Checkmate in the Middle... || Ding vs Carlsen || Magnus Carlsen Grand Final (2020)

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Ding Liren vs Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals benefiting Kiva (2020),
11.8.2020, GAME 2,
King's Indian, fianchetto, Uhlmann (Szabo) variation (E62)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 a6 7. Re1 h6 8. a4 O-O 9. Nbd2 Re8 10. h3 Be6 11. Bxe6 Rxe6 12. b4 Ba7 13. Bb2 Ne7 14. c4 a5 15. bxa5 Nc6 16. Bc3 Nd7 17. Rb1 Nc5 18. Nf1 Rg6 19. Ne3 Ne6 20. Nd5 Rb8 21. Rb2 Ng5 22. Nxg5 Qxg5 23. Qf3 Bd4 24. Reb1 Bxc3 25. Nxc3 Nxa5 26. Nd5 Nc6 27. Ne3 B6 28. Nf5 Ra8 29. H4 Qf4 30. Qxf4 Exf4 31 . d4 Rxa4 32. d5 Ne5 33. Ne7 + Kh7 34. Nxg6 Kxg6 35. c5 bxc5 36. Rb8
The chess24 Legends of Chess is the 4th stage of the $1 million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and features Magnus Carlsen and his predecessors as World Champion Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik. It consists of two stages, a 10-player preliminary, where each player plays each other once, followed by a knockout among the top 4. Prelim ties are played as 4-game rapid matches, while knockout ties are the best of 3 such matches. The prize fund is $150,000, with $45,000 for first place, while the winner also qualifies for the $300,000 Grand Final.
The time control is 15 minutes for all moves with a 10-second increment from move 1. The winner of a preliminary tie decided in rapid games gets 3 points. If the score is 2:2 an Armageddon game is played, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4 but a draw counts as a win for Black. A winner in Armageddon gets 2 match points, while the loser gets 1. The knockout format is the same except before Armageddon there are two 5+3 blitz games. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. Official website:
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  1. Amit Shukla

    Amit ShuklaΠριν μήνα

    Beautiful Game played by King Ding

  2. Benjamin Moine

    Benjamin MoineΠριν μήνα

    Ding Liren's first name is Liren, not Ding!

  3. VITA kyo

    VITA kyoΠριν μήνα


  4. tatler cover

    tatler coverΠριν 2 μήνες

    sounds too lowwwww....

  5. Nick McGarvey

    Nick McGarveyΠριν 2 μήνες

    "Disgustingly beautiful" It was in this position that agadmator dropped the world's finest oxymoron.

  6. Amir Tadros

    Amir TadrosΠριν 2 μήνες

    Beautiful forced line indeed and a rare checkmate against the world champion!

  7. Jay Murray

    Jay MurrayΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow your celebrity status is really growing! Now you even have a celebrity tan-cation (vacation tan)

  8. xatteg

    xattegΠριν 2 μήνες

    New setup is nice but very quiet

  9. Darrell Finley

    Darrell FinleyΠριν 2 μήνες

    recorded volume is to low

  10. dennis tanui

    dennis tanuiΠριν 2 μήνες

    Ding deserves a Tal head....

  11. Miss Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

    Miss Sunshine on a Cloudy DayΠριν 2 μήνες


  12. Walter M. Roberts III, PhD

    Walter M. Roberts III, PhDΠριν 2 μήνες

    Frickin' brutal. Congratulations Mr. Liren!


    COBthe CONQUERORΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow!!!! For students of chess, We can learn more from 1 MC loss than watching 10 of his winning games!

  14. Remi G

    Remi GΠριν 2 μήνες

    And it was in this video that Agad is no longer sorry about that..

  15. Giannis Christopoulos

    Giannis ChristopoulosΠριν 2 μήνες

    Poor audio agadmator

  16. ex0duzz

    ex0duzzΠριν 2 μήνες

    @9:52, isn't it better to play Qxg7+ instead of Bxg7? You can then play Qxc3 after white King moves. Can't black save the knight after Bxg7 Na4 Bxf8+.. Oh right, black cannot play Rxf8 because it's discovered check and if Kxf8 then Qh8+, winning the rook on a8. I'll leave this for anyone else who was wondering why Bxg7 over Qxg7+. I think both are winning though.

  17. ex0duzz

    ex0duzzΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow, beautiful game, especially against Magnus! Who else can do this to Magnus? Ding is easily Magnus toughest opponent, it's a shame that ding loses many games to Carlsen during time troubles, Magnus is really strong mentally, can control his nerves and always pulls out the win in must win situations. Consistently strong, that's why Magnus is world champion and rated 2860+ for years now, no one is even close to threatening his number 1 rank on fide elo classical rating. Same kind of domination as Kasparov, another world champion and contender for the best chess player of all time. In my mind ifs between Kasparov and Carlsen. Maybe Morphy in terms of gap between them and their rivals but too different to compare romantic era chess with modern era.

  18. Tirca Mihnea

    Tirca MihneaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy head!!

  19. M Hosein Sharif

    M Hosein SharifΠριν 2 μήνες

    Ding is the king slayer

  20. Vinicius Toyohashi

    Vinicius ToyohashiΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow, Bh6 beautiful move

  21. Khephren Gould

    Khephren GouldΠριν 2 μήνες

    That bishop move was absolutely incredible for a classical game never mind a rapid game

  22. Checkmate Chess Channel

    Checkmate Chess ChannelΠριν 2 μήνες

    I already warned you damnit! Stop using the D word!

  23. Paul Furber

    Paul FurberΠριν 2 μήνες

    This was a brilliancy. A privilege to watch it live.

  24. Fabio Martich

    Fabio MartichΠριν 2 μήνες

    What a gorgeous game!

  25. Checkmate Chess Channel

    Checkmate Chess ChannelΠριν 2 μήνες

    Thanks Boomer!

  26. Mohammed Faizy

    Mohammed FaizyΠριν 2 μήνες

    The microphone is still very low. Cant here the best good video!

  27. Marvin Norman

    Marvin NormanΠριν 2 μήνες

    I’m never able to do it...guess I’m just here to enjoy the show 😂

  28. Christopher Anderson

    Christopher AndersonΠριν 2 μήνες

    At 5:57 would Nxe4 before Qf6 have made a difference?

  29. aLex Naturalis

    aLex NaturalisΠριν 2 μήνες

    This is the most brilliant attack I've ever seen on agadmator! I wonder what was Magnus reaction live and if he realized at any point after bxh6.

  30. Mr .Joe

    Mr .JoeΠριν 2 μήνες

    Yes, meadow

  31. Nik Hill

    Nik HillΠριν 2 μήνες

    The dog looks like a duck!

  32. Földesi János

    Földesi JánosΠριν 2 μήνες

    It shows how great player Magnus is, that he allowed the beautiful mate, and did not resign!

  33. Daniel McCoppin

    Daniel McCoppinΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow. Just wow. Well played by ding lol

  34. K B

    K BΠριν 2 μήνες

    A true brilliancy. All hail Ding 😀🙌🏾 Great game, great video. Agadmator you forgot to give Ding the Morphy head, or Fischer head 😆 If Ding catches Magnus in the world chess championship he will beat Carlsen like this 😏

  35. Christopher Poole

    Christopher PooleΠριν 2 μήνες

    That was the most beautiful calculation I've seen in a min.

  36. Joveno Versoza

    Joveno VersozaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Good sport, Magnus let ding checkmate him instead of resigning.

  37. Drimer87

    Drimer87Πριν 2 μήνες

    Where is Morphy head? Really?

  38. Dmitri Arkhangelski

    Dmitri ArkhangelskiΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion please turn off the squares highlighting, it's really annoying, I mean, when you move a piece

  39. Lloyd Bautista

    Lloyd BautistaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Your volume is too weak

  40. Ramon Bannister

    Ramon BannisterΠριν 2 μήνες

    I love all the adjectives he uses

  41. Đorđe Dimitrijević - AyinSofor

    Đorđe Dimitrijević - AyinSoforΠριν 2 μήνες

    This is not the same pgn file, not the same game? what??

  42. Gustavo Vieira

    Gustavo VieiraΠριν 2 μήνες

    11:22 that's such a Slavic laughter xD

  43. Amit Vishwakarma

    Amit VishwakarmaΠριν 2 μήνες

    so much quality in this game!!

  44. popmihaialexandru

    popmihaialexandruΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why is the list of moves from another game?

  45. Cheyenne Landman

    Cheyenne LandmanΠριν 2 μήνες

    #agadmator should do a #saga and cover the greatest games of the greatest CHESS GROUP of all time. .. .. Tal could have his own saga within the saga. .. That would be awesome if he did.

  46. falcon dew

    falcon dewΠριν 2 μήνες

    Every Viking is a gangsta until an Asian kid shows up!

  47. Scuffed Marshmello

    Scuffed MarshmelloΠριν 2 μήνες

    When he says "That's the game, I do really hope you enjoyed it, I'm sure Magnus hasn't" with that smirk on his face I died laughing!

  48. Pramod Kumar

    Pramod KumarΠριν 2 μήνες

    @agadmator : What happens if NxBe4 after white captures the h6 pawn with Bxh6? Is it still forced mate moves? White's dark squared bishop hangs and knight on e4 blocks any immediate threats.

  49. Sam Roberts

    Sam RobertsΠριν 2 μήνες

    The dog has attained Nirvana. He/she is at complete peace.

  50. gringotroller

    gringotrollerΠριν 2 μήνες

    Good video. Please do some Karpov videos

  51. SALAH BRAHIM Abdelhamid

    SALAH BRAHIM AbdelhamidΠριν 2 μήνες

    Thx for the show!!!!

  52. Kshitij Sinha

    Kshitij SinhaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why didn't he cover Knight to e2 check in any variation?

  53. Py World

    Py WorldΠριν 2 μήνες

    There is something wrong, WHy is Magnus having a really bad game. He is the world champion and recently he has been playing slightly less aggressive as he used to in the past

  54. EyeNeedCure

    EyeNeedCureΠριν 2 μήνες

    What's the context of the fat chocobo hanging out at the corner of the webcam window? I've seen it in multiple videos now, and it seems a little out-of-place for a chess-themed overlay. As such I imagine there's a story behind it, makes me super curious.

  55. Sanoj Kumar

    Sanoj KumarΠριν 2 μήνες

    Your dogs name plzz

  56. hirak doshi

    hirak doshiΠριν 2 μήνες

    This is really an incredible game.

  57. Udhav Goel

    Udhav GoelΠριν 2 μήνες

    Sound is too low to be heard😠😠😠

  58. Reggie Mustard

    Reggie MustardΠριν 2 μήνες

    Credit to Magnus for letting Ding finish with mate

  59. Marko

    MarkoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Ding set a mantrap in the deep dark forest. Carlson will study this game long and hard before he tries to use that opening again. Ding deserves a morphy head for this one.

  60. Shreyansh Mishra

    Shreyansh MishraΠριν 2 μήνες

    audio very inaudible

  61. Hayashi Manabu

    Hayashi ManabuΠριν 2 μήνες

    Incredible example on how to employ Ding’s Indian Defence

  62. Khaled

    KhaledΠριν 2 μήνες

    no "sorry for that?" :(

  63. Mandy Cruz

    Mandy CruzΠριν 2 μήνες

    You're the best man.

  64. Jenni Jenkins

    Jenni JenkinsΠριν 2 μήνες

    I hope you, your girl and Meado are enjoying the Sea. You deserve the vacation. I don’t know if you realize how much joy to bring to a lot of us, especially in this crappy year. Thanks for continuing to make vids even on your holiday. Also, Meado always seems to get on camera. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Enjoy the rest of your trip and I’m looking forward to more videos. Thanks again Antonio.

  65. Navsangeet Singh

    Navsangeet SinghΠριν 2 μήνες

    Low audio

  66. Vannilas PlsGo

    Vannilas PlsGoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Played like a fiddle?

  67. EngineeringAquariums

    EngineeringAquariumsΠριν 2 μήνες

    “And then everything is hanging” - well ive done worse so this doesn’t look too bad

  68. Vishwesh Zarapkar

    Vishwesh ZarapkarΠριν 2 μήνες

    Best presentation....

  69. Magnus Carlsen

    Magnus CarlsenΠριν 2 μήνες

    The sound is quite low, can you put the mic closer next time?

  70. Mike P

    Mike PΠριν 2 μήνες

    such a good boy

  71. David Anderson

    David AndersonΠριν 2 μήνες

    11:15 And it was in this position that Medo received a completely new belly scratching.

  72. almonzer kunna

    almonzer kunnaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Amazing game..

  73. Shady Shaderson

    Shady ShadersonΠριν 2 μήνες

    Whenever Carlsen plays Ding, the match has the potential to be unexpectedly awesome.

  74. Ichiro Fakename

    Ichiro FakenameΠριν 2 μήνες

    That's what you expect?

  75. Allan Kwiatkowski

    Allan KwiatkowskiΠριν 2 μήνες

    WOW,You have a lot of nosey,judgemental whinny idiots crying about where you are and the sound,i am sure you said a couple days ago you where going on holidays

  76. Abhideep Singh

    Abhideep SinghΠριν 2 μήνες

    Toying with Magnus is not easy

  77. Thepinoymamba

    ThepinoymambaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Beautiful Game

  78. Samuel Colmenares

    Samuel ColmenaresΠριν 2 μήνες

    No #morphyhead?

  79. Mussharraf Hussain

    Mussharraf HussainΠριν 2 μήνες

    What a game

  80. edi

    ediΠριν 2 μήνες

    The same quote “deep black forest where 2+2 =5 Agadmator puts the name of Capablanca,Tal and I think Lasker I,m inerested who actually said it.Thank you in advance if somebody knows 😅

  81. Dzenan Mavric

    Dzenan MavricΠριν 2 μήνες

    Ding destroyed Magnus!!! Thanks God for this and that i am able to see this

  82. Alex Eduardo Gomez Ceballos

    Alex Eduardo Gomez CeballosΠριν 2 μήνες

    Give him a Tal head!

  83. Jie Mileng

    Jie MilengΠριν 2 μήνες


  84. David G

    David GΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow I have never seen Magnus get checkmated then there was Ding

  85. Vishal Patil

    Vishal PatilΠριν 2 μήνες

    With this new setup, the possibility of "Sorry for That" became equal to zero. 😅

  86. Dr. Buddybob Superfly Jones Vanderbilt III ESQ. X.

    Dr. Buddybob Superfly Jones Vanderbilt III ESQ. X.Πριν 2 μήνες

    Ding had to work for his meal

  87. Ahmad Shokry

    Ahmad ShokryΠριν 2 μήνες

    This deserves a Tal head

  88. Sonny Kristiansen

    Sonny KristiansenΠριν 2 μήνες

    Sound still wayyy to low...

  89. Fahreza Rahim

    Fahreza RahimΠριν 2 μήνες

    Give the morphy head

  90. powderedwater

    powderedwaterΠριν 2 μήνες

    nice to see a checkmate for once

  91. Joshua Koenig

    Joshua KoenigΠριν 2 μήνες

    Canucks Elias Pettersson, Troy Stecher, Bo Horvat on win over St. Louis Blues | The Province saw you pointing to the heavens

  92. Soumik Seth

    Soumik SethΠριν 2 μήνες

    @agadmator I'm not enjoying this new room Sir. If possible, do try to switch back to the old room.

  93. Louis Gedo

    Louis GedoΠριν 2 μήνες


  94. bigapplebucky

    bigapplebuckyΠριν 2 μήνες

    I thought the sound was too soft.

  95. Kshitij Anant

    Kshitij AnantΠριν 2 μήνες

    It's crazy how passionate are you for showing us these wonderful games. Being on a vacation you are posting everyday. Kudos to you Antonio

  96. Vikrama Duta

    Vikrama DutaΠριν 2 μήνες

    i mean its a great game but agadmator is greater because he still upload videos om his vacation and sir that is something that need appreciaton :)) hello from Indonesia btw!

  97. Safe Tex

    Safe TexΠριν 2 μήνες

    Agmatador says "rook to F1 wins the queen at 9.43 But what if black plays rook to A1 and forces white to play rook takes rook? Then black knight to E2 check and after king moves, black queen takes rook on A1? I think black had the winning position at this point and could save his queen. Anyone care to look please? thanks

  98. Csizi

    CsiziΠριν 2 μήνες

    Hi agadmator! Thanks for making videos even while on vacation!

  99. Michael Newman

    Michael NewmanΠριν 2 μήνες

    The pieces more sound it's almost silent

  100. lost and confused

    lost and confusedΠριν 2 μήνες

    I don't play chess, but love your analysis of games and have learnt enough to know that that is very impressive! Thanks for that and also hi Medo!

  101. Stephen Paul Nugent

    Stephen Paul NugentΠριν 2 μήνες

    Magnus was a gentleman to allow Ding to deliver mate a good sport!

  102. Steven Surmin

    Steven SurminΠριν 2 μήνες

    Love this channel!