Solve This IF You Can – A Wild Problem By Otto Blathy

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217 Comments

  1. Yes. But why does your red piece set has white pawns. And why only 7.

  2. The first move on the first puzzle didn't make any sense why dosent pawn take it is in the taking position ๐Ÿค”

  3. incredibly i saw all the correct moves, and i'm not a good chess player :O

  4. It's grotesque! Fun, but pretty easy to solve. Unlike many puzzles, there are really no choices so this grotesque can be solved one move at a time rather than trying to figure it all out before making the first move.

  5. It should be pointed out that white MUST capture the bishop on a6; otherwise, after 1 Nf4+ Kc5, 2 Ne6+ Kd5, 3 Nxc7+ Kc5, 4 Ke4? d5+, 5 Ke5 Bf6+, 6 Ke6 Nd8+, 7 Kd7 Bc8 and white must abandon control of the d6 square. 8 Kxc8 Kd6 and now white canโ€™t win.

  6. Puzzles like this are disappointing. From the structure of the position, there are only ever a few candidate moves. As a result it takes little effort to try a line, see where it fails, and work back to the correct sequence of moves. I would much rather a puzzle with few pieces were the number of candidate moves means it takes real insight (which I generally lack) to find the solution.

  7. One of those puzzles where the composition is more beautiful than the actual solution.

  8. Actually, at 5:21, if the knight moves to e6, it's checkmate and that pawn on d3 doesn't matter.

  9. This puzzle feels flawed. 3:32 Black doesnt need to play Pawn to D5 check. He can simply play Rook to B1 and opens up a backdoor for the king to escape. I don't play chess, but I wish I had an explanation on that.

  10. First thing I noticed looking at the thumbnail is that to win the best possible move to win is checkmating the king

  11. sorry Iยดm new to this but how do we know that black uses its pawn to go to d5 for the check when there are other potential moves to play? Or is this some kind of force check scenario where the opponent has to go for check whenever there is an opportunity?

  12. Why black pawn on d5? Moving rock from b4 seems better.

  13. Where thereโ€™s a knight, thereโ€™s a way.

  14. Dude how do I know if black is going up or down the board

  15. What happens if black moved their room from B4 to B2 when we play KE4?

  16. 3:34 what if black doesn't check and opens and escape with the rook?

  17. I has hoped you would say a bit more on why white has to capture black's bishop on a6. I suppose this is also revealed only later in the calculation (e.g. 4:24) where it would be detrimental to allow black another check on white's king.

  18. Amazing puzzle. Can anyone show how to get 7 pawns on one side? Or prove that you can't?

  19. I now know what to do if I ever find myself in this situation

  20. 1. Nf4+ Kc5 2. Ne6+ Kd5 3. Nxc7+ Kc5 4. Nxa6+ Kd5 5. Nc7+ Kc5 6. Ne6+ Kd5 7. Nf4+ Kc5 8. Ke4 d5+ 9. Ke5 Bf6+ 10. Ke6 Nd8+ 11. Kd7 [any move] 12. Nxd3# (or Nd3# if 11. … d2)
    My first calculation was the same except I didn't take the bishop on a6 after capturing the queen. However, I discovered that if we follow the same idea 6. Kd3 d5+ 7. Ke5 Bf6+ 8. Nd8+ 9. Ke6 there is 9. … Bc8+!! which saves black.

  21. You will never, 'till the heat death of the universe, reach this in a real game

  22. dont take the bishop, an u are faster ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. damn i literally got the idea instantly. that was nice.

  24. For the first time in my life I solved the puzzle from the Thumbnail and I'm pretty proud

  25. Wha happens is black plays pawn – D2 after King E4?

  26. Cool video. It would have been nice if you said what way the pawns move before you ask us to pause and try to solve it though. Not everyone remembers who starts on 1/2 and who starts on 7/8

    (But I probably still would never solve something like this anyway)

  27. I thought I could skip NxBa6 but then I saw that move can't be skipped. If black later plays Nd8+, the bishop escapes and plays Bc3+, if KxBc8 the black king escapes, if Kc7 black plays Ne6+ then if NxNe6+ BxNe6 or Kb7 and the white king no longer traps the black king.

  28. NxP would let the king escape, also on Ne6+ also โœ”๏ธ the square d4, the black knight can simply capture on e6.

  29. Iโ€™m very proud of myself, I was able to see all the moves ahead of time. Now if I could just trick my opponents into reaching this positionโ€ฆ

  30. Pretty easy for what the title made it out to be. Lol.

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  32. Is the capture of the bishop on A6 necessary?

  33. I'm glad I actually solved this one! I didn't see why taking the bishop was necessary though, so there's always room for me to plan further ahead! I'm getting better at these videos after just finding your channel a couple days ago.

  34. I am so INSANELY bad at chess that i always make the bad moves and in a lot of these puzzles it is the right move even if it is counter intuitive.

  35. "Final checkmate" YO IS THE WHITE KING THE SHOTGUN KING?

  36. up to 2:45 is obvious, and then its not that hard to find how to checkmate since you will notice that the white king can block blacks king eventually

  37. I saw the basic idea and the line up to where the Knight takes the bishop (which I didn't do). I don't think it's necessary, because after Kd7, the game could continue with … Bc8+ 11. Kc7 Ne6+ 12. Nxe6 mate! Unless, of course, I'm missing something …

  38. This has now happened to me twice and I wasn't able to figure out what to do here…

  39. Puzzles like this show the power the knight has if played effectively.

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