# Over 80% Of Chess Players Struggle To Win This “Simple” Endgame Puzzle | Can You Do It?

As I scrolled idle on facebook, I came across this endgame position from one of my groups and much to my surprised a lot of people blundered this position and didn’t understand why their move isn’t the correct one. Even if at first, truth be told, their answer kind of baffled me, when I took a closer look I realized that not long until now, I was doing the same blunders, and honestly, if I am In a time scramble I am still doing them, even if I know the pattern. So I am hoping that by the end of the video you will know how to correctly approach those kind of endgame scenario.

I hope you learned something valuable from this endgame scenario. I always said that studying endgame is as important as studying opening and middle game, but for some reasons a lot of people neglate this part of the game. As usual, if you want me to discus a certain subject leave it in the comment and I will make a video about it. Take care!

1. @TruthWielders says:

Kd7 was my first instinct, but I had to work my way from there with trial and error, I didn't know about 'opposition', thanks, that'll be useful … if I can remember at the right time !

2. @bahmankargosha4946 says:

Playing Kg8 by black doesn’t have anything to do with white king being on a light square (Kf5). If white king was on a dark square , let say King was on g5, still black should play Kg8 to be able to take the opposition.

3. @user-ig8qd4tt7b says:

@2:20 that "same color square" strategy is not right. Suppose that the white king is at g5, not f5, and now according to your rule Black should play Kf8/h8 (both losing easily).
The strategy is much simpler: retreating your king when needed at the same file that the opponent's pawn stands.

4. @chessnoob4461 says:

This puzzle is ridiculously easy. Please put in much harder puzzles.

5. @PijanovicDjordje says:

It is so obvious that you are a noob bellow 1500, your insecurity in explaining says it all.

6. @DeuceGenius says:

I love king and pawn endgames. Its my bread and butter.

7. @DeuceGenius says:

Opposition is the most important thing to understand in this endgame. Its the difference between winning and drawing.

8. @paulmalone8170 says:

Kd7 Kg8 Ke7 Kh8 f6 gxf6 Kf7 f5. g7 Kh7. g8=Q Kh6. Qg6#

9. @Esponer says:

I don't know how I got recommended this as I don't play chess and am not totally sure I know the rules, but moving the king northwest jumped out as me as the right move from a turn-based RPG perspective, to go for a flank and drive their king into the corner… have I been accidentally learning chess while playing video games?

10. @BaruchJW says:

What helps you to improve your strength in chess?

11. @sarthakkundu1693 says:

Ke7 ke8 both are same

12. @anthonymalone37 says:

Great lesson!!! Question, I hear has a new player it is better to master the end game first be learning a opening. Thoughts?

13. @rbueno55 says:

Yes…easy…Kd7…Kg8…Ke8…Kh8…f6…if Kg8…f7 and f8 mate…if gxf6…Kf7…f5…g7+ and mate in 2

14. @i.g.l.z.9215 says:

What a good lesson, thank you!

15. @Vlabar says:

Good to know Im in the 20%

16. @seraeirian2 says:

Over 99% of YT videos post BS stats in their titles.

17. @linsqopiring6816 says:

The first video of yours Ive seen and I like the clear and methodical style you have of explaining. And I also appreciate your emphasis on endgames since I like learning them because of their importance in getting those "w"s and also to me they are just fun things within themselves. Look forward to seeing what other videos you've made on them.

18. @SC-SA says:

Nice video, thanks a lot. 👍👍

I'm around 800 elo and find solution.

20. @sparkyshore3543 says:

Interesting exercise is looking at similar positions with the black king on other squares of the eighth rank. It turns out White wins no matter where the black king is on the eighth rank, but it can be a little tricky to get there.

21. @captain.christian.rorbeck8294 says:

You are not correct….

22. @SamuelPearlman says:

Some of your lines lead to stalemate, but you don't actually show the stalemate pattern. You should!

23. @tykemorris says:

I solved it right away. D7 forces Black into the corner so that white has control over tempo.

24. @AbirBiswas-gd7ht says:

Thanks sir

25. @kdenis8852 says:

I don't see how the "natural" move ends in a draw. You have king and queen vs king. It should be a simple win for white.

26. @jamesdelb6885 says:

Kd7, Kg8 ; Ke8, Kh8(only move) ; f6, gf ; (if Kg8, f7+ wins.) After gf, ; Kf8 and the f pawn is free to move, f5 ; g7+ with Queen next move.

27. @sachinss5854 says:

Triangulation 🤔

28. @user-en2mx2rr5e says:

I managed to solve it. only difficulty is that if you only calculate captures.

29. @user-su9hj4kh2g says:

Hi

30. @drjaigupta says:

It is easy. Kd7 kg8; Ke7 kh8 ; f6 gxf6; Kf7 f5; g7+ kh7 ; f8=Q + kh6; Qg6+#

31. @enscroggs says:

More endgame studies, please. BTW, I thought of K-D7 immediately.

32. @jeancesar5493 says:

Mate in 9

33. @LutherBlissett94 says:

Nice problem, but easy to calculate

34. @davidbielsa5188 says:

35. @clivethereddevil3178 says:

at 5:41 the move Ke8 also wins after ……Kh8;f6 gxf6 then Kf7 or Kf8 transpose back into the lines after Ke7.

36. @malawidouglas6464 says:

I want to learn a few end game tactics and techniques.

37. @cathya44 says:

Great video! some of these so called simple endgames can be bottomless wells. Thank you

38. @Optim40 says:

Loll this guy was like…if I put a thinking and focused girl on my thumbnail that will get me more views 😂

39. @tottenvillelegend826 says:

Thank you for sharing this and for your insight.

40. @rainerwahnsinn9585 says:

Thank you very much!!
After 35 years chess-playing I understood the mail-point, "same color of the opposite-king" and not "In front of the opposite-king"

41. @GamesInAlpha says:

On 2:50 black Kh8 is lossing because whites plays Kf7, thats not a Draw situation.

42. @koolfreund5764 says:

You talk a lot man

43. @EngineVSEngine says:

Wow, I actually got it right away 🙂

44. @yujingong7953 says:

45. @Ionut_Tudose says:

Nice, congrats

46. @maxlepocher2627 says:

black to move also wins for white

47. @rameshthiagarajan4173 says:

it is simple not difficult.
I could do it

48. @rameshthiagarajan4173 says:

K d7 first

49. @thedude5599 says:

easy puzzle maybe 800 ELO at best

50. @malcommarcone2559 says:

You named around 5 wrong squares in a 7 minutes video!!??