World Champion for a Reason || So vs Nakamura || Skilling Open Knockout (2020)

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Wesley So vs Hikaru Nakmura
Chess24 (2020), Skilling Open, Knockouts, Semifinals, Game 2
Giuoco Piano (C53)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. OO h6 7. Re1 O-O 8. Nbd2 a5 9. Nf1 Be6 10. Bb5 Bb6 11. Ng3 Nh7 12. h3 Ng5 13. Nxg5 hxg5 14. d4 exd4 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. cxd4 c5 17. d5 Bd7 18. a4 Re8 19. Bd2 c4 20. Qf3 Rb8 21. Bc3 Bc5 22. Re2 f6 23. Nf5 Bb4 24. Bd4 Bc5 25. Bc3 Bb4 26. Ne3 Bc8 27. Bd4 Ba6 28. Nf5 Bc8 29. Ne3 Ba6 30. Nf5 Bc8 31 . Rc1 Qd7 32. Rec2 Ba6 33. H4 Gxh4 34. Qg4 Kf8 35. Bxf6 Gxf6 36. Qxh4 Kg8 37. Re2 Re5 38. Re3 Rxf5 39. Rh3 Rg5 40. Qh8 + Kf7 41. Rh7 +
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. Dani Alda

    Dani AldaΠριν μήνα

    He's formerly from Philippines, now he's representing US. Still proud of Wesley So tho. Shame he didnt get the support that he needed. Shame what some of our country's politicians did.

  2. Lynn Lee

    Lynn LeeΠριν μήνα

    1:45 "Nakamura offers a trade of dark-squared bishops..." I believe that should've been "light-squared bishops"...? :-P

  3. Simon DV

    Simon DVΠριν μήνα

    Wesley so cheating

  4. ronilo billan

    ronilo billanΠριν μήνα

    Please somebody analyze why Naka lost to Wesley...


    HRISHIT LELEΠριν μήνα

    9:25 qh4 directly was also better right?

  6. Fedor Ulrikh

    Fedor UlrikhΠριν μήνα

    The Evans Gambit joke never gets old.

  7. David Nolan

    David NolanΠριν μήνα

    every single time this guy baits me with the Evans gambit. Everytime I get so excited to see the Evans gambit in one of these recent high level play games but then no.... just bait

  8. DDatta

    DDattaΠριν μήνα

    The highlight for me is Antonio picking up the phone and continuing on matter of factly. I like that the man keeps it on the level with whatever he does.

  9. Arnaldo Sandoval

    Arnaldo SandovalΠριν μήνα

    04:05 Either, the Pizza Guy or Mailman checking out by phone before disturbing the broadcast !!! while Medo move to a better place to defend his king !!!!

  10. KK B

    KK BΠριν μήνα

    4:08 and it is at this point agadmator came up with a move never seen before.

  11. Lo Thun

    Lo ThunΠριν μήνα

    0:11 xx

  12. Stats Guy

    Stats GuyΠριν μήνα

    Top Chess Players of all Time

  13. RonkoDDR

    RonkoDDRΠριν μήνα

    4:07 And it was in this position that "sorry about that" never been reached again :-)

  14. Kevin Kallamata

    Kevin KallamataΠριν μήνα

    The legend himself answered the phone in the video

  15. ronkogoogle

    ronkogoogleΠριν μήνα

    Ap1+ Agad to Phone1 with check.... who the heck is calling in a mid of a video... 😄

  16. Revy

    RevyΠριν μήνα

    wesley really likes sacrificing his pieces

  17. Ryle Style

    Ryle StyleΠριν μήνα

    Wait... So was this that guy??

  18. Michał Karczyk

    Michał KarczykΠριν μήνα

    I get fooled eveytime for the Evan's Gambit joke

  19. Maximus Dizon

    Maximus DizonΠριν μήνα

    Man, Wesley So could be a teeth model..look at that perfect teeth

  20. reli jinger

    reli jingerΠριν μήνα

    "That is only a joke" killed me😂

  21. Mar Pandz

    Mar PandzΠριν μήνα

    was Wesley good?

  22. Aditya Murai

    Aditya MuraiΠριν μήνα

    Finally I'm getting the joke

  23. Mike S

    Mike SΠριν μήνα

    Great analysis, thank you. I like when you take the time to show how different moves would have worked out.

  24. Jake Rummins

    Jake RumminsΠριν μήνα

    #suggestion the game between Hikaru and the engine rybka

  25. Kurop

    KuropΠριν μήνα

    GRlifes is THE platform where you can edit everything to make you look good in any scenario, Agadmator is just over that, he's just too good, he answers a call mid-video and is still the best out there

  26. Gavin cagayat Vicencio

    Gavin cagayat VicencioΠριν μήνα

    wesley is a world champion?

  27. Petar Olujic

    Petar OlujicΠριν μήνα

    Koji si ti majstor zapravo, svaka cast

  28. agadmator's Chess Channel

    agadmator's Chess ChannelΠριν μήνα


  29. Johnna Cates

    Johnna CatesΠριν μήνα

  30. Filipe Rodrigues

    Filipe RodriguesΠριν μήνα

    I love how he just hangs in the phone like it’s a live stream

  31. Stathis Kon

    Stathis KonΠριν μήνα

    2 on 3 videos you scratch your leg and say " sorry about that" I couldn't stop my self for point it out, and I am really curious

  32. Pulkit Vaid

    Pulkit VaidΠριν μήνα

    Attended a call just to say Sorry about that 😄

  33. Nicholas Lombardi

    Nicholas LombardiΠριν μήνα

    Can the mid vid phone call become a new thing?

  34. Osmar López Garza

    Osmar López GarzaΠριν μήνα

    9:04 After 34. Qg4 Kf8 could So directly go for 35. Qxh4, Threatening mate in 2?

  35. P.J

    P.JΠριν μήνα

    Why the video title is "World Champion for a reason" ? I don't get the reference in the game you analyzed.

  36. The Tin-Foil Hat Economist

    The Tin-Foil Hat EconomistΠριν μήνα

    We have the telephonic variation of "Sorry about that" on the board at move 16

  37. Harsh Sharma

    Harsh SharmaΠριν μήνα

    When the company calls you and u think it might be important

  38. Anne Reilley

    Anne ReilleyΠριν μήνα

    0:25 "ah sorry about that" leans down. What is he doing? He does this almost every video. I notice no difference after he does whatever he does under the desk.

  39. Enrico Caruso

    Enrico CarusoΠριν μήνα

    What is the problem with that thing that he always forget to switch on or of in the beginning? Does he do that on purpose? Or is he just a hard learner?

  40. Captain Deadpool

    Captain DeadpoolΠριν μήνα

    Qg7 move was the best defense and white has to continue with e*Rf5 or if white plays Rg3 black and save the rook and queen by Rg4. I found it on board when they were playing and I was furious why a Super GM was not able to find something like that. I don't believe these moves are difficult to find. I am an unrated player and in the last few moves my calculation was more precise than Naka.

  41. Hoang Xuan Dat

    Hoang Xuan DatΠριν μήνα

    00:40 They had us in the first half, not gonna lie

  42. Pepper & Salt

    Pepper & SaltΠριν μήνα

    A good husband always answer the phone even in the middle of a million dollar youtube video - Agadmator's wife

  43. John Omay

    John OmayΠριν μήνα

    Well played

  44. Badr EL Idrissi

    Badr EL IdrissiΠριν μήνα

    Can't believe you just answered your phone in front of the camera AND kept it in the video. like you had so many options to do instead!

  45. Rahul Dubba

    Rahul DubbaΠριν μήνα

    When the 2 Asian kids battle

  46. Jan Meckler

    Jan MecklerΠριν μήνα

    0:39 Antoniooooo

  47. Amgad Ibrahim

    Amgad IbrahimΠριν μήνα

    Who can do some lips reading to know what he said during the phone call :D

  48. Travis Hart

    Travis HartΠριν μήνα

    “Sorry about that” must be an inside joke by now

  49. X Link

    X LinkΠριν μήνα

    Best Chess channel!

  50. Luki

    LukiΠριν μήνα

    After Qg7, cant u just play Rg3? Isnt that better than taking f5

  51. LifeIsGoodDeLux

    LifeIsGoodDeLuxΠριν μήνα, not in relation with this game, but I thought may be you're interested

  52. Vladimir Shmarov

    Vladimir ShmarovΠριν μήνα

    I like how you're the only chess commentator who doesn't struggle miserably, when pronouncing Nepo's full surname.

  53. Kyle Mechler

    Kyle MechlerΠριν μήνα

    Great as usual! Not the winner I was rooting for, but Wesley is an incredible player in these time controls and super fun to see reviewed! Great coverage!

  54. Akhil Sadasivam

    Akhil SadasivamΠριν μήνα

    0:39 I know this was coming. The Evan 's Gambit.😆😆

  55. Tinashe Erwin

    Tinashe ErwinΠριν μήνα

    Did he just do a sorry about , the phone variation? There are levels to this thing

  56. Nandan Mahabir

    Nandan MahabirΠριν μήνα

    How do you record your video ?

  57. Stone Skull

    Stone SkullΠριν μήνα

    great game

  58. R.R.P TEch PHYsik

    R.R.P TEch PHYsikΠριν μήνα

    Nice joke

  59. the 12345

    the 12345Πριν μήνα

    These guys are playing moves like Rc2 so as to push h3.. And it was in this position I realised that I will never understand how to play chess

  60. Renuka Kutty

    Renuka KuttyΠριν μήνα


  61. mahdi zafarmand

    mahdi zafarmandΠριν μήνα

    As an old fan of this channel who follows you for more than two years, I need to #suggest a few things here: 1. It's really not funny anymore to try to trick us with Evans gambit, we know that high level GMs rarely play this. 2. Please record your videos again if your phone calls as you would do in your early days to show the audience the respect they deserve. 3. The videos are often unnecessarily too long (but not this one), IM GothamChess covers almost all games (up to eight) of a day in 20ish minutes, with suitable amount of detail and explanation. I know you can make your videos the way you want and everyone are allowed to watch the games either on this channel or on Levy's or other places, or even on live stream (who has time for that!!), but these are only #suggestions that may help improve the quality of the best and most popular chess channel on GRlifes. Thank you for your great content!

  62. Dr. Bluesfield

    Dr. BluesfieldΠριν μήνα

    @mahdi zafarmand I do agree with you, although admittedly Agads channel is by far the best, there's a fine divide between being original and starting to become slightly disrespectful towards the audience. Obviously, fan boys and girls will always love whatever he does, no matter how ridiculous it gets, but me for one am starting to get somewhat irritated by some of these novelties. I do not mind the Evans gambit joke at all, that's a classic and I am also a big fan of this opening, but I do indeed perceive the permanent "sorry about that" as a significant nuisance, especially as it could be so easily avoided. And I certainly won't buy the assertion that this is an undispensible trademark of this channel which it couldn't do without, I rather find it to be unprofessional and a mark of bad preparation. My suggestion: can't you move the volume adjustment knob onto the table to your left, so you could easily adjust the volume with your left hand any time during the video without having to lean forward and the audience even noticing it? That would easily eliminate this wholly unnecessary root cause of disturbance. You could still say "sorry about that" about something else if required.... ;-) Thanks a lot in advance! A fan.

  63. AstrooDocc

    AstrooDoccΠριν μήνα

    Legend has it, if Agadmator's ceiling collapses while he is recording, he will just say "sorry about that" and keep going

  64. John Grey

    John GreyΠριν μήνα

    4:10 Wait a second, was that a Samsung Gallaxy Note9? Because it looks exactly like my phone.

  65. I dont wanna use my name

    I dont wanna use my nameΠριν μήνα

    Who is the greater asian

  66. Pathikrit Pal

    Pathikrit PalΠριν μήνα

    1:46 "offers a trade of dark-squared bishops" when it was a trade of light squared bishops 5:35 "challenging the light squared bishop" when this time it was the dark squared bishops challenging each other Agad after seeing this comment: "Sorry about that"

  67. I S

    I SΠριν μήνα

    Can someone explain the Evans gambit joke ?

  68. Soham Bhattacharjee

    Soham BhattacharjeeΠριν μήνα

    It was in this game Agadmator messed up light and dark square bishops.

  69. Safwan Hossain

    Safwan HossainΠριν μήνα

    0:28 still saying "sorry about that" and fixing something under the table that does nothing

  70. Anugrah Mishra F2 15

    Anugrah Mishra F2 15Πριν μήνα

    4:05 The great Mailman maneuver🤣😅

  71. swapnil kumar

    swapnil kumarΠριν μήνα

    So can beat magnus in the finals

  72. Deane Peterson

    Deane PetersonΠριν μήνα

    Love agadmator. Great instructional videos, wonderful background info, and seems like a genuinely nice person. Funny too. And, gotta love his dog. :-) Have to ask though, what am I missing when--in a number of videos--early in the video he reaches under the table briefly as if to adjust something and says, "Sorry about that."? I can't seem to tell a difference between before this action/comment and afterwards. Can someone clear up this obvious thing that I'm apparently missing? Thanks. Continued success agadmator! You're great!!

  73. bguzewi0

    bguzewi0Πριν μήνα

    I've heard "sorry about that" dozens of times now, and I never know what he's sorry about.

  74. KVUSA77

    KVUSA77Πριν μήνα

    Your humor as of late has been on point. Some sorely needed laughs, thank you.

  75. badass hikki

    badass hikkiΠριν μήνα

    Beautiful attack

  76. john raye gahid

    john raye gahidΠριν μήνα

    analyze #PacquiaovsMcGregor

  77. william eckert

    william eckertΠριν μήνα

    Excellent game by Wesley! A gentlemen beats the elitist!

  78. Rohit Gupta

    Rohit GuptaΠριν μήνα

    One can see the storm caused by just a phone call..... Imagine wht wud happn if agad decides to smoke two puffs in between 😂😂

  79. David Anderson

    David AndersonΠριν μήνα

    Pretty sure Agadmatorino's next highlights video will feature "the phone call".

  80. David Johnson

    David JohnsonΠριν μήνα this game is why I play chess... finding a way to remove a double threat

  81. Jian Hau Nicholas Tan

    Jian Hau Nicholas TanΠριν μήνα

    9:51 that's smells....

  82. Alex Gagnon

    Alex GagnonΠριν μήνα

    Phone call went: -Je li ovo Iban? -Ne, ovo je Antonio, žao mi je zbog toga. -Pogrešan broj, žao mi je zbog toga. -Ispričavam se zbog toga. [Hang up] -Sorry about that. {ENGLISH} -Is this Ivan? -No, this is Antonio, sorry about that. -Wrong number, sorry about that. -Sorry about that. [Hang up] -Sorry about that.

  83. Rocco Coppa

    Rocco CoppaΠριν μήνα

    I like the video only once antonio says 'completely new game'

  84. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν μήνα

    Very methodical.

  85. mR0d3aG

    mR0d3aGΠριν μήνα

    The calls of Uber eats are very importants

  86. Zadie Quest

    Zadie QuestΠριν μήνα

    After he was contacted by his informant, Agadmator deployed Medo.

  87. KidJV

    KidJVΠριν μήνα

    0:27 i still dont have an idea what the "sorry bout that" ritual is all about

  88. SaltyLuigi

    SaltyLuigiΠριν μήνα

    Can someone explain the Evans Gambit joke?

  89. Alexandra Nota

    Alexandra NotaΠριν μήνα

    Agad, COULD YOU PLEASE explain to me, in one game they played today, WHY the heck Wesley didn't go for Qe8, at the point where he had a pawn on f7 and Hikaru had his queen on f8 , his king on h8 and NO other pieces defending the square e8???it was the easiest win of all times, queen of hikaru captures queen of wesley, but then wesleys pawn captures queen AND promoting to a queen , so he has the only queen left on the board. WHY and i mean W H Y????

  90. Nafiz Imtiaz Araf

    Nafiz Imtiaz ArafΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator seems like that friend I’d love to invite over on weekends for chess and lunch

  91. VIND C11

    VIND C11Πριν μήνα

    11:19 "Queen to h8 shit"

  92. Sir Pasto Primero

    Sir Pasto PrimeroΠριν μήνα

    04:07 The mailman/pizza guy goes for the Phone call strategy.

  93. Nikita Geraskin

    Nikita GeraskinΠριν μήνα

    How good is actually Evans Gambit in Giuoco Piano? Jokes kinda got me confused

  94. Forêt

    ForêtΠριν μήνα

    0:38 The classic Evans Gambit Gambit

  95. fall defdea

    fall defdeaΠριν μήνα

    If agadmator review all games in skilling there will be a lot of jokes

  96. Stefan Wolejszo

    Stefan WolejszoΠριν μήνα

    I know how to read lips, and this is what Agadmator said in that phone call in the middle: "Hello" "Just doing a chess video" "No, it does not feature the Evan's Gambit" "Yes, I will use that joke same as always" "Ok, bye."

  97. Stefan Wolejszo

    Stefan WolejszoΠριν μήνα

    Wesley So is in beast mode.

  98. Percy

    PercyΠριν μήνα

    I just hate how much you tease us with evans gambit

  99. Immaculate Eloquence

    Immaculate EloquenceΠριν μήνα

    Emotional parkour 0:40 From jubilance to despondence

  100. Matthew Alberts

    Matthew AlbertsΠριν μήνα

    There is only one, Agadmator. Now and Forever.

  101. Angelo Dela Cruzz

    Angelo Dela CruzzΠριν μήνα

    Trust me it gets Evan better

  102. Josh Lubold

    Josh LuboldΠριν μήνα

    I’m a 1000ish chess player and am mind blown at the way some GM games go. They find the craziest ways to protect and connect all of their pieces at the same time I feel like I would lose track hard core once exchanges started in the mid-game. I prefer to play pretty aggressive in the early mid game but probably because I don’t like positions like this