NEVER GIVE UP! || Nakamura vs MVL || Skilling Open Knockout (2020)

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Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier Lagrave
Chess24 (2020), Skilling Open, Knockouts, Quarterfinals, Game 6
Trompovsky attack (Ruth, Opovcensky opening) (A45)
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Qc1 Bf5 6. Nd2 Nbd7 7. Ngf3 e6 8. Nh4 Be4 9. a4 a6 10. Be2 h6 11. Bxf6 Nxf6 12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. G3 Be7 14. oO oO 15. Qc2 Rac8 16. Rfd1 Rfd8 17. Rac1 Cxd4 18. Exd4 Nd5 19. Ng2 f5 20. Qb1 Bg5 21. Rc2 Qb3 22. a5 Nb4 23. Rcc1 Bxc1 24. Rxc1 Nd5 25. f3 exf3 26. Bxf3 Qb5 27. Re1 Re8 28. Qa2 Kh8 29. Bh5 Re7 30. Nh4 Kh7 31 . Ng6 Rec7 32. Ne5 Kg8 33. Ng6 Kh7 34. Rxe6 Nf6 35. Be2 Qd5 36. Qxd5 Nxd5 37. Bd3 Rf7 38. Ne5 Rff8 39. Rd6 Ne3 40. Rd7 Rb8 41. Rd6 Rbc8 42. the RB6 Rc7 43. Kf2 Nd5 44. Rd6 Ne7 45. Nd7 Rf7 46. Nc5 Nc6 47. B4 G6 48. h4 Ne7 49; Bc4 Rg7 50; Bb3 Rc6 51; Rd7 Nc8 52; Rxg7 + Kxg7 53. Bd5 Rc7 54. Ne6 +
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the field for the Skilling Open, the 1st event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour. The 16-player field will be cut to 8 players in a single round-robin on the first 3 days, before the remaining participants play a 6-day knockout. The prize fund is $100,000, with a $30,000 top prize.
All games are played online on the chess24 Playzone. Each knockout match is played over two days, with two 4-game rapid matches at a time control of 15 minutes for all moves and a 10-second increment from move 1. If the matches end 1:1, two 5+3 games will be played, followed, if necessary, by Armageddon, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw counts as a win for Black. Official website:
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  1. Redd

    ReddΠριν 7 ημέρες

    @5:33 Why didn't white capture the E-pawn with Queen captures e4?

  2. Milo James

    Milo JamesΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Really appreciate your occasional pointers for beginners. Can’t do it always but they are helpful. Really enjoy this channel and getting to know this game. Hvala vam.

  3. Rajsekhar Chetty

    Rajsekhar ChettyΠριν 18 ημέρες


  4. C4E Tablet

    C4E TabletΠριν μήνα

    Nice meal.

  5. Travis Kobylarz

    Travis KobylarzΠριν μήνα

    Will you ever release some “it was in this position...” merchandise?

  6. Alan CJMG Morales

    Alan CJMG MoralesΠριν μήνα

    What about knight b7 winning a pawn at 12:05?

  7. Alan CJMG Morales

    Alan CJMG MoralesΠριν μήνα

    Why not Queen E4 at 5:40???

  8. Rahul Gokani

    Rahul GokaniΠριν μήνα

    At the position @5:34: Why queen can't capture on E4?

  9. forb291

    forb291Πριν μήνα Cant black draw by Qb1+ Kh2 Qxe4 c7c8q Qf4+ ?

  10. Dhneshd Dhingra

    Dhneshd DhingraΠριν μήνα

    Great Chess Players Standings From 1970-2020

  11. Colin Udoh

    Colin UdohΠριν μήνα

    It was in this position that Agad showed a kaleidoscope of positions.

  12. Paul Deck

    Paul DeckΠριν μήνα

    That's a "highlight reel" game for Naka -- coming back from blowing the exchange in a cramped queenside to just outsmarting MVL in the middlegame. Nice going, Hikaru.

  13. Nevin Kuser

    Nevin KuserΠριν μήνα


  14. visharad rawat

    visharad rawatΠριν μήνα

    Wesley 'Sniped' Nakamura yo...

  15. Joseph Nagle

    Joseph NagleΠριν μήνα

    I know English is not your native language but you are intelligent enough to grasp this concept,. More easier is a double comparative and is not considered classical English. So basically never use more with an adjective that ends in "er". So it is easier or more easy that should be used. The same rule applies to all comparatives. e.g More hard or harder. The most common usage is "easier" than use "more easy". Keep up your great work. Love your videos.

  16. arciks11

    arciks11Πριν μήνα

    Rare time when I saw the played move

  17. Nikhil Jagirdar

    Nikhil JagirdarΠριν μήνα

    What is the interface that agad uses? I am unable to find this where I can play both sides for practice.

  18. william goss

    william gossΠριν μήνα

    I thought that MVL was heading for a win there; kudos to Nakamura for turning it around.

  19. Sai Charan D

    Sai Charan DΠριν μήνα

    The Agadmator derby

  20. panda4247

    panda4247Πριν μήνα

    Funny, he almost did not play. He thought he's out after the first match. There's a short video with Levy and Anna telling him..

  21. Mike S

    Mike SΠριν μήνα

    Great commentary, thank you.

  22. James Varney

    James VarneyΠριν μήνα

    Damn I really like Anthony Lynn, sucks that he probably gonna lose his job seems like a stand up guy.

  23. loco Penguin

    loco PenguinΠριν μήνα

    Vid starts at 2:50

  24. sloans Seth Mando

    sloans Seth MandoΠριν μήνα

    i have been loosing most of my game chess, need help.

  25. Peter S

    Peter SΠριν μήνα

    5:32 was Qxe4 possible here?

  26. Peter S

    Peter SΠριν μήνα

    Captures, capitulates


    SHRINIVAS LMΠριν μήνα

    It's very bore to watch others playing chess...!

  28. Sm00th GAMES

    Sm00th GAMESΠριν μήνα

    13:32 me: wHeRe 👁👄👁

  29. Rohan Lumsdon-hill

    Rohan Lumsdon-hillΠριν μήνα

    Sorry about what, Agadmator?

  30. derrick gooden

    derrick goodenΠριν μήνα

    Blitz games produce a lot of sparks.

  31. MrSiwat

    MrSiwatΠριν μήνα

    Wow! Great comeback for Nakamura. Thanks for the analysis.

  32. Pond

    PondΠριν μήνα

    In a physical chess game, do they just have multiple queens etc. Standing by for pawn promotions?

  33. Alessandro Bobba

    Alessandro BobbaΠριν μήνα

    "Chess is weird" -Agadmator 14:47

  34. Pratham Gupta

    Pratham GuptaΠριν μήνα

    14:38 Hikaru wins the armageddon game, well not win it, he *won by drawing* the game. Only you Agad, only you xD

  35. Arkos 11

    Arkos 11Πριν μήνα


  36. betav47

    betav47Πριν μήνα

    I'm simple man I see Nakamura winning I upvote

  37. Might B Fire

    Might B FireΠριν μήνα

    Watching this live was insane. The best game I've seen all year. Hikaru was done and wouldn't quit. Incredible.

  38. Dhruvit Prajapati

    Dhruvit PrajapatiΠριν μήνα

    naka and his blitz..🙌🙌

  39. Jhunmichael Ibanez

    Jhunmichael IbanezΠριν μήνα

    13:36 ooh i almost missed that fork too

  40. arun Reddy

    arun ReddyΠριν μήνα

    Please show Hikaru games he's much better to watch.

  41. OG Loc

    OG LocΠριν μήνα

    Hikaru ripping his eyes out in the thumbnail.

  42. John Vee

    John VeeΠριν μήνα

    Who the frick dislikes a chess video?

  43. beastumfan

    beastumfanΠριν μήνα

    3 down! Wow!

  44. JaXX

    JaXXΠριν μήνα

    Where's that game with the queen sac ???

  45. Taylor W.

    Taylor W.Πριν μήνα

    My dog got sprayed by a skunk. It was a nasty discovery.

  46. Mr John LEE

    Mr John LEEΠριν μήνα

    "Captures, captures"

  47. Rafael Marinho Normande

    Rafael Marinho NormandeΠριν μήνα

    5:36 why not queen captures on e4?

  48. Rafael Marinho Normande

    Rafael Marinho NormandeΠριν μήνα

    @Reebs Reebs thanks! I would have blown the position haha

  49. Reebs Reebs

    Reebs ReebsΠριν μήνα

    I think because queen can then capture on b2

  50. arrowghost

    arrowghostΠριν μήνα

    It was in this position that Hikaru Nakamura.... won the game.

  51. Special K

    Special KΠριν μήνα

    I'm not a new player but I'd like to show appreciation towards you for taking the extra few seconds to explain some stuff that the beginners may not know.

  52. Hatim Zeineddine

    Hatim ZeineddineΠριν μήνα

    Why not move the knight to d1 after the king moves to f2? or even g4? Those seem like much better moves

  53. Jacques Ruanda

    Jacques RuandaΠριν μήνα

    Great match. Weird you're showing this game though, I think the first blitz was much more interesting while this one was more about both of them blundering a bit. Pro-hikaru ?

  54. Joshua Walcher

    Joshua WalcherΠριν μήνα

    At 0:58, does QxD3 not solve the issues?

  55. Victor C

    Victor CΠριν μήνα

    Very instructive. Thanks.

  56. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν μήνα


  57. Palepuppy

    PalepuppyΠριν μήνα

    Phew. Thought he was a vegan for a moment

  58. Ryan Hellyer

    Ryan HellyerΠριν μήνα

    Awesome comeback.

  59. sh6af

    sh6afΠριν μήνα

    what armagadon mean?

  60. J M

    J MΠριν μήνα

    Man Im really feeling the Hikaru energy lately , what a solid nice guy

  61. Yağız Katerli

    Yağız KaterliΠριν μήνα

    hikaru is goated

  62. Carter Bentley

    Carter BentleyΠριν μήνα

    All hail the fork!

  63. The Gorn

    The GornΠριν μήνα

    Nakamura is showing great skill...ings

  64. Abym

    AbymΠριν μήνα

    great stuff

  65. saimon174666

    saimon174666Πριν μήνα

    Really enjoyed this, with positions from multiple games. cool idea!

  66. Jerson Matthew Minguillan

    Jerson Matthew MinguillanΠριν μήνα

    inspiring stuff by GMHikaru...

  67. Matthew Alberts

    Matthew AlbertsΠριν μήνα

    I fell for that Rook attacking Knight just to get checked and have it taken by my opponents Rook. #ChessleavesScars.

  68. Zach Garza

    Zach GarzaΠριν μήνα

    love the vegas shirt!

  69. Nameless Zhang

    Nameless ZhangΠριν μήνα

    13:48 really LMFAO

  70. TheDreday1993

    TheDreday1993Πριν μήνα

    A question for agadmators subscribers im curious since i cant really say. I've played 136 games on lichess and im 1316 rating. Do you consider that a beginner or intermediate player? I know its not a lot of games but thats just on lichess. I feel like im still a beginner and the format im talking about is 10+0

  71. Figgy Newton

    Figgy NewtonΠριν μήνα

    A knight and a dream

  72. men bls

    men blsΠριν μήνα

    *agadmator:* Maxine is the absolute best player of the Najdorf Sicilian in the world...[Nakamura] goes for the Trompowsky Attack. *Also agadmator:* 6:07 "For those of you who are new to chess"

  73. Sam

    SamΠριν μήνα

    I'm new to chess, help me out. At 1.40 why not capture rook with the queen? then pawn captures queen and knight captures pawn? Seems better.. what can't I see?

  74. MachineGunner tv

    MachineGunner tvΠριν μήνα

    what happens if people draw the Armageddon?

  75. Timothy Murray

    Timothy MurrayΠριν μήνα

    does his shirt say vegas or did antonio give up eating meat?

  76. Suraj Singh Mehta

    Suraj Singh MehtaΠριν μήνα

    Chess is weird like that cracked me up.

  77. Place holder

    Place holderΠριν μήνα

    I really hated Nakamura's position it was so weird at first but he somehow won ! awesome game

  78. timespaice

    timespaiceΠριν μήνα

    7:39 Nakamura going super sayan starting to play top recommended move by stockfish. He drew the position 4 moves later wow.

  79. Jay Murray

    Jay MurrayΠριν μήνα

    Clicked 13 x time stop watching commercials might be time to move on from GRlifes to better platforms

  80. Ashen One

    Ashen OneΠριν μήνα

    fantastic. thanks for making another excellent video!

  81. Avinav Krishna

    Avinav KrishnaΠριν μήνα

    What does he say sorry for every once in a while? And it seems to be a recurring theme!?!?!

  82. Hondas are not bad, people who rice them are

    Hondas are not bad, people who rice them areΠριν μήνα

    Whenever you get forked, remember that even players like Maxime Vachier Lagrave can fall into forks

  83. Anderpanders

    AnderpandersΠριν μήνα

    Ok after looking into it I'm really excited that chess is getting recognized as an e-sport. This means chess like computer games and just regular chess with supreme graphics, like capturing enemies as hd slaughter. Looking forward to it all.

  84. Tiana groll

    Tiana grollΠριν μήνα

    *When someone wants the latest hack, only use *** They are the real deal when it comes to this! ଏସ୍ତଙ୍କସ୍ତଙ୍କହା ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଉପଯୁକ୍ତ

  85. Caesar Yumury

    Caesar YumuryΠριν μήνα

    Team Naka.

  86. Mini Mog

    Mini MogΠριν μήνα

    What a good game.

  87. Chess Master

    Chess MasterΠριν μήνα

    All GM pick black in Armageddon.

  88. D G

    D GΠριν μήνα

    Qc1 then Qc2? Why not Qc2 immediately and save a move? Then, again, what do I know?

  89. William Dolmer

    William DolmerΠριν μήνα

    5:31 isn’t this a free pawn?

  90. シ

    Πριν μήνα

    I thought too

  91. kasurusak

    kasurusakΠριν μήνα

    For everyone of u who are curious on what happen on every "sorry about that" and then he did something under his table everytime he move the 1st piece: he unplugged his speaker cabble that attach to his computer, because on his side, he hear 2 sound: 1. from his computer speaker 2. that 1st sound also catched by his mic that he use for recording and create the second sound. It disturb him so thats why he fixed it everytime. on our side, we didn't hear that 1st sound because its not so big of a sound. --- If u also wanna hear what agad hear on that moment, find a video on this channel that host by a girl (its her girl if i'm not mistaken) wearing a hoodie and pretend to be agad. uploaded on 1st april this year (april mop). i try to find it also but i can't edit: I found it

  92. Matthew Conder

    Matthew ConderΠριν μήνα

    Can someone possibly explain what he means by “Armageddon” in this context?

  93. Nystul What

    Nystul WhatΠριν μήνα

    Armageddon is a final tie breaker game. The player with black pieces starts with less time, but the player with white pieces has to win. If Armageddon ends in a draw, the player with black pieces wins the match.

  94. BAT

    BATΠριν μήνα

    I thought only I had problems....

  95. James Edwards

    James EdwardsΠριν μήνα

    Great game choice.

  96. Louay Abou Hamdan

    Louay Abou HamdanΠριν μήνα

    (Reaches below the seat)sorry about that

  97. Brandon Young

    Brandon YoungΠριν μήνα

    Everyone: looks like Naka is going to lose his rook here. Hikaru: Did I just give up a free juicer?!

  98. Sleepy Critical

    Sleepy CriticalΠριν μήνα

    @Matt Corey everytime he says that a chess player dies in me, but like agad said, never give up...

  99. Matt Corey

    Matt CoreyΠριν μήνα

    Also Nakamura: I'm literally the worst chess player in the history of the world, I'm so bad at chess.

  100. Leo Nash

    Leo NashΠριν μήνα

    @agadmator We need to see the Nepomniatchi games bro. Those were the real deal imo

  101. Avinash Kadam

    Avinash KadamΠριν μήνα

    I love the way he say "captures, captures captures, and the captures" ..............nice

  102. Zarif Tahmid Shoeb

    Zarif Tahmid ShoebΠριν μήνα

    9:12 why not rook e8 to pin and attack the knight twice to win back your exchange ? If queen defends, black queen again attacks the knight .

  103. GodlyTactics

    GodlyTacticsΠριν μήνα

    4:29 that voice crack

  104. Riley Riley

    Riley RileyΠριν μήνα

    Love the breakdowns! Awesome videos

  105. Dr. Partha Sarathi Roy

    Dr. Partha Sarathi RoyΠριν μήνα

    Even GMs can be victimized by such a nasty knight fork!

  106. LHSlash

    LHSlashΠριν μήνα

    Really nice to see the London system being played at this level.