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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
chess24 Legends of Chess (2020), 23.7.2020, GAME 1
French, Steinitz, Boleslavsky variation (C11)
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 a6 9. Bd3 b5 10. a3 c4 11. Be2 Nb6 12. O-O Bd7 13. Bd1 g6 14. h3 Qc7 15. Bf2 h6 16. Ne2 a5 17. c3 O-O-O 18. Bh4 Bxh4 19. Nxh4 Kb7 20. Nf3 Ra8 21. Bc2 Qd8 22. g4 Qe7 23. Ng3 b4 24. axb4 axb4 25. Rxa8 Rxa8 26. f5 gxf5 27. gxf5 Ra2 28. Qc1 bxc3 29. bxc3 Qa3 30. Bb1 Qxc1 31. Rxc1 Rb2 32. f6 Na4 33. Bh7 Na5 34. Bg6 Nb3 35. Re1 Be8 36. Nf5 fxg6 37. Nd6+ Kc7 38. Nxe8+ Kd7 39. Nd6 g5 40. Nf5 Ke8 41. Nxh6 Nxc3 42. Nxg5 Nxd4 43. f7+ Ke7 44. Ra1 Nce2+ 45. Kf2 Nf4+ 46. Kg3 Ng6 47. Ra7+ Kd8 48. Ra8+ Kc7 49. Rg8 Ne2+ 50. Kf2 Nef4+ 51. Ke3 c3 52. Nxe6+ Nxe6 53. Rxg6 d4+ 54. Ke4 Re2+ 55. Kf3 Re3+ 56. Kg4 Nf8 57. Rg8 Nd7 58. Nf5 c2 59. Nxe3 c1=Q 60. Nd5+ Kb7 61. e6 Qd1+ 62. Kg5 Qd2+ 63. Kg6 Qg2+
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. Aryan Dhande

    Aryan DhandeΠριν 19 ώρες

    So sad to see Vishy resigned the game😔😔😔 He is my inspiration

  2. Beautiful Beast

    Beautiful BeastΠριν 3 ημέρες

    It was hilarious when you said "okay we can trade but first bishop to b1"

  3. Mornepin

    MornepinΠριν 10 ημέρες

    16:30 Why not grabbing the knight ?

  4. PP1969GR

    PP1969GRΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Κramnik, the toilet champion :))

  5. Sergeant Schlong

    Sergeant SchlongΠριν 24 ημέρες


  6. Samuel Bruyneel

    Samuel BruyneelΠριν 29 ημέρες

    3:26 It was at this moment that the first capture of the game finally occurred...

  7. Stuart MacDonald

    Stuart MacDonaldΠριν μήνα

    Just a point, I watched this game and then randomly went to the youtube suggestion of "Google Deep Mind AI Alpha Zero Refutes 1.e4" from 2017 ( I wonder if Kramnik was following Stockfish...

  8. Ashish Kumar

    Ashish KumarΠριν μήνα

    One of the Best chess game ever..!!

  9. Akshay Telmasare

    Akshay TelmasareΠριν μήνα

    David Bronstein - "The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move." Zugzwang - "Am I a joke to you?"

  10. udaya kumar

    udaya kumarΠριν μήνα

    3:30 Rook to A8 is a very weird move. But, ( Atleast ) Weird for me ..

  11. John Hutchinson

    John HutchinsonΠριν μήνα

    13:40 that was my instinctive move and he just straight up, "said there are many ways to do it, but he picked the worst square."

  12. GotxMilk22

    GotxMilk22Πριν μήνα

    Kramnik plays the absolute worst square for a check..literally me in every game

  13. whose who

    whose whoΠριν μήνα

    *plays 70 moves* This is all standard theory

  14. Priyabrat Pradhan

    Priyabrat PradhanΠριν μήνα

    What if at 15.42, after the black queen takes the knight, white can play pawn takes knight?

  15. Blinking Intensifies

    Blinking IntensifiesΠριν μήνα

    I guessed the Knight to F5 :) But I had no idea what to do for the most of the other moves 😅

  16. Ai Sains

    Ai SainsΠριν 2 μήνες

    10:00 What if ng8? Then King must go away from the pawn and now we can promote.

  17. Nick Mullen

    Nick MullenΠριν 2 μήνες

    “And the problem with this move is that it completely loses the game.” 😂😂

  18. humungous09

    humungous09Πριν 2 μήνες

    Vishy is still the peeps' favourite..

  19. Sharlaigne Leo

    Sharlaigne LeoΠριν 2 μήνες

    But my husband did not surrender even he has only a king left and i have 2 towers 4 pawns.


    HARRY BALLSΠριν 2 μήνες

    Fun to guess on what move will we hear of Carlson's opponate... "Unfortunatly for _____________________"

  21. suckerpinch

    suckerpinchΠριν 3 μήνες

    Love it!

  22. Courtland Ferreria-Douglas

    Courtland Ferreria-DouglasΠριν 3 μήνες

    At 13:00, Anand can't push the pawn on e5-e6 ti cover the f7 pawn... because of the rook?? What is the significance of 64??

  23. Tozzasque

    TozzasqueΠριν 3 μήνες

    I've been following you for a few weeks by now, and sometimes I watch your videos in the TV in the living room. Now my daughter of 5 yo explicitly ask for you: "per favore metti gli scacchi?" You are a nice person agadmator ;)

  24. Jetze Schaafsma

    Jetze SchaafsmaΠριν 3 μήνες


  25. Eternal Mirth

    Eternal MirthΠριν 3 μήνες

    Amazing game.

  26. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν 3 μήνες

    Wow, the battle for promotion. That was awesome.

  27. Alexander Zack

    Alexander ZackΠριν 3 μήνες

    agad sounded so sad when he said that no more books were written about chess

  28. Damon

    DamonΠριν 3 μήνες

    What a game! Hope we get some classical challenges from pros starting around move 30.

  29. Meinams Geor

    Meinams GeorΠριν 3 μήνες

    What a beautiful analysis agadmator.

  30. raghav sharma

    raghav sharmaΠριν 3 μήνες

    Crazy game

  31. Erik Jernberg

    Erik JernbergΠριν 3 μήνες

    I have seen a quote that says ”Its better to have a bad plan than no plan” but i have also seen ”sometimes it is better to have no plan instead of a bad plan” I don’t know what to choose

  32. Leeroy Jenkins

    Leeroy JenkinsΠριν 3 μήνες

    What a game.

  33. Sakazuki

    SakazukiΠριν 3 μήνες

    The older players have better style than the new ones.

  34. Anjani Kumar

    Anjani KumarΠριν 3 μήνες

    Perhaps these old guys are also following highly rated modern chess engine and adjusting their game. I have seen this kind of pawn advancement at king side in engine games.

  35. Agosto Ceilings

    Agosto CeilingsΠριν 3 μήνες

    Yes mucho good game

  36. Raynman Gaming

    Raynman GamingΠριν 3 μήνες

    Absolutely beautiful. This match was everything I wanted and more.

  37. Matt W

    Matt WΠριν 3 μήνες

    Huge shame that Anand missed that knight move.

  38. gazamidori

    gazamidoriΠριν 3 μήνες

    I felt so good finding that Knight move, and was so sad vishy missed

  39. taehyung will be the death of me

    taehyung will be the death of meΠριν 3 μήνες

    for the first time i found the winning move!!

  40. James C

    James CΠριν 3 μήνες

    From blunder to blunder to final victory!!!

  41. Trevor H.

    Trevor H.Πριν 3 μήνες

    I just got an add for a toy dog that pees. Why is this a thing?

  42. Aayush Got Brawled

    Aayush Got BrawledΠριν 3 μήνες

    People who watched vidit's stream could have got all the moves😂

  43. Mahmood mehraaein

    Mahmood mehraaeinΠριν 3 μήνες

    Hey bro make short videos.

  44. Sooraj Pratap

    Sooraj PratapΠριν 3 μήνες

    How about Kh6 instead of resigning?

  45. Umesh Patel

    Umesh PatelΠριν 3 μήνες

    Both are LEGENDS. But I really felt it for Anand. He was so close to victory. He played some BRILLIANT 👌👏 moves still Kramnik managed a win in the end.

  46. PaterTenebrarum1

    PaterTenebrarum1Πριν 3 μήνες

    Wow! Kudos to Kramnik for mounting a successful defense in a seemingly intractable situation....

  47. Sandeep Kumar

    Sandeep KumarΠριν 3 μήνες

    Whenever I see this man's chess videos..I always feel intrigued to play chess

  48. no u

    no uΠριν 3 μήνες

    This looked almost impossible for Kramnik to defend 9 minutes in. Amazing the way he just kept attacking and won.

  49. The Librarian

    The LibrarianΠριν 3 μήνες

    Clash of Legends

  50. Abdur Rehman

    Abdur RehmanΠριν 3 μήνες

    what a beautiful game

  51. Jericho Martin

    Jericho MartinΠριν 3 μήνες

    Legit looked away fo couple of seconds thought Anand already won but then heard Anand resigned waaaatt

  52. sooraj pisal

    sooraj pisalΠριν 3 μήνες

    13:35 Kramnik chooses the absolute worst square

  53. Trebor

    TreborΠριν 3 μήνες

    If the books are still written? it's to Agadmator best 4 with the guy with book saying "you mother.." haha

  54. Trebor

    TreborΠριν 3 μήνες

    What A Fight Was That !

  55. Karbin Gamer

    Karbin GamerΠριν 3 μήνες

    What is so awsome with the number 64

  56. David Copson

    David CopsonΠριν 3 μήνες

    Well, try playing chess on a board with only 63 squares.

  57. Siddharth Singh

    Siddharth SinghΠριν 3 μήνες

    Oh god why did Anand lose. He was clearly winning just two blunders by Anand and one by Kramnik. 😭😭😭😢

  58. Jam Tsho

    Jam TshoΠριν 3 μήνες

    Nc5 followed by Ne6 wins for karmnik; so Nf4 doesn't work. Nf6 cannot be moved as it will be pinned by queen.

  59. Epic T

    Epic TΠριν 3 μήνες

    Really basic mistakes by both players.

  60. Tinh Nguyen Thi

    Tinh Nguyen ThiΠριν 3 μήνες

    who won ?

  61. David Copson

    David CopsonΠριν 3 μήνες

    It was explained clearly in the video.

  62. Preetham B

    Preetham BΠριν 3 μήνες

    how do you remember the whole game

  63. HARKIRAT Singh

    HARKIRAT SinghΠριν 3 μήνες

    Sorry about that

  64. Afroz Alam

    Afroz AlamΠριν 3 μήνες

    What do you do when you say, "sorry about that", and then go down to maybe flip a switch?

  65. Vinay Potu 147

    Vinay Potu 147Πριν 3 μήνες

    15:23 Queen d5 Porn on e6 to d7 is winning to white

  66. Yugdeep Singh

    Yugdeep SinghΠριν 3 μήνες

    A game for the ages !!

  67. Althares

    AltharesΠριν 3 μήνες

    i have a confession to make. i always click the thumb's down button every video agad say's "sorry about that" because i always wonder why can't he just fixed it before a making a video. is he memeing or what? halp. it actually is kinda cringey.

  68. MartinInBC

    MartinInBCΠριν 3 μήνες

    At 15:04, Agadmator: "If Queen captures [on F7], then you're Queening this pawn" (pointing to D pawn). No, you're KNIGHTING this pawn! With a K-Q fork at inception! The number of times I dreamed of playing this when I was a chess club member ...

  69. EBHAE 1

    EBHAE 1Πριν 3 μήνες

    13:10 Is dxe3 better?

  70. kristian dwikurnia

    kristian dwikurniaΠριν 3 μήνες

    This video deserves millions views.

  71. Woop

    WoopΠριν 3 μήνες

    I saw knight to f4 in 5 seconds. Does this mean my dirty 1200 ass can now destroy in professional tournaments?

  72. David Copson

    David CopsonΠριν 3 μήνες

    I saw that too. I am 1800. I saw it because I play through a lot of Kasparov's games. He would make such a move.

  73. tenoirtla

    tenoirtlaΠριν 3 μήνες

    @agadmator, the reason Anand resigned wasnt because Kramnik could capture on d5 because after kxh6, qxd5, white can just capture on d7 and the game is even. Anand resigned because after kxd6, Kramnik can just capture on h3 with check and capture on e6 after.

  74. Electro Wizard

    Electro WizardΠριν 3 μήνες

    That moment when u finally guess the right move and celebrate Anand's win just to find out it wasn't played and he lost

  75. giraffemathcoder

    giraffemathcoderΠριν 3 μήνες

    This is going worse for anand!

  76. Prince Padrinao

    Prince PadrinaoΠριν 3 μήνες

    I love the thumbnail title

  77. Neeraj Agrawal

    Neeraj AgrawalΠριν 3 μήνες

    Was waiting for your video to understand the game. Thanks.

  78. Vondhar

    VondharΠριν 3 μήνες

    OK, I just can't ignore it anymore. Sorry about what??? Please somebody enlighten me. What is A apologizing for at the beginning of EVERY video? If it's something to apologize for, can he stop doing it?

  79. Bhavesh Vyas

    Bhavesh VyasΠριν 3 μήνες

    why it is a shame if it ended on 63 not on 64.

  80. David Copson

    David CopsonΠριν 3 μήνες

    I'm board with replying to that.

  81. user

    userΠριν 3 μήνες

    We had pair of Bishops from Hell, but now it's Knights of Doom

  82. FAQ with K. R

    FAQ with K. RΠριν 3 μήνες

    Hello bro 😎 😂🤣😂 I am here don't worry about me

  83. Kumar Animesh

    Kumar AnimeshΠριν 3 μήνες

    Chess is a game of perpetual *surprised pikachu face* from both sides

  84. Neil McLeod Art

    Neil McLeod ArtΠριν 3 μήνες

    One time old like to see him say “ sry about that” before he says “ hello everyone “ lol


    SHASHWAT PARTHΠριν 3 μήνες

    What do you do after bending down when u say : sorry about that!?

  86. Alberto binakol

    Alberto binakolΠριν 3 μήνες

    To much bla bla

  87. Plague Doc

    Plague DocΠριν 3 μήνες

    rollercoaster tycoon gameplay 2020

  88. Janmejay Pant

    Janmejay PantΠριν 3 μήνες

    dunno why vishy is making blunder in the past 3 days though he's playing gr8 games too

  89. Max Kroll

    Max KrollΠριν 3 μήνες

    This reminds me of that Kramnik vs Fabi game from the 2018 candidates. Crazy back and forth and eventually someone wins!

  90. Nikhil

    NikhilΠριν 3 μήνες

    I saw this match live last night on chess 24

  91. RazorStrap

    RazorStrapΠριν 3 μήνες

    When is the "Sorry About That!" mug and t-shirt available? Maybe a front and back. "Hello Everyone!" / "Sorry About That!"

  92. David Copson

    David CopsonΠριν 3 μήνες

    Great idea.

  93. John Grey

    John GreyΠριν 3 μήνες

    Legend?? It's a game of blunders.

  94. TIME X 1234

    TIME X 1234Πριν 3 μήνες

    The theme of this game are knights on the f files!

  95. rkrmtest

    rkrmtestΠριν 3 μήνες

    The old tigers really muscled it all the way! Perhaps the game of the year!!

  96. Millad Karimi

    Millad KarimiΠριν 3 μήνες

    13:39 "there are of course many squares to check the white king and Kramnik chooses the worst" - Agad

  97. ShadowsniperYT

    ShadowsniperYTΠριν 3 μήνες

    why is it a shame it ends on move 63 and not 64?

  98. ShadowsniperYT

    ShadowsniperYTΠριν 3 μήνες

    @David Copson I simply dont understand, Would you be able to explain it to me?

  99. David Copson

    David CopsonΠριν 3 μήνες

    Oh dear. What happened to IQ suddenly?

  100. InTrancedState

    InTrancedStateΠριν 3 μήνες

    I love the gay alligator channel

  101. David Copson

    David CopsonΠριν 3 μήνες

    Yes, but what do you think of this channel?

  102. Fried Chicken

    Fried ChickenΠριν 3 μήνες

    im getting a kings indian defence vibes here

  103. ken c

    ken cΠριν 3 μήνες

    Love the dog, always on the sofa!

  104. satheesh vb

    satheesh vbΠριν 3 μήνες

    Sorry if this is a silly question: 08:32 why the pawn is not capturing white knight here? Is it because white will be getting another passed pawn ?

  105. DFTA (Don't Feed The Animals)

    DFTA (Don't Feed The Animals)Πριν 3 μήνες

    What is the significance of move 64 vs 63?

  106. DFTA (Don't Feed The Animals)

    DFTA (Don't Feed The Animals)Πριν 3 μήνες

    @David Copson I thought that's what he was going for. I thought maybe there was some thing more to GO for. :)

  107. David Copson

    David CopsonΠριν 3 μήνες

    Think about it. But don't become bored.

  108. Bob Nob

    Bob NobΠριν 3 μήνες

    and as of what move did we have a completely new game? did i miss it? :/

  109. Power Forth

    Power ForthΠριν 3 μήνες

    9:58 this was the game changing move. F1 seemed not only more obvious but logical.

  110. SV Alangudi

    SV AlangudiΠριν 3 μήνες

    both viewing and playing felt rapid with lot of - if not then there are better moves!!