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Amazing video!! I really love all of these beauty and entertainment videos because the composition of such positions requires some real imagination... I compose puzzles myself sometimes, maybe that's why I can really appreciate how good these studys really are
Of course he cannot play Kg8 first as Bd2 prevents the pawn from queening.
It also should be noted that the winning move for black after chessmasters Ke7 is NOT Qb4+ as this leads to Kf7 which will really win for white. Rather Kg8 is preventing Kf7 which - combined with Qb4+ - wins for black.
It's a study - that means that in most cases there is exactly one solution - and others have non-obvious flaws. The pawns are there for a reason! The author of the study probably put a lot of effort into the position to make Nf3!! the only working solution.
In the first study there is another variation that wins.1.Kf6 e1=Q 2.Nxg4 threatening Bg7+ followed by Nh6 mate,hence the only move black has is 2...Kg8 but then 3.Ke7 threatening Nf6+ followed by Kf7 with inevitable mate wins.I think this variation is probably better but is nothing compared to the beauty of the variation you provide.
Black responds to your 3.Ke7 is 3...Qb4+ and black win.
Great puzzles of zugzwang. Thanks Kostya and more power!
its not possible for white to mate black without promoting a pawn ... or black makes a mistake
on the first problem instead of black queening right away, he could go king g8 first, then queen.
The first study is one of the most beautiful studies. Thanks for sharing.
@pavster White doesn't get two moves in a row... In your variation h5 attacks the knight. So Kg6 is met with hxg4. If instead of Kg6 White plays Nh6+ black has the h7 square available.
kf6 then black queens Bg7 check king g8 N takes g4 after black moves h pawn k g6 wins does it not
@ Chessmaster19898 I think in your alternate solution after 3.Ke7 black will have 3. ... Qb4+ ending the mate threats. Also black gets the h8 square in any variation that doesnt have a king on f6 or f7 because the bishop will not have checkmate on g7.
new in here..need a teacher
At 2:15 you say that black can prevent checkmate with h6 or h5.But the only saving move in that position is h5 because on h6 white can play Kg6 threatening an inevitable mate by Nxh6 of Nf6.
Very clever. This is how computers always get the upper hand over me. Probably one of the best lessons I have seen on chess.com. It really opens up my mind to winning positional possibilities when they look,at first sight, totally lost. Thank you Kostya.
Wow. The final move of the first study (don't want to give it away) is one of the most beautiful moves I've ever seen.
by FM Kostya Kavutskiy
Today FM Kostya focuses on the theme of domination! Highlighting how creative, and sometimes brilliant ideas can occur when your pieces dominate your opponent's in terms of activity and total power, even in cases when they are "worth less" in total point value. We see minors dominate a queen, knights dominate rooks, and much more!
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FM Kostya Kavutskiy
Kostya Kavutskiy earned his FM title in 2011 and has been teaching chess, semi-professionally, for several years now. Apart from video lessons, he can be seen all over chess.com working on Chess Mentor, Chess TV, and more! Before joining the "official author team" on the main site, he's been making video lectures for Chess.com's YouTube Channel for sometime. He's also done quite a bit of writing for publications such as Chess Life Online and Chessbase, and even co-authored a chess book expected to be released Fall 2013.
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