Clever King Walk | Cool Chess Puzzle #3 (Richard Réti)

This is an interesting endgame study composed by Richard Réti and published in “Narodni Listy”, 1928. It’s just one pawn versus one pawn and a bishop. Can you solve this simple looking endgame study?


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  1. I like these puzzles the most. The endgames that look simplistic but require very precise play.

  2. Isn't it true that it would still be a draw if the bishop was able to protect the pawn from say d7 since the queening square is the opposite color as black's bishop?

  3. What a really cool puzzle indeed! Loved it 😉

  4. It's mission impossible puzzle..Thanks Jerry

  5. Great puzzle! I didn't see Bh5!, thanks for including that possibility in your explanation. 

  6. I would've probably blundered Kc5 because he was on a mission to get there. Was foolishly thinking I could win, also. Very instructive problem! White's slaloming king still makes it to the pawn! Amazing.

  7. Counter intuitive. Very Reti. Very Jerry, I shouldn't wonder. Nice one, at all events.

  8. This is so cool, because it seems like the king takes a serious detour, but after all, he just won a tempo and he is just as fast to the black pawn's queening location, which is exactly what he needed. So good!

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  10. Really cool. Can you do Saavedra's position next?

  11. what a great timing, i just learned Reti's idea with my teacher a week ago. #Solved

  12. I think one more variation needs to be considered here:

    1.Ke7 Bb5 2.Kf6 Be8 3.Ke7 Bb5(c6 or a4) 4.Kf6 etc.

    It is still a draw, but with a different idea.

  13. Wow, that was a difficult one! I wasn't able to solve… :'(

  14. Hey Jerry ChessNetwork   please take this $5 for being so awesome ***** 

  15. I like all your puzzle Cool Puzzle videos 😉

  16. This puzzle really illustrates an unfortunate flaw in the chess-board representation of the game: to a king, a square 4 squares away diagonally is just as close as one 4 squares away along a rank or file, while geometrically, a diagonal distance is root(2) greater, so the brain has a really hard time viewing c5 and g5 as equidistant from g1 from the king's point of view.

    The square method helps a lot with that, but it's hard to internalize completely.

    edit: Maybe flaw is too strong a word, but I would like to live in an ideal world where the two distances line up.

  17. hi jerry.thank you for your commitment to your passion.It nourish mine as well.i have a constructive remark:it would be nice ,in these simplified type of puzzle ,to know wich side  of the board is originaly for black and wich one is for white.I think in this example,its not clear and the way you pick obviousely  define the problem.thanks again ,i follow since 2009 and in january 2015,I will launch a chess club in my village.I know in my mind that you have had and you still positivly influence in this to you

  18. A very famous puzzle. Thanks for uploading!

  19. Hey Jerry, please accept my $5! I get very hurt when I give people money for offering killer entertainment and they don't take it.

  20. This latest series of puzzles is tough! Good thing they're all pretty awesome.

  21. Beautiful puzzle. I could never hope to work them out so I let the clip run. Thanks for uploading this series.

  22. An important point is 1. Ke7 Bb5 2. Kf6 Be8 3. Ke7!

  23. Not gonna lie i couldn't figure this one out. What an amazing puzzle. I love how the entire time you're going further away from the pawn but having the same pressure on it.

  24. 2:15 What about 8.e8=R ? If 8…Bxe8, the result is the same, but if the black bishop continues to defend the pawn, maybe White can win. 😉

  25. what about bishop e8?. I am new to chess.

  26. This was super easy but I am far from genius. Every once in a blue moon can totally see the solution crystal clear. 99% of time fumbling on board and still don't get it.

  27. Hi Jerry, it’s everyone. Awesome chess puzzle! It’s the first one I’ve ever solved correctly. I’ll try some harder ones now

  28. Ke7 looks strange, because White stops his own pawn, but it is the only way to draw. I did not find the solution because I tried to win with White and it was impossible.. Great puzzle! I apologise for my shaky English

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