# This Puzzle Tells YOUR Chess Rating Level

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🔹 A Puzzle That Tells YOUR Chess Level –

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov provides you with an opportunity to test your chess rating level by challenging you with an interesting chess puzzle. Your task is to evaluate the position, calculate all variations, and find the best moves.

Not only does this exercise helps you to know where your chess level is currently, it also shows you the clear pathway to your chess progress. You will see exactly what skills you need to learn to get to the next level, the level above that, and so on.

Therefore, chess mastery becomes less mysterious to you, and you will know exactly how grandmasters think during a practical game.

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00:00 This Chess Puzzle Determines Your Rating
00:50 First step to solving a chess puzzle
01:09 Your Rating Level is 600 IF…
01:40 Your Rating Level is 800 IF…
02:28 Your Rating Level is 1000 IF…
02:55 Your Rating Level is 1200 IF…
03:49 Your Rating Level is 1800 IF…
05:19 Your Rating Level is 2200 IF…
06:19 Your Rating Level is 2400 IF…
07:47 Your Rating Level is 2570 IF…

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I got to the 1200 one, but where does not seeing the backward queen move but seeing Ke1 Bh5?Because that's my problem; I try to think about my opponent's options but will miss one and be left floundering

2. Kim Birch says:

Many beginners play checks without thinking of a follow up move.
Always think at least 2 moves ahead.

3. Richard Sørensen says:

my rating was 1200 i know it i amto lazy

4. POWAQQATSI 2 says:

Great test – thanks a lot! I have not calculated Qf3 but all the other variants also the last one! My current chess rating ist just a little above 1500…

5. Brent Milnor says:

I figured it through to bishop blocks rook, and most likely black could escape further attacks (but I didn't work through them). I have no real rating — I just play the Lichess "puzzle streak" games. My guess is that I'd lose to a 1400 rating player since I don't know openings well enough.

6. Alex ALex says:

Both 800 and 1600 somehow. Does that make me 2400?

7. Kim Birch says:

The first move to take the Knight is blindingly obvious as it pins the other Knight.

8. Kim Birch says:

Don't just check for the sake of it.

9. Shakib Ishfaq says:

1200 across both puzzles, so consistent.

10. TheNeighborhoodPro says:

I could calculate the 1200 part but I didn’t see the extra rook so what would my rating be?

11. A Carneal says:

4:40 what about Bishop to h5? The Queen has no way to defend mate. Is there a counter that im missing?

12. Mike Patterson says:

I saw 1600 and bits of 2200

13. syler says:

I play way too much puzzles cause my 900 just solved this like an 1800

14. Graham Beattie says:

I'm used to playing Chess Royale which allows 1 minute per move, so I don't think beyond the immediate (it just takes too much effort) so I guess that confirms I'm 1000 to 1200.

15. Jason T says:

1200 rating here with a shade of 2570 for seeing the last variation.

16. Kokoh Bagai Tebing says:

1200 😅

17. optional roux says:

rated 1800 and found the 2570 one with not much trouble, sadly all i am good at is calculating

18. Fernando says:

Very good video! Please more of these types of problems!

19. Sri Ram says:

At 4:41 isn't Bh5 winning?

20. Taticial Tactician says:

My rating is 1907, My Rating level is 2570! The Highest Level My peak rating is around 2076. So far from Normal Chess Player Still trying to improve my level. I am getting terrible at chess these days, In 2022 I defeated many actual rated players, One with a 2276 Tho! My highest opponent I beated. Good luck for your upcoming videos.

21. Mike Bell says:

800! 😤. I'm taking on all challengers!

22. Worshaka says:

I got some of the elements of the 1800+ variations. I don't think I'm great at chess but mostly because I get bored or find it too taxing to visualize all the variations. The just play the occasional blitz game online and that isn't enough time for me to consider moves. Furthermore I'll just play quickly even with time because I want a good paced game. It means my play is varied between blunders and decently strong play. I generally get into winning positions but have no idea how to cash in on them.

23. Wardrobe Bear says:

I am 1200 i saw extra rook first but thinking my knight is probably traped then i saw the free knight i thought for sure white is winning if it is there move but it being black to move i saw just take the knight mate in one is the and you will pick up the rook then i was thinking about the knight sack withe the rook check but i wasnt convinsed due to th3 bishop blok the qween check somehow i didnt see on b7 i thought for sure black is wining this took me 28 min 52s and was so fun

24. ZingyOak says:

im rated about 650 in rapid but 1450 in puzzles and i got to about 1800 in this one. i just dont know why my brain stops working during timed matches lmao

25. NatFar says:

I got 1800

26. jose raul Capablanca says:

I found all the lines, but the variation after the knight sac and Re1check nearly beat me. In a game I would not have gotten it, however as I knew the puzzle must have a solution after trying everything else I hit on the bishop move out of desperation and then was able to calculate the win.

27. Amogus says:

I came up with 1800, 2570 and 1200 as an 550 elo

28. Dictolory says:

Got the 1800 one but somehow missed that Qg1 was mate lol

29. Trollface :] says:

I had paused the video for a solid 4 minutes to see every possible continuation for both sides and also calculated thoroughly, and I can gladly say that I am at a level of 1800, as I could definitely not see the knight sacrifice leading to a winning position for white.