# the hardest chess puzzle, if you can solve, you are....genius!!!!

Guys these are some really hard chess puzzles, if you can solve these, you are, a genius!

By the Way there are collected from YouTube, so if you know the solutions,then most probably, you saw them already!

In all of them, it's white to move

Good Luck!

Puzzle no1:

# "Grandmasters and Engines Couldn't Solve This Puzzle. Then Came The Magician". This puzzle was composed by Gijs van Breukelen. It was created in somewhat around 1970 but published in the 1990s.  This is one of the hardest puzzles ever composed as leave alone Grandmasters, engines could not solve it either! Everyone thinks that Black is winning with passed pawns and a knights. Yet white can force a win soon....

See the solution of the puzzle here:-

Puzzle no:2

This puzzle was composed by Ottó Bláthy in 1922. This involves a lot of chess thinking in terms of strategy, tactics, moves & ideas. White has just one pawn and a king whereas, black has all his pieces. But still White can win this game. White needs to find the best moves & ideas in which white can trap black in the corner and checkmate the black king. This is a really interesting & unique puzzle and we can learn some important chess concepts out of this brilliant endgame composition. This will help us in move calculation & emphasize on the idea of restriction in chess.

See the solution of the puzzle here:-

Chess Talk

Puzzle No:3

This one is dubbed as the "Stairway to Heaven". White may have some positional advantage, yet if he is not careful, it's going to be a stalemate.

See the solution of the puzzle here:-

Chess with Suren

Puzzle #2; If the Black knight is able to move, White cannot hope to win. Therefore the forced move for White here is Kxe1 forcing Black into an endless repeat of Queen moves until White decides to remove some of the blockading pawns. The way to checkmate is via c5 and b3 with a knight, and the queen must be on a1. Of course he must remove the pawn on c4 first. White has one chance; he must play either h3 or h4 to put black in zugzwang. Fortunately as spectators we can just analyse every line, and see which wins;
It turns out that 1. Kxe1 Qa1 2. h3!! wins;

2... Qa2 3. h4 Qa1 4. h5 Qa2 5. h6 Qa1 6. h7 Qa2 7. h8=N Qa1 8. Ng6 Qa2 9. Ne5 Qa1 10. Nd7 Qa2 11. Nxc5 Qa1 12. Ne4 Qa2 13. Nd6 Qa1 14. Nxc4 Qa2 15. Na5 1-0

I don't believe I missed anything. If i did, well bummer.

Knights are special pieces. They are colour bound pieces like bishops, but we do not recognise it until we see a puzzle like this. For example, take this puzzle;

Who is winning here? It depends who moves first. If White moves first, it is a draw. If Black moves first, White wins. This is because Knights have two-move cycles between light and dark squares. This is similar to this well known draw;

Unless Black is stupid, this is a clear draw.

Puzzle #3 is easier I think.

I probably missed something. My bad.

It's almost always the composer who is the genius while the solver is merely his humble servant.

#1 is a brilliant and hard puzzle indeed while there are many others as hard or harder. Because this puzzle hits the ceiling of the capabilities of most solvers, they think it must be the hardest. They cannot imagine another floor above their ceiling and who knows how many more floors.

#2 is a little beauty which an experienced solver would work out in no more than 3 minutes - mainly the time required to move the pieces..

#3 is a bit messy with many move order alternatives. There are more versions of this problem but the ones I've seen never explain why white must invite the e.p. move. In this diagram 1. h3 is just as good as 1. h4. I made a version myself where the e.p. move is an unmissable part of the solution. Here is a quick composed edit (not a very good one) where white is forced to play 1. h4 to win.

That dumb move was already made when chess.com allowed you to post.

I told you guys Suren was one of the best chess channels out there!

Arisktotle wrote:

That dumb move was already made when chess.com allowed you to post.

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