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. 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

  2. would love to see jerry try some atomic chess

  3. 4:44
    Could the king not also get to the corner by way of e4 /d5 /c6 /b7 ?

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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 ?

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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?

  11. 3 people who disliked took the bishop and lost the race

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

  13. 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?

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

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

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