Checkmate in The Middle of The Board || Nepo vs Carlsen || Skilling Open Knockout (2020)

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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Magnus Carlsen
Chess24 (2020), Skilling Open, Knockouts, Semifinals MATCH 2, Game 1
Ruy Lopez, closed defence (C84)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c3 O-O 8. Nbd2 Re8 9. Re1 Bf8 10. d4 b5 11. Bc2 exd4 12. cxd4 Bg4 13. Nf1 g6 14. Ng3 Bg7 15. Be3 Nd7 16. Rc1 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Qf6 18. Bb3 Nxd4 19. Bxd4 Qxd4 20. Rxc7 Ra7 21. Rxa7 Qxa7 22. Qxd6 Bxb2 23. F4 Nc5 24. Bd5 Bd4 25. Re2 Nd3 26. Kg2 Kg7 27. Rd2 Bc5 28. Qc6 Nxf4 + 29. Kf3 Rd8 30. Kxf4 Rd6 31 . Qe8 Bxf2 32. Kg4 Rf6 33. e5 h5 + 34. Kh3 Rf4 35. e6 fxe6 36. Bxe6 Bd4 37. Nxh5 + gxh5 38. Rg2 + Kf6 39. Rg6 + Ke5 40. Bb3 +
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.
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  1. Simon Multiverse

    Simon MultiverseΠριν 16 ημέρες

    0:55 "and when I say a million times, I mean a million billion gazillion times" ... cubed.

  2. Jeo Jetson

    Jeo JetsonΠριν 21 ημέρα

    I feel very proud of myself because when you said pause the video and find a move for Magnus I found the exact move that he played even though it’s not the ideal move Edit: and of course it leads to him losing 🤦🏾‍♂️

  3. Carvan Thipe

    Carvan ThipeΠριν 29 ημέρες

    Nepo can be a Devil

  4. YourChessGuide

    YourChessGuideΠριν μήνα Do check it out. #Chesstricks

  5. Raunak Bhansali

    Raunak BhansaliΠριν μήνα

    Nepo's kid can easily make it in bollywood.😂

  6. Lone Wolf

    Lone WolfΠριν μήνα

    @7:34 I’d write plays Qc6, the Queen ain’t trapped

  7. Francisco Ruiz

    Francisco RuizΠριν μήνα


  8. abhishek taksali

    abhishek taksaliΠριν μήνα

    "When I say million, I mean a lot of times"- agad

  9. M Viv

    M VivΠριν μήνα

    Magnus is atleast taking part in a lot of tournaments and not behaving like prima donna kasparov.

  10. Johnny Eaton

    Johnny EatonΠριν μήνα

    Maybe it's sacrilege, but I get a little jolt of giddiness every time Magnus loses one. I guess I'm just a David at heart, always rooting against Goliath.

  11. Antonis Tsachtanis

    Antonis TsachtanisΠριν μήνα

    Hahahahahahaha laughed so much with the random pawn troll

  12. Azan Ayub

    Azan AyubΠριν μήνα

    8:30 puzzle, Queen to e5 by Nepo could’ve picked up Carlsen’s rook on d6.

  13. dorinel manea

    dorinel maneaΠριν μήνα

    7:14 Q e8-e5 ches ,R d6-f6 ches , knight g3-f5 and from here game is equal.

  14. Jason Bourne

    Jason BourneΠριν μήνα

    6:52 feel free to pause the video and find the winning idea. Me: Bishop takes pawn! 6:58: Queen to C6 Me: Damn it! 8:08: Carlsen played bishop takes pawn, even deadlier than what I showed you. Me: That's what I said! WOOT! 8:16: However, there is a move for Nepo to come out on top. Me: FUCK!

  15. Jose M. Molina Ocampo

    Jose M. Molina OcampoΠριν μήνα

    Nice trick.

  16. Vivek Mohan

    Vivek MohanΠριν μήνα

    Power of the Knight is sometime is Awesome

  17. אופק שמש

    אופק שמשΠριν μήνα

    8:45 whats wrong with Qe5? free rook isnt it?

  18. joe joe

    joe joeΠριν μήνα

    I learned so much!! you really have an amazing way of slowing things down without boring someone and capturing the eyes and thoughts of the players and pace..ibfeelbthe commentators are either way to distracting live and are just trying to fill air and collecting there thoughts on what to say. You have the luxury of time and analysis but thanks for breaking it down to a new player and probably not insulting experienced players

  19. Muhammed Ali Inamdar

    Muhammed Ali InamdarΠριν μήνα

    Magnus is losing his thing

  20. GeneralSamov

    GeneralSamovΠριν μήνα

    7:32 "Rook d8 just traps the queen" What about Qc6, or am I missing something?

  21. Veronik Istrefaj

    Veronik IstrefajΠριν μήνα

    If Qc6, Qc6 captures, white re-captures with bishop and black captures rook d2

  22. Avril Duck

    Avril DuckΠριν μήνα

    Wonderful dance!

  23. Erik Westrheim

    Erik WestrheimΠριν μήνα

    Very nice.

  24. Johnny C

    Johnny CΠριν μήνα

    @8:48 Can someone explain to me (novice) the pro/con if he moved Queen to d7 instead of moving the rook to f6?

  25. Mike

    MikeΠριν μήνα

    i keep hearing about Royal Opus until I did a google search, lmao

  26. Cinephile

    CinephileΠριν μήνα

    12 move checkmate 800 rating

  27. Radioheader

    RadioheaderΠριν μήνα

    Too many Chess Geeks now 🙄 Fucking Queen’s Gambit 🤦🏼‍♂️

  28. Radioheader

    RadioheaderΠριν μήνα

    This is how I do it

  29. Павел Бураков

    Павел БураковΠριν μήνα

    Flash: I'm the fastest man alive Agad: Sorry about that

  30. omniscient

    omniscientΠριν μήνα

    Magnus still a Chad tho

  31. Jie Mo

    Jie MoΠριν μήνα

    Flash: I'm the fastest man alive Agad: Sorry about that

  32. alpint äventyr

    alpint äventyrΠριν μήνα

    7:13 Queen E5 check leeds maybe to an end game with white being 2 pawns down but maybe not as hopeless as your line shows

  33. Johnna Cates


  34. kwzieleniewski

    kwzieleniewskiΠριν μήνα

    After 31. Qe8 the recommended 31...Qc7 is probably strongest, but doesn't necessarily catch the queen after 32. Qe5+, eg. 32... f6 33. Qb2 Rxd5+ -+.

  35. Forrest Carbonell

    Forrest CarbonellΠριν μήνα

    You sir found yourself a subscriber!

  36. David Cruz-Brieva

    David Cruz-BrievaΠριν μήνα

    Can anyone explain why white queen to e5 check isn't a good move? Looks to me like you win the rook for free. 8:40

  37. furor tonicus

    furor tonicusΠριν μήνα

    "And when I say millions of times I mean oodles and boodles of times."

  38. The Amazin Mohawk

    The Amazin MohawkΠριν μήνα

    Wow amazing game

  39. Chris Bour

    Chris BourΠριν μήνα

    I am only a few videos in agadmator and i already look forward to the ''sorry about that'' moment

  40. ramasaurio

    ramasaurioΠριν μήνα

    I read the title of the video with the melody of "our house in the middle of our street."

  41. Adrian Tan

    Adrian TanΠριν μήνα

    4:26 lol

  42. Thant

    ThantΠριν μήνα

    I’m stunned!!!

  43. Harshvardhan Agarwal

    Harshvardhan AgarwalΠριν μήνα


  44. Roger Stone

    Roger StoneΠριν μήνα

    This is a real see-saw of a game, and I love being able to see (when shown) and understand the moves these great players miss. I know it's just because they are playing rapid or blitz, and we're only able to find the moves because engines show them to us - but even so, it's as if, for a moment, they are human and playing the same game we do.

  45. j....s....

    j....s....Πριν μήνα

    A4 "nah im just tricking you" hahah i love this channel

  46. Ivan Gucunski

    Ivan GucunskiΠριν μήνα

    Upon hearing "nasty discoveries" i always have a picture in my mind completely unrelated to chess..anybody else?

  47. rajashekhar reddy

    rajashekhar reddyΠριν μήνα

    When the titles said that there was Checkmate in the middle of the board, and for most part of the game, Nepos King roaming around, I thought it was Nepos King in the title, until the last minute! What a thriller. Thanks Agad for this. Your titles are dope!

  48. VicenzoV

    VicenzoVΠριν μήνα

    Magnus obviously pulled a Beth Harmon and instead of studying his endgame the night before, went to a bar, got roaring drunk and check mated someone else.

  49. Siam

    SiamΠριν μήνα

    The position at 8:40, can’t white play queen to e5? It checks the black king and picks up the rook. Or am I missing something?

  50. Harshit Sachdeva

    Harshit SachdevaΠριν μήνα

    He can defend the check with his rook

  51. violeta yapur

    violeta yapurΠριν μήνα

    could you show a lisa lane game?

  52. cygnustsp

    cygnustspΠριν μήνα

    Ruy lopez, with morphys defense, maybe my favorite line

  53. cygnustsp

    cygnustspΠριν μήνα

    Since heart surgery "hello everyone" has been quiet.

  54. Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

    Everybody Draw Mohammed DayΠριν μήνα

    Are you sure you're pronouncing Ian Nepomniachtchi's name correctly?

  55. Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

    Everybody Draw Mohammed DayΠριν μήνα

    @agadmator's Chess Channel So, it's pronounced Nepomnichy? I saw an interview where a Russian interviewer pronounced his name as Nepomnishy ‒

  56. agadmator's Chess Channel

    agadmator's Chess ChannelΠριν μήνα


  57. Anturangga Tantra

    Anturangga TantraΠριν μήνα

    2 Agadmator video a days keeps bad day away

  58. Hannu Torrekens

    Hannu TorrekensΠριν μήνα

    You didn't mention the Morphy saga in the outro, does that mean its over?

  59. Smoking966

    Smoking966Πριν μήνα

  60. Vivek Joshi

    Vivek JoshiΠριν μήνα

    Epic stuff by Nepo

  61. Yashesh Bhansali

    Yashesh BhansaliΠριν μήνα

    Holy ! I thought nepo is the one who'd get checkmate

  62. Dennis H

    Dennis HΠριν μήνα

    Yeah Magnus threw the game

  63. Hur

    HurΠριν μήνα

    Can someone help me here please. Why at 10:12 would Magnus not play Rg4 to block the check? Would that be bad?

  64. B Smith

    B SmithΠριν μήνα

    After the rook blocks the check white goes up the exchange with BxR, PxB,RxPch. I first thought black’s King could escape but I now think it gets frog marched into a checkmate.

  65. Hur

    HurΠριν μήνα

    @B Smith yeah did he miss it perhaps under time pressure, or was it actually a trap by his opponent that would have ended in the same situation?

  66. B Smith

    B SmithΠριν μήνα

    It looks like black’s best move to me.

  67. SpartanCTI Consultoría IT

    SpartanCTI Consultoría ITΠριν μήνα

    Magnus always wins but when he loose, he losses in great style 😂

  68. kaushik Yadav

    kaushik YadavΠριν μήνα

    What about be3 at 6.59?

  69. Asger Aagaard Darre

    Asger Aagaard DarreΠριν μήνα

    You could correct the notice in the donation list, since the value of the donation of 1 BTC from "Mystery" is now $ 18.119 ;)

  70. Deron Upchurch

    Deron UpchurchΠριν μήνα

    I love this guy, he singlehandedly got me out of my depression

  71. Anderson Fuller

    Anderson FullerΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator, I have to be honest. I watch this video once, and I don’t think I appreciate the beauty of it. Ian Nepo beat Magness Carlton in a chess match, and led almost check mated in the middle of the board. I can’t even comprehend the complexity and the beauty behind accomplishing such a feat. Even now, my chess knowledge called me back from understanding how beautiful the game this was, but I can tell you from the result of what happened that this is an absolute beauty thank you for sharing this.

  72. Priyanshu Tripathi

    Priyanshu TripathiΠριν μήνα

    Just want to see how many likes this copied comment can get

  73. Sanju Ghosh

    Sanju GhoshΠριν μήνα


  74. Sanju Ghosh

    Sanju GhoshΠριν μήνα

    Op gameplay

  75. Fearslow 69

    Fearslow 69Πριν μήνα

    i think that magnus is bored of chess and wants someone to win so he becomes good at it

  76. Hamid Khan

    Hamid KhanΠριν μήνα

    I really like it when Carlsen loses 😃

  77. Im Smoother

    Im SmootherΠριν μήνα

    8:41 why didnt queen go fown and check king. Then king has to move and free rook for white? Hmm

  78. Harshit Sachdeva

    Harshit SachdevaΠριν μήνα

    He can always defend the check with his rook

  79. Poison Virus

    Poison VirusΠριν μήνα


  80. Abhinav Jain

    Abhinav JainΠριν μήνα

    #suggestion COB3 finals and semi finals (Any games out of those you think are worth analysing)

  81. P R

    P RΠριν μήνα

    Damn, Magnus lost against Duda a month ago, now this? He better get his game back on if he wants to remain #1

  82. Sparkle Chilly

    Sparkle ChillyΠριν μήνα

    At 6:55 I think bishop to E3 would’ve been a good move.

  83. Sparkle Chilly

    Sparkle ChillyΠριν μήνα

    @Harshit Sachdeva oh haha, I feel dumb now 😂

  84. Harshit Sachdeva

    Harshit SachdevaΠριν μήνα

    You lose that bishop to that pawn

  85. Anthony Gallucci

    Anthony GallucciΠριν μήνα

    I don’t understand why that wasn’t the winning move either

  86. Parker Stevens

    Parker StevensΠριν μήνα

    #suggestion A nasty miniature ending with 14...b4

  87. Manohar S

    Manohar SΠριν μήνα

    At the end, Carlsen was down to 45 seconds on his clock and was forced to move fast by much faster playing Nepo. Well done Nepo!

  88. Divya Shree

    Divya ShreeΠριν μήνα

    sir can you tell me how the skilling open works? i thought wesley so was knocked out and also nepo was knocked out but they are still playing? what happened to levon aronian and teymur radjabov? these chess competitions are very confusing? pls tell me sir.

  89. L

    LΠριν μήνα

    Sorry fellas but today I'm not here to enjoy the show 😎

  90. timothy evans

    timothy evansΠριν μήνα

    Nepo hands it to Magnus................................

  91. vivek k.

    vivek k.Πριν μήνα

    I'm so used to see Magnus winning that now I only watch those games in which he's lost.

  92. Nord

    NordΠριν μήνα

    At 8:05 why not bishop E3?

  93. Nishant Badgujar

    Nishant BadgujarΠριν μήνα

    omg..i cannot believe i guessed the move with exact same idea..thank you agad for your videos.. ❤

  94. Alapan Bera

    Alapan BeraΠριν μήνα

    Can anyone really tell me why agad says sorry about that at the exact same point? :|

  95. Mike S

    Mike SΠριν μήνα

    Great game, thank you. Very funny moving the a2 pawn.

  96. Tiago Rafael Duarte

    Tiago Rafael DuarteΠριν μήνα

    PLS update the bitcoin valeu

  97. H Nalike

    H NalikeΠριν μήνα

    This one made my morning.

  98. Renuka Kutty

    Renuka KuttyΠριν μήνα


  99. Gurnihal Singh

    Gurnihal SinghΠριν μήνα

    And it is at move __, that we have a completely new game. Gonna put this in my wedding speech.

  100. Jacky

    JackyΠριν μήνα

    hello everyone 😂😂😂😂

  101. Mazhar Ali

    Mazhar AliΠριν μήνα

    8:35 Qe5 check the king wins the rook and the game

  102. Crime Master Gogo

    Crime Master GogoΠριν μήνα

    7:18 Rc2 and white is fine?

  103. Ericson Javier

    Ericson JavierΠριν μήνα

    I would like to see nepo play in the candidates...

  104. Ankit Kumar

    Ankit KumarΠριν μήνα

    what kind of player is Magnus . Also winning this game but unfortunately didn't play winning move.Born Genius

  105. Jack Ross

    Jack RossΠριν μήνα

    The thumbnail isn't the checkmate right? Cuz from here it doesn't look like it.

  106. Frank Gecko

    Frank GeckoΠριν μήνα

    Big Chess has Big Surprises with the OMG Under-dog beat down.

  107. Keoki Evans

    Keoki EvansΠριν μήνα

    Your pace and commentary were perfect. Until the c1 move it really did seem like I’ve played that position “a million times” and I’m not a great player.

  108. MrCk1234567890

    MrCk1234567890Πριν μήνα

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t resigning at mate in 1 super unsporting etiquette 🤔

  109. Chandra Shekhar Azad

    Chandra Shekhar AzadΠριν μήνα

    Spoiler : Magnus came back and now he'll take on Wesley in the finals

  110. Renato H. Santos

    Renato H. SantosΠριν μήνα

    I get a great deal of pleasure seeing Carlsen lose. Sorry about that.

  111. Hendriesantio

    HendriesantioΠριν μήνα

    opening name :closed defence gameplay : looks very open