# Find Your Chess Rating Level With This Puzzle!

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🔹 A Puzzle That Tells YOUR Chess Level –

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov challenges you with a special chess puzzle that will help you find out your chess rating level.

Your task is to find the best move for Black and calculate all the supporting variations. Feel free to pause the video, take your time to calculate necessary variations, and then continue watching the video.

Finally, let us know in the comments your solution to this puzzle and your actual chess rating level.

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00:00 Find Your Chess Rating Level With This Puzzle
00:24 Your Rating Level is 800 IF…
00:53 Your Rating Level is 1200 IF…
01:38 Your Rating Level is 1600 IF…
03:14 Your Level is Hikaru Nakamura IF…
03:37 Your Rating Level is 1800 IF…
05:33 Your Rating Level is 1900 IF…
06:41 Your Rating Level is 2200 IF…
07:17 Your Rating Level is 2500 IF…
08:53 Your Rating Level is 2700 IF…
10:18 Comment your solution & rating below

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1. @walterwhite210 says:

FIRST THING I CONSIDERED IS Qc6

2. @baconbitz7804 says:

This seems a little inaccurate. I’m like 600 and I know most of the moves

3. @jaisuryasathyanarayanan3870 says:

It's a Lil bothersome for me , as I ended up with a completely different result, however it was not very efficient, and I definetly did not see that "bishop alone" checkmate at all , so I'll just go with my rating that I received before which was 1200.

4. @user-nt8wf6fw9w says:

Imagine not find anythink from 800, but 2200

5. @antoinedabesthello8725 says:

I’m only 1100 and saw the 2200 rating one in seconds

6. @cerviavolante3484 says:

I found it, but i'm not rated 2200. At computer i can hardly win a 1500 bot.

Calculated: 1,900
Real Rating: 650

8. @ayumi_q says:

Tbh I'm 1064, but I saw solution of 2200 level…. how is it possible?

9. @apiolxi says:

Very educational. Yes please analyze more puzzles like this. Thank you.

10. @curtisw0234 says:

I’m 2000 and decided and saw all the obvious attempts and didn’t bother to calculate because I’m lazy and nothing looked forcing enough. Certainly didn’t see rxg2 bxg2 qc6. I probably would have pulled a nakamura 😉 maybe I’m too blitz minded

11. @iainbozfelt says:

Hardly a puzzle – more like a mate in 20 ( which it is) !!

12. @caissa222 says:

I stopped analysed after …f3 as that line is clearly best. Saw Rxg2 and Qc6 Nf4 and f3 etc. in a few seconds, though surprising given years of tactics practice.

13. @23fyrebird says:

No rating here, I'm a casual. My response was Qc6. What I did not see was Ng3 to block the rook. I figured maybe white would try to go on offense after Qc6, not seeing the setup or even welcoming a queen sac.

14. @wurzelausc says:

I m around 2100 but I have seen the variations until fxg2. But I have missed Ng3 as defensive resource in the earlier variation. So I m 2500 and 1600 at the same time. It feels like a GM playing like a patzer.

15. @robloxianguy9419 says:

I took with the pawn with the bishop and spent 10 minutes of my life trying to see what elo I was…

16. @naseralmaazmi5904 says:

I woulve played h5

17. @erkankaraca3945 says:

me being 1800 according to this puzzle while has 600 elo lmao hahahahaha

18. @JoeyFknD says:

I am much better in a puzzle setting when I know there is a "right" answer. I regularly get the 1800-2200 answer on these videos, but my rating is like 1300 lol. In-game not so much. Should I start playing slower time formats so I can sit and look at the position I guess?

19. @walkerb392 says:

Elo rating of 2500 👍👍👏

20. @shahidfaruque6139 says:

my rating is 2200

21. @GeorgeXEdits says:

1200 elo for a 12 year old aka me!!!

22. @ianwands3111 says:

I enjoyed the puzzle and your explanation. I don't think I could identify and analyse all the lines that you did but came to think that this was the solution 1. ….. Qc6 2. Nc4 dxc4 3. Qc3 Qxc3 4. bxc3 Bxc3 5. Bb2 Bxb2

23. @dragontamer4x994 says:

This position makes me wonder what the players were thinking.

24. @stotto68 says:

Ugh 1200. Back to the drawing board.

25. @shilpasalunke760 says:

Can you make these types of videos frequently 🥺🥺

26. @a.k.7840 says:

I first saw Bxg2 Bxg2 Rxg2 Kxg2 Qc6+ and it wasn't clear that I would get enough advantage. I might play that in blitz though. I saw Qc6 (a mate threat) and that Ng3 prevents the idea. I only glanced at Bxa3 and didn't calculate it at all. Oddly, I never considered starting with Rxg2 in any of my lines simply because a move that produces check is more forcing. This is probably because I knew it's a puzzle.

27. @rcdelacruz4645 says:

You didn't give a rating the way I solve the puzzle

28. @user-hp6vi8ho4s says:

Trying to bring my game to another level 😊

29. @dougm5699 says:

I was able to solve the whole sequence, but, it is complex enough and took me a long enough time that the reality is I would have not been able to work it out in a real game and not made the rook sacrifice. It was only because I knew black had a winning line that I continued to work through the line. I did immediately look at the winning line, so my guess is the rating given for me is correct. I have a uscf rating of 1750, no idea how that translates to an online rating.

30. @arturt7192 says:

I am surprised I saw the knight, I am only 1600 .

31. @Boritoman76 says:

I can't believe I'm a 2200! My real rating is 1550!

32. @user-jg9rd4mf8v says:

I found my rating is 2200 I'm so excited but I'm not stopping her😊

33. @animeepicbattle4006 says:

Im not sure if this is accurate because my max rating in blitz is just 1700 but I was able to see the solution within 5 mins. Does this mean I have a potential to improve more like a GM? Haha

34. @finesseandstyle says:

300 elo and i saw Bd5 Qc6 and then Rxg2, but i have no idea if that works

35. @sussydoge-kr2mg says:

why my rating is 2500 and i can,t even remember the chess opening and lose.

36. @tperm2348 says:

1900

37. @gdjedious1579 says:

i found 1800 solution at 300 rating and same for the other video :skull:

38. @nelipfuze5176 says:

2200

39. @abdumamed6602 says:

I saw the queen battery and analyzed 4 variations all end with me knocking the brother out but did not see the knight to g3 block so i will give myself 1400 for the good try (am 1300) in reality😊

40. @dmitryweinstein315 says:

I found 1. …Rxg2 and 2 …Qc6 rather quickly, which, according to your scale, would give me 2200, however in practice I can't get above 1200-1300 in a chess training app 🙂

41. @user-pi8uc9wi2u says:

1800

42. @DESTA. says:

My rating is 1050, I took a break from chess after reaching that (about 2 months), and I got the 1800 rating as you said. Got stuck at the NG3 move. Now I'm motivated to get back into it! 😁

43. @vickymalviya5363 says:

I am able to solve the puzzle but at the time of matches I am not able to perform that much why and how can I improve

44. @firstaccount888 says:

Cool. I’m somewhere between 800 and 2200! LOL. This was an interesting one. The other puzzle videos I’ve seen him do were more straightforward. In this one I got some of the advanced concepts but missed a couple of the simpler comments. I got all the way to the queen/bishop attack but didn’t see the pawn solution as the final step.

45. @rolandomartinez9076 says:

Can't pause without screen interference.

46. @screamingmute8256 says:

3 times i got 1800 i am 1400 and i still dont know how to improve calculations although i should focus on my openings and endgames since i never ever studied them

47. @Hallowi says:

I think like 1600 but I am pretty good in sacrificing and Forking and draw-ed a losing game with 2000 chess bot and also won with my friend who is 1700 multiple times and also did a brilliant move- rook sacrifice for luring queen and Forking it with knight and a great move- bishop sac for luring king + rook fork with queen in 2 consecutive days idk my rating honestly can anyone guess I'll take the average one in replies