The answer is no , I did not click bait you .
This is actually checkmate in 130 moves for white .
It's white to play and win .
Despite the fact that black has 27 points worth of material .
You've got two rooks for 10 and the three pieces or nine and then eight ponds 27 points of material against the lone queen .
And it is still a forced checkmate for white , which by the way , stockfish doesn't see because it's too far out .
It's just so far that even stockfish at Max's depth and you let it sit and analyze for , we just can't see it .
100 and 30 moves is too long .
So shout out to Michael .
He also sent me another puzzle that I've used on this channel and he sent me this one as well .
This was the first time that I had seen it myself and I've got to say it's pretty fascinating .
I didn't realize that something like this could actually exist .
So if you're excited to get into this , let's get started , right .
So before I show you the solution , if you'd like to pause and think through , don't try to think through 100 and 30 moves .
But if you want to try to think through what's the idea behind how white can win from this position , just kind of the , the general plan going forward and then we can see if you're right as we go through the position .
All right .
So if you had a chance to do that , let's go ahead and talk about what's going on here .
First of all , even though Black has so many pieces , they're not ideally placed .
You can see this rook in the corner can't even move , right .
The knights are on the edge of the board , which is usually not great .
A lot of the ponds can't even move the bishop .
You might say that's a decent piece for black .
And then this rook is really uh doing a nice job and it's actually defending Black's king if you'll notice there's a couple of different threats here that white has .
This one is check made immediately .
So the rook kind of has to stay there and guard Black's king .
And that being said , uh how do we actually make progress as white ?
Well , the first move in this position is queen to D one check .
Now we're gonna notice a , a series of interesting queen checks here and obviously has to be queen checks , right ?
It's the only piece we have , but you're gonna see there's actually a point behind every move in this 130 move study .
So let's go ahead and take a look .
The Rook has to block only legal move .
We go back here and you might say , didn't we just repeat ?
No , no , no .
The queen was on D four and now it's on D three which is attacking the night .
So we threw in that little check just so that we can pick off the night .
And again , Black has to continue to just kind of do the same deal .
And here we go again .
And the reason we're going over here to D two and by the way , we're threatening checkmate .
So Black has to continue to , to block .
And if they block with the bishop , I should just mention that just loses immediately queen to C three .
And we're coming in here for the checkmate .
So that's not an option .
It has to be with the rip and now we go check on E one .
So we wanted to reposition the queen there so that we can go to E one because you can probably figure this one out again .
We're forking this the king of the night , right ?
And so we're basically eliminating the two nights .
So we've got those taken care of .
Now , let's continue again .
We go check again .
We come down here and we're doing this little dance because we want to get this position right here .
This is the only way that we could have gotten this position .
And now we play actually , before I tell you , if you'd like to pause , what move do we play here ?
And what's the idea behind this move ?
And this is kind of the , the key to this whole position .
Once you understand this idea , the rest of the solution actually makes a lot of sense .
Well , if you had a chance to look at that , the move that we're gonna play is queen to E four .
And this is what we call a waiting move .
We're putting black in Chung where they have to make a move that they don't want to make .
So let's , first of all , uh we're keeping the pin , which means the rook cannot move , the king could move here .
But then that's just checkmate immediately .
So that doesn't make sense .
The bishop can move .
But what you'll notice is that any bishop move is actually losing .
So let's just take a random one just to show the , the idea we come down with check , the rook has to block .
We come up here , we're threatening check again on D two .
So the rook has to block and we simply play check and checkmate .
All right .
So the , the bishop , when it was sitting there was guarding this square , that was the key thing that the bishop was doing .
And so anywhere else that we move the bishop to , it's going to lead to um a loss .
And also if you move it here , same exact thing is gonna happen , check , you come here threatening this check and checkmate .
So that's kind of the idea beyond why black can't move the bishop .
So if you can't move the rook because it's stuck , you can't move the king because you get checkmated , you can't move the rook because it's pinned .
You can't move the bishop because you get checkmated .
The only thing left to move are the ponds .
And so that's what black does .
And now we have to do this crazy maneuver because we need our queen to be exactly here .
If our queen isn't exactly on the square when we do this , it's not gonna work out the same .
So what do we have to do ?
We have to do the same maneuver , check , check , check , check , check and then boom , we hit , hit him with Queenie four again .
Same kind of thing as blacks turn .
They don't really want to move , but they have to .
So they push up on and now you're gonna see a whole bunch of repeating , right ?
This is uh what is this ?
A 12345 , a six move sequence that we just repeat over and over again .
So the black keeps pushing the ponds .
And we keep doing it and we keep doing it and we keep doing it and black has to keep on pushing the pawns .
All right , let's keep going .
I think you're getting the idea and this is really the key and this is why this study is so long , right ?
Why it's 100 and 30 move checkmate because of all these maneuvers with the pond moves .
And by the way , this might be a good time for me to mention the 50 move rule resets after a pawn is moved .
So there's no 50 move rule because the ponds are moving .
All right .
So here we go .
And we're gonna keep doing this until we take all of black's pawns .
We're on book 88 .
But if you're wondering , keep going , keep going almost there , almost there .
My finger is getting a little bit tired .
I'm gonna keep , I'm gonna keep going .
All right .
Here we go .
We're getting to the end .
Queen E four .
Here we go one more time and we finally take the queen .
Now we are on move 100 and 24 which means there's checkmate in six moves .
So now finally , if you would like , you can pause and actually try to calculate the winning idea from here .
All right .
If you had a chance to do that , there's a couple of ways you could do it , but the fastest is queen to H seven check .
And by the way , this was not a , a move that would have been possible before because there were all of the pawns in the way .
But since we've eliminated those , we can play queen H seven check , followed by queens E four yet again .
And if you remember that the last time we did this , black always would have to push a pawn .
Well , now there's no more pawn moves .
The rook is pinned .
The king doesn't want to move because of checkmate , which means black has to make a bishop move .
And you remember the bishop was guarding that crucial square .
So it doesn't matter wherever it moves to , we can deliver the checkmate .
We come down here to check the , the work has to block .
We come here a threatening checkmate here .
Black has to block and we simply go check checkmate because the bishop was no longer guarding it .
130 moves .
Checkmate white wins and it was all forced .
Um So uh I hopefully this is very helpful to you guys next time you're playing a game and you find yourself in this position .
I want you to remember this technique .
This is very crucial , very common technique .
I'm kidding .
But uh I hope you guys enjoyed that .
I had a lot of fun .
Thank you Michael again for sending it to me .
Fantastic position .
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But having said that stay sharp , play smart and take care .