebases say that black can last a lot longer with Rd8+ instead of Bg5+. Black last over 100 more moves.

  17. On the second puzzle: after 1.b8=Q Bh4+ 2.Kd2 Bg5+ 3.Kc3 Bf6+ 4.Kb4 Be7+ 5.Ka5. Tablebases confirm that black lasts considerably longer after Rh5+ but the optimal lines are incomprehensible.

    In the alternative line, 1.b8=Q Bh4+ 2.Kd2 Rd8+ — black lasts a lot longer in this line. We get 3.Kc3 (only winning move) Bd7 4.Qa7 (or Qb7) Bf6+ 5.Kd2 Rxa8 white wins in 140 more moves starting with 6.Qxa8 I would hate to have to play this out.

  18. Can't you just move pawn to f4? It'll force the king to either take or move out the way, earning a free queen.

  19. bro wtf at 2:00 I was thinking about "wow f4+ is winning the queen I want to play that" 3 seconds later "oh sh¡t I hung my king"

  20. What if after black bishop when kings move rook give check and block the way in second puzzel

  21. On the second one cant the white rook capture on C8 and win?

  22. Dammmm this is some Roger Federer level stuff

  23. I think in the second study, if black knows that white is going for a win, a draw can be forced under the 50-move rule if black placed the bishops in a way that the queen capture will always be traded. Plus the fact that white needs to avoid 3-fold repetition, I wouldn't say that the optimal lines given by tablebases are incomprehensible, but I doubt a lot of people will calculate it fast enough OTB.

  24. Just one question what if you took with the room on c8

  25. In the first puzzle, after black queen to f6, white could have played pawn to f4 and won the queen for the pawn

  26. Disliking because of red arrow in thumbnail

  27. Why not start the second puzzle with Rc8, b8=Q?

  28. I was thinking on move 4 pawn to f4x to make the king move away from the queen, resulting in a winning position

  29. don't worry my opponent won't even move correctly and I will forget the attacking idea. end up draw

  30. During the second puzzle, once the king was on c3 what's stopping the rook to move to h3.

  31. position no. 1 when the queen came to f6 we can give f4+

  32. in the second one what if black at any point uses the rook to check while our king is moving up?

  33. Actually, Stockfish found a flaw in the second puzzle. After b8Q and Bh4+, the white King steps to Kd2. There Stockfish does not continue checking with the black bishop, instead Stockplays Rd8+! and brings the black rook to a protected position (protected by the Bh4). After the natural Kc3 then Stockfish plays Bd7!, attacking the White Queen plus the White rook (behind the Queen) and hiding the King behind the Bishop. After Qb7 (or Qa7), the rooks are exchanged on a8 (taking the Bd7 is worse for white) and finally black remains with two Bishops against the White Queen. Black moves the white Bishop to Bf5 and its very hard for White to break into the black "castle". The bishops can protect the King very well and also keep the White King away. The advantage shown by Stockfish is round about +1.1 for White, but this also shows, that Stockfish cannot see a forced win for White.

  34. You missed a move, pawn to f4 for trade qeen for pawn.

  35. My favorite was the amazing king walk. Very specific and accurate moves leading to a winner impressive and I hope I can find moves like that in an endgame. Thanks for the video 🙂

  36. i have one question. why couldnt the rook take the bishop in the second problem instead of moving the pawn up?

  37. The second puzzel is wrong; stockfish has it as a draw by 50 move rule after b8 Bh4 Kd2 Rd8

  38. always fascinating when you have a super open board with several pieces on each sides but more than 10 moves in a row are forced

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