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In this video, I show an amazing chess puzzle that tests your calculation abilities. This puzzle shows the value of forcing moves and how to calculate variations. Thank you for watching and be sure to subscribe for more chess content!
FEN – 8/6pp/8/6PP/7P/8/p2K4/k7 w – – 0 1

You moved the king to C1 and then moved back and forth between c1 and C2 and eventually he stayed at C2. Actually, it is obvious that there will be a pawn race but I have to avoid the check. So obviously the king has to be in C2. The tricky part of this puzzle is that you have to count the moves between c1 and c2 in order to eventually keep the king at C2.

2. @mattt.4395 says:

What about variations where they both promote? How do you know black wins just because they promotr half a move earlier?

3. @diogenes_of_sinope says:

Oh wow, that's a good one, thank you for your efforts!

4. The Tutorial Master says:

1rst!!!

5. Montetank Tankkiller says:

Very nice. The idea was clear that in the end the king must be on c2, but I couldn't visualize the move order (I always try to solve without a board). I'm getting old 😳

6. Stanimir Petev says:

Usually whenever there are situation like this one where 2 seemingly equally good moves lead to different outcome is all about tempo. When I saw the puzzle I was sure that it would be something related to Zugzwang but couldn't see that far. 🙂
Nice puzzle!

7. The Alphabet Song says:

Woooow that is tricky

8. S Sifr says:

I'm a noob in chess but what happens if king move to b3?

9. Zdeněk Mičke says:

1. Kc1 g6 2. Kc2 gxh5 3. Kc1 h6 4. Kc2 hxg5 5. hxg5 h4 6. g6 h3 7. g7 h2 8. g8=Q h1=Q 9. Qg7#

10. Ieatkamisama#1333.AKA.東京 says:

Wow thnx for explaining the puzzle so well

11. Lakshya Gupta says:

4:28 they can just move the pawn on H7

12. Yowantwothree says:

Isn't that incredible? It's krazy

13. Tyler D says:

Beyond the capacity of a 600 rated player like me 😅

the beauty of chess! what an instructive puzzle!

15. Thomas Schmitz says:

I am 100% sure this man just has a bigger brain than the normal human being.
I could have looked at this for hours and wouldnt have found the clue.

16. nelly says:

Too underrated

17. Shivam koli says:

I like the way explained while enjoying the beauty of it.

But what if he plays h6 after white King c1

1.Kc2, g6 2.hxg, h4, Kd3 is also +1 and not a draw

20. odomobo says:

So the puzzle is interesting, but I think the explanation is a bit confusing. You don't mention the promotion with check until after you ruled out Kc2, whereas it's the actual reason to rule out Kc2.

21. Raph_Plays says:

Hiii

😍😍

23. Shubham Singh says:

You got a subscriber! Please, we need more puzzles.

24. David De Lille says:

If Black plays g6 on move 1, White wins regardless of where his King is (e.g. Kc2 g6 hxg6 h6 h5! hxg5 …).

The crux of the puzzle is about how many times White must skip a (pawn) move.
Firstly, White must start by blocking Black's King (Kc1 or Kc2) to play for a win. Forcing a pawn through is too slow: White needs 5 moves if Black spends 1 (h6 g6! g5 * hxg5 * gxh6 * h8=Q); Black only needs 2.
Secondly, Black's best defence is to play h6 on move 1 (see above). White can then only keep the advantage (against best play) if he skips 3 times. This results in the same pawn race where both sides promote and the White King position actually matters.
Because the number of skips is uneven, the White King must go to the "other" square (c1) first to end up on the "safe" square (c2).

1a. Kc1: (Zugswang) blocks Black and forces a pawn move
1b. h6: because g6 followed by hxg6 is an absolute loss for Black (i.e. regardless of the White king position); see above
2a. Kc2: (skip 1) pushing or capturing is stalemate
2b. g6: (pawn cube!) because hxg5 followed by hxg5 is an absolute loss after White uses Zugswang to force Black to capture h5
3a. Kc1: (skip 2) capturing either pawn causes stalemate
3b. gxh5 : because hxg5 is an absolute loss after hxg6 or hxg5
4a. Kc2 : (skip 3) again, pushing or capturing is stalemate
4b. hxg5 (only move)
5a. hxg5 : sets up the pawn race where the White King position matters

25. Always R.A says:

When you're trying to mate, when there;s a race against the clock to get the pawns promoted, it's so counter-intuitive to become so passive and play so many waiting moves in a holding formation. It feels like you have to let your opponent tie their own noose, and all you have to do is let the tempo get just right.

26. Burak Pakdemirli says:

İf G 6 is played after C1 you can actually capture it,after black captures back push h 5. Blacks only legal move is to capture H 5 and then checkmate with a queen from h8. İf black doesn’t capture g6 and instead pushes to h 6 push h 5 to force the capture on g 5 then again,checkmate from h 8. A nice puzzle,had fun solving it.

27. J B says:

nice!

28. G A says:

Actually think 1 Kc2 wins as well.
1 Kc2 h6 2 Kc1 g6 3 Kc2 hxg5 4 Kc1 gxh5 5 gxh5 g4 6 h6 and mates

29. jay says:

Ez

30. juvygenius says:

I know this video is 3 months old. But if you approached this puzzle without an explanation, the trick to knowing where the king needs to position himself is simply based on how many moves you figure black will take before you are moving your own pawns. If it is even amount of moves, you end up on the opposite square you were at and odd number of moves will result in being on the same square. The obvious end goal is to not be on the black square. In this case, black will do 4 moves after you have chosen your kings position. Thus you choose to go to C1 to end up on C2 by time you are only moving your pawns. This sort of calculation only matters for this type of position. If the black pieces were on line 5 and white on line 3, then you just opt for the stalemate as you can't beat black's tempo since they control the center.

31. Gyro says:

I feel like the explanation for kc2 being a draw is incomplete
kc2 in the beginning is a draw because if you try the same idea they queen with check, so you can't deliver checkmate

32. NDex says:

3:07 hxg6 h5 Kd2 kb2 g7 a1=q g8=q