# A Famous Chess Puzzle Known As The “King’s Grave”

Hello YouTube, Chess Strategy here and I
have a mind-blowing endgame study for you composed by Armenian chess composer Genrikh Kasparian who is considered to be one of the greatest composers of chess endgame studies. This was first published in 1937 in a Soviet chess magazine “Chess in the
USSR”. It’s white to move and draw the game you can post the video and try to
find that solution. Ready? Well as you can see black has a powerful passed pawn on
h file and actually there is no way to stop this pawn! If you give a try
then this pawn is actually managing to escape successfully. That’s
why instead of pursuing this h pawn white actually comes up with a brilliant
strategical idea. In order to draw the game and plays 1.Kd7 h5
of course already if you make a move with your king then in this case white
King can stop the h pawn and white can even win the game that’s why after 1. Kd7 we see 1… h5 2.Kc7 h4 again black proceeds with
pushing forward his age pawn otherwise if a move like 2…Ka7 then
again in this case white can win the game 3.b6+ now if 3…Ka6 then after
winning the pawn on b7 actually managing to promote his pawn to a Queen faster and white is winning or after 3.b6+ if 3…Ka8 then 4.a4
and then after removing the be pawn again white pawn is being promoted to a
queen and black King can even get checkmated! That’s why after 2.Kc7 we see h4 3.Kb6 h3 4.Ka5 I know if you haven’t found the solution
this king maneuver will seem very strange but just have a look 4…h2 5. b6 h1=Q and already black queen appears on the board and now you may ask but how is white going to draw the game but just have a look
now comes 6. b5 Qa1 7. a4 and now if you capture the pawn on b2 then believe
it or not but this is a stalemate white King has no legal moves
and this is a draw. Or after 7.a4 let’s just make a random move
7…Qa2 then 8.b4 and now if you move away your queen or capture on a4 then this is
going to end up in a draw. Let’s just make a random move 8…Qc2 and this
is a stalemate and the draw. Now can you understand that whole idea of bringing
the King on a5 square with his last moves white was actually digging his own
grave and then white King jumped into it in order to save his life. Just a
magnificent burial. Let’s go back or 4.Ka5 instead of playing 4…h2 if a move like 4… b6+ trying to stop white white from bringing into life his
intentions then instead of capturing on b6 White can go for 5. Ka4 h2 6. b3 h1=Q and
then again go on with making a fortress and again white king is buried and this
is a stalemate and a draw. Just a mind-blowing endgame study by Genrikh
Kasparyan.Thanks for watching I hope that you enjoyed this magnificent puzzle
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## 42 thoughts on “A Famous Chess Puzzle Known As The “King’s Grave””

1. Out of box thinker says:

White kings goes to helms' deep(lotr) lol😆😄😀

2. JP Freegamer says:

Wow . Such an amazing puzzle.😱😱👏👏

3. Tato Shervashidze says:

nice suren 🙂 love ur vids 🙂

4. vijaygovindlal says:

When K moves to C7, black can push the pawn to B6 … And now it's not draw

5. RAKESH SHIMPI says:

I really enjoyed Suren… thanks

6. This is Charan says:

What a tricky puzzle the puzzle who discovered was a genious☺☺☺☺

are you sensei suren

8. Partha Banerjee says:

Stuck at his own grave and escaped. Never happened in life. 👍👍

9. Guz Man says:

Impressive

10. Guz Man says:

It would be cool if you could also teach some chess theory in this channel, like endings, patterns, etc

11. Donald Trump says:

I came here by suren

12. Richard Feynman says:

White king is digging his grave and jumps into it to save his life… what a poetic metaphor!

13. Hovhannes Balchunas says:

bunker

14. Sunil Kumar says:

Really mind blowing chess puzzle. Keep it up. 🙂

Am I the only one who did not see the a2 and b2 pawn because of the captions?

16. GeorgeAlexanderOz says:

You didn't show what happens after 2. Kc7 b6.

17. Joydeep Bardhan says:

Beautiful!

18. Chess Strategy says:

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19. Shinee Singson says:

New Channel by Suren..Nice one..I'll subscribe since it is your channel😊

20. Preston Thompson says:

A remarkable pattern; Possible in large part because of that lonely black pawn.

21. CD sabne says:

After Ka5 black will play B6+ and black is clear winning.
Pls guide on this

22. Senius Verma says:

so suren i didn't know that you got one more channel

23. Lance Bakker says:

You can't mate yourself, but you can stalemate yourself!

24. Surya Deepak says:

hey is this suren?

25. Phanindra Sai says:

Lovely

26. Khush Doshi says:

Bakwas

27. GM Sleepless says:

Armenian gm <3

28. Zorba Press says:

Rogue, rapscallion
devious knave —
by jumping in a grave !

29. Hasan Abdullah says:

Finally you changed the name 😂💜💛💚

30. Nivel 1 says:

very easy

31. Florin Buffon says:

That voice and way of speaking sound like a bad robot :'(

32. BOB SAGGET says:

Is it possible for black to prevent this by instead of moving the H pawn at 1:45, move the B pawn B6 to check white king? Where can the white king go? It can capture the black pawn or move down the A file. If it captures, black H pawn can go queen. Let me know if I'm missing something.

33. max ezerski says:

Каспарян Лучший

34. max ezerski says:

Это единственный пешечный этюд у Каспаряна

35. Stormtrooper1488 says:

It's Suren …. boom there it goes!

36. pranali kulkarni says:

When we promate the rook instead of queen

37. Dipak Kumar says:

This is not good

This is incredible excellent puzzle

38. STER Gaming says:

At 1:05 b6 is winning I think

39. Chris McCarthy says:

Cool puzzle.

Now I'd love to see a game between:
G. Kaspary-an
G. Kaspar-off

40. Dean Dede says:

Wow white king jumped in to save his life…Suren I really like your videos cuz it's short and has a story line lol

41. Ameya Borwankar says:

Amazing puzzle

42. Vikram Srinivasan says:

Can this happen in real game Suren?