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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Mikhail Antipov
Russian Championship Superfinal, ROUND 4
Sicilian, Najdorf (B90)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a3 e5 7. Nf3 h6 8. Bc4 Be6 9. Bb3 Nc6 10. O-O Rc8 11. h3 Be7 12. Nh2 O-O 13. Ng4 Nxg4 14. hxg4 Bg5 15. Nd5 Nd4 16. c3 Bxc1 17. Rxc1 Nxb3 18. Qxb3 Bxg4 19. Qxb7 Rb8 20. Qxa6 Rxb2 21. Rb1 Be2 22. Qc6 Rd2 23. Rfe1 Qg5 24. Rxe2 Rxe2 25. Qxd6 Re8 26. Qd7 Re6 27. g3 Qh5 28. Kg2 Kh7 29. Qd8 Qg4 30. Rb4 Rg6
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  1. Two Mouch Jefferson

    Two Mouch JeffersonΠριν 2 ημέρες

    your channel is only chess

  2. Electro Swoosh

    Electro SwooshΠριν 3 ημέρες

    The last name to first name ratio on Ian Nepomniachtchi is insane. What a legend.

  3. Fouad Farah

    Fouad FarahΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Is queen to c8 any good?

  4. Andrew F

    Andrew FΠριν 21 ημέρα

    Merry Christmas. Love your videos !

  5. zerOxO

    zerOxOΠριν 22 ημέρες


  6. Manish yadav

    Manish yadavΠριν 22 ημέρες


  7. Kellam Yoshikage

    Kellam YoshikageΠριν 22 ημέρες

    0:51 You say this and I raise you Qg4, followed by h3 to gain a tempo in kingside expansion.

  8. Terry Heard

    Terry HeardΠριν 22 ημέρες

    I don't think c4 works after Bxf1, Rxb2, Qg5 threatening both mate on g2 and Qc1 hitting the rook on b2. So if Kxf1 after Qg5 then Qc1+ is winning.

  9. Player Unknown

    Player UnknownΠριν 23 ημέρες

    to be honest , you cannot find any faults in Qc6

  10. Michał Ławrynowicz

    Michał ŁawrynowiczΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Sorry about that.

  11. Wu MaRiK

    Wu MaRiKΠριν 24 ημέρες

    I love all of you.

  12. tomi neverr

    tomi neverrΠριν 25 ημέρες

    I saw c4 right away, its just amazing how chess reminds life... you must be aware to oppotinities

  13. Akshay Bimbhet

    Akshay BimbhetΠριν 25 ημέρες

    "captures, captures & captures" 7:45

  14. Camila Pedrozo

    Camila PedrozoΠριν 25 ημέρες

    i watched you saying their names 3 times so i can pronnouce it right in my head

  15. Gerardo Martinez

    Gerardo MartinezΠριν 25 ημέρες

    My favorite opening, the Najdorf Sicilian 😎💯

  16. Lasagna

    LasagnaΠριν 25 ημέρες

    What's the opposite of pov? Antipov

  17. Dhneshd Dhingra

    Dhneshd DhingraΠριν 26 ημέρες

    “When you see a good move, look for a better one.” - Emanuel Lasker

  18. Parvinder Nogi

    Parvinder NogiΠριν 26 ημέρες

    Agad can you show the current player ratings below names just like in harrelson blunder game

  19. Aakarsh Gupta

    Aakarsh GuptaΠριν 26 ημέρες

    Why is Anish giri not here promoting his najdorf course😂😂😂

  20. Miljan Ivanovic

    Miljan IvanovicΠριν 26 ημέρες

    Zasto Griscuk nije igrao?

  21. Mike S

    Mike SΠριν 26 ημέρες

    Great analysis, thank you.

  22. Mike S

    Mike SΠριν 26 ημέρες

    Where did you get the database you use to see previous games and moves, and what software do you use to access it?

  23. StoicCrane

    StoicCraneΠριν 26 ημέρες

    Thought of both Qa7, c4, and even Nh6 for creating a pawn stack to effectively block Black's queen from moving King side potentially at the cost of 3 points though Black would probably just Queen capture regardless. Personally I would have done c4 instinctively because it seems like the most natural counter. Strange that Antipov didn't make it.

  24. Barnaby Cable

    Barnaby CableΠριν 26 ημέρες

    I amazed myself by seeing Qa7, Ne7 instantly, before you even said you'd go back to that position later. I also thought of Qa7, Qe7, but could someone explain to me why that wouldn't work? I can only see about four or five moves ahead, and still I can't see a reason for this to not work.

  25. Flum666

    Flum666Πριν 27 ημέρες

    Medo settles nicely on #c1 maybe for a Medo lift later in the game

  26. thierry henry

    thierry henryΠριν 27 ημέρες

    That was a good analysis, how the move Qa7 could change the course of the game

  27. Dgze 89

    Dgze 89Πριν 27 ημέρες

    Unfortunately, I rarely see any serious commentary about the game itself under Agamators viseos, just people leaving a comment trying to be funny or irrelevant comments.

  28. Sanchit Nath

    Sanchit NathΠριν 27 ημέρες

    HBD Adbel means “Happy birthday” Adbel

  29. Stevo Maginn

    Stevo MaginnΠριν 27 ημέρες

    That's the best way nodody gets to see wat u fucked up

  30. Joy

    JoyΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Medo listens to the recording every time and he is the one who upload the video in GRlifes. Believe it or not actually this is true that Medo secretly plays chess with Antonio

  31. Cheng Zhou

    Cheng ZhouΠριν 27 ημέρες

    This is the first time I heard you call it the “Najdorf defense”

  32. System Admin

    System AdminΠριν 27 ημέρες

    A tale of Chess Prodigies

  33. William Dolmer

    William DolmerΠριν 27 ημέρες

    That is an amazing thumbnail of nepo/open lol

  34. David B Jacobs

    David B JacobsΠριν 27 ημέρες

    c4 is what I found, but I thought I was wrong.

  35. BAT

    BATΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Eureka Eureka Eureka..... C4

  36. Dhanesh Dhingra

    Dhanesh DhingraΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Even the laziest King flees wildly in the face of a double check! - Aaron Nimzowitsch. Ratings Here

  37. Jay Murray

    Jay MurrayΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Which is the right answer? 1: you have the worst memory ever (when it comes to technology) 2. You deliberately forget to set up your pc just to say your fave catch phrase. Or and here’s my answer 3. Medo deliberately sabotages it (yep I spied that little critter sneaking away from the pc leap onto the couch and pretend to be asleep

  38. james delb

    james delbΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Great game to show. Thank you. the c3 pawn move is not obvious to see, though a fantastic way to slow down the black attack. After c3 Qb8 is interesting. Thanks again.

  39. Mario

    MarioΠριν 28 ημέρες

    does the camara change color? or is it my monitor?.. 10:07 agadmator's face goes from yellow to red

  40. Jose Sanchez-palma

    Jose Sanchez-palmaΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I am a beginner but what happens if antipov goes qc7 instead? Is it possible

  41. Vivek Mohan

    Vivek MohanΠριν 28 ημέρες

    It was a Good attempt to make White win

  42. Misheck Chisenga

    Misheck ChisengaΠριν 28 ημέρες

    [Event "Mccj11 vs. blackman630"] [Site ""] [Date "18 Dec 2020"] [White "Mccj11"] [Black "blackman630"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1405"] [BlackElo "1423"] [TimeControl "1 in 0 day"] [SetUp "1"] [Termination "Mccj11 won by checkmate"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bb4 6. O-O Bxc3 7. bxc3 O-O 8. Qd3 Nh5 9. Ng5 g6 10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 f5 12. Nc5 Qd6 13. Bh6 Rf7 14. Rfe1 b6 15. d5 Ne5 16. dxe6 Nxd3 17. exf7+ Kxf7 18. cxd3 Rb8 19. Nb3 Qxd3 20. Bg5 Qxc3 21. Rac1 Qb4 22. Rxc7+ Kf8 23. Be7+ Qxe7 24. Rexe7 Ba6 25. Rxh7 Kg8 26. Bd5+ Kf8 27. Rh8# 1-0 Beautiful Queen sack!!

  43. The Gorn

    The GornΠριν 28 ημέρες

    900k subscribers. Tal game!

  44. HeatRS

    HeatRSΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Wow I actually saw both of the moves I feel happy :)

  45. MisterDeepvision

    MisterDeepvisionΠριν 28 ημέρες

    love the btc ad in the top donators/ .

  46. Doug McNabb

    Doug McNabbΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Q c8 looks interesting, setting up a fork if Q takes

  47. Doug McNabb

    Doug McNabbΠριν 28 ημέρες

    nm. loses the knight :(

  48. IndianFauji

    IndianFaujiΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Found C4, didn't pause the video @agamator

  49. Cyrus Rohail

    Cyrus RohailΠριν 28 ημέρες

    C4 is for white as f6 is for black

  50. George Blynd

    George BlyndΠριν 28 ημέρες

    If I could make a suggestion/request: how about you include the FENs of every crucial position in the description? e.g. 3q1rk1/5pp1/Q2p3p/3Np3/4P3/P1P5/1r2bPP1/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1 (this is the thumbnail). Very helpful for analyzing games.

  51. Presing Izdavaštvo

    Presing IzdavaštvoΠριν 28 ημέρες

    6. ...h6! - old school.

  52. cavaliers4ever

    cavaliers4everΠριν 28 ημέρες

    #suggestion Farai Mandizha vs Ray Robson

  53. Ayush Lohumi

    Ayush LohumiΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Ok so am I the only one who that idiotic qc8?

  54. JM Adventures

    JM AdventuresΠριν 28 ημέρες

    hey you gotta update your donation screen, bitcoin is worth almost 25 thousand now lol , by the way the dog is awesome I really love him

  55. VENOM 86

    VENOM 86Πριν 28 ημέρες

    0:51 "there isnt any bad move here" Me an intellect- plays bishop f4

  56. AlaskaIsBiggerThanTexas

    AlaskaIsBiggerThanTexasΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Won’t be long and you’re going to have to do something big for 1,000,000 subs!

  57. David Johnson

    David JohnsonΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Nepo is awesome! Love watching his games even when he loses he is very imaginative and creative.

  58. Maxime Goy

    Maxime GoyΠριν 28 ημέρες

    First time I found a good move when you asked 😭💪 Ready for my grandmaster title

  59. Ashmit Ghose

    Ashmit GhoseΠριν 28 ημέρες

    #Suggestion Pls do a video on Karpov vs Anand

  60. Haunting Haze

    Haunting HazeΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Almost 900k

  61. VicenzoV

    VicenzoVΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Plot twist: The dog is a paid actor.

  62. :Indranil Pramanik

    :Indranil PramanikΠριν 28 ημέρες

    We want a merch of ' sorry about that'

  63. Philippe Tarnier

    Philippe TarnierΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I found the stiki move😁

  64. Steven Newton

    Steven NewtonΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Great work as always.

  65. ProneMan OldButYoung

    ProneMan OldButYoungΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Bobby Fisher was certainly on to something. Today top GMs have to memorize opening theory to a ridiculous level. Even top talented players like Magnus Carlsen is dead lost if he makes an opening theory blunder against let's say Caruana. Not because Caruana calculates it immediately, but because he has memorized and pre played what to do against the inaccuracy Magnus played. That aspect of chess really is a disgrace to the game of chess. That aspect has nothing to do with creativity. Bobby knew what he was talking about.

  66. Karveer Jori

    Karveer JoriΠριν 28 ημέρες

    The first move in my mind was C4

  67. View Film

    View FilmΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Nepo twisting the screws

  68. chunnnn1234

    chunnnn1234Πριν 28 ημέρες

    How about Qc8 in crucial position

  69. Stefan Maubach

    Stefan MaubachΠριν 28 ημέρες

    How about Qc8? After Qxc8 Ne7 and its weird. (No engine at my disposal.)

  70. Stefan Maubach

    Stefan MaubachΠριν 18 ημέρες

    The answer was also Qg5. But still.

  71. Sam NIcol

    Sam NIcolΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Comment for traffic. Thanks for the video

  72. Ali Hana. M

    Ali Hana. MΠριν 28 ημέρες

    What about Qc7 then have queen trade with a fork

  73. Ali Hana. M

    Ali Hana. MΠριν 28 ημέρες

    C8 I mean

  74. Uday Tej Singh

    Uday Tej SinghΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Why doesn't Agadmator do photo challenges any longer?

  75. Uday Tej Singh

    Uday Tej SinghΠριν 27 ημέρες

    @Canby Ibarra but he hasn't done them in 2019 as well

  76. Canby Ibarra

    Canby IbarraΠριν 27 ημέρες

    There aren't a lot of photos going around because there aren't a lot of events.

  77. Femi Odugbesan

    Femi OdugbesanΠριν 28 ημέρες

    You're saying "Hello everyone" differently and I don't know how I feel about it.

  78. It's Kyuu

    It's KyuuΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I imagine Agad says "sorry about that" when putting his opponent in checkmate

  79. Eduardo Aquino

    Eduardo AquinoΠριν 28 ημέρες

    When you find c4 for the wrong reason, but you find it nonetheless 😎

  80. Eric

    EricΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Wow I spotted both pause the video ideas on my own! I just got into chess cause of netflix show. Can't believe I spotted that, took me like 10 minutes but I am quite impressed with myself.

  81. magnet Ar

    magnet ArΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I found C4, yaaay. Though, I didn't think the entire way through

  82. Rakshit Gawali

    Rakshit GawaliΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Congratulations in advance agadmator for 1Million Subs

  83. Sebastian Rex

    Sebastian RexΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I found c4 in an instant my Bullet is payin off...

  84. Knight Moves

    Knight MovesΠριν 28 ημέρες

    # Hello everyone!! Good job Antonio!! If you get the time, check this out.... (new channel) ## Cheers from Greece!!

  85. Pratham Gupta

    Pratham GuptaΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I dont know why, but Nepo's picture looks like He's saying "Trolled ya?" and Antipov is like" Oof, bro what did I do??"

  86. Zibbit's Chess Channel

    Zibbit's Chess ChannelΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Good video. Antipov is an interesting player, he was over here in Iceland a year ago and I got to know his style a bit more.

  87. Neal Hesselton

    Neal HesseltonΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Woooohooo. I finally figured out one of the moves that you asked for)) I won't say it exactly to save the secret and not give spoiler but I am happy about it. I have been getting closer and closer and starting to be able to consistently get the right ideas for your questions but this time I got the exact move. The line I came up with after was not as good as yours but I am still happy. Thanks for posing these questions by the way, it is one of the most fun parts of videos for me. I have always liked tactics but you always find interesting and fun times for it.)) I played when I was a child a lot and got my rating up to around 1400 but then when I was around middle school I quit. Thanks to you Eric and Levy I have been getting back into chess now and I love the community here on youtube and twitch. Thanks for your videos)))

  88. cr0mag

    cr0magΠριν 28 ημέρες

    C4, that's explosive. Thank you Benjamin for helping me find that one

  89. Rachit Sharma

    Rachit SharmaΠριν 28 ημέρες

    C4 was really a sneaky move. Kudos.

  90. keshav zanwar

    keshav zanwarΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I found both the moves Qa7 and c4. So happy I am!!! 😊😊😊😊

  91. beaudjangles

    beaudjanglesΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I finally found one of the good options when you said to examine the position. c4

  92. RealTaiter

    RealTaiterΠριν 28 ημέρες

  93. Hulandark

    HulandarkΠριν 28 ημέρες


  94. Sulekha Shukla

    Sulekha ShuklaΠριν 28 ημέρες

    F**k yeah....i literally found c4

  95. Jeronimo Calderón Gómez

    Jeronimo Calderón GómezΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Who has any developments on the "sorry about that" conspiracy?

  96. William Orgeness II

    William Orgeness IIΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I saw c4 yay!!

  97. Curious Cat

    Curious CatΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I did find one of the two ideas, pawn move to c4 blocking the Bishop's attack on the Queen. In this position, I stopped watching GRlifes as there's nothing more to be done here. 😊

  98. ivanlamont

    ivanlamontΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Qc8! looks like a Q sac but Ne7+ then forks the K/Q and the B still cannot win the rook because the black rook would hang. Or am i missing something?

  99. nicolas halop'

    nicolas halop'Πριν 28 ημέρες

    I just watch one of your old videos where the 17 first moves of one player are pawn moves anyway I noticed ur commentary and your voice are better

  100. Raghav Kamra

    Raghav KamraΠριν 28 ημέρες

    11:23 why not dx6?

  101. Brisingr48

    Brisingr48Πριν 28 ημέρες

    I'm going to start saying in games, "You've messed up my pawn structure, but that's fine I don't mind"

  102. Om Santosh Savake

    Om Santosh SavakeΠριν 28 ημέρες

    900k soon

  103. The Tin-Foil Hat Economist

    The Tin-Foil Hat EconomistΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Sorry about that!

  104. Insatiable Lechery

    Insatiable LecheryΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Agadmator is such a wholesome young man. Just giving us some nice chess action

  105. The World around us

    The World around usΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Why do you often tell" sorry about that" in you chess videos? May I know what you are sorry about😉