This is Chess in 2021! || Aronian vs Rajabov || Airthings Masters (2020)

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levon Aronian vs Teymur Rajabov
Airthings Masters (2020), Finals, Match 2, Game 1
Giuoco Piano (C53)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3 a5 10. Re1 Re8 11. Nbd2 Ba7 12. Nf1 Be6 13. Bb5 Bd7 14. Ne3 Ne7 15. a4 c6 16. Bc4 Ng6 17. Qc2 Nf4 18. Rad1 Qe7 19. d4 exd4 20. Bxf4 gxf4 21. e5 dxe3 22. Qg6+ Kh8 23. Qxh6+ Nh7 24. Bd3 exf2+ 25. Kf1 fxe1=Q+ 26. Rxe1 Bf5 27. Bxf5 f6 28. exf6 Qf7 29. Re6 Rxe6 30. Ng5 Rxf6 31. Nxf7+ Rxf7 32. Bxh7 Rxh7 33. Qf6+ Kg8 34. Qg6+ Rg7 35. Qe6+ Rf7 36. Qg6+ Kf8 37. Qxd6+ Kg7 38. Qe5+ Kg6 39. Qe6+ Kg7 40. Qe5+ Kg6 41. Qe6+ Kg7 42. Qe5+
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the field for the Airthings Masters, the 2nd stage of the Champions Chess Tour. The 12-player event will be played online on chess24 from December 26th to January 3rd and, as the first Major of the tour, features a $200,000 prize fund with $60,000 for 1st place. The winner also qualifies directly to the Grand Final in September 2021.
The tournament starts with a 3-day preliminary stage where the players play each other once before the top 8 go forward to a knockout. The time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. Official website:
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  1. Tippi 771

    Tippi 771Πριν 2 ημέρες

    "This is Chess in 2021! " ...The good old Murphy times, where they played without a clock and a game could last for 12 hours, that made the genius combinations possible.

  2. Handless26

    Handless26Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Who is Aroniam?

  3. Jeff Theless

    Jeff ThelessΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Just started Chernev's Logical Chess Move By Move and wow this game is relevant to the Kingside attack section.

  4. CommenSenso

    CommenSensoΠριν 7 ημέρες

    #suggestion Nikolai Krogius is vs Leonid Stein "Insane in Ukraine" UKR-RSFSR(1960)

  5. 최민서

    최민서Πριν 7 ημέρες

    Re6 was blunder

  6. panda4247

    panda4247Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Did you see Levy's recap video? He did the Evans gambit joke too:)

  7. Said Abbasov

    Said AbbasovΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Good luck Teymur. You are the pride of Azerbaijan

  8. Renan Kiritani

    Renan KiritaniΠριν 9 ημέρες


  9. Renan Kiritani

    Renan KiritaniΠριν 9 ημέρες


  10. Huey Sharapova

    Huey SharapovaΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Some of the best feet porn I've ever watched. So subtle, yet so erotic.

  11. Luis David Maldonado-Bonilla

    Luis David Maldonado-BonillaΠριν 9 ημέρες

    happy new year! best wishes, and the best checkmates

  12. Ngo Ngoc Canh

    Ngo Ngoc CanhΠριν 9 ημέρες

    The nauseating system hepatosplenomegaly undress because cream serendipitously surround above a foamy weed. pushy, violent risk

  13. Zoro Hitsu

    Zoro HitsuΠριν 9 ημέρες

    I think you got Aronian's surname incorrect there mate.

  14. Xiaotong Yao

    Xiaotong YaoΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Why not qb3 and get the queen behind the bishop?

  15. Mukund Shah

    Mukund ShahΠριν 10 ημέρες

    How did white pawn take black pawn at f5???? 4:40

  16. Sun Cute

    Sun CuteΠριν 10 ημέρες


  17. Sam Eash

    Sam EashΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Smoke weed everyday

  18. Ominöse Omimöse

    Ominöse OmimöseΠριν 10 ημέρες

    good game

  19. jernsteins

    jernsteinsΠριν 10 ημέρες

    How can the pawn capture on f6 when black is on f5 roughly around 04:41

  20. Shikhar Moondra

    Shikhar MoondraΠριν 10 ημέρες

    If we were to see each video within half hour of uploads.... we will become zombies. HAVE MERCY AGAD!!!!!!!

  21. hyper loid

    hyper loidΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Obviuously completely white wins i dont know why.....

  22. Sven Perroulaz

    Sven PerroulazΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Move 9: This position have been played billions of times. Move 10: We have a completely new game.

  23. Alexandru Grosoi

    Alexandru GrosoiΠριν 10 ημέρες

    6:45 I don't understand how Rxe8 "probably would have won the game", maybe i'm missing something. After the black rook recaptures and Kg5 black has Qc4 Checkmate.

  24. guachingman

    guachingmanΠριν 10 ημέρες

    I would like hikaru to comment on the depth and quality of Agadmator commentary and analysis

  25. chonil

    chonilΠριν 10 ημέρες

    I tried the same moves on this website

  26. Mathieu Bonnet

    Mathieu BonnetΠριν 10 ημέρες

    What would have been a good continuation for white after 29. Rxe8 ?

  27. ak474lyfee k

    ak474lyfee kΠριν 10 ημέρες

    u r very humble and respectful man

  28. Chess games

    Chess gamesΠριν 11 ημέρες

    FUN FUN FUN! I love your quality content, man!

  29. fellowjelte

    fellowjelteΠριν 11 ημέρες

    What a fantastic game

  30. Sreejith S

    Sreejith SΠριν 11 ημέρες

    It was boring

  31. Nir Friedman

    Nir FriedmanΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Should show the rook captures rook line, after throwing a tantalizer like "Aronian probably would have won..." :-)

  32. it was in this positionerino agadmatorino

    it was in this positionerino agadmatorinoΠριν 11 ημέρες

    0:00 Hello everyone 0:14 Let's see what happened here 0:41 Evans Gambit 0:52 Castles castles 1:29 Completely new game 2:28 Improve the position of the king 3:24 Develops the queen, connects the rooks 4:39 En passant 4:53 Captures captures 4:56 Completely winning 5:46 Position from the thumbnail 7:10 Triple attack 7:14 Monster fork 8:19 It was in this position 9:22 So yeah

  33. Marl Isidro

    Marl IsidroΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Excuse me F5 then captures on F6 4:36

  34. Deeboss

    DeebossΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Even If it was rapid they would have seen the pawn move to open the bishops diagonal. But why risk your king getting attacked

  35. ABROAD98

    ABROAD98Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Observation. Aronian is spelt wrong on the picture next to you board. Love the videos

  36. harsh kumarf

    harsh kumarfΠριν 11 ημέρες

    that d3 move is impossible to see ,, its very deep ,, sagar shah showed this variation to radjabov and he said it was impossible for him to see

  37. Carlos

    CarlosΠριν 11 ημέρες

    "This is already complete and utter madness starting from game 1" "So Levon opens with 1. e4"

  38. Mike S

    Mike SΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Good game, too bad he didn't capture the rook.

  39. Stonefalconetti

    StonefalconettiΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Thank you all for watching, Auf Wiedersehen!... Oops, wrong channel..

  40. sivadath varma

    sivadath varmaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    How many videos does this guy makes in a day ??? ❤️❤️

  41. L Billion

    L BillionΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Why didn't he capture rook on e6 ? 🙄 He would have won the match cause the pawn was there to mate rajabov

  42. Daniel MacDonald

    Daniel MacDonaldΠριν 11 ημέρες

    @agadmator there is a typo in Levs last name

  43. Yung Cobalt

    Yung CobaltΠριν 11 ημέρες

    can u show the ELO of the players at the time of the games? Thanks!

  44. Chipster339

    Chipster339Πριν 11 ημέρες

    His uploads are just too much I love it

  45. Vaibhav Kumar

    Vaibhav KumarΠριν 11 ημέρες

    "Investigation is needed, but I have a strong suspicion that agadmator has uploaded this game even before it has been played." -Anish Giri

  46. Francis Griffith

    Francis GriffithΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Both came from former soviet SSR

  47. Rkk O'Tilley

    Rkk O'TilleyΠριν 11 ημέρες

    hey lissenup ....keep yer stupid heart young

  48. Link 64

    Link 64Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Wild draw

  49. vineeth abraham

    vineeth abrahamΠριν 11 ημέρες

    "Bishop Pair from Hell " That would look good on a t-shirt

  50. UncreativeIrishGuy

    UncreativeIrishGuyΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Can anyone explain what happens at 4:42 when black plays f5 and then white has e captures f6? there’s no piece there

  51. ALoadingScreen

    ALoadingScreenΠριν 11 ημέρες

    En passant -- when an opposing pawn moves two spaces and is next to one of your pawns, you can capture it as if the opposing pawn moved only one space.

  52. Yosh T

    Yosh TΠριν 11 ημέρες

    4:01 that's a crazy sequence of moves, absolutely insane!

  53. Mark Nosiglia

    Mark NosigliaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I believe Hikaru would call that an "AWPtion"

  54. Jayden Guan

    Jayden GuanΠριν 11 ημέρες

    who is that person sleeping on the couch, Antonio?

  55. Jay Rb

    Jay RbΠριν 11 ημέρες

    there is a wiggling body in the background. is that friend or enemy? same thing? btw the body then becomes motionless.

  56. Aliasker Quliyev

    Aliasker QuliyevΠριν 11 ημέρες

    До до до

  57. couplingrhino

    couplingrhinoΠριν 11 ημέρες

    #suggestion Can you analyse this amazing game by Bill Lombardy vs Norman Whittaker in the 1953 US Open, featuring multiple flashy but declined queen offerings? Just ran across it and saw you hadn't had a game by Lombardy before, and he deserves some posthumous attention! Keep up your amazing videos!

  58. fonitronik

    fonitronikΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Why is one guy called by his surname while the other one is called by his first name?

  59. Jeyhun Guliyev

    Jeyhun GuliyevΠριν 11 ημέρες

    focus on moves, reading the comments is distracting you

  60. The Tin-Foil Hat Economist

    The Tin-Foil Hat EconomistΠριν 11 ημέρες

    What is "the joking piano"? Sometimes it is said "joking piano is on the board."

  61. FeLiNe418

    FeLiNe418Πριν 11 ημέρες

    The best recap channel IMO. The others go too fast for my taste

  62. Maciek Trybuszewski

    Maciek TrybuszewskiΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Must be soothing, napping with agadmator's voice.

  63. crucci

    crucciΠριν 11 ημέρες

    "Levon Aroniam" in the UI

  64. crucci

    crucciΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Where does Agad draw the line between "already" and "only" to describe "as of move X we have a completely new game"? 🧐

  65. dopa

    dopaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Please fix Levon's name. In the picture shows it as Aroniam with an m

  66. arvind natarajan

    arvind natarajanΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Can you analyze this game? THe one where Hikaru premoves all the moves and still defeats Magnus? #suggestions #suggestion

  67. Edvaldo Oliveira

    Edvaldo OliveiraΠριν 11 ημέρες

    This game's level was so high, that even chess24 commentators, GM David Howell and IM Jovanka Houska, didn't understand black's light-square bishop sacrifice. Aronian did, that's why he placed a rook on e6, preventing black's queen from giving check along the light-square diagonal, while Howell and Houska thought it was a mouse slip. Thanks Antonio for clarifying!

  68. Mohammad

    MohammadΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Day 3 of asking agadmator to do more podcasts ( pls bring ivanchuk )

  69. Mustafa

    MustafaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    that bitcoin donate is getting spicier everyday

  70. Markus Ziegler

    Markus ZieglerΠριν 11 ημέρες

    One Bitcoin is worth way more expensive now. Lucky guy

  71. Cojocari Cosmin

    Cojocari CosminΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Its actually radjabov, not rajabov

  72. R C

    R CΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Guioco Piano turns into a bloodbath! I enjoy watching masters use that opening.

  73. Amil Shirinov

    Amil ShirinovΠριν 11 ημέρες


  74. Swapnil Kulkarni

    Swapnil KulkarniΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Levon Aroniam

  75. Pranjal Raj

    Pranjal RajΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Plzzz explain 4:42 alpasang

  76. Estratus

    EstratusΠριν 11 ημέρες

    En passant

  77. Xinder720

    Xinder720Πριν 11 ημέρες

    I don't get those who say Aronian should have played Rxe8+ (instead of Re6) at 6:51 saying that it is winning?! After all, after recapture by the Rook on e8, all Aronian has is Ng5 but Rajabov STILL has ...Qc4+ which is winning for Black.

  78. Guilad Shmaya

    Guilad ShmayaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    where´s agadmatorino? I almost miss that guy

  79. RuE

    RuEΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I always on the side of the attacker player, even they are losing they still the winner, they make the game interesting. Not just a boring chess when it ended with a draw.


    ALTAY ACARΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Its an interesting quincidence that the final of this tournament played between an armenian and azerbijani player.

  81. Karim Shawagfeh

    Karim ShawagfehΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I don't know how or why your content is addicting, but it is, It's literally the same concept, looking at chess games and giving good commentary on them, but oh boy am a sucker for them, keep up the amazing work Antonio, you're really relieving me and a am sure a bunch of people's lives from boredom with the situation that the world is at right now, love ya

  82. Draconisrex1

    Draconisrex1Πριν 11 ημέρες

    I see those feet! Who is is in the back-ground?

  83. Andrew Regehr

    Andrew RegehrΠριν 11 ημέρες

    6:44 so much tension in that capture

  84. Rishabh Sharma

    Rishabh SharmaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I hope you didn't sell the 1 bitcoin someone contributed to the channel too early! Touched 34k during the day

  85. Sosinle Thyug

    Sosinle ThyugΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Raja 🔥❤

  86. Ankita Desai

    Ankita DesaiΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I just wanna address the guy laying behind in the video but couldn't get a good joke to comment, Can someone do it for me?

  87. Dhruvin Shah

    Dhruvin ShahΠριν 10 ημέρες

    That might be Yelena

  88. Jackson Dowdle

    Jackson DowdleΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Rajabov somehow held on, and Levon almost converted his position into a win. Great game!

  89. Tushar Ranjan Nath

    Tushar Ranjan NathΠριν 11 ημέρες

    isn't it RaDjabov and not Rajabov. Teimour Radjabov and not Teymur Rajabov. #correction Agadmator, no offense intended

  90. Saleem Baba

    Saleem BabaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    This match should decide the winner of the war. No more blood.

  91. Suraj Jaswal

    Suraj JaswalΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Should have shown what happens if rook cpatures happened

  92. Shubham Srivastava

    Shubham SrivastavaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    who is sleeping behind u?

  93. Achilles94627

    Achilles94627Πριν 11 ημέρες

    I'm surprised you didn't quickly show the winning line for White. White was completely winning after b3, (instead of Re6), stopping the potential Queen check on c4.

  94. BigMedic

    BigMedicΠριν 11 ημέρες

    What a game!

  95. Shadab Khan

    Shadab KhanΠριν 11 ημέρες

    O my god that hello everyone was soo damn powerful 😍

  96. Samuel Colmenares

    Samuel ColmenaresΠριν 11 ημέρες

    The bishop sacrifice was also about connecting rooks. Otherwise Rxe8 deflects the queen from defending checkmate. It's a forced sacrifice #suggestion

  97. shazmanu786

    shazmanu786Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Anyone notice someone on the couch?

  98. Le Mirage

    Le MirageΠριν 11 ημέρες

    These GMs could be assholes sometimes, instead of accepting the defeat they give repeated checks. 😀

  99. Sohail Patel

    Sohail PatelΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I loved the tip at the end..!

  100. Maple Green

    Maple GreenΠριν 11 ημέρες

    just curious to know if your monitor is Apple Cinema Display 30 inch ?!!

  101. bassmanjr100

    bassmanjr100Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Would be nice to see how black converts this to a win at the end. Where did TR go wrong?

  102. tkell31

    tkell31Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Very curious how it would have played out if Levon took the rook. With my admittedly limited ability it does look like that sets up a favorable position for Levon although he will be down material. Rook captures rook, knight attacks queen, queen has to move in a way that mate is still prevented, queen captures knight, queen captures queen, knight captures queen? Would love to see it played out from there since it seems like rook not capturing was a mistake.

  103. Avinash Nayak

    Avinash NayakΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Nice insightful video