Chess Endgames: Using Zugzwang!

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FIDE Master Kostya Kavutskiy brings us an interesting example of Zugzwang in the endgame! Learn that even in positions with multiple pieces remaining for both sides, the potential to put your opponent “against the wall” is still there!


  1. Why does black not play pawn g5? Thus freeing the bishop?

  2. Really interesting game and commentary. Nice!

  3. in german it's pronounced tsoog-tsvahng. close though. good video btw

  4. White answers h5 and black doesn't get anything.

  5. pawn g5??? ur point is to trap the bishop which is still free somewhat with the pawn. Bad example

  6. If g5 then white plays h5 and black has nothing

  7. You mean free the bishop that is trapped? If black plays g5, than white just plays h5 and nothing changes. You should be able to figure this out without him having to explain it.

  8. Great video, Kostya, you explained all the lines I thought Might have been possibilities for black. Perhaps you should have mentioned that after g5 white just plays h5, for people who didn't realize.

  9. Ok, so u guys r saying the knight will take the bishop afterwards? If so king takes knight. U say there's no exchange of leverage there? Let me explain my logic to that. I see to position transitions from that trade for black. Your bishop is no longer hanging and your king is out of checking distance by the knight on c7. Correct me if I'm not seeing something after that? But I think its a fair trade of position for black.

  10. No, white will not take black's bishop with the night after h5, he will continue to make moves until black runs out of them and is forced to lose. After black plays g5 white plays h5 and this doesn't allow black to move the king to g6, changing nothing, and Kostya explained why black loses if black makes any move with the pieces.

  11. "sueswang" lol when americans try to speak other languages

  12. because white plays h5 and things are still just as bad.

  13. i like this video , its good for begineers to understand easily . thank you sir

  14. I don't know how to pahse the video, but I do know how to pAUse it.

  15. Why does the white rook need to go to f3? To support the 3rd rank?

  16. Blacks rook to g8 then white plays rook to g1 why doesn't black play knight f7

  17. Just Look for Zugzwang pronouncing.ITS Not the wirst but still much to soft.English so Not have this hard consonants but Pronounce t very hard, in fact ITS Not even TS, but Similar, Just Press AS hard as you can.

  18. i zugzwanged white with every piece on the board which forced white to sac pieces due to having no where else to move, it was a chain reaction that took half its pieces for free and i wish i saved that game

  19. of course it "feels" like you are playing with extra pieces on the board is because his pieces are useless and IMO do not deserve a score Eg, a rook is 0 instead of 5, etc

  20. As a beginner this is a very intriguing part of chess, especially noticing how to set it up.

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