Battle for the Future: Endless Grind || Firouzja vs Carlsen || Altibox Norway Chess (2020)

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Alireza Firouzja vs Magnus Carlsen
Altibox Norway Chess (2020)
Reti opening (A05)
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5 5. e4 d6 6. c3 g6 7. d4 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bg4 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Nc3 Bg7 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxd8+ Rxd8 13. Bxf3 O-O 14. Kg2 Nd4 15. Bg5 h6 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nd5 Rd6 18. Rac1 Bd8 19. Rfd1 Kg7 20. Ne3 Ra6 21. 3a , h5 - 22. Nc4 Bf6 23. H4 Rc8 24. Ne3 Rac6 25. Rxc6 Rxc6 26. Rd3 Bd8 27. Bd1 Rc1 28. Bb3 B5 29. Rd1 Rc8 30. Ba2 A5 31 . Rd3 Forum a4 32. Kf1 Bb6 33. Rc3 Rxc3 34. Bxc3 Nb3 35. Ke1 Bc5 36. Nc2 Nc1 37. Bd5 Nd3 + 38. Ke2 Nxf2 39. Bc6 f6 for 40. Ne3 Nh1 41. Nf1 Bxa3 42. Bxb5 Bb2 43. Bxa4 Bxc3 44. Kf3 Bd4 45. G4 Hxg4 + 46. Kxg4 Nf2 + 47. Kf3 Kh6 48. Ng3 Nd3 49. Be8 Nf4 50. Ne2 Ne6 51. Bf7 Nc5 52. Ng3 Bc3 53. h5 - Be1 54. Bxg6 Bxg3 55. Kxg3 Kg5 56. Kf3 Nb3 57. Bf7 Nd4 + 58. Kg3 Ne2 + 59. Kf3 Nf4 60. Kg3 Nxh5 + 61. Bxh5 Kxh5 62. Kh3 Kh6 63. Kh4 Kg7 64. Kg3 Kf8 65. Kf2 Ke7 66. Ke2 and Ke8 67. Ke3 Kd7 68. Kd3 Kd6 69. Kc3 Kc5
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  1. Sunburn74

    Sunburn74Πριν ημέρα

    Around 7:00 in the vid, why didn't magnus just grab the undefended bishop when firoujza offered the room trade? The knight would then also protect the rook.

  2. Colinho Abrahamovich

    Colinho AbrahamovichΠριν ημέρα

    14:44 shouldn’t he have gone Ke3 instead?

  3. Colinho Abrahamovich

    Colinho AbrahamovichΠριν ημέρα

    1:39 If Nxe4, then Nxe5??

  4. Clark Richard Bueno

    Clark Richard BuenoΠριν 2 ημέρες

    After the exchanges of queen, for me black has the slightest edge.... early rook connection by playing (0-0), and whites dark square still hasnt play some of his role,; development rather. .. I would like to play, but, but, i feel sleeping 😅😅😉

  5. Clark Richard Bueno

    Clark Richard BuenoΠριν 2 ημέρες

    After bishop g4, queen b3! I have tested this gave me a better endgame.... . And thus, g6!?has shown me. A weakness to be exploited.. The backward pawn on d6, .. Qb3, is preparing the rook open file and a lift. Attacking the e open file... . And iam not afraid of The bishop pin....... Some. Sharper. opening is the early gobbled up on e pawn. E5.. Avoiding early class of exchange creates, i meam really create a tension on both.. And the attacker is always a winner..

  6. Owen fox - One Love, One Family!

    Owen fox - One Love, One Family!Πριν 2 ημέρες

    Magnus rocks. Best player ever!

  7. Owen fox - One Love, One Family!

    Owen fox - One Love, One Family!Πριν 2 ημέρες

    When he said more flexible idea at 3.55 ish I thought he was gona say morphy!

  8. Ankur Mahindroo

    Ankur MahindrooΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Nice game. However, I always wonder what if there was such a variation of chess where we could promote the pawn to another king and then the opposite player had to check mate us twice in order to win.

  9. I Dunoh

    I DunohΠριν 6 ημέρες

    At 6:48 what’s wrong with the knight taking the bishop as it defends the rook?

  10. ross

    rossΠριν 7 ημέρες

    Maybe I'm wrong, but couldn't magnus have moved his knight on B3 at 6:50?

  11. Tim Höernle

    Tim HöernleΠριν 8 ημέρες

    The outcome reflects Iran's lack of chess culture.

  12. MuttonChopsAreSpiffy

    MuttonChopsAreSpiffyΠριν 8 ημέρες

    after rook d1 why not take the bishop on b3 with the knight? 6:47

  13. Tim Höernle

    Tim HöernleΠριν 8 ημέρες

    Because White's rook would penetrate and Firouzja lacked confidence he could draw unless Carlsen was contained.

  14. John

    JohnΠριν 9 ημέρες

    6:51 Is the bishop in b3 hanging or am I missing something?

  15. vivek jaiprakash

    vivek jaiprakashΠριν 9 ημέρες

    How many times have we seen Carlsen snatching a win from a dead drawn position? He is an endgame monster..

  16. Saaniya Deora

    Saaniya DeoraΠριν 10 ημέρες

    I hate how people are making excuses for Alireza

  17. Zitriphyer

    ZitriphyerΠριν 10 ημέρες

    I don’t even know why I’m here, I know like nothing about chess. I just wanna make sure magnus is still winning 😄

  18. Zion Saal

    Zion SaalΠριν 10 ημέρες

    #suggestion the most calculated game in norwaychess2020 Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano round 6

  19. Kalyan Srinivas Vetcha

    Kalyan Srinivas VetchaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Learnt what is a long opposition and queen opposition :)

  20. Alexander Zack

    Alexander ZackΠριν 10 ημέρες

    until today i have never heard of something like "long opposition" thank you for teaching me new stuff..... also i feel somewhat bad for alireza, he hold on so long only to slip at the finish line

  21. Santosh

    SantoshΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Alireza would be future wc.. This is I guess.. I saw his two games with magnus.. It was awesome.. Very confident game.

  22. Viniket T

    Viniket TΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Hey agad, can you please make audio versions of these games on google podcasts.... So that i can listen to them while i drive to and fro to work...

  23. Brendan

    BrendanΠριν 11 ημέρες

    #suggestion Magnus Carlsen vs Daniil Dubov, Chessable Masters 2020, Round 4, RAPID. Link to the game: Please like this so agadmator will see! :)

  24. Kwud

    KwudΠριν 11 ημέρες


  25. Adel Alvin

    Adel AlvinΠριν 11 ημέρες

    This is so advance 🙂I learned how to not trying to learn chess

  26. Sonic Powerr

    Sonic PowerrΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Why magnus is doing Pranam/namaskar in the thumbnail picture?!

  27. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    His eyeing his feast - Alireza Firouzja

  28. Mahdi Aa

    Mahdi AaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Alireza improve day by day

  29. Snapdragon024

    Snapdragon024Πριν 11 ημέρες

    This is why I love Carlesen. The dude is a chess Spartan.

  30. Mohammad SojiB

    Mohammad SojiBΠριν 11 ημέρες

    "Probably the best chess player who ever played the game-Magnus Carlsen" the best line👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  31. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 6 ημέρες

    @Mohammad SojiB l am not going to disagree about his rating and the dominance he has over his peers. One aspect they use to measure excellence in chess is how far advanced are you from your peers. Bobby Fischer is in the top 10 all time rating (achieved this in 1972) ,you also need to take into account the inflation over the years. I urge you to watch more videos on all ratings and GOAT debates as well. I. Dont know much about the game to go around saying who is the Goat or not but it is interesting to here what the expects say.

  32. Mohammad SojiB

    Mohammad SojiBΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Yap, they might disagree that, but it is true that Carlsen is the best player of all time, his rating his records prove that he is the best..he is dominating the game of chess in ways the world has never seen..

  33. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    I made note of that statement, many pundits would disagree, but Carlsen is definitely in the top5 all time list.

  34. Animes Lovers United

    Animes Lovers UnitedΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Yeah magnus, just beat that arrogant ass

  35. MRabbi Raihan

    MRabbi RaihanΠριν 11 ημέρες

    in 6:46 why knight didnt capture the bishop?and if white captured the rook then magnus could recaptured it by the knight and he would be up on a whole knight,isnt it?

  36. MRabbi Raihan

    MRabbi RaihanΠριν 8 ημέρες

    ok got it

  37. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    It would be just an exchange of bishops.

  38. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Lol Firoujza would capture the bishop on d8 and not the rook.

  39. Anna Svidler

    Anna SvidlerΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Like majority agadmator said carlsen is the goat

  40. Henrik Burms

    Henrik BurmsΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Agadmator you really have a good HEART!

  41. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Literally, since he got a new valve replacement.

  42. Nathan Joyce

    Nathan JoyceΠριν 12 ημέρες

    "You could even play D4 and play some attractive chess, ah, all in all this is something you don't want to do."

  43. Austin Wheeler

    Austin WheelerΠριν 12 ημέρες

    This is absolutely brutal. If I blundered a game like that after all those hours of fighting for my life and holding a draw, I’d smash every keyboard I own.

  44. yiuqwfj

    yiuqwfjΠριν 12 ημέρες

    can't decide on whether this is very sad or very funny.


    HEEY GUYS ANY GALSΠριν 12 ημέρες

    PRESSURE PP STALL FTW by magnus carlsen

  46. Theo hulkstable

    Theo hulkstableΠριν 12 ημέρες

    You wanna draw against Magnus... pull out a sketch pad and an artist ✏ pencil... only way

  47. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Or you could be named Anish Giri.

  48. Theo hulkstable

    Theo hulkstableΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Yesssss hes back i am no longer bored out of my minddd! Welcome e back brother we missed you

  49. war in squares

    war in squaresΠριν 12 ημέρες

    @6:47 why don't Magnus capture that white bishop with knight and his rook also be protected 🙄🙄

  50. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    That will leave the bishop on d8/e8 hanging, Firoujza wouldn't capture the rook, but the bishop which was blocked previously by the knight.

  51. Lukas Trayser

    Lukas TrayserΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Was that a blender at 6:47 just capture the bishop with the knight protect the rock?? When he moved his rock?

  52. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    No, lol..... If Carlsen did that then Firoujza would capture Carlsen's bishop on d8, which was blocked by his knight....

  53. Lukas Trayser

    Lukas TrayserΠριν 12 ημέρες

    I'm actually so confused

  54. Hercules Chess

    Hercules ChessΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Resilience is what makes a champion💪

  55. joe johnson

    joe johnsonΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Battle for the future? Carlsen is the terminator and Firouzja is a sex robot?

  56. Adam C

    Adam CΠριν 13 ημέρες


  57. Great U.S. Treasure Hunt

    Great U.S. Treasure HuntΠριν 13 ημέρες

    "You had better play perfect chess." "I'm going to play almost perfect." *Magnus smiles*

  58. Michael H

    Michael HΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Agadmator, I really don't understand your commentary. I have been such a fan of your videos for a few years now, but you don't at all mention the questions of the World Class Grandmaster Commentators for this game, Vlad Kramnik and Judit Polgar, for the Bg5 move by White. GM Alireza gave up his Bishop pair for what, exactly? Seems like you should have touched on that point.

  59. Sean Bean

    Sean BeanΠριν 13 ημέρες

    13:43 I wouldve went king g5, then traded pawns on f5, thats seems much more winning to me, you get the pawn out of the way and then you just king/pawn march up the board Edit:after looking at it in the engine, i do not see how white could recover from pawn f6 to f5.

  60. Giggity Goo

    Giggity GooΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Plot twist: Alireza lost on purpose to tell Magnus that he will never draw with white against him.

  61. David Johnson

    David JohnsonΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Poor Alireza. So close again, yet not able to convert his tournament into a win.

  62. Tariqul Islam

    Tariqul IslamΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Welcome back Agadmator....very glad your surgery went well

  63. H Nalike

    H NalikeΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Sad for alireza

  64. Daniel Essien

    Daniel EssienΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Good to see you again agadmator

  65. Leeuniteus Lee

    Leeuniteus LeeΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Why not king c4 by reza at the last move?

  66. Tom Conners

    Tom ConnersΠριν 13 ημέρες

    I can not play a endgame , if I can’t get a checkmate or resignation , I’m finished by any decent endgame player. The Endgame is a whole other area for a master .

  67. John Cj Elcamel

    John Cj ElcamelΠριν 13 ημέρες

    @6:50 is knight takes bishop winning?

  68. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    No it isn't, the bishop on d8 is not defended. Firoujza would capture the dark squared bishop instead of the rook.

  69. iseeyou1312

    iseeyou1312Πριν 13 ημέρες

    15:40 Wouldn't king to c4 also work?

  70. None of your business

    None of your businessΠριν 9 ημέρες

    I thought so too but the engine strongly disagrees. Black king would move back to the other side of the board(king's side) and find its way through

  71. TAR ICO

    TAR ICOΠριν 13 ημέρες

    How can Medo sleep next to that 70s pillow??!!

  72. Call me R

    Call me RΠριν 13 ημέρες

    This channel has helped me go closer to chess and better understanding how to moves😁 but most importantly it has helped me go through my depression and anxieties I can say as the more I watched ur channel I am being able to concentrate😌👍

  73. Alan G.

    Alan G.Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Magnus has been a pro longer than Alierza's age, the fact that Firouzja got him that far is actually more impressive. Magnus please pass the torch already and stop the sillyness.

  74. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Lol age is not really anything. Magnus was 13 when he drew Kasparov who had been a pro longer than Carlsen's age now.

  75. TheMegadomino

    TheMegadominoΠριν 13 ημέρες

    He literally just beat him? Pass the torch when he actually deserves it

  76. Intellectual Warrior

    Intellectual WarriorΠριν 13 ημέρες

    I just wanted to let you know, it’s because of you that I fell in love with chess. You are a true treasure to the chess world. I’m obsessed with the game, it is so beautiful. Thank you 🙏🏼!

  77. Damon

    DamonΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Bet he won’t make that mistake ever again!!! My god.. top 10 player can’t make mistakes like this ever. So young tho, he’s got a long road ahead

  78. craig walrath

    craig walrathΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Carlsen is a great player but not the greatest of all time. In his title defenses he has only won because of tie breaks. The greatest player was Fischer. Nobody ever won 20 games in a row before. He was dominant for two years in a way no one other than Morphy ever was.

  79. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    The greatest of all time debates is all based on people's personal preference.

  80. Yuva Raj

    Yuva RajΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Magnus knows the way to beat opponent brain,, magnificient magnus (He is thinking 24×64)

  81. TrentG the Goat

    TrentG the GoatΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Welcome back. 💪

  82. Ahmad khalid Hotak

    Ahmad khalid HotakΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Those new games aren't as interested as the games before 2000.

  83. Everten Plaza

    Everten PlazaΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Can you cover Terry Davis vs God?

  84. Sinking Buiscuit

    Sinking BuiscuitΠριν 13 ημέρες

    really good analysis

  85. Raveendran K.N.

    Raveendran K.N.Πριν 13 ημέρες

    15:39 only great Cuban jose raul capablanca can defend this position against magnus even in serious time trouble

  86. John Phamlore

    John PhamloreΠριν 13 ημέρες

    First, congratulations on your recovery. Second, this is hardly new. This is Magnus playing a Botvinnik English as Black. Magnus has always been a natural in the English -- recall his defeating Kramnik in Kramnik's prime. Also Magnus paid to study with Kasparov and no doubt absorbed Botvinnik's wisdom through Botvinnik's star pupil.

  87. Niroshan Venkateshwaran

    Niroshan VenkateshwaranΠριν 13 ημέρες

    6:50 why not Nxb3?

  88. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Because bishop on d8 is hanging.

  89. Joe Wizuber

    Joe WizuberΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Welcome back bro👍

  90. How Chong

    How ChongΠριν 13 ημέρες

    6:51 why can't Nxb2 then defend the rook? Edit: thanks, I saw now

  91. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Because bishop d8 is hanging, Firoujza wouldn't capture the rook but would capture the bishop

  92. Bence Zakota

    Bence ZakotaΠριν 13 ημέρες


  93. Allan Chen

    Allan ChenΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Who is the dude constantly on the top right corner

  94. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    The great magician from Riga Mikhail Tal.

  95. VaSavoir2007

    VaSavoir2007Πριν 13 ημέρες

    If Kc4, Ke6, I'm supposing, so the opposition covers things which end up not being purely the opposition unless one uses the term as broadly as possible, which one should I suppose.

  96. Genius For Life

    Genius For LifeΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Show magnus vs aronian

  97. TheBigLeChowski

    TheBigLeChowskiΠριν 14 ημέρες

    So basically, if you want to win at chess, don't have Magnus Carlsen as your opponent. Got it!

  98. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    He lost against Duda, after 2 years of small wins and a million draws(Duda broke his streak in this tournament)

  99. Torq11

    Torq11Πριν 14 ημέρες

    On my suggested videos I just got one from a few year's ago, and you had just hit 5000 subs!

  100. Mr Tapan

    Mr TapanΠριν 14 ημέρες

    We are seeing a guitar behind!! So waiting to hear ,Hello Everyone in a musical way!!

  101. askpatrick

    askpatrickΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Welcome back.

  102. Draconisrex1

    Draconisrex1Πριν 14 ημέρες

    Either one of them could spot me two queens and still win.

  103. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    An IM could do the same thing

  104. Behzad Ahmadi

    Behzad AhmadiΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Beautiful and tactical.Never seen a end game like this one with kings. Poor kid was on time pressure and Magnus knew it soon or later he is going to make a error. Ok

  105. Bbbumpy

    BbbumpyΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Ha! You're BACK! Excellent! Thanks for the easy-flowing commentary.

  106. Nick Mullen

    Nick MullenΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Agad, just wanted to let you know that I gave a presentation today about my cancer research project, and I led off with "hello everyone," dropped "so what's the idea here?" and invited the audience to answer a question I posed to them while I took a nice sip of my water. This channel has changed my life 😂

  107. Youlian Ouzounov

    Youlian OuzounovΠριν 14 ημέρες

    So nice to see you back , Antonio !

  108. Edgar Torres

    Edgar TorresΠριν 14 ημέρες

    One wrong move

  109. Atha de Magneval

    Atha de MagnevalΠριν 14 ημέρες

    This is the most Magnus of Magnus games LMAOOOO

  110. Jose M. Molina Ocampo

    Jose M. Molina OcampoΠριν 14 ημέρες

    You scared me with that funny Rook move. Lol

  111. cİmİcak

    cİmİcakΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Alireza is louding 75%

  112. PanHowie

    PanHowieΠριν 14 ημέρες

    1500 at lichess at blitz, I had oponent that didn't know how to mate with rook and after some moves there was draw, cause of this 50 moves rule. Also once time I had oponent that didn't know how to mate with two bishops... That thinks happened

  113. masemax99

    masemax99Πριν 14 ημέρες

    #suggestion Please, anything new on Mikhail Osipov? He must be 6 by now. + More games by women. Thank you Antonio for your marvelous videos.So glad your surgery was successful!

  114. Indrakamal Majumdar

    Indrakamal MajumdarΠριν 14 ημέρες

    It's great to see you. Safe and healthy 🙏

  115. Golam Kibria

    Golam KibriaΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Please, show photos of colourful shirts of Levon in this tournament.

  116. ŞĦƗVΔΜ

    ŞĦƗVΔΜΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Opposition is the key

  117. Gunner Johnson

    Gunner JohnsonΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Tremendous turkey stuffing!

  118. David Barnett

    David BarnettΠριν 14 ημέρες

    When Agadmator posts a Aryan vs. Aronian game will he pronounce the names the same?

  119. You are correct I am wrong because I say

    You are correct I am wrong because I sayΠριν 14 ημέρες

    I sometimes feel if Magnus ever gets a rating drop in online chess for cheating...

  120. Kjell Rasmundson

    Kjell RasmundsonΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Fun and exciting game with the best commentator around

  121. Just S

    Just SΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Carlsen is the king of endgames and Caruana is the king of openings and they just so happen to be #1 and #2 in the world. there's something there 🤔

  122. Chris Hauser

    Chris HauserΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Oh, man. It seems so simple to maintain the opposition, but I never played Magnus on increment.😅

  123. halfaheartbongobongo

    halfaheartbongobongoΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Magnus beating Alireza wasn't really a display of Magnus' talent --> because gaining the opposition is basic endgame stuff. But rather it shows how much Alireza's nerves still affect him. I don't think Magnus would have played that endgame out with anyone else, but he chose to play it out with Alireza. Why? Because he knew he had "winning chances." Not because the position was winning, because even a 1500 could have held that game to a draw. But because Alireza still respects Carlsen too much. I think this match was Carlsen's way of telling Alireza - until you believe that you can beat me, you won't beat me. Even in a basic theoretical draw, I can still win, because you respect me too much.

  124. halfaheartbongobongo

    halfaheartbongobongoΠριν 10 ημέρες

    @Ronald Matshavha alireza would not have lost that endgame to anyone else even under that time pressure. Getting the opposition is not something you have to think about when you know how to do it.

  125. Ronald Matshavha

    Ronald MatshavhaΠριν 10 ημέρες

    It was because Alireza was under time trouble, none of that philosophical BS.