Grandmasters Miss a Simple Mate in 2!

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Laszlo Szabo vs Samuel Reshevsky
"Lazy vs Rushy" (game of the day Jun-09-2011)
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 19, Oct-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Main Line (D42)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c5 5. cd5 Nd5 6. e3 Nc6 7. Bd3 Nc3 8. bc3 Be7 9. Qc2 g6 10. h4 h5 11. Rb1 Rb8 12. Be4 Qc7 13. O-O Bd7 14. d5 ed5 15. Bd5 Bf6 16. Ng5 Nd8 17. c4 Bc6 18. Ne4 Bg7 19. Bb2 O-O 20. Nf6 Bf6 21. Bf6 Bd5 22. cd5 Qd6 23. Qc3 Qd5 24. Rfd1 Qf5 25. e4 Qe6 26. Bg7 b6 27. Bf8 Kf8
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  1. Leo179

    Leo179Πριν 2 μήνες

    it's much easier to spot a mate in 2 when you know there is a mate in 2

  2. kevin denny

    kevin dennyΠριν 2 μήνες

    When you have a forced mate in 2 look for something better

  3. The Egyptian GameDev

    The Egyptian GameDevΠριν 2 μήνες

    I measure my progress at chess by how many engine moves i actually made.. When i analyze the game later

  4. Richard Keller

    Richard KellerΠριν 2 μήνες

    I beat a grandmaster by luck once. He was playing 12 people at the same time.He set me up to take both rooks with my queen, but I took his pawn first. He called mate 3 moves in advance. I said I can move my king to avoid mate and he said when did you take my pawn. I knew there was a trap, but didn’t know what it was and pawn move looked like a strange move so I took it. If that would have made me a grandmaster then I would have set the bar pretty low :)

  5. manasvin upadhyay

    manasvin upadhyayΠριν 2 μήνες

    After e4,Qxe4 Rde1 might be the idea,so Qf5, Bg7 and the rook fallls(problem with Bh8 is f6)at 8:55

  6. Lenin parameswaran

    Lenin parameswaranΠριν 2 μήνες


  7. Lenin parameswaran

    Lenin parameswaranΠριν 2 μήνες

    Reshevsky offered a draw


    PV CUBERΠριν 2 μήνες


  9. Charles LA

    Charles LAΠριν 2 μήνες

    Even Reshevsky finds Qxg6! look his contrite face...

  10. Avocat Iasi, Lungu Dragos

    Avocat Iasi, Lungu DragosΠριν 2 μήνες

    Well....then you must have to replace ,,how strong are this guys in 1953" with ,,how higly rated "....Seems that in 1953 your rank could be your legacy..... :D

  11. ΟΟ jendi

    ΟΟ jendiΠριν 2 μήνες

    the games explained by agadmator is like an inception of chess options

  12. Paul Deck

    Paul DeckΠριν 2 μήνες

    Title of the video should be "Grandmasters take three hours to play a bullet game."

  13. Nour Torky

    Nour TorkyΠριν 2 μήνες

    I'm quite sure that they were not playing in the library. But, are you sure that they were not playing in the bar? 😂😂

  14. akshaygrao77

    akshaygrao77Πριν 2 μήνες

    Plot twist : They both messed up intensionally just to make sure chess players remember how not to play. There are lot of good grandmaster games. But such games are rare😂

  15. free at last

    free at lastΠριν 2 μήνες

    Szabó is pronounced with "c" in the beginning like "ceiling" not "z" like zero. ;)

  16. Rick Harold

    Rick HaroldΠριν 2 μήνες

    That was awesome

  17. Hyunwoo Shin

    Hyunwoo ShinΠριν 2 μήνες

    what a terrible game LOL

  18. Stats Journal

    Stats JournalΠριν 2 μήνες

    Greatest Chess Players Ranking

  19. Standy Anal

    Standy AnalΠριν 2 μήνες

    If u r reading this comment that means u are excellent comment reader,and for those who just want to enjoy the show ..................

  20. Kolly2

    Kolly2Πριν 2 μήνες

    From Bronstein's book on the tournament: 27. BxR? KxB and just now noticing his error, Szabo became so upset that he used up almost all his time just sitting there. He then accepted the draw offered by Reshevsky nearly half an hour earlier, when White played BxR. After such a shock Szabo was not himself for a long time, which of course affected his performance in his later games in the tournament.

  21. Dávid Vörös

    Dávid VörösΠριν 2 μήνες

    hey, nice content everywhere on your channel. Also lovely pronounciation of very different names, too. Just wanna mention that in Hungarian language the written 'sz' is just the same as the english 's' (no 'z' in pronouncing). And when it comes to written 's' in hungarian it is pronunced as the english 'sh'

  22. Chess Mate

    Chess MateΠριν 2 μήνες

    its true Lászlo Zabo offered a draw in this position but will you find my comment and pin agadmator

  23. garandhero

    garandheroΠριν 2 μήνες

    Hard to fathom that even though this game was a trainwreck white would agree to a draw, 2 rooks vs 1 is my kind of engame.

  24. Randy Moore

    Randy MooreΠριν 2 μήνες

    White Rook to D5, then other White Rook to D1, gives White yet another winning chance! Enjoy your informative analysis. Thanks.

  25. Snarfsnarfff

    SnarfsnarfffΠριν 2 μήνες

    Did they both have a stroke during this game?

  26. Sulman Kiyani

    Sulman KiyaniΠριν 2 μήνες

    For the first time i found not one but both the pause video moves. I think im starting to get better at chess

  27. Dont Procrastinate

    Dont ProcrastinateΠριν 2 μήνες

    at 6:43 the queen can be captured by the pawn, why is that a better move?? very confused

  28. gagariga binalayefa

    gagariga binalayefaΠριν 2 μήνες

    I'm not even a grandmaster but I spotted the mate

  29. Nick Myakovsky

    Nick MyakovskyΠριν 2 μήνες

    As this game was played in Round 19 of the series, perhaps both of the players were tired. I don't think either of them were young men in 1953, especially Reshevsky. Long tournaments have a way of screwing with your head, especially if you are getting up there in years. LS offered SR the draw. LS was in hopeless time pressure to finish the game, as he took an hour to recompose himself after blowing the lost checkmate, and never got back into form throughout the rest of the game.

  30. Addison Chan

    Addison ChanΠριν 2 μήνες

    Better than missing mate in 1. Couldn't be me... Couldn't be me...

  31. NorthShores

    NorthShoresΠριν 2 μήνες

    Thought I read once that after Botvinnil lost his crown to Tal, he was asked how he was going to prepare for the re-match, he said, I am going to practice my two move check mates.

  32. mrsandalis1

    mrsandalis1Πριν 2 μήνες

    I just solved this position on Lichess practice!!!! And i'm not even 2000!!!

  33. Daniel Wengorek

    Daniel WengorekΠριν 2 μήνες

    This is one of the best examples of how psychology affects chess.

  34. よっしいくぞー

    よっしいくぞーΠριν 2 μήνες

    My chess rating is trash but I always watch your videos and try to get something out of them. I am very happy to report that today is the first day that I was able to see both moves instantly. I know this is a simple mate in 2 and a relatively easy mating idea, but the feeling of accomplishment is incredible. Thank you for always making content and giving us chances to grow. You’re a true gem of GRlifes.

  35. Luke Masha

    Luke MashaΠριν 2 μήνες

    So many times i just offer a draw when i play a crappy game

  36. AL CauG

    AL CauGΠριν 2 μήνες

    What were these "grandmasters" rating? 1200? I've had 1000's play better than this holy sh

  37. Power Forth

    Power ForthΠριν 2 μήνες

    What a flattering photo of Reshevsky.

  38. Dr Joyraj Ghosh

    Dr Joyraj GhoshΠριν 2 μήνες

    Nice game 😎😎😎

  39. trequor

    trequorΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow, a checkmate so obvious that even i found it!

  40. stargleamer

    stargleamerΠριν 2 μήνες

    I think against Savon in the early 1970's, Reshevsky 1) overlooked a mate in 3 that he had and 2) overlooked a mate in 1 that Savon had, and lost when Savon carried this out.

  41. MNR B0ti

    MNR B0tiΠριν 2 μήνες

    Szabó László 🇭🇺💪 is a very Strong player but sometimes they (Strong players) decide to be a human and make mistakes

  42. Shareef Hasan

    Shareef HasanΠριν 2 μήνες

    And you should really covered this game which garry kasparov who is considered to be the greatest chess player blundered a hole rook in classic gmae against karpov

  43. jeremy mercado

    jeremy mercadoΠριν 2 μήνες

    I rates 600 in blitz, 800 in rapid and i still see the mate in 2. Indeed a simple mate. 😀

  44. Peli Mies

    Peli MiesΠριν 2 μήνες

    ”Saatanan tunarit!”

  45. Tumpal Phaniroy Sitorus

    Tumpal Phaniroy SitorusΠριν 2 μήνες

    Samuel looks like someone who said "Don't send sheep to kill a wolf"

  46. Grampa Billy

    Grampa BillyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Heckuva game. I'd like to see more games featuring polgar. Judut polgar.

  47. Agosto Ceilings

    Agosto CeilingsΠριν 2 μήνες

    i often play as a Grandmaster 🧐

  48. Hadhodrond1

    Hadhodrond1Πριν 2 μήνες

    You misprounced his name during the whole game. Sz should be pronounced like S (in some, selft, etc) and not Z in English. It’s strange because you used to pronounce the hungarian names like Polgár and Lékó perfectly

  49. Jeff Rhinesmith

    Jeff RhinesmithΠριν 2 μήνες

    Draw was agreed prior to the game!

  50. Joe DidIt

    Joe DidItΠριν 2 μήνες

    Reshevsky's face explains how this game came about

  51. Peter Nicholls

    Peter NichollsΠριν 2 μήνες

    Nice pick up on two grand masters... enough said...

  52. ScarecrowHobo

    ScarecrowHoboΠριν 2 μήνες

    i need a social chess life

  53. Its SnakeMeat

    Its SnakeMeatΠριν 2 μήνες

    Man, these guys suck. /s

  54. KM Gallery

    KM GalleryΠριν 2 μήνες


  55. Keith Dow

    Keith DowΠριν 2 μήνες

    "This round fell on a Saturday, and since Samuel Reshevsky wished to play only after the end of the sabbath, all of those paired with him on Saturdays agreed to start play late. Calculating that that I would not have to wait long after the start of the round at 5:30 PM, I took the bus to go sight-seeing with the others. But Reshevsky was late (as it turned out he attended divine service in Zurich), and the chief arbiter, Karel Opocensky , started the clock of the American Grandmaster at eight o'clock. My opponent showed up three-quarters of an hour later and demanded that the clock be reset, otherwise he would not sit down to play. He was composed and I was agitated, since I had already spent more than three hours in the hall and its surroundings. And waiting like that is worse than spending the time playing. Naturally, I stuck to my guns (I still do not understand why I, the competitor, was discussing this point), and then the Czechoslovak chief arbiter turned to an "impartial judge". He managed, unfortunately, to convince me, through different arguments, that I should begin playing at ten o'clock. (I will never forgive myself.) The result was never in doubt with such a frame of mind; I lost the game soon after midnight. Why have I retold this story? Mainly because it had a great effect on the game I played with Reshevsky in the second part of the tournament, which I wanted to win--after this--at any cost." "The nineteenth round was the 'crowning' of my performance (or should I use the term: 'decrowning'?) when I met Reshevsky again...." "It was this game that people most often tormented me with throughout my later career. Everyone 'seems' to know something about this infamous case, which in reality happened as follows." "I made my 19th move, and saw that I could get a decisive advantage with 20.Nf6+, if Black had castled, indeed I could mate, if the Knight was taken. My opponent had only a few minutes left to complete the 20 obligatory moves before the time-control, while I still had more than an hour. And Reshevsky did castle ... But perhaps it is simpler if I demonstrate the whole thing with a diagram." "I quietly played 20.Nf6+ (well, as quietly as one could after getting one of the tournament favorites into such a hopeless position in twenty moves, and seeing that 20...Bxf6 is followed by 21.Qxg6+ and mate!). Unexpectedly, Reshevsky grabbed the Knight, and his nervous, possibly calculated, move swept me along so that instead of giving mate as I planned, I took the Bishop of f6 in turn. (Some analysts wrote about mutual chess blindness. But there really was no blindness on my part!) I instantly realized what I had done, but it was too late, because Reshevsky immediately exchanged my d5 Bishop, and the mating position was over. I just sat there, shook my head, and was unable to make a single move for a whole hour. The spectators and the other players looked at no one but me for long, long minutes. It was a horrifying feeling ... Had I been able to think, I still could have controlled the game. But I was also in time trouble by then, and missed winning a Rook after a few moves, winning instead only the exchange. Well, my mind was almost paralyzed, and in no shape to cope with the ever more complicated tasks. I was so disturbed that I simply do not recall long periods of the game. They told me that I offered a draw, which my opponent accepted--luckily for me. He just did not see that if he had continued, I would have exceeded the time limit, even though I had more than 75 minutes more than he, six moves earlier." "The mutual errors were followed by 21...Bxd5 22.cxd5 Qd6 23.Qc3 Qxd5 24.Rfd1 Qf5 25.e4 Qe6? 26.Bg7 b6 27.Bxf8? (27.Bh6! f6 28.Qg3! wins a Rook because of the Qxg6+ mate threat) 27...Kxf8, and drawn, (allegedly) offered by White." Go to and look up Szabo v Reshevsky.

  56. cinegraphics

    cinegraphicsΠριν 2 μήνες

    This accurately describes how humans will lose the war against the machines. Humans will panic. Machines will not.

  57. ŞĦƗVÃM

    ŞĦƗVÃMΠριν 2 μήνες

    Three same comments

  58. Matt

    MattΠριν 2 μήνες

    This needs to be upvoted more, even pinned by agadmator. Y’all this is long but it’s worth the read. Lots of missing context about this game, turns out Reshevsky was really late for this game and of course, someone who has to wait a long time for another player isn’t going to be in the same frame of mind

  59. Nathan Robinson

    Nathan RobinsonΠριν 2 μήνες

    What it would look like if most of us stepped up to professional players.


    BEING AWESOMEΠριν 2 μήνες

    Draw ---- Specs must be really angry then

  61. Shivang Agarwal

    Shivang AgarwalΠριν 2 μήνες

    well, in case, if you love watching stupid moves then you should take a look at my games.

  62. hc greier

    hc greierΠριν 2 μήνες

    In my book Bronstein comments the following:: Szabo played otherwise: 27. Bg7×f8? Kg8×f8 immediately saw his error, and became so distraught that, after using up nearly all his remaining time, and still without making a move, he accepted the DRAW. Reshevsky had offered nearly half an hour before, right after White took the rook at f8 with his bishop. After such a traumatic experience, Szabo was a long time regaining his confidence, which naturally affected his play for the remainder of the tournament.

  63. Daniel Hamlin

    Daniel HamlinΠριν 2 μήνες

    What happens if the F 7 pawn takes the queen?

  64. David Dave

    David DaveΠριν 2 μήνες

    Szabo: missed mate in 2, still got a draw Me: missed mate in 1 multiple times in a game, and got checkmated

  65. Albert Fish

    Albert FishΠριν 2 μήνες

    Pošto često izgovaraš mađarska imena, s u mađarskom je š, a sz je s.

  66. william blake

    william blakeΠριν 2 μήνες

    i was a big fan of bronstein' book. my parents bought it to me in the 80ths. it still here, in my bookshelf.

  67. khkartc

    khkartcΠριν 2 μήνες

    I fail to see what the big deal is. I could make a bigger blunder without even trying.

  68. Niroshan Venkateshwaran

    Niroshan VenkateshwaranΠριν 2 μήνες

    This is a new variation of chess called Drunken Chess.

  69. Alex Rozenbom

    Alex RozenbomΠριν 2 μήνες

    11:30 What a strange draw ! If white goes Q to H8+

  70. Archale Rapsing

    Archale RapsingΠριν 2 μήνες


  71. Archale Rapsing

    Archale RapsingΠριν 2 μήνες


  72. Tarakeshwari V

    Tarakeshwari VΠριν 2 μήνες

    9:33 what happens if f6 is played? doesnt make sense

  73. Tarakeshwari V

    Tarakeshwari VΠριν 2 μήνες

    Qg3,threatening Qxg6 and Qxb1.never mind

  74. Chess World

    Chess WorldΠριν 2 μήνες

    😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😂😂😂😂😂😂😥😥😥😥😥😥👺👺👺👺👺👺👺incredible loss....this is what patience

  75. Warehouse Dave

    Warehouse DaveΠριν 2 μήνες

    I don't have much end game theory, I mostly play bughouse but I see in this final drawn position that white could sac queen on c5 to win the rook and knight. Would 2 rooks vs a Q be favorable with these pawns on the board?

  76. Corbin Lowe

    Corbin LoweΠριν 2 μήνες

    It looks like neither of them really wanted to play chess that day

  77. Houtaro Oreki

    Houtaro OrekiΠριν 2 μήνες

    this proves that even insanely talented pros f up once in a while

  78. Om Solanki

    Om SolankiΠριν 2 μήνες

    I can bet that the PGN was wrong!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. Pranjal Ranjan

    Pranjal RanjanΠριν 2 μήνες

    I think they were friends at the bar.

  80. Mohamad Alrashed

    Mohamad AlrashedΠριν 2 μήνες

    I guess I'm Grand Master material then ... I missed both stop the video moments anyways, I'm just here to enjoy the show

  81. JoicSeth

    JoicSethΠριν 2 μήνες

    Well of course I know him. He's me

  82. kmart111

    kmart111Πριν 2 μήνες

    #agadmator could u pls cover the latest cheating scandal on chess24

  83. SoxQuent

    SoxQuentΠριν 2 μήνες . #suggestion

  84. ILGiullareDiCorte

    ILGiullareDiCorteΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion Mariotti vs Gligoric, Venice 1971. Mariotti is the first italian who took the title of Grandmaster. His style is similar to that of Tal. He was also called "the italian fury". Tal and Mariotti were friends, so much so that one evening, in Milan, Tal and Mariotti went out for a walk and while they were talking Tal said to Mariotti: "if you had been born in Russia, you would have become world champion". Unfortunately, chess was not considered in Italy, and GM Mariotti had to work as a worker to support himself, so that he could not train like all the other chess players.

  85. Hemlock Drinker

    Hemlock DrinkerΠριν 2 μήνες

    White misses the mate on both occasions. What does it mean that they both miss the mate?

  86. Seiko Solar

    Seiko SolarΠριν 2 μήνες

    Back on April 8th, 1953 at 7:34 p.m. I missed a mate in 34. My Russian great-grandfather didn't talk to me for 23 years.

  87. pencho chernaev

    pencho chernaevΠριν 2 μήνες

    Well, Topalov missed a mate in two against Kramnik in Elista, in nothing else but a WC Match ( game 2 ), so noone has insurance against such blindness.

  88. Dhivakar Kandan

    Dhivakar KandanΠριν 2 μήνες

    It happens. They arent robots they are humans. They have mastered this game but still are humans so we cant underestimate their mindpower by this only game.

  89. SSCarpathia_159

    SSCarpathia_159Πριν 2 μήνες

    About to go to sleep and get a good night's rest and then... HELLO EVERYONE

  90. Srinivas

    SrinivasΠριν 2 μήνες

    Please send me your email id I have some good games

  91. svevid vidor

    svevid vidorΠριν 2 μήνες

    HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION IN SERBIA Serbian president wants to be the only chess player and therefore the best.

  92. Joe DidIt

    Joe DidItΠριν 2 μήνες

    agadmator isnt just some blogger reviewing chess games he is actually incredibly well read he is a walking chess encyclopedia

  93. Bas Berger

    Bas BergerΠριν 2 μήνες

    I'm feeling less terrible now when lichess tells me how many blunders I made.

  94. Xeno Zodiac

    Xeno ZodiacΠριν 2 μήνες

    I think there may be CO poisoning or something causing similar effect? The quality of the game is a considerable dip from the regular candidates tournament game.

  95. Turnips

    TurnipsΠριν 2 μήνες

    This game is like most of my games. How sad.

  96. Md. Shaban

    Md. ShabanΠριν 2 μήνες

    I can still seeing him winning after resigning.😭

  97. Luiz Gonçalves

    Luiz GonçalvesΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion The Reshevsky-Fischer Match 1961 (some good games, 18 years old Bobby)

  98. Ayush Deep

    Ayush DeepΠριν 2 μήνες


  99. timothy evans

    timothy evansΠριν 2 μήνες

    Both incredibly lucky to get the draw..................

  100. Dean Havok

    Dean HavokΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion please show a nezhmetdinov game! Cheers for the game as always

  101. Kostas Xori

    Kostas XoriΠριν 2 μήνες

    You creat very nice videos!! I would suggest you, to add something else on them. You could have a list with the moves that are made... so, it could be easier fer us to see in which part of the game are you, and write more comments for he game.

  102. Jason Uerkvitz

    Jason UerkvitzΠριν 2 μήνες

    Round 19. Fatigue is a factor.

  103. John Grey

    John GreyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Most of my games are a treasure house of missed opportunities.

  104. Timothy Covert

    Timothy CovertΠριν 2 μήνες

    at 10:22 isn't bishop captures rook just a clean rook as well? why is going back to h6 better?

  105. Timothy Covert

    Timothy CovertΠριν 2 μήνες

    oh wait i should really not pause the video lol

  106. Timothy Covert

    Timothy CovertΠριν 2 μήνες

    i do see how the way it was showed was nicer

  107. Timothy Covert

    Timothy CovertΠριν 2 μήνες

    my question is what does black do after bishop captures? king captures bishop queen h8 check king e7 i guess if both of them are winning it doesn't matter