Solving Chess Puzzles: Detailed Explanation From 0 – 2600 Rated Puzzles

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1. @speedy_brennan says:

Number 11 in my opinion would result in a stalemate for the game because if white would then go into perpetual check on black when the white rook takes black rook. If white does any other move besides putting the king in check it's going to be mate for black. Only other option would be to move the rook that is not putting the king in check back down to stop the queen from checkmate on whites king which would delay it 1 move.

2. @summercube339 says:

The puzzle of 21:46 was actually mate and you missed pawn takes takes pawn putting the king in check causing the rook to take than the queen takes rook with the rook defending and you have checkmate I noticed that and was frustrated

3. @uwose says:

#17 is not finished after playing Queen to a5. King goes to c8, then Rook from e1 to c1 is mate.

4. @uwose says:

#21 will be mate. Bishop to b4, Knight to c3. Bishop takes Knight c3, Queen defends King d2. Queen b2 takes Queen d2.

5. @uwose says:

#30 instead of taking the queen b7 (which isn't a threat): Pawn h6 takes pawn g7. Rook g8 takes g7. Queen f7 takes g7. Mate.

6. @fakepillow1 says:

9:29 Qa5+ Kc8 Qa8#

7. @SiddharthSenthilkumar says:

Yooo I love this video Nelson! My record is about 52 and proud of it! Really awesome video!

8. @lonkhoi6764 says:

help im struggling in 51

9. @deonjansen says:

i loose about a 1/3 of my puzzles due to rushing, and another third cos i just dont agree with the move logic, and 1/3 of the time cos i just dont get it

10. @neobullseye1 says:

40:03 leads to mate in 6 for white. I had to use a board to actually play around with it, but:

1: Qxb7+ – Ke6
2: Re8+ – Kd6
3: Qc7+ – Kxd5 (giving up the knight)
4: Re5+ – Kd4
5: Qxc5+ – Kd3
6: Qc3#

11. @lolgamer16 says:

At 30:13. My stupid calculations: First we fork the queen and bishop, if the white decides to trade queens, we will trade and will simply capture the bishop by our rook and then white rook captures it and we capture white rookπ€―. Is this right? Pls tell sir.

12. @customarylover3857 says:

9:03 the answer to this one is Re8#.
Edit: Nvm I just realized that the king can still take.

13. @xenoplayz599 says:

I saw a tactic before Nelson π

14. @CablDragon says:

Nelson, in set 42 move the queen to C1 and back the bishop.

15. @ronaldmdiaz says:

21:50 h6xg7+ g8xg7, f7xg7!

16. @Schilani says:

That pause at 12:36 was glorious "why did he move?"

17. @johannesbluemink4581 says:

Very nice sofar. But with nr. 17, I saw the Queen check on A5 within 5 seconds. But overall good practice examples!

18. @meesiphht2769 says:

Some of these – like #48 – are just way too quick to exit to see what's right or wrong.
I guess there's no way to change that, huh?

19. @Jay57T says:

Have never played Puzzle Rush, so this was a good introduction. Upside: Nelson's pleasant manner. Downside: We're not given more time to see the final position.

20. @garyshow2005 says:

These are really good puzzles — well, some of them; some are just taking pieces. I want to point out that Nelson never got it at 36:19 and the puzzle cut him off before the point of it. After Nxf6+ gxf6, not Nxh6+ which only wins a pawn, but Qd2! which wins the game! White will play Qxh6 and Qg7#, and there is nothing Black can do about it except give up the queen after Qd2 Qc8, Qxh6 Qxf5, exf5. Even that should only stave off mate by a few moves, as White just brings the rook into the attack. That's a flaw with puzzle rush, it should make you play it out until a clear win is achieved.

21. @alexithymia9337 says:

At 17:00, You missed taking the rook on g1, because taking the bishop on f3 leaves you in check. I can't believe I caught you! You rock!

22. @Achille004 says:

At 28:31 pawn takes rook is actually checkmate.
If queen takes pawn black queen takes back and it's mate
If king moves g1 then queen f1 it's mate bc the safe quare in h2 is covered by white queen

23. @ravenjacobbalanon8691 says:

Question um why in the 30th puzzle the H6 pawn didn't take the pawn on g7 instead he takes the queen Taking the g7 pawn leads to checkmate

24. @stepankratky4435 says:

21:50 isn't that a forced mate in two? Pawn takes, forced rook take, Queen takes the rook and that's a mate?

25. @joepiazza3756 says:

In puzzle 43 it was not about winning a pawn. It mattered which knight made the move because if you go Nh6+ then black won't capture and instead moves the king out of check with Kh7. Then when you take the bishop, black will take the first knight and White only has a small advantage. However, if you take the bishop first, then the king cannot escape to h7 as the square is covered. Black could take with the pawn but that is forced checkmate with Qd2. Instead the King will escape to h8 and white has a huge advantage with multiple different ideas where black can easily blunder mate.

26. @ashtimbog says:

21:51 why didn't the puzzle fail? checkmate is better than taking a queen

27. @edg531 says:

Thank you, Nelson. Youβre a wonderful teacher, and from I can see, a humble guy. Best to you!

28. @IngieKerr says:

Recent subscriber, and have watched a good few hours of yours in the past few days, and really really enjoyed this one.
No shouting and tedious hyperbole, just chess, with all its frustrations. Even your little blunders here made me feel better about my own regular mistakes, so no loss there either π Many thanks and may your end game be long.

29. @gamerplayer3 says:

for the 1696 puzzle you could have pawn g7 instead of taking the queen, it forces the rook to take the pawn and you can recapture with the queen, not sure why the puzzle chose that route

30. @pickaxe4248 says:

8:54 i saw queen a5 and queen a8