White to move and what?! | Cool Chess Puzzle #18 (Frédéric Lazard)

Prepare to be shocked before even 1 move of the solution to this fascinating composition is shared. Frédéric Lazard has quickly become one of my favorite chess composers, and judging by the feedback many of you leave he’s one of your favorites as well, and rightly so. I found myself both frowning and scratching my head for quite some time, and I was in disbelief when simply attempting to unlock the solution to this masterpiece. This one will likely give your favorite chess engine some difficulty in solving! The composition by Frédéric Lazard that is presented in this video was published in L’Eclaireur Du Soir, 1928.

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340 Comments

  1. Omg yes! I'm so bad at puzzles but for some reason I got this through to the end! Yes

  2. Grr… of these puzzles I can always get the first move… maybe two or three in… but can never figure out the close. Still, better than before I found this channel… I would never have even been able to do that.

  3. Right when I was about to say "White to move and draw-" the video says "AND WIN!"

    Ya got me

  4. WOW, the more you learn chess, the less you realise you know, yet your ability to see it's beauty becomes exponential.

  5. This wasn't too bad. It was pretty easy after 2 minutes 🙂

  6. This is just so different!

    The emotion in Jerry and excitement is just…
    I don’t know what to say lol
    I guess incredible

  7. I'm very interested how alpha zero would have looked at this position

  8. alright.

    stockfish, according to Frøken Glattbarbert Stillas-sikkerhetsinspektør, sees the game as a draw until d5 at 7:33. we know stockfish sucks at puzzles anyways.

    the real question is whether or not AlphaZero can catch the solution.

  9. It was easy for me, because I'm used to these kind of puzzles from reading Ghenrikh M. Kasparyan Domination in 2545 endgame studies, it's full of puzzles like this one, so if you like this puzzle check out his book.

  10. I was on the right track, but then I got distracted by the seeming mate possibilities of promoting to a knight. Obviously if he captures the knight, you're screwed because your king is on the incorrect square to force zugzwang. If I'd spent another 5 minutes I'm sure i would have seen it.

  11. Wow. I had the right ideas, especially as regards sneaking past black's central pawns, but missed the stalemates (I do that during games too, much to my repeated chagrin) and couldn't quite connect the kingside and central activity to orchestrate the win correctly. Maybe if I'd given it a little more time.

    This was a very nice puzzle.

  12. Bloody hell, get to the point and stop repeating yourself, sir!

  13. What a puzzle! Aesthetically pleasing!

  14. Phew! Great puzzle. I'm glad I came up to Kg5 after a few minutes. 🙂

  15. Why not f6 earlier blocking queen takes queen so you can quuen your pawn

  16. Wow, Incredible. From where do you gather such cool chess puzzles? Love from India…

  17. Can anyone tell what if black queen go for g1 check then e3 eat the pone then e7

  18. Couldn't get it until queen promotions but WOW. That was beautiful

  19. I was able to solve it ,took about 10 minutes, my ending was a bit different in the end, instead of taking exd4 I just pushed forward with the e pawn to get to e7 checkmate, but I think it may not work because queen to h5+, kxh5 and then d1=Q+

  20. could he not just push the e pawn until it checked the king?

  21. This puzzle wasnt that hard i got kind oft a idea to win after a few minutes and i was right

  22. For Lord's sake PLEASE SAY FIRST "White to play and win or White to play a draw"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After that, give any hints!!!!!!!

  23. I actually got it up to the point on which the queens got into play in around 5 minutes but didnt know where to go from their very very intresting

  24. Arghh, I took on d4, but I guessed all the right moves till then.
    I liked the ending, where white doesn't take, those pawn moves have to be played precisely.

  25. Took me a hour to solve first part but could not figure out second part. Great puzzle. Love solving these. Keep it up!!

  26. Holy shit i cant believe i solved it!!!

  27. What will happen if black opts for a knight instead of Queen ?
    This will help to get rid of a white pawn which is in front of his king. Please post ur comment. By the way … nice job done by u.

  28. If you keep pushing the E pawn after d7 x c6 its actually mate!

  29. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. But at 3:59 when the king moves to h5 couldn’t the queen mate on g5? Awesome video tho 🙂

  30. Took me 3 minutes to find the queen trap. Thanks Jerry for the puzzle. Your videos are awesome and your analysis is really helpful in improving the game : )

  31. Rub it in and make that final promotion to just a Rook.

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