The Scotch... It's Limitless || Nepo vs Ding || Chess24 Legends of Chess (2020)

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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren
chess24 Legends of Chess (2020), 22.7.2020, GAME 1
Scotch, Mieses variation (C45)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nd5 8. c4 Ba6 9. h4 f6 10. Rh3 fxe5 11. Bg5 Nf6 12. Re3 d6 13. Qf3 e4 14. Qd1 d5 15. Nc3 Bb7 16. cxd5 cxd5 17. Bxf6 Qxf6 18. Nxd5 Bxd5 19. Bb5+ Bc6 20. Rxe4+ Be7 21. Qd5 Rd8 22. Bxc6+ Kf8 23. Qc4 Bd6 24. Rd1 g6 25. Rd3 Kg7 26. Rf3 Qxb2 27. Rf7+ Kh6 28. g4 Qb1+ 29. Ke2 Bb4 30. Rd4 Rhe8+ 31. Kf3 Qh1+ 32. Kg3 Qg1+ 33. Kh3 Re3+ 34. fxe3 Qxe3+ 35. Bf3
The chess24 Legends of Chess is the 4th stage of the $1 million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and features Magnus Carlsen and his predecessors as World Champion Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik. It consists of two stages, a 10-player preliminary, where each player plays each other once, followed by a knockout among the top 4. Prelim ties are played as 4-game rapid matches, while knockout ties are the best of 3 such matches. The prize fund is $150,000, with $45,000 for first place, while the winner also qualifies for the $300,000 Grand Final.
The time control is 15 minutes for all moves with a 10-second increment from move 1. The winner of a preliminary tie decided in rapid games gets 3 points. If the score is 2:2 an Armageddon game is played, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4 but a draw counts as a win for Black. A winner in Armageddon gets 2 match points, while the loser gets 1. The knockout format is the same except before Armageddon there are two 5+3 blitz games. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. Official website:
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  1. Raphael Romanovsky

    Raphael RomanovskyΠριν 3 μήνες

    The only opening I use as white along with Italian Game. English (#1 c4) too laborious #1 d4 not for me ( leads to closed games) Ruy Lopez too well trodden. italian Game & Scotch game good 💰 as far as I'm concerned

  2. Swande

    SwandeΠριν 3 μήνες

    at 5:59, why Agad said rook d8 is winning for black?

  3. Kondi PL

    Kondi PLΠριν 3 μήνες

    The h4 move was my favourite move 15 years ago when I had 6 years and when I see this move now Im just like wow, it was something 😄

  4. michał botor

    michał botorΠριν 3 μήνες

    great game!

  5. michał botor

    michał botorΠριν 3 μήνες

    i envy you agad, you know what you're doing while doing your job. i feel like i'm in the other camp sometimes. :D

  6. Yan Air

    Yan AirΠριν 3 μήνες

    9:40 I think even better was Bd7

  7. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν 3 μήνες

    Nice tactical style play in this one. Ding did not pause the game and find the win, he just wanted to enjoy the show and Nepo took advantage,

  8. Mathias 90

    Mathias 90Πριν 3 μήνες

    Why i loosing constantly my chess games. I am someting 1600 rating and now i loosing also 1300 players.. Anyone also happen this? Sorry my english.. I play lichess site.

  9. boxingjerapah

    boxingjerapahΠριν 3 μήνες

    The Scotch is criminally underappreciated. A good solid opening that generally gives white a slight edge.

  10. TheAB1017

    TheAB1017Πριν 3 μήνες

    Unless you are XQC in pogchamps

  11. Pulkit Khattar

    Pulkit KhattarΠριν 3 μήνες

    Did your sister make you wear the, "I have The Best Sister" T-Shirt?

  12. Tom Conners

    Tom ConnersΠριν 3 μήνες


  13. Tom Conners

    Tom ConnersΠριν 3 μήνες


  14. Elliott Summers

    Elliott SummersΠριν 3 μήνες

    I would just call him chichi

  15. V. Steen

    V. SteenΠριν 3 μήνες

    Enough with the "sorry about that" and the "let me just fix something" it's all so tiresome

  16. doublebirdie

    doublebirdieΠριν 3 μήνες

    Nepo is my favorite player after MC!

  17. manikrishnan

    manikrishnanΠριν 3 μήνες

    @10:01 what happens if Qg1 check ???

  18. Hr H

    Hr HΠριν 3 μήνες

    No "sorry about that"??

  19. Min Han Choo

    Min Han ChooΠριν 3 μήνες

    6:58 "i know all of you saw it" me, after watching the video for the 6th time: Qd5

  20. v

    vΠριν 3 μήνες

    wish i had limitless scotch

  21. SergetheGrim

    SergetheGrimΠριν 3 μήνες

    9:35 can anyone explain to me why rook to e5 isnt also winning as there is mate in 2?

  22. Steven Di Jorio

    Steven Di JorioΠριν 3 μήνες

    This looks like one of my games if I didn’t blunder

  23. Mark Jonh Llagas

    Mark Jonh LlagasΠριν 3 μήνες

    Life hacks: don't edit your vids. Still, amazing!


    LEKISTRAΠριν 3 μήνες

    Couldn't ding capture rook on d4?

  25. אלעד פורט

    אלעד פורטΠριν 3 μήνες

    Me thinking: "I should play the Scotch"

  26. Yz Fool

    Yz FoolΠριν 3 μήνες


  27. Arkajit Ganguly

    Arkajit GangulyΠριν 3 μήνες

    Alphazero to humans 0:40

  28. Mortadah Asaad

    Mortadah AsaadΠριν 3 μήνες

    I don’t really understand what kevin spraggett has to do with what i saw when i searched for him

  29. KeepHimAtBay

    KeepHimAtBayΠριν 3 μήνες

    how come anish giri is among legends, i dont know.

  30. fray3dendsofsanity

    fray3dendsofsanityΠριν 3 μήνες

    Love the scotch, I'm only 1200 rated on lichess but the scotch is my favorite opening with white, confuses weak players and they usually blunder at least a pawn right at the opening

  31. Sriracha

    SrirachaΠριν 3 μήνες

    How is Giri in "Legends"?

  32. starwars1427

    starwars1427Πριν 3 μήνες

    What's up with Ding lately?

  33. Vimal Jayachandran

    Vimal JayachandranΠριν 3 μήνες

    He forgot to say “ Sorry about that” and bend down to scratch his leg. 😂🤣

  34. Jose M. Molina Ocampo

    Jose M. Molina OcampoΠριν 3 μήνες

    Free Bishop. Lol

  35. LearnWith Alwyn

    LearnWith AlwynΠριν 3 μήνες

  36. LearnWith Alwyn

    LearnWith AlwynΠριν 3 μήνες

    I have never seen h4 idea in the scotch game. awesome attack

  37. Im gay since Im responding to your comment, but

    Im gay since Im responding to your comment, butΠριν 3 μήνες

    they shoulda called the tournament "League Of Legends" and ding is so bipolar

  38. Cheng Zhou

    Cheng ZhouΠριν 3 μήνες


  39. Manini Escobar

    Manini EscobarΠριν 3 μήνες

    I decided to enjoy the show in the same moment that I couldn't find the move. Strange coincidence...

  40. Magnus Kramnik

    Magnus KramnikΠριν 3 μήνες

    "Hello everyone" is like alarm clock for my wife. Because first thing I watch in morning is Agad's video.

  41. D Cop

    D CopΠριν 3 μήνες

    @trojan.horse_07 on Instagram who verified my account.

  42. Pablo Escobar

    Pablo EscobarΠριν 3 μήνες

    @10:20 he can play qe1+

  43. Saucon Deez

    Saucon DeezΠριν 3 μήνες

    Anyone notice the two mate in 1 moments that were missed by white?

  44. ThisIsMe

    ThisIsMeΠριν 3 μήνες

    11:26 “There is no defence unless you defend this way but that would be worse”

  45. edward tang

    edward tangΠριν 3 μήνες

    Ding is playing with a disadvantage- time zone. Salut to him for still participating despite of all of this

  46. Wesley Tetlock

    Wesley TetlockΠριν 3 μήνες

    In response to Rd4, what was wrong with ...Qb2+?

  47. TheChongmaster

    TheChongmasterΠριν 3 μήνες

    I missed the best move about 75 times in a row

  48. shampoo shampoo

    shampoo shampooΠριν 3 μήνες

    where is the "sorry about that"?

  49. 0xed

    0xedΠριν 3 μήνες

    "the scotch is limitless" sounds like what Mr. Barnes would say before playing another endgame like a drunken sailor

  50. in5pire

    in5pireΠριν 3 μήνες

    9:48 Rd4 g5+ Bf3# maybe works?

  51. grand_smg

    grand_smgΠριν 3 μήνες

    Nepo schooled ding

  52. AexoTheBlade

    AexoTheBladeΠριν 3 μήνες

    What’s more difficult, wining against Ding or pronouncing Nepo’s full name fluently?


    JO MANGEEEΠριν 3 μήνες

    i wish you change that pic of Nepo he looks like a jerk in it!!

  54. Joe Kell

    Joe KellΠριν 3 μήνες

    congrats to Ian for not blundering the game on move 6 of the Scotch

  55. K B

    K BΠριν 3 μήνες

    Good game 👌🏾

  56. Atif Khurshid

    Atif KhurshidΠριν 3 μήνες

    Always a pleasure to watch Nepo in action.

  57. Suat S

    Suat SΠριν 3 μήνες

    It feels weird to see this game here after seeing it on Jozarov’s channel but I love how they create this kind of good content at the same time, just like two connected rooks: bros for life 😂

  58. Mitchell Poll

    Mitchell PollΠριν 3 μήνες

    People always play this opening against me and I never know what to play. Now I sort of do

  59. Quinto

    QuintoΠριν 3 μήνες

    Every time I look for a strategy i hear agadmators voice saying "nice rook lift", which I'll try and blunder the game

  60. Quinto

    QuintoΠριν 3 μήνες

    It is a lucky piece of destiny that ding rhymes with king ;)

  61. To Fuu

    To FuuΠριν 3 μήνες

    Grandmaster: *makes a move I was thinking of* Me: *happy af* Agad: "However this move totally loses the game"

  62. Im gay since Im responding to your comment, but

    Im gay since Im responding to your comment, butΠριν 3 μήνες

    completely f***in blunders the game to sh** I'll give you a couple of seconds

  63. Sudden Cucumber

    Sudden CucumberΠριν 3 μήνες

    couldn't rook to d7 save the game too?

  64. Rob Flax

    Rob FlaxΠριν 3 μήνες

    0:40 "Not sorry bout dat"

  65. rough sac

    rough sacΠριν 3 μήνες

    You guys have no idea what i'm doing but i know what i'm doing - agadmator, 2020

  66. Vákum Jovencito

    Vákum JovencitoΠριν 3 μήνες

    9:45 why not queen d1 check and keep checking for a draw?? 9:56 queen h1 check...

  67. Peter Buitenhuis

    Peter BuitenhuisΠριν 3 μήνες

    Why not 30. .., Qb2 (at 9:50) with check and a double attack on the rook at d4? So white has to play Ke3 and after exchange of the rook and queen on d4, black is still alive with bishops of opposite colour.

  68. Sivakumar P

    Sivakumar PΠριν 3 μήνες

    Hi for move 30(9:44), Rd4,. Black can play Qb2+ and rook can be taken

  69. Sujal28

    Sujal28Πριν 3 μήνες

    Ding moves the king

  70. Death Dealer

    Death DealerΠριν 3 μήνες

    Nice game nepo

  71. Sayan Das

    Sayan DasΠριν 3 μήνες

    We want t shirts labelled "You don't know what I am doing but I know what I am doing"

  72. chomba simpasa

    chomba simpasaΠριν 3 μήνες

    Ivan Sokolov is wondering on Twitter if there is something wrong with Ding.

  73. halfaheartbongobongo

    halfaheartbongobongoΠριν 3 μήνες

    Knight f3 or the Najdorf variation?

  74. Vaibhav Kishore

    Vaibhav KishoreΠριν 3 μήνες

    Quite a unique game!

  75. ŞĦƗVΔΜ

    ŞĦƗVΔΜΠριν 3 μήνες

    10:31 you should cover the line what if B×e8 but i found it

  76. Mandros

    MandrosΠριν 3 μήνες

    *Chess quote above* The most powerful weapon in chess is to have the next move" - David Bronstein Me: except if you gotten zugzwanged

  77. SV Alangudi

    SV AlangudiΠριν 3 μήνες

    where is "it was in this positionmarnio agadmataranio"? it was in this position, the user did not find a new game!!

  78. Bijoy Nameirakpam

    Bijoy NameirakpamΠριν 3 μήνες

    Even I’m drunk I’m always conscious of this channel

  79. Great White

    Great WhiteΠριν 3 μήνες

    I’ve noticed a big difference in how effective the scotch is against humans vs against an engine.

  80. VREB Ds

    VREB DsΠριν 3 μήνες

    7:18 Nepo up a piece!?? (Ding🙃)

  81. Quamar Touhid

    Quamar TouhidΠριν 3 μήνες

    Did Agadmator forget to say that , " So now as of move 13 we have a completely new game"?? Those lines makes it all the more interesting!

  82. ProBoss389

    ProBoss389Πριν 3 μήνες

    10th dislike, it was a great game, i just wanted to be 10th

  83. Iann Sá

    Iann SáΠριν 3 μήνες

    when will FIDE candidates continue?

  84. G G

    G GΠριν 3 μήνες

    I thought Anish Giri was Indian. Or is he? 🤔

  85. john fasano II

    john fasano IIΠριν 3 μήνες

    hello everyone, Id just like to point out that the hypothetic line @6:40 still works for black there was no diffrence if you pulled whites bishop to check the king the position still never changed lol ding could have still checked the king as was said in video moving the white bishop made no diffrence

  86. Electro Wizard

    Electro WizardΠριν 3 μήνες

    It is rumored that GRlifes is going to get banned in my country. The only thing I'm worried about is how am I gonna listen hello everyone everyday :(

  87. Thejes Kumar

    Thejes KumarΠριν 3 μήνες

    Which country is this?

  88. Electro Wizard

    Electro WizardΠριν 3 μήνες

    @Tam neki yeah man :(

  89. Tam neki

    Tam nekiΠριν 3 μήνες

    That sucks man, really does.

  90. Gary Yogi

    Gary YogiΠριν 3 μήνες

    Tony what do you think of this comment I hear the term modern chess all the time in chess circles. I believe what is new will become old and what was old will become new again there was a time when the Queens Gambit and King's Gambit were considered outdated and now they're bringing it back so would not the better term be, this is the style they are playing today because modern is a relative term I think Style is more apropos . Trivial? , perhaps but if terms matter then I believe Style would be a better description. Enjoy your show Tony appreciate you work stay strong my friend😈💀

  91. Maged Hosny

    Maged HosnyΠριν 3 μήνες

    let's get Antonio to 1,000,000 subs!

  92. rkrmtest

    rkrmtestΠριν 3 μήνες

    Castle..castle..and always castle! Well played Nepo!

  93. Ryan Weston

    Ryan WestonΠριν 3 μήνες

    This is one of the coolest games I’ve ever seen honestly I just love how both sides can checkmate so easily with one wrong move and everything is always interesting when there is still a bunch of pieces on the board

  94. Scott Chui

    Scott ChuiΠριν 3 μήνες

    Me as a noob - trades all the pieces because I'm scared of checkmate and offers a draw like Giri

  95. Môn Ngô

    Môn NgôΠριν 3 μήνες

    That game is very excited and unforget . Ian played with incredible attack by good rook . I love that so much👍

  96. Max Abugov

    Max AbugovΠριν 3 μήνες

    Nepo's home laboratory- a show I'd watch any day

  97. Tyrannosaurus Zeppelin

    Tyrannosaurus ZeppelinΠριν 3 μήνες

    That white bishop really was being ignored. On 10:33 the bishop can just capture that rook on e8. And on 11:27 g5 is checkmate because the bishop covers h5. What a sad bishop, just like he's stuck on the edge of the board for the rest of the game... Edit: i watched ten seconds after 11:27 he says that g5 is checkmate, but then he says you can suicide the queen in the form of capturing the bishop. But it's a check, agad, you can't capture. That's the only time the bishop actually is not being ignored and even captured....while it can't be captured. great job agad:) otherwise great video.

  98. micah bakkum

    micah bakkumΠριν 3 μήνες

    I can see this quote ending up in an agadmator cool-vid. "All right White opens with E4 [insert] and you have to sooicide here"

  99. Nischal Ada

    Nischal AdaΠριν 3 μήνες

    When beginners say that castling is overrated, watch this!!

  100. Flávio Giannini

    Flávio GianniniΠριν 3 μήνες

    Every time Adagmator says Nepo, I hear nipple.

  101. Titanium Chicken

    Titanium ChickenΠριν 3 μήνες

    Nepo just flexing how good he is

  102. Kalpesh Tuhin Ranjan

    Kalpesh Tuhin RanjanΠριν 3 μήνες

    Wow for nepo

  103. Neko Salad

    Neko SaladΠριν 3 μήνες

    nepo never ceases to amaze me.

  104. Chess Assist

    Chess AssistΠριν 3 μήνες

    Nepo only has magnus posters in his laboratory.

  105. Per Lofgren

    Per LofgrenΠριν 3 μήνες

    I stopped playing the Scotch since it resulted in such boring and drawish games, I guess I was totally unfair to the highlanders

  106. Gecko Geico

    Gecko GeicoΠριν 3 μήνες

    At 4:23 can't black just queenside castle and threaten the white queen while also saving the rook?

  107. Chess Assist

    Chess AssistΠριν 3 μήνες

    e5 by ding....that has a very pleasant tone for the ears...repeats to self.