Magnus OP! || Carlsen vs Nepo || Skilling Open Knockout (2020)

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Magnus Carlsen vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Chess24 (2020), Skilling Open, Knockouts, Semifinals, Game 1
Gruenfeld, exchange variation (D85)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. e4 Nxc3 7. Bxc3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. d5 Bxf3 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. gxf3 Ne5 13. O-O-O c6 14. Bh3 Kg8 15. Qc3 Qb8 16. d6 exd6 17. f4 Re8 18. Rhe1 a5 19. Kb1 a4 20. fxe5 Rxe5 21. f4 Rc5 22. Qf6 a3 23. b3 Rh5 24. Rxd6 Qe8 25. Be6 fxe6 26. Red1
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. M. Szypro

    M. SzyproΠριν 19 ημέρες

    Why didn't Nepo play rook d8, after Magnus played bishop e6? That would be way better than capturing the bishop

  2. M. Szypro

    M. SzyproΠριν 19 ημέρες


  3. Mr.Y Hülling

    Mr.Y HüllingΠριν 23 ημέρες

    No „sorry about that“ at the beginning? :O

  4. Wulbo

    WulboΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Captures the pizza! Delivery driver resigns

  5. jason woods

    jason woodsΠριν 27 ημέρες

    I think it's worth mentioning that as of right now Nepo is rated one point lower than Bobby Fischer's highest Elo rating.

  6. Vegan Drinker and Smoker

    Vegan Drinker and SmokerΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Nepo yeah!

  7. Zito Keratin

    Zito KeratinΠριν μήνα

    6:50 Did you decline the Pizza's Gambit? You know the best way to refute any gambit is by accepting it! :-)

  8. Eugene Sesma III

    Eugene Sesma IIIΠριν μήνα

    "And it is as of the 7th pizza delivery move that we have an entirely new game"

  9. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guytΠριν μήνα

    1st the Mailman and Then The Pizza Guy, who is Next Medo the GuardDog??!!!!

  10. Hozefa Ajmerwala

    Hozefa AjmerwalaΠριν μήνα

    why the bishop didn't take pawn during the opening move 12?

  11. nieooj gotoy

    nieooj gotoyΠριν μήνα

    Such an awesome video!

  12. Tamir Galilian

    Tamir GalilianΠριν μήνα

    The move with the pizza guy... Well Played.

  13. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa NiΠριν μήνα

    The subtitles on this are hilarious, Nepo was nipple (his whole name: Yony Pony), grunfeld was groomfield, even Anand's name was Shanatan or something.

  14. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guytΠριν μήνα

    "What's really incredible here is that... we have guests"

  15. Peter Surňák

    Peter SurňákΠριν μήνα

    4:59 "You are losing your queen whether you want to or not." :-)

  16. nieooj gotoy

    nieooj gotoyΠριν μήνα


  17. Vivek Mohan

    Vivek MohanΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator's Dog is Awesome

  18. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vootyΠριν μήνα

    "Sometimes they just think its our place so really weird stuff"

  19. Kiril Micev

    Kiril MicevΠριν μήνα

    i was surprised when i heard "tko je to?" ozdrav iz makedonije

  20. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa NiΠριν μήνα

    Love you videos???

  21. Jim Skea

    Jim SkeaΠριν μήνα

    Why does GRlifes notify me 4 days after the video was uploaded? Kind of useless as the tournaments already over!

  22. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vootyΠριν μήνα

    3:01 why not f4 directly before d6

  23. Oz Morse

    Oz MorseΠριν μήνα

    I am going to invent a gambit based on the pizza man just you wait

  24. Piksa

    PiksaΠριν μήνα

    the pizza guy tried to bust open the position of agadmator but medo didn't allow it by doing an excellent bark

  25. eggsylog

    eggsylogΠριν μήνα

    Rumor has it Medo’s still barking.

  26. Philip Pirrip

    Philip PirripΠριν μήνα

    These games are played online over a course of two days? What if the players ran the moves through alpha zero?

  27. David B Jacobs

    David B JacobsΠριν μήνα

    He must've analyzed his game with Anand years ago and probably found the trap then. When the position reappeared, a part of his brain firing away like Medo fires at the pizza guy.

  28. Michael Davidson

    Michael DavidsonΠριν μήνα

    Medo, the defensive resource Nepo wished he had.

  29. Somebody Somewhere

    Somebody SomewhereΠριν μήνα

    06:30 Agadmator says "vidi ko je" means "see who is it" you can thank me later :D

  30. IM

    IMΠριν μήνα

    Comment section is absolutely the best move.

  31. foxywagon

    foxywagonΠριν μήνα

    "What's really incredible here is that... we have guests"

  32. Joe Garcia

    Joe GarciaΠριν μήνα

    The reason why d6 was necessary was because that e7 pawn had to be dealt with. Otherwise, Nepo could have jumped the knight back to d7 and then after the bishop takes the knight, you block it in with e6. Anyone else think this is correct?

  33. Arnar

    ArnarΠριν μήνα


  34. Arnar

    ArnarΠριν μήνα

    I was wrong, does it not trap a knight?

  35. Zack Sherry

    Zack SherryΠριν μήνα

    Magnus has a second job taking funny selfies and sending them to agadmator

  36. 1905parth

    1905parthΠριν μήνα

    f4 without playing d6 first would work too no ?

  37. Lead Nitrate

    Lead NitrateΠριν μήνα

    f4 without d6 runs into Ng4 Bxg4 Qxf4 forking the king and the bishop. White just loses a pawn.

  38. Erik Scothron

    Erik ScothronΠριν μήνα

    There's me watching this to take my mind off food having started a diet and then he starts talking about pizza

  39. Stev0 gota gun

    Stev0 gota gunΠριν μήνα

    D6 traps the knight and not f4 right away? Why? It looks like f4 just wins the knight right away, why play d6?

  40. Check Vs Mate

    Check Vs MateΠριν μήνα

    3:01 why not f4 directly before d6

  41. Tom Hejda

    Tom HejdaΠριν μήνα

    I have probably a case of blindness. Why f4 instantly (one move ealier) does not trap the knight?

  42. Daniel

    DanielΠριν μήνα

    "It's the pizza guy. But I didnt order any pizza" A very well known position

  43. technoway

    technowayΠριν μήνα

    Good game. Thanks for another great chess video.

  44. Subash Rao

    Subash RaoΠριν μήνα

    This game goes to Vishwanathan anand who taught magnus carlsen 😘😘😘😉😉👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️🙏😂😎🤣

  45. YXalr

    YXalrΠριν μήνα

    Why wouldn't have f4 worked before moving d6?

  46. Auke Visser

    Auke VisserΠριν μήνα

    Why is d6 necessary before f4? Seems like you could just play f4 and get the knight. d6 doesn't achieve anything. Or what am I missing?

  47. Abhijeet

    AbhijeetΠριν μήνα

    What is problem with directly 16. f4?? CAN ANYBODY EXPLAIN

  48. Fish dog Dog fish

    Fish dog Dog fishΠριν μήνα

    For those of you who found: let the pizza guy in and enjoy an ill gotten snack. Congratulations you are an excellent procurer of delicious meals.

  49. Siddhant Satao

    Siddhant SataoΠριν μήνα

    tal sacrifice

  50. Amir Softic

    Amir SofticΠριν μήνα

    Samo tako, nedaj se Medo! Zivio!

  51. Public Domain Blaine

    Public Domain BlaineΠριν μήνα

    Good pizza analysis!

  52. Saka Official

    Saka OfficialΠριν μήνα

    Because of this quarantine, i know someone name Magnus Carlsen who happens to be the best chess player in the world.

  53. Pratik Sarkar

    Pratik SarkarΠριν μήνα

    Why doesn't f6 work to protect the knight and provide a room for the knight to move back?

  54. chad sainson

    chad sainsonΠριν μήνα

    Wait he described the pizza guy coming the same way he would describe a position "So yeah really weird stuff. "

  55. Filip Vasic

    Filip VasicΠριν μήνα

    Medo hoce picu :D

  56. Wesley Bradshaw

    Wesley BradshawΠριν μήνα

    It was in this position that the pizza guy once again tried to deliver an excellent pizza to the famous Agadmator, but a fully operational Medo captured it preventing any nasty discoveries. So yeah.

  57. Maverick 2077

    Maverick 2077Πριν μήνα

    Agadmator, please, don't use this photo more

  58. Ryle Augustine

    Ryle AugustineΠριν μήνα

    I’m really not new to chess and I gotta question. I play chess with a buddy of mine every weekend and the way he plays is if you check the king before castling then he can’t castle at all. Is that the correct rule?

  59. Gaggu Bangarh

    Gaggu BangarhΠριν μήνα

    It was in this position that we had a weird stuff with pizza boy

  60. Miahoo

    MiahooΠριν μήνα

    Why not f4 immediately? (3:05)

  61. JACL

    JACLΠριν μήνα

    Wouldn't Rd5 by black allow balck to kerp playing? Or am I missing something?

  62. Keenan Wolfe

    Keenan WolfeΠριν μήνα

    The knight didnt have a square already? He was removing the defender from guarding F6 right?

  63. The Truth

    The TruthΠριν μήνα

    Everyone watch this video by The World Economic Forum and please share it along worldwide! And read info on Covid below! Lockdowns are not about health Covid is not very deadly Only way to get our normal lives back is resistance too the goverments of the world, do not listen, do not comply and do not obey

  64. Vaidas

    VaidasΠριν μήνα

    I bet pizza guy is a subscriber.

  65. Martino Eden

    Martino EdenΠριν μήνα

    The point is that if white plays right away 16.f4 without d6 black has 16..Ng4 , 17 Bxg4 Qxf4+

  66. Tibor Koos

    Tibor KoosΠριν μήνα

    but why not f4? looses the knight just the same

  67. Jan Snauwaert

    Jan SnauwaertΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator is obsessed by chess, analysed thousands of games, but unfortunately for him, remained a rather weak player himself, not even having an ELO-rating of 2000 now. Sad.

  68. Burak Özçelik

    Burak ÖzçelikΠριν μήνα

    How about rock to h5 after capturing bishop?

  69. Juanpablo Garcia

    Juanpablo GarciaΠριν μήνα

    I love how he narrates the pizza guy’s arrival like he narrates chess games

  70. Frank Gecko

    Frank GeckoΠριν μήνα

    Stockfish liked Queen C7 for the rest of the game. Ha Ha ha.

  71. Alberto Martínez

    Alberto MartínezΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator alone

  72. Mike14Gr

    Mike14GrΠριν μήνα

    Google Search: Do you mean "Home Agadmalone"?

  73. Mario Brenes

    Mario BrenesΠριν μήνα

    I just wanted to say everyone in this community is nice

  74. Debu Baidya

    Debu BaidyaΠριν μήνα

    Magnus is monster

  75. Sebastian Rex

    Sebastian RexΠριν μήνα

    Crushing Nepo on his strong suit Magnus showed who's best there...And yeah medos a great guard dog...

  76. saksham gupta

    saksham guptaΠριν μήνα

    what if rook to f5 is played by black in the endgame???

  77. Sachin Jain

    Sachin JainΠριν μήνα

    f5 does not work right away because of rook c8

  78. Sagar Ghule

    Sagar GhuleΠριν μήνα

    Nice👍Check out Playlist for Skilling Open Tournament Analysis

  79. Lochan R

    Lochan RΠριν μήνα

    mailman to pizza guy

  80. RomanceJones

    RomanceJonesΠριν μήνα

    my friends at bar and library will enjoy the crazy pizza man story

  81. Dark Side

    Dark SideΠριν μήνα

    Pizza guy: Hello everyone!! Medo: Captures captures

  82. Ryle Augustine

    Ryle AugustineΠριν μήνα

    I joined your channel about a month ago and I can’t get enough of your videos . Keep posting.

  83. agadmator's Chess Channel

    agadmator's Chess ChannelΠριν μήνα

    Thank you. Will do!

  84. Akshay Chordia

    Akshay ChordiaΠριν μήνα

    Why not pawn to f4 at 3:08?

  85. nazia malik

    nazia malikΠριν μήνα

    Just as he gave the time to think the video started buffering😂

  86. Fouad Mohave

    Fouad MohaveΠριν μήνα

    So you guys enjoyed the pizza or what?

  87. virtual machine

    virtual machineΠριν μήνα

    Why not f4 right away without d6 ?

  88. Zyrisk Fullbuster

    Zyrisk FullbusterΠριν μήνα

    #suggestion Boris Gelfand - Peter Svidler, 1996

  89. Alejandro Tkaczevski

    Alejandro TkaczevskiΠριν μήνα

    Pizza in Croatia

  90. Viraj Patel

    Viraj PatelΠριν μήνα

    6:24 my heart just skipped a beat🤣

  91. messi9991

    messi9991Πριν μήνα

    Why is it pawn to D6? Why not pawn to F4? Very next move the knight would already be gone, it has nowhere to move, either by an own piece blocking the square or covered by Magnus' queen or bishop.

  92. Tizio Incognito

    Tizio IncognitoΠριν μήνα

    #suggest the final of blitz tournament in Leningrad between Italian GM Mariotti and Mikhail Tal.

  93. Jonathan Geuter

    Jonathan GeuterΠριν μήνα

    @3:15 why not immediately f4 trapping the knight? Why d6 First?

  94. Goose

    GooseΠριν μήνα

    ...and yet people dare to say Magnus's games are boring.

  95. Dr Diabolical

    Dr DiabolicalΠριν μήνα

    Everyone : the pizza guy Me : The bishop move was amazing

  96. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν μήνα

    At 06:54

  97. Cheung Joshua

    Cheung JoshuaΠριν μήνα

    Is f4 immediately not trapping the knight?

  98. tommy

    tommyΠριν μήνα

    unfortunately Ian blunder 2 games yesterday in wining position.... hopefuly he come back today.

  99. Alpaycan ÖZPİRİNÇ

    Alpaycan ÖZPİRİNÇΠριν μήνα

    Are you russian? Is that the right pronunciation for ian nep.?

  100. Thông Nguyễn

    Thông NguyễnΠριν μήνα


  101. I_Love_God

    I_Love_GodΠριν μήνα

    Medo(bark): Go away from my house human Pizza Guy: I brought pizza...seems I am at wrong home. Medo(bark continuously): Come back, come back...I am the one who ordered the pizzas 🍕🍕

  102. Mark Angelo Bustalinio

    Mark Angelo BustalinioΠριν μήνα

    Best video ever! Man I hate that pizza guy!

  103. Kiko jukic

    Kiko jukicΠριν μήνα

    pavlji vidi ko je? Ko e to? aaaaa picaaaaaaa nije za nasssssss ja ja jaaaa

  104. Martti Hänninen

    Martti HänninenΠριν μήνα

    Pizza guy just wanted glimpse of the famous Antonio. You must be a big deal there in Croatia.

  105. Darth Vader

    Darth VaderΠριν μήνα

    Medo : Barking Agad : "Medo!" Medo : "Ahhh .... Sorry About that"

  106. Ayush Lohumi

    Ayush LohumiΠριν μήνα

    Never expected Agadmator using OP in his title!

  107. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν μήνα

    Why not?

  108. Light

    LightΠριν μήνα

    Wait even before the pawn move the knight didn't have any place to to why not f4 pawn before only ?

  109. Hoang An Nguyen

    Hoang An NguyenΠριν μήνα

    I dont understand the last bishop move. Thr rook could have move there eother eay right? Is it just flexing?

  110. Pieter Jooste

    Pieter JoosteΠριν μήνα

    Had to stop Nepo's queen from checking him

  111. Thebest 123

    Thebest 123Πριν μήνα

    Could you do a video of GZA vs RZA ? T

  112. Douglas Quaid

    Douglas QuaidΠριν μήνα

    Medo OP