This is The Strongest Chess Player You Never Heard Of

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Emanuel Lasker vs Sergey Polner
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Casual game (1889), Berlin GER, Sep-??
Vienna Game: Mieses Variation (C26)
1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Bc5 5. Nge2 d6 6. h3 Be6 7. Nd5 Bd5 8. ed5 Ne7 9. c4 Qd7 10. d4 ed4 11. Nd4 O-O 12. O-O Nf5 13. Nf5 Qf5 14. Bd2 Ne4 15. Kh2 Nf2 16. Qb3 Qh5 17. Qb7 Rab8 18. Qc7 Rb2 19. Bc3 Qh3 20. Kg1 Qh1 21. Bh1 Nh3#
Sergey Ivanovich Polner was born in Oranienbaum on July 17 (July 29, new style), 1861. He was exiled from the USSR in 1922 and ended up in Germany. He became a professor of mathematics at the Russian gymnasium in Berlin, headed the financial department at the Vataga publishing house, then moved to Paris, where he died on July 13, 1929.
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  1. Tom Barrister

    Tom BarristerΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Sergei Polner was the brother of author Tikhon Ivanovich Polner (pseud. T. I. Polner), a prolific writer who authored several books and manuscripts, among them one about Leo Tolstoy, and another that dealt with WW1 from the Russian village and area government's point of view. He also published quite a collection of papers sent to him by various people, among them his brother (Sergei), the latter of which was a diary of his brother's saga and eventual flight from Russia during the Revolution. Here's an URL with several of his works:

  2. William Walker

    William WalkerΠριν 3 ημέρες

    "When you see a good move, look for a better one." -Emanuel Lasker This is good advice! Lasker actually lost this game to Polmer. I'll bet you he never forgot it! They probably never played again! Lasker would go on to become world champion later.

  3. Andrew Mays

    Andrew MaysΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Another beautiful chess game with brilliant commentary. THANK YOU!😇

  4. Xavier Samson

    Xavier SamsonΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Is Sergey Ivanovich Polner a Certified Public Accountant?

  5. Xavier Samson

    Xavier SamsonΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Agadmator please answer me.

  6. Terry Lopez

    Terry LopezΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Ummm... I’m pretty sure there are lots of great chess players I’ve never heard of...

  7. justin ball

    justin ballΠριν 9 ημέρες

    10th Agad video in a row I've seen where his yellow dress is hanging in the backround.

  8. Brian Kleinschmidt

    Brian KleinschmidtΠριν 14 ημέρες

    That is a pretty mate. Also, "That's not a knight." LOL

  9. Dhneshd Dhingra

    Dhneshd DhingraΠριν 14 ημέρες

    To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game -- Savielly Tartakover

  10. Andrew_Owens

    Andrew_OwensΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Damn, first you hit me with Nezhmetdinov, now Polner. Good work!

  11. Piotrek Z

    Piotrek ZΠριν 19 ημέρες

    Great work

  12. amjan

    amjanΠριν 20 ημέρες

    The DISRESPECT for one of the greatest chess champions is DISGUSTING. Emanuel Lasker was World Chess Champion for 27 years, from 1894 to 1921, which was the longest reign of any officially recognised World Chess Champion in history. And you treat him as just some chess player. Antonio... COME ON MAN.

  13. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 20 ημέρες

    Yes, I feel the same! Only because he beat Capablanca during the Capablanca Saga did he get any winning games, but all his other games on this channel are losses. Lasker deserves better than this!!! He was one of the best ever, an amazing tournament player, is considered to be the first 2700 (first modern) master.

  14. ytmndman

    ytmndmanΠριν 29 ημέρες

    FIDE didn't exist until 3 years after Lasker lost his title.

  15. Shawn Roberts

    Shawn RobertsΠριν 29 ημέρες

    Lesson: don’t pawn grab...especially against unknown players. The old poison pawn. And how Lasker failed to spot this old, familiar consequence of grabbing a knight’s pawn (where opponent gets a pig-Rook on the opponent’s 2nd rank-with tempo, by chasing the Queen out of the way) is surprising to me. Maybe it wasn’t as well known in the 1880s? Nowadays, 1400 players on Lichess know this. 🤣 But Lasker giving his opponent a 4th attacker for free is nuts.

  16. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 20 ημέρες

    As was said, it was both a younger Lasker and in a simul. Have you even seen Janowski-Lasker, 1904??? Lasker’s opponent, the grea attacker Janowski, had tremendous pressure on Lasker’s king, with a rook on the seventh, a bishop on the long diagonal, a strong central knight, etc., and even a queen sacrifice! People would, of course, think Lasker getting into a situation like that is “nuts,” but because Lasker was giving Janowski time odds, he was able to even win that game!!!

  17. Noel Maniego

    Noel ManiegoΠριν 29 ημέρες

    Amazing queen sacrifice!

  18. YourChessGuide

    YourChessGuideΠριν μήνα Do check it out. #Chess tricks

  19. Republika Dugave

    Republika DugaveΠριν μήνα

    Almost million subs!! Congrats..

  20. Robert Cooper

    Robert CooperΠριν μήνα

    Thanks for the video.

  21. Bob Thompson

    Bob ThompsonΠριν μήνα

    This is without doubt one of the most intelligent and clever mating pattern I have ever witnessed, quite beautiful; a severe lesson in never underestimating your opponent

  22. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 20 ημέρες

    It was a simul. Antonio can say Lasker doubted Black, but that’s still just his guess. Lasker could’ve simply blundered.

  23. Me!

    Me!Πριν μήνα

    I mean... this is why people who are over 2000 really shouldn't be playing in simuls, it's not fair to the GMs

  24. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 19 ημέρες

    @Me! Correct!

  25. Me!

    Me!Πριν 20 ημέρες

    @Oissev Onos right, or at least he should know so he can focus more on that specific game (because kasparov could still crush a 2000 rated player with odds)

  26. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 20 ημέρες

    Correct. Kasparov was upset and wished that he at least had been told that his opponent was strong. It’s basically just a time odds game, which makes no sense if the opponent is strong. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

  27. Gabriel Busso

    Gabriel BussoΠριν μήνα

    Didnt know Bukowski played chess...

  28. sorny7777

    sorny7777Πριν μήνα

    Am I wrong or does knight takes H3 a mate in 3?

  29. Daniel L

    Daniel LΠριν μήνα

    Dude that's Tommy Chong.

  30. Jaydapp

    JaydappΠριν μήνα

    Isn't it amazing that these players had absolutely no idea that well over a hundred years later, hundreds of thousands of people would be viewing and analyzing their game, in a technological way that they could never comprehend.

  31. PP1969GR

    PP1969GRΠριν μήνα

    Polner is like a convict

  32. Mike Fraser

    Mike FraserΠριν μήνα

    Why does Agadmator always reach down and say "sorry about that" in beginning of every video?

  33. 1 Champs1127

    1 Champs1127Πριν μήνα

    On his end, the noise the pieces make when they are “clicked” down onto the table is, by default, too loud. He is adjusting his own volume. But when the video gets uploaded, it all gets balanced out so we don’t really experience the difference.

  34. Christopher Leeson

    Christopher LeesonΠριν μήνα

    almost self mate for Lasker

  35. Counsel & Might - Dr. George Antonios

    Counsel & Might - Dr. George AntoniosΠριν μήνα

    What about Knight x h3? Isn't that also a mate in 3?

  36. Tom Rogers

    Tom RogersΠριν μήνα

    Before he moves to double-attack the pawn on d5 with Ne7, why not Nd5 instead, which is quicker and maintains tempo and avoids white's strengthening with c4? What was Polner's reasoning with that move?

  37. Kevin Byrne

    Kevin ByrneΠριν μήνα

    Once again: don't underestimate your opponent.

  38. Anne Reilley

    Anne ReilleyΠριν μήνα

    Wow, it's John Paul DeJoria, owner of Vidal Sassoon.

  39. Trevor Gardner

    Trevor GardnerΠριν μήνα

    You said "pause the video and win this game for Laskar" and I spent a good 5 minutes trying to do that before giving up and continuing with the video.

  40. Steven Hines

    Steven HinesΠριν μήνα

    Polner looks like Tommy Chong.

  41. J Weezy

    J WeezyΠριν μήνα

    So Tommy Chong was a chess player?

  42. Truth Always Wins

    Truth Always WinsΠριν μήνα

    soon your bitcoin will be worth more than the channel

  43. Grzesiek

    GrzesiekΠριν μήνα

    If you DON'T enjoy it, feel free to skip the Agadmator's video and find some Agadmator's video.

  44. Nebria

    NebriaΠριν μήνα

    "this is the strongest chess player you never heard of" maybe cause this was hundred years ago

  45. David Hodgson

    David HodgsonΠριν μήνα

    Great video, thank you ! Great to see some games of lesser known players. Can you please cover a game by sultan Khan

  46. Ryszard Kiliński

    Ryszard KilińskiΠριν μήνα

    Man, this brother looks like saint Alessandro Pirlo from at the age of 88!

  47. matriccx kilobyte

    matriccx kilobyteΠριν μήνα


  48. R X

    R XΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator in Crocodile Dundee “That’s not a knight. This is a knight”

  49. James Thatcher

    James ThatcherΠριν μήνα

    A sad tale, Mr. Polner.

  50. zak girard

    zak girardΠριν μήνα

    Beautiful game! I of course saw the knight check. Lasker must have collapsed.

  51. The Simp Zone

    The Simp ZoneΠριν μήνα

    Men, when you make your money...always remember to never SIMP!

  52. oraz

    orazΠριν μήνα

    I thought it was Steven Segall for a second.

  53. Namish Kondabathini

    Namish KondabathiniΠριν μήνα

    “So uh feel free to pause the video and win the game for Lasker”

  54. HishamZ

    HishamZΠριν μήνα

    A double check which also means checkmate 😂😂😂

  55. Sarath Kumar

    Sarath KumarΠριν μήνα

    Pause the video for finding winning sequence for ?? Lasker??

  56. Melpheos1er

    Melpheos1erΠριν μήνα

    I think I heard the name Polner somewhere or read this name

  57. Imagine People

    Imagine PeopleΠριν μήνα

    Good game and thank you

  58. Joshua Baluch

    Joshua BaluchΠριν μήνα

    Ahhh. Time to increase our vast knowledge.

  59. Ry Curtis

    Ry CurtisΠριν μήνα

    Interesting to me is that he was from Russia, with a German name. Did Germans live is Russia at one point? Wow. Great game, thanks again for your excellent game suggestions.

  60. Farjad Babaee

    Farjad BabaeeΠριν μήνα

    Just so you know, those "never-been-reached-again" positions, are reached every day! Not my fault if my talent, much like Mr. Polner, is not properly celebrated..!

  61. matt reeves

    matt reevesΠριν μήνα

    This is why I always crash my queen in to the kings defense. Sure I could calculate stuff but I feel it is more sporting just to charge

  62. dj1rst

    dj1rstΠριν μήνα

    There are two Cities named Oranienbaum, one is located in Sachsen-Anhalt in Germany and the other is near St. Petersburg in Russia. It´s name by today is Lomonossow and is probably the birth town of Sergey Ivanovich Polner.

  63. Dhneshd Dhingra

    Dhneshd DhingraΠριν μήνα

    Help your pieces so they can help you -- Paul Morphy

  64. Laszlo Lovass

    Laszlo LovassΠριν μήνα

    Lasker played like a patzer :)

  65. Dharma

    DharmaΠριν μήνα

    There's a big lesson to be learned from this game. Never play against the guy/girl on the other side of the board. Play against his/her pieces. Then you'll never underestimate your opponent. And you'll never be scared no matter who's your opponent.

  66. Dustin Clark

    Dustin ClarkΠριν μήνα

    This game is lost for lasker but then we pause the video and win the game for lasker 🤔

  67. Arne Joppien

    Arne JoppienΠριν μήνα

    In this game Lasker played like a beginner whereas Polner played like the simultaneous playing master. In this early period of his career, Lasker didn't yet play as professionally as later in his career, when he became World champion in his 1894 match against Steinitz.

  68. Michael Gray

    Michael GrayΠριν μήνα


  69. Thomas Hunt

    Thomas HuntΠριν μήνα

    Ever do a video on Khan? Was some Englishman's servant who had a prodigious talent for chess

  70. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 20 ημέρες

  71. Victor C

    Victor CΠριν μήνα

    Beautiful game. Thanks for sharing.

  72. Mike S

    Mike SΠριν μήνα

    Great game, thank you.

  73. Clint

    ClintΠριν μήνα

    Polner looks like a man that plays Chess to the death :/

  74. Alex P

    Alex PΠριν μήνα

    Fun fact: Bitcoin is $24k usd now, not $9500, as shown in the video

  75. Harris Bobroff

    Harris BobroffΠριν μήνα

    I kind of stopped commenting, but I keep watching. Even after watching some 2 times I still need more.. but thanks for posting these..

  76. Yuan Saionji

    Yuan SaionjiΠριν μήνα

    You’re definitely my favorite youtuber now. Thank you agad!

  77. Tamil Chess GrandMaster

    Tamil Chess GrandMasterΠριν μήνα

    Check is Awesome Philidor defense

  78. Ivan Petrov

    Ivan PetrovΠριν μήνα

    Im geting so addicted to your videos,man

  79. cmfox3

    cmfox3Πριν μήνα

    Wow. Thank you, sir for analyzing this game. I do not think I have ever before seen a game where there were three, "mate in three" possibilities. I was patting myself on the back for having found the first one, but with the second one a variation of the first, I thought the third smothered mate was the most elegant. Thanks again!

  80. Shiloh Sanders

    Shiloh SandersΠριν μήνα

    I did 1.Qxh3+ 2. Kg1 Nh1+ 3. Rf2. Bxf2+ 4. Kf1 Nxg3# Mate in 4, but I think it’s a beauty.

  81. Ich bin mit Euch

    Ich bin mit EuchΠριν μήνα

    Maybe his Name was truly PolGar .

  82. Bogey

    BogeyΠριν μήνα

    Only an idiot would do QXb7.

  83. Paul Mulders

    Paul MuldersΠριν μήνα

    Lasker wasn't FIDE world chess champion, that official title didn't exist until after his death. FIDE organized the first world championship in 1948

  84. Jay D

    Jay DΠριν μήνα

    Beautiful game and study. Thanks!

  85. Rajsekhar Chetty

    Rajsekhar ChettyΠριν μήνα

    "When you see a good chess player,look for a better one."

  86. Sif K

    Sif KΠριν μήνα

    Agad, you don't know it, but you're my favorite person.

  87. Tsalala21

    Tsalala21Πριν μήνα

    I thought I was watching a Larry wheels video reading that title lol

  88. Chinmoy Ranjan Khadgaray

    Chinmoy Ranjan KhadgarayΠριν μήνα

    one of the worst games of Lasker

  89. Dave MacKay

    Dave MacKayΠριν μήνα

    Thank you for the information on this wonderful man, Sergey Polner. It brings a brilliant light to this match

  90. Arcade Player

    Arcade PlayerΠριν μήνα

    Lasker playing like only see 2 moves ahead while sergey see like 4 to 5 moves

  91. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 20 ημέρες

    Lasker was young, and it was a simul. Have you seen Lasker-Alekhine (1914 & 1924), or maybe Lasker-Marshall (1907, 1914, 1925....)? Lasker played some great chess in his life. A blunder or two against a strong player in a simul doesn’t mean he only saw 2 moves ahead.

  92. YellowBastard

    YellowBastardΠριν μήνα

    I never heard of Lasker.

  93. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 20 ημέρες

    He was a really great player, the longest reigning World Chess Champion, and an all around great player. He’s probably the first chess player that could play well all in all, as opposed to being just s great positional player or just a great attacker, etc. You’ll definitely have fun watching his games. Chess School has a good number of games by him that you may like, as well as Kingscrusher. :) Take care.

  94. ytube777

    ytube777Πριν μήνα

    Hello Blue Alpaca.

  95. Coloris

    ColorisΠριν μήνα

    Lasker played like a 1600 rated.

  96. Oissev Onos

    Oissev OnosΠριν 20 ημέρες

    It was a simul. It happens. Kasparov got mad when he gave a simul and no one told him his opponent was like 2250. It isn’t a fair criticism of someone with perhaps a few seconds (and Lasker was also young at this point in his life, too) plays a strong opponent who might have around a minute to think. Lasker only needed to make one or two bad moves, and even if he defeated everyone else and had time to sit down and play Polner with even time, Polner could convert his win regardless.

  97. Björn Hauksson

    Björn HaukssonΠριν μήνα

    Lasker was the second World Champion but not second FIDE World Champion - FIDE was not established! Great game and great channel!

  98. Jim Parsons

    Jim ParsonsΠριν μήνα

    my русский is a little rusty to read Polner article

  99. shockedface

    shockedfaceΠριν μήνα

    Agadamator: please don't use this 'such and such you've never heard of' thing. you're better than that

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    Konstantin MeyerΠριν μήνα

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  101. Peter Gregory

    Peter GregoryΠριν μήνα

    I had an excellent rest of my day because I just watched this.

  102. Steven Xu

    Steven XuΠριν μήνα

    @Agadmator You neglected to mention that Lasker himself was world-renowned mathematician (he worked in abstract algebra). So this was a chess game between two mathematicians!!

  103. Daniel Hall

    Daniel HallΠριν μήνα

    Cr1tikal traveled back in time to face Lasker.

  104. cygnustsp

    cygnustspΠριν μήνα

    "Position never reached again" is almost as enticing as "brand new position",,, chess is awesome

  105. cygnustsp

    cygnustspΠριν μήνα

    You are the man

  106. T Dogg

    T DoggΠριν μήνα

    #suggestion Najdorf v Taimanov, Zurich 53

  107. Mario Pinot

    Mario PinotΠριν μήνα


  108. Julian Bennett

    Julian BennettΠριν μήνα

    however this game is now completely lost for lasker, so feel free to find the winning move for lasker

  109. Jolene Waffles

    Jolene WafflesΠριν μήνα

    Wooow! 😈😹

  110. kev4241

    kev4241Πριν μήνα

    don't even need a queen sac

  111. Alexander Koroluk

    Alexander KorolukΠριν μήνα

    Man you are doing an amazing job, and as your ,,hello everyone,, is your signature that ,,sorry for that,, is the same :)) love it

  112. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν μήνα

    Never underestimate your opponent. You never know!