The King Race | Cool Chess Puzzle #22 (Bondarenko and Liburkin)

Once the h-pawn is addressed, what is the correct way forward? A king race ensues in this wonderful endgame study. The big question is, “How do you get a step ahead? This collaborative composition by Filip Bondarenko and Mark Liburkin was produced in 1950.

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  1. Thank you for the great one, Jerry! This puzzle just shows me how valuable 1 tempo can be!

  2. I'm still a beginner, but I didn't get why 1.Ne1 Bc3 2.Nf3 is bad. The pawn is still stuck so it will be captured, and what does the bishop move accomplish?

  3. Hey Jerry, I really like your videos and comments. Could you play a 4-player chess game soon for fun? Love this variant. :))

  4. i thought it would be easy but never thought bishop would be poisoned

  5. What would white do if black plays bishop b8 at 5:35? If white takes the bishop, black gains back that essential tempi, but can't take the pawn because the bishop is protecting it. I may have missed something, but that move seems to draw the game.

  6. The two composers names sound like fake names of your fake BF/GF you make up in 3 seconds to impress your family or friends

  7. at 3:57, what if the White King went to a8 first, then captured on a7

  8. It's a great puzzle.. I saw all the variation playing Ne1 thinking it was winning. What I missed is that the B is in c3 (winning a tempo on the N)in my variation and can stop the pawn with Bb4, and if Nh4 is played the B needs to spend another tempo (useful for the K) to go to b2 or c3 to stop the pawn as you mentioned in one variation

  9. for some reason jerrys intro is my fav intro on all of youtube

  10. This is a very cool puzzle. Not taking the bishop to win o.O

  11. This is the first chess puzzle that i legitimately solved all the way. I hope this is a sign of good things to come.

  12. Yeah I solved it. Was a comparatively easy one

  13. Frøken Glattbarbert Stillas-sikkerhetsinspektør says:

    I tried this against stockfish 8 on lichess as black and it failed to win against me because it took the bishop bait

  14. would love to see jerry try some atomic chess

  15. 4:44
    Could the king not also get to the corner by way of e4 /d5 /c6 /b7 ?

  16. Hello Jerry, there is another idea when the bishop is in the way to black's king, black could play Bb8 and protect the a7 pawn, and this will cause white one more tempo to take the bishop out but I realized black also lost a tempo with this bishop move. Nice one.

  17. Hi Jerry what software do you use to show games?

  18. If there is a perfect puzzle for the game of chess this is it ! Easily my favorite one by far.

  19. An interesting study.
    I took a different idea for a solution for black.
    Forget the h2 pawn, it is dead, and once the knight moves to h4 black cannot stop the sacrifice.
    However …
    Once the knight takes the h2 pawn, it is somewhat sidelined, so my idea is for black to completely ignore the knight, and begin the race, not for the a6 / a7 blockade, but for the b5 square.
    The interesting thing, is that this idea is not so cut and dried as first appears.
    Still analysing, it is rather complex, and I am refusing to resort to a machine, because that defeats the point of the exercise.
    Any comments on my idea anyone ?

  20. Could you maybe post the FEN strings of these puzzles in the description? It would help a great deal in case we wanted to analyse the position a bit afterwards.

  21. Jerry will u be covering the upcoming candidates tournament?

  22. what about bishop b8 when the king doesn't take? could the black king get a white pawn after that given his pawns are safe?

  23. 3 people who disliked took the bishop and lost the race

  24. Excellent videos
    Just put FEN pls for quick board setup

  25. You should've covered this variation 1 Nh4! Kg1 2 Nf3+ Kg2 3 Nxh2 Kxh2 4 e5! Bb2 5 26th Ba3 6 Ke5 Kg3 7 Kd5 Kf4 8 Kc6 Ke5 9 Kb7 Kd6 10 e7! Kxe7 11 Kxa7 Kd6 12 Kxb6?

  26. love this serious Jerry, but this is probably the worst puzzle you've covered so far.

  27. Having an extra bishop lost the game for black.

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