WARNING: This Tricky Puzzle Was Used to SCAM Chess Players!

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you an interesting and tricky chess puzzle that was used to scam chess players in the olden days.

While nowadays most chess players have the liberty to play with anyone around the world online, back in the day it was really common for people to play chess in cafes, chess clubs, or parks. Even the world’s top players would visit these cafes sometimes to play friendly games or play chess for money.

And there were also these scammers who were tricking chess players with some special and tricky chess puzzles that they knew. They would offer a puzzle challenge for which you would win some money if you solve it right or lose some money if you don’t solve it correctly.

Here is one such puzzle and your task is to determine the outcome of this puzzle – whether White is winning, or is it a draw, or is Black winning.

► Chapters

00:00 Chess Trick Used By Scammers in Old Days
00:34 Tricky Chess Puzzle – can you solve it?
01:12 Playing chess at the cafe
02:01 Is White winning?

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  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Chess Trick Used By Scammers in Old Days

    00:34 Tricky Chess Puzzle – can you solve it?

    01:12 Playing chess at the cafe

    02:01 Is White winning?

  2. I love your videos!!!!!!! and your cat XD

  3. and if you tell that it is a draw, then black will intentionally make the non-drawish moves and allow you to win by giving away the rook and pawn….that's the scam there, unless you establish an agreement that it is not allowed to avoid non-mating moves….otherwise white will just make random moves without any threats deeming it draw even if black intentionally looses its rook and pawn.

  4. I commented that it was a win for white after 1.axb7 Re6+!! 2.Kxe6 Kc6! 3.b8=N+, but I missed that black can play Kb7 and fork the knight and bishop for a draw instead of Kb5??, which throws white the win. I figured it out after originally commenting, but my original comment was still wrong. Tricky puzzle!

  5. Didn't see it at first, but once I knew there had to be a trick, it started to become clear.

    1. axb7 is obvious. Finding a stalemate trap was hard.

    1… Re6+
    2. Kxe6 Kc6

    It's scary how many positions hide exploits like this. I've probably missed hundreds because I just didn't know they were there.

  6. I voted for the draw, but just because I couldn't see how black is stopping white but you it had to be a trick puzzle with some hidden tactics

  7. Good Puzzle thanks for showing it to us

  8. It isn't a scam right
    It's a tricky challenge

  9. Please, what's the VAN GEET opening. Think you

  10. Saw the whole thing. But then again, it's a puzzle and I was keeping an eye out for something tricky. In a real game, who knows…

  11. white wins I think. axb7 and then escape the checks from the rook on Kd7 then queen

  12. White to move, white is the winner. So I was not write but I supposed that my solution woud be not proper – simple I have not seen it.

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