A Chess Puzzle For Revealing Geniuses! Your Answer?

Hello chess lovers. I have a mega-complex endgame study for you. It’s white to move and win the game but this time I have decided not to show you the solution, I will do it a few weeks later. Those who will manage to solve this, please send a private message to my Facebook page I will leave the link in the description. By the way, don’t even try to use your chess engine it’s useless against this impregnable Chinese wall. A chess engine always assumes that white is winning but there is no key how to do it. So it’s up to your talent, be an overman and stand beyond the narrow-minded chess engines. Let’s see how many geniuses can be found on YouTube! Waiting for your comments and answers! Good Luck!

94 thoughts on “A Chess Puzzle For Revealing Geniuses! Your Answer?”

1. Vincent Kasel says:

no way

2. Andrzej Ostrowski says:

Long journey of the white king

3. Cosmic Goat says:

There is no win for white. Black king can simple move on d7 and e8 and white can do nothing

4. M. Jacob says:

Rook has to travel to the a-line. Rg2,g1,e1,e2,c2,c1,a1. Rook g2 instantly looses, so the king has to support the rook. Probably the king could go to g1, rook g2, king h2, Rook g1, Rook e1, king to f1, rook e2, king e1, rook c2, and when it is taken, king d2 to stop the pawn. The hope is that whenever the rook is taken the positions opens sufficiently up.

5. Mangoe Camo says:

Solved u need to move the King across to move the rook so they are forced to trade and you can break the pawn structure by sacrificing a knight so it's a opposite bishops and a knight endgame

6. Muhammed Yılmaz says:

I sacrifice rook and pawn. Then my engine win.

7. Chess with Suren says:

Those who will solve and publish their answer in the comments, I will delete it. If you are sure that your answer is correct send it to my Facebook page. Let others think as well. Best Regards

8. Kevin Araje says:

Kb1, c1, d2, e1, f1, g1, Rg2 -> if takes, capture with king, open file. if pawn doesn't capture, kh2, rg1, re1, kg1, kf1, rf2, (capture is the same scenario) -> walk your rook all the way to A1, then cry. Cause I got nothing else

9. The Devil Fitness says:

Hi..Suren..!!
I have posted the solution for this puzzle on Facebook..Check that out..!!

10. Wilbeerthoven says:

It is not difficult to realise that put the Rook on a1 maybe is the only possible way because apparently it cant be taken otherwise would bring the Knights to life however it's not that clear. I notice that someone already mention but after travel the king to the kingside my sequence of White moves is Kg1,Rg2,Kh2,Rg1,Re1, Kg1,kf1,Re2,Rd2,Ke1,Rd3!,Kd2,Kc1,Rd2,Rc2 at this point i'm not entirely sure because black may could play …bxc2 with his king on e6 and Bishop at the diagonal a4-e8 already, this way any attempt by white of playing b3 could be refuted by axb3 and it's still a draw( sorry i blunder here, is not! the king entry via b2-a3-b4).

11. Cosmic Goat says:

let see then, rook on a1, then white bishop on a5-d8 diagonal after taking the g7 pawn, so king has to be on b5 to protect a4 pawn. Then white wastes a move and black bishop has to move and then push pawn on h4 to h5 Black has to take. Then repeat the rook maneuver back to h1 to take the open file?

12. Andreas Belger says:

H3

13. cooler Mann says:

Hi Suren, really nice Chess Puzzle as allways. But I think you have to disable the comments with this one… I think I have found the idea and calculated it through, the rest should just be technique. Have a nice day

14. christian koenig says:

Dear Suren
you are a little bit sadistic to present this enigma without an impromptu solution aren't you?
I am chesswounded
eager for the solution
and truly yours
Christian

15. Aaron L says:

There are a few ideas here.

First, white is willing to sacrifice the h-pawn the first chance it gets, and this will open up h-file for the rook. As soon as black moves their bishop, white pushes the pawn to ensure that black cannot recapture with the pawn currently on g7, as this could potentially keep out the rook. So black's bishop is essentially stuck on h5.

Secondly, white has the idea of using their king to shepherd the rook to a1 in order to take on a4. Black can never take the rook with their pawns because this allows for white to sacrifice more pawns and free its pieces. The knights actually play good roles in stopping any of black's passed pawns in the future when the white king later infiltrates.

Ultimately, the black king is forced to protect a4. However, white can force a zugzwang position because white's bishop can prevent the black king from having the a5 square in order to continue to protect the a4-pawn. Remember that black's bishop cannot move.

Therefore, black must give way on either the a-file or the h-file, and black can never take the rook that threatens to enter on whichever side that opens.

One final point: If black's bishop and king try to switch places early on, white still pushes the pawn. Furthermore, white can use their bishop to pin/attack the g7-pawn and also creat a zugzwang position – sometimes sacrificing on g7 in order to create a passed pawn while also being able to infiltrate with the rook. I believe one of the most critical lines is: 1. Kb1 Kf7 2. Kc1 Kg6 3. Kd2 Kh6 4. Bf8! Be8 5. h5 Bxh5 6. Bxg7+ Kg5 7. Bf6+ Kg6 (7… Kh6 8. Be5 Kg5 9. Bf4+ Kg6 10. Rh4) 8. Rh4 Kh6 9. Be5 Kg6 10. Bf4. And again, these ideas for white can be done throughout the solution; if black ever waits to try and switch the king and bishop, white still sacrifices the h-pawn and simply moves the rook back to the h-file, as even with the ideal setup where the white rook can't move to h8, h7, h6 or h5, black's bishop can't protect the g4 pawn and control h5. This is seen here: 1. Kb1 Kf7 2. Kc1 Kg8 3. Kd2 Kh7 4. Ke1 Be8 Kg8 5. Kf1 Kh7 6. Rg2 Kg8 7. Rg1 Kh7 8. Ke1 Kg8 9. Kd2 Kh7 10. Re1 Kg8 11. Re2 Kh7 12. Ke1 Be8 13. h5 Bxh5 14. Kd2 Kg8 15. Re1 Be8 16. Rg1 Bf7 (16… g6 17. Ke1 Kg7 18. Kf1 Bd7 19. Rg2 Be6 20. Rh2 Bd7 21. Bf8+ Kxf8 22. Rh7) 17. Ke1 Be8 18. Kf1 Bf7 19. Rg2 Be8 20. Rh2 Bf7 21. Rh4

16. The Don says:

I solved it within ten seconds….bishop goes to the center then to e5 …then sac the rook on h6 bring the knight into the game and push the two free pawns up. this was easy due to whites huge lead in material!

17. The Don says:

I don't have fb sorry

18. Ariana ; says:

This puzzle is actually easier than expected

19. Horacio Venegas says:

I'm assuming first move is move your Bishop with the intent of freeing your rook. in the Future. the black Bishop must be dealt with however

20. YK GE says:

White, "to move and win? hmm.. let me offer a draw and give black a knight odd next game. :-)"

21. Vraj Dholakiya says:

challenge accepted we will surely try

22. Ben A says:

Kb1 and then try to go for Rg2 and if take break with f3 and then go for a win because of the open lines for knights and if no take, then you can still break with f3 and soon Ra1, and Bb4. Incredible.

23. Nicholas Weston says:

The answer involves playing Rg2 or Rh3 at some point. I suspect moving the king across the board to recapture the passed pawn produced by the rook sacrifice might also be part of the solution. And that's as far as I can discern. xD

I'm curious to know how much of the solution is comprised of moves which otherwise would lead to Black being able to force checkmate or a draw.

24. Omar Iri says:

the idea is to sacrifice the h4 pawn but first the rook must travel to a1 with the help of king to challenge the pawn on a4 if the black king moves to protect the a4 the white Bishop should challenge the g7 pawn this is important . then bishop must return to b4 to cover a5. at this point white cannot move king from b5 white should just play king move to force the black bishop to move . and only here white can sacrifice the h4 pawn .but its not finished yet the white rook must return to h1 and the w.bishop to g5 to zugwang the king if he tries to protect the b.bishop on g6 .

25. AmiduTV says:

This puzzle is simple purely because: 1. Every move but 1 makes 0 progress, and 2. you are told there is a winning answer.

Finding a needle in a haystack may be difficult, but walking down a path with no turns or deltas is easy, regardless of how narrow or long that path is. only some common sense and deduction to realise the nature of the problem is required.

26. Sebastian M.D. says:

Any moves with bishop (3 a; being the only piece that can move in the upper half of the board) result in a draw;
e.g.
(w/b)
bishop 6 d
king 8 f
bishop 5 e
king 7 f
bishop 7 g

An opening is by sacrificing the rook on the right:

rook 3 h
pawn 3 h
pawn 4 g
bishop 4 g
optional — knight 3 g (keeps 1 h safe); the pawn at 3 h mustn't necessarily advance

Next, move white king to the right, to f 1; the pawn at 3 h advances to 2 h so that king cannot take g 1 (as this prevents a
queen switch). The board is now pinned since the pawn at 2 h cannot advance; knight 3 g. Bishop 3 a could be used
to stop the pawn at h 2.

No, a better move by white would be an early bishop 6 d (the king can't stop it), then 4 f if king defends, then the rook sacrifice at 3 h, pawns move as before:

pawn 3 h
pawn 4 g
bishop 4 g
white bishop 3 g (defended by 1 h)

Now the white king must move to the right and remove the pawn at 3 h. This is prevented if pawn at 3 h advances to 2 h and
black bishop from 4 g to 3 h. At this point the pawn at 2 h is taken by white bishop; white advances in the upper half with a bishop and a knight.

27. J7 says:

If I'm not mistaken, this is a Mate in 68 for white XD
Edit: Actually, if black gets all stubborn about taking the white pawn sac on h5 then its even more moves before checkmate. But eventually black has to take the sac thanks to Bf4
Edit: Just checked and black avoiding the taking of the sacrifice is actually a faster mate. So Mate is 68 although there are other possible delays.
Edit: Okay I think I did find a delaying move by attacking the f4 bishop with g5 protected by king BEFORE the rook gets to the a file. This prevents a bishop sac on g5 and instead forces a lengthy workaround getting the bishop to f8 at the same time as the rook gets back to f file to attack the h bishop.

28. Mohammed Gameel says:

Hi suren.. I will think as black drawing plan is to keep the position closed. But white can sacrfice rock @ a4 so the plan is not to acceptany rock offer and replace the whitesquare bishop with the king and keep the bishop moving ib a4 e8 diagonal

29. Impromptu says:

Very layered problem, with lots of branches. But charming, because I think it essentially involves doing the only thing you can.
A king walk behind the lines, offering your rook many times, dancing a minuet with the king in support, tying down black's king and bishop to defending against breakthroughs and harassing his only remaining mobile pawn until you create zugzwang.

30. TheNPGuy says:

Sadly I don't have facebook 🙁 but I still am sure I solved it

31. Dr. Dweller says:

sacrifice the rook – Rook h3, g4 pawn takes rook h3, g3 pawn to g4, h5 bishop takes g4 pawn, knight g3 – then the knight can
take black's pawns

32. nurul soheil says:

looks like black gonna win ! if black decide not to exchange anything then what will happen ?

33. erm123 says:

I've managed to win as white in this position vs stockfish 8 difficulty 8 (max) on lichess.

34. Ronald Allan Bañares says:

its so hard

35. Top 10 fAcTs FaCtOrY says:

1. K b1 2.Kc1 3.Kd2 4.Ke1 5.Kf1 6.Rg2 7.Rb1 8.Ke1 9.Kd2 10.Re1 11. Re2 12.Kc1 13.Rc2 14.Kb1 15.Rc2 16.Rc1…………Read More

36. pelegini50 says:

fyi stockfish soleved it in a few hours

37. France Rodriguez says:

If I were black I could make a draw by having the king defend h pawn then the bishop defend a pawn. then moving the pawn from g7-g6 and it's kind of a stalemate. if h pawn moves up, then hace capture and move bishop to e8. afterwards it's all king and bishop maneuvers on how to defend the 3 back pawns

38. Jason Alim says:

it is very easy

39. Steve Hennessy says:

I can draw, but not win, I subscribed to see the answer hahaha awaiting

40. Darnell Yiadom says:

I think you should disable the comments because people will just post spoilers

41. macpack144 says:

well I don't know the answer. but I don't think you start by moving a night or pawn.

42. abhishek venugopal says:

Bring the rook to the A file assuming the pawn won't take the rook.The king should take a long walk accompanying the rook.If black captures the rook,then the game is over.The knights can jump in and simply capture the pawns one by one and black can do nothing but resign.

43. Ashutosh Gupta says:

Finally you gave us the FEN. Thank You for your co-operation.

44. michele lamberti says:

solved it

45. Julio Misteer says:

Suren we have only one move to make to win ? as white ?

46. M Brown says:

So many morons in this comment section that can't follow simple instructions and ruin things for everyone. If he said don't put answers in the comment section why do you try to be a rebel and do it anyways?

47. Wandering Watcher says:

I don´t have a facebook account but yeah, I solved it. It takes a lot of moves and you really need to think abstractly about the problem to have any chance at solving it. :=)

48. Ryan Roberson says:

well, I know which piece must perform the first move… but I'm bad at continuation. (I can almost always get the instantaneous puzzle)

49. Ameen Alsharawy says:

what is your facebook account page name

50. Đại Nguyễn Doãn says:

I wonder what Magnus or Kasparov thinks about this puzzle

51. furkan karakaya says:

i liked these kind of staff , keep them coming thanks 🙂

52. Doodery Wapiti says:

Remis!

53. zog zog says:

I think Black holds this. My defence is to capture the white Rook when it goes to either E2 or C2. It should be noted that the pawn on g7 should not be moved yet and should be protected by the white king. When the Rook is captured on E2 or C2 it should be done at a time that enables the capture of the White Knight on D1. It depends how White shuffles his King as to where the capture is. I think best play for white is to allow the B6 pawn to capture both Rook and D1 Knight. The H1 knight remains entombed. White now has a route for his King to escape. It will go from D1, C1, B1,A2, A3, B4, C5. Black will use this time to defend. He will be tangled up because the White Bishop will already be on E5. The Black King will be on H2. He will have 5 moves to get his King to E6, Bishop on E8, and Pawn on G6. (I think 5 and not 6 because White has the interpolation of pushing the
H pawn – costs White a move to push it, but Black as to capture it with his Bishop and return his Bishop to E8. ) There is not quite enough time for this. However White cannot relinquish control of A3 by so will also have some untangling to do. I do not have a board out so this 'analysis' is just from the screen.

54. Arnaldo Martinez says:

I will make a "dubious" move

55. Charley Morin says:

In every line you must assume that black will avoid taking the rook with any pawn because that would be the only way white could force a win. There is only one way black could compel a pawn to take the rook. That line leads to a draw.

56. Paweł Szymański says:

Next time you want solutions via private message, you should turn off YouTube comments.

57. Iwer Sonsch says:

Got it. Kf1, Rc1 forces Be8 (Kb5 Bb4 and Ra1xa4), h5 Bxh5, and Rh2 wins.

58. ilyos markaev says:

I speak English little bit.
1. white king b1->c1->d2->e1->f1 and rook g2 . after fxg2 kxg2 and next move f3 and white wins.
2. white king b1->c1->d2->e1->f1 and rook g2 . black can't takes fxg2. black played for excample Bg6 . white king g1->h2 and next move rook g1->e1 and king g1->f1 and rook e2 . after fxe3 white wins.
3. white king b1->c1->d2->e1->f1 and rook g2 . black can't take fxg2. black played for excample Bg6 . white king g1->h2 and next move rook g1->e1 and king g1->f1 and rook e2. black can't takes , black played for excample bishop f7. White played Rook c2 , after bxc2 king d2 and white wins.

59. Trevor Tong says:

How did the g7 pawn and g4 one get there?

60. Dorde Dokanovic says:

Escort rook with a help of the king to a1

61. StillLearning says:

No idea how this can be won by white after the black king gets to h5 and the black bishop on the b5-e8 diagonal. If white wants to prevent this then the rook cannot move too far from h2. Really curious for the solution.

62. Elias Romano Grobeisen says:

Its a draw

63. Erba Lumkan says:

this is a draw

64. Antonio Velaverde says:

It's actually a checkmate in 96 moves.

65. Chance Brown says:

i solved it with lichess with stock fish on max, in 29 moves.

66. Ashutosh Gupta says:

I managed to solve this puzzle in 86 odd moves.
Final Position FEN ::

8/8/3N2R1/4B3/3PkN2/P1P1Pp2/5P2/6K1 b – – 2 86

P.S. – I did use several engines to verify my opinion. PM for complete solution :).

67. Surprise Eggs Channel says:

Im only 1100 at chess.com still took me only 5 mins to solve this.. Its pretty easy there is no need to be genius to solve this. At some point black will have to let go of b3 pawn and that is over right there.

68. MrBbouas says:

there are three options:
1) white sacrifices rook and takes back pawn with king at any point. this will open up the game for the Knight and white wins easily.
2) rook at a1. then bishop b4. eventually black needs​to move either his bishop or king away. or advance g7. all of these moves will make him lose. if he loses a4 to the rook then the game is over.
3) if he moved Bh5. white b5. then either rook goes back to h file or black accept rook sacrifice and the knights get in the game.

69. David Harrison says:

did a long analysis and 95% sure I figured out the solution. was a very hard puzzle indeed. lots of variables. I'm so satisfied I stuck with it,lol.took me days

70. OMG4life says:

The game is a draw. Moving the king and bishop does nothing, while after Rh3, if black doesn't take, it is also a draw.

71. Rahul Khanduri says:

I think it's easy, king walk + rook offer, accept or not doesn't matter.

72. Rohit Palamoottil says:

can solve only if the board is other way around. ie pawn promotion for white downwards , but the position wont come in a real game in that case.

73. Eliz A Beth says:

Show me the correct answer for this

74. FreshHas says:

Maybe f3 needs to be played at some point. If you could find a way to create zugzwang and force black to eventually play g5 or fxg2, then white can play f3 and move the knight into f2??

75. Joshua The Science god says:

is it sacrificing the rook to the pawn in order to escape the white king?

76. Victor Xu says:

Here is the answer: I will give you the link. I hope everybody got something from it!!!
https://lichess.org/analysis/4k3/8/8/3p3b/p1pPp1pP/BpP1PpP1/1P3P1R/2KN3N_w_-_-#44

77. Victor Xu says:

Sorry, but I have instead placed the king on c1 instead of a1. There is no difference though.

78. James Finnegan says:

So… When are you going to post the solution?

79. klimtkiller says:

get the king to g1 and use the king to help get the rook to a1

80. Epic Memes says:

first you sac your took on g1 then your bishop on e7 then your queen on j5

81. Epic Memes says:

rook

82. Yazid Krayem says:

sacrifice ur rock

83. Michael Miller says:

This is EASY. White just safe his room on h3 and then gets his king around to h3

84. David Secker says:

when will you show the solution?

85. arjunmcmuffin says:

when will the solution be out?

86. Luka Polic says:

What's the solution? Post it!

87. Nemesis says:

There is 8 possible moves right now for white in this position, and only one of them makes good progress. The answer is so easy if you simplify it.

88. TheNPGuy says:

When will the solution be revealed

89. Arth Sojitra says:

When will you upload the solution??

90. Brendan Ward says:

I do hope the Armenians don't celebrate April Fool's Day on 19 May.

91. Chess with Suren says:

I have already published the solution: Here it is!!!