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463 Comments

  1. puzzle 2 is great to show anyone that thinks chess puzzles are a waste and unrealistic, really helps learn strategy

  2. Gah! Why can't I calculate, like, at all? It's so frustrating! I even made some right moves here, but for the wrong reasons, and missed obvious moves, even 2 tempe in! It's maddening.

  3. Such amazing puzzles and i feel quite proud i managed to solve the first one. πŸ˜€
    The only thing i think i can contribute to this chess art is to make final move queen to b2 in stead of a3 for it to be a complete staircase mate.w
    Amazing video and thank you for the brain gymnastics.

  4. In the second puzzle y not promote the pawn on the e file causing a knight-queen trade?

  5. Since you said the staircase pattern I saw how the queen had to move all the way down, and actually saw the rock to H1, so Im kinda proud:D

  6. 8:05 if he takes the bishop knight can go to Knf3 and then go to kng1

  7. the question is: how does a KING end up on h8 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  8. I think I have another solution for puzzle #1

  9. Thanks for the quality content Nelson, i really enjoy it and learn from it

  10. for first puzzle, isnt this line better:

    a7, qa4,
    f7, qa3,
    g6, hxg6,
    hxg6, ???

    game over?

  11. Puzzle 1: Knight is NOT random placed. It prevents the mate by .. – Qa4, .. – Qc6, .. – Qc1, .. – Qxf4#

  12. That mate in 10 was to easy to find. Make a harder puzzle loser
    But

  13. Very fun. I love the enthusiasm for the game. I’m grateful

  14. Ohhhh okayyy now I understand it when Hikaru says "Check check check check check check check check check check and Nf8". I can now confirm it's a staircase.

  15. really really great, i tried hard to solve the puzzle 2 but yea… don't try hard, try smart I'd learn from that.

    self note 14:05 #3

  16. Note: figured out why. But I think it's an interesting line.

    in puzzle #2 if you play bishop d2 and the king takes, you can check him with kf3, and then play kg3 to cover the checkmate threat. If the king tries to moves to capture the knight, he can take the first one but that'd be okay on its own.

    The issue is, this opens up black's bishop to have a checkmate threat on e4. Pretty interesting position, your knight needs to defend two checkmate threats but can't handle both at the same time. If he takes the bishop, pawn moves. If he doesn't, king moves for discovered mate.

  17. I actually solved the third puzzle, now I feel smart lol

  18. Maybe it doesn't get me excited, and chess is still the game for me, because it was trivial?

  19. I felt smart that I solved all the move in 3rd puzzle

  20. 13:40 we have plenty of piece to win the game. Me being 800…. maybeπŸ˜…

  21. (SPOILERS) Staircase Puzzle solution: Qf7+, Qf6+, Qe6+, Qe5+, Qd5+, Qd4+, Qc4+, Qc3+, Qb3+, and Qb2#

  22. This is the most amazing chess video I have seen so far in youtube. I am not saying this lightly. I think the fact that you are not a Titled Player (as yet) but someone who is not very distant from intermediate/beginner players like us helps too. Like your calm approach. Your presentation style is amazing.

  23. one of possible combination for second puzzle 1> Bd2 KxB2

    2> Nf3+ Ke2

    3> Ng3+ Kfx3

    4> Qe8

    white wins

  24. second winning combination for second puzzle would be
    1> Bd2+ Kc4

    2> Ne3+ Ke4

    3> Qe8

    White wins.

  25. why cant u take the queen with pawn in the last puzzle when queen is on d5?

  26. Puzzle 2 and your way to present is absolutetly wonderful. Thank you!

  27. qf7 ka1 queen down and so on is a staircase

  28. me after guessing the correct move without pausing: "am I this smart?….."

  29. Puzzle 1: why not g6 instead of Kb4? The Knight prevents Qc1 checkmate after pushing g pawn so white should be ok. Right ?

    Aldo, Kf6 instead of Ke7 seems to worlk, threatening h pawn capture and also preventing Q check on the 6th line. Right ?

  30. You have mistake in first pazzle (resp. you go for easy variation). 4th move is Bc8 not Qa3 and than it is quite interesting (full of stale mates)

  31. Puzzle 1.

    1) Nd5 Qxf7 2) a8Q+ Qg8

    Doesn’t that stop the threat? The knight can’t come in because of 3) Ne7 Qxa1 and for that matter, nothing else can because of the same move

  32. I know the staircase from Hikaru
    "Is this a staircase? Check check check check check check check check check check check check"

  33. The second puzzle…. how about knight to g 3 take the promoted queen?

    Edit: you already covered that lmao but its cool a beginner chess player thought that idea its still a pretty good idea its just if they are smart enough then they can bishop checkmate.

  34. 4:20 what about g6? If the opponent takes then you can take with the other pawn and push that pawn to g7 with checkmate
    I don’t think I’m overlooking anything but if I did, please let me know.

  35. It would nice it you give the author of the puzzles and the dates.

  36. Wonderful. The staircase problem was simple enough that (re the hint about "staircase" in the video, that I was able to pretty easily solve it.

    The second one I was close, but I got stuck missing N-G6, but once you showed that I DID see the stalemate and figured out the required underpromotion sequence leading to the win. I don't recall seeing multiple underpromotions as a theme, not that I'm a big puzzle solver, more interested in, say, endgame themes.

    The first one was logical all the way, the main thing watching out for the checks. Of course, that theme made it easy (relatively speaking) to find the night sac on g6 at the end.

  37. I'm definitely going to get this book. I just LOVE these endgame related puzzles, due to the concepts they illustrate. Chess is just so beautiful, and such problems are the pure art that shows that, IMO.

    I find the simplicity and purity of solving a difficult endgame using principles SO much more satisfying than finding some complex middle-game shot, and I always hated memorizing openings (which is why I never got good (above 2000), re rated tournament play. I was often way behind after the opening and would have to grind my way out for 70ish moves against a much weaker player. But if I could get to an interesting endgame against an expert or master, I had a decent shot. (Which would often blow them away after witnessing my opening. LOL)

  38. The solutions are pretty easy…when its your third time watching the video.

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