Immortal Zugzwang That Wasn't Meant to Be || Firouzja vs Vitiugov || Prague Chess Festival (2020)

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    Alireza Firouzja vs Nikita Vitiugov
    Prague Chess Festival - Masters, rd 4
    Ruy Lopez, closed defence (C84)
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 h6 10. a4 Bb7 11. Re1 Re8 12. Nbd2 Bf8 13. Nf1 Na5 14. Bc2 c5 15. Ne3 Qd7 16. Nh2 d5 17. axb5 axb5 18. Qf3 c4 19. Nhg4 Nxg4 20. Nxg4 dxe4 21. dxe4 Qe6 22. Qg3 Kh8 23. f4 exf4 24. Bxf4 Nb3 25. Rad1 Rad8 26. e5 Nc5 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Nf6 gxf6 29. Qh4 Rd3 30. Bxh6 Bxh6 31. exf6 Qxe1+ 32. Qxe1 Ne4 33. Qh4 Kh7 34. Qh5 Nd6 35. g4 Bf3 36. Qe5 Bf8 37. Kf2 Ne4+ 38. Kf1 Kg8 39. Qxb5 Rd5 40. Qb8 Rd2 41. Bxe4 Bxe4 42. h4 Bd3+ 43. Kg1 Be4 44. Kf1 Bd3+ 45. Kg1
    The Masters is a 10-player round-robin tournament organized by Nový Bor Chess Club, taking place from 12-21 February 2020 in the Hotel Don Giovanni in Prague, Czech Republic.
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    1. Tommy 2 Shoes

      “Knight to F6. And this is the STAR move of the game!...Although not really.” 😂 What a passive-aggressive analysis!

    2. Hossein Afshari

      what,s your engine which you play and record your video?

    3. thorn35

      For those of you who heard it, congratulations, you are an excellent drinker of water.

    4. JousLoLMale

      Do you drink your water very hot - or you just imagine it is and inhale the imaginary vapor? ;)

    5. Shadi Gif

      smyslov variation

    6. Dejan Krecov

      Pesak h4 je isto dobijao partiju!

    7. Dejan Krecov

      Pesak h4 je isto dobijao partiju! Na to ide Ld1 i Lb1 posle cega sledi Kf1 i g5.

    8. Srigin Sivan

      Sorry about that! :-p

    9. Rodrigo Costa

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="851">14:11</a> why can't the queen capture the rook on d5? It is unguarded, isn't it? I can't see what is stopping white from capturing it

      1. Lightning Prowess

        Hidden trap Ng3+ White lose the queen

    10. pakchu2

      Is anyone else confused at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="427">7:07</a>? Vitiugov chooses not to go for the Qb6 line, which would yield black a small advantage, instead "calculates properly" and plays gxf6, which gives white a winning position. Also, the <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="41">0:41</a> "sorry about that" seems to add the sound of the pieces moving on the board.

    11. OfficialFOY

      Vitiugov in the thumbnail looks like he thinks Alireza has failed this city.

    12. Yeşil Rüzgar

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="641">10:41</a> Here; Its a relly complex end game of pro chess players and i want you to fina a magical, amazingly good, super attacking move. I will give you couple of seconds... Me: Okey, there is no way for me to find this level of move but i am pretty sure its like Bb1 or Qd5 or something stuped(for me) like that but i dont know "the right move" soo, yeah i will not even pause the video. -And the right move is Bb1. Yeah, not even close baby ^^.

    13. Moayaed Aessa Alkfaje

      Gooooood iran

    14. Will Ahlemeier

      At <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="750">12:30</a>, I don’t believe the king could move to D1 to capture the bishop, as the rook would check the king despite the pin. From FIDE chess rules: 3.9 The king is said to be 'in check' if it is attacked by one or more of the opponent's pieces, even if such pieces are constrained from moving to that square because they would then leave or place their own king in check. No piece can be moved that will either expose the king of the same colour to check or leave that king in check.

      1. Pk Oli . 40 years ago .

        Yes agree. Then white should keep the bishop on c2 and then use the king for zugzwang

    15. Sahil Baori

      Nikita sounds like a female protagonist in a video game

    16. Oke Vese

      I was so impressed when Nikita played QxR. What fighting spirit!

    17. PhatBottiTuning

      I don't know anything about chess theory so this may be a dumb question. At <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="48">0:48</a> bishop to b5, what is the point of moves like this when they will just have to retreat on the next move? Isn't that considered a wasted move? Or is it meant to force blacks pawn to a6?

    18. Gihantha Ratnayake

      Can you review the Coldest Game movie?

    19. Andrew Schultz

      Firouzja is certainly never boring. While the title tipped off the puzzle, I can't imagine many people would've seen Kf1/Bb1 especially not in time pressure.

    20. Sola Scriptura

      And here we have the star-move of the game, but not really..

    21. cygnustsp

      Your videos are the highlight of my day, thanks so much

    22. William Sciambra

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="750">12:30</a> you can't king capture d1 despite the pin if I'm not mistaken.

    23. YoYo Yosef

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="756">12:36</a> knight to f5 prevents mate

    24. Ethan Wilton

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="172">2:52</a> agadmator: And it was in this position that Alireza Firouzja resigned the game. Why did he? Well as you can see there were four consecutive pawns for Nikita making connect 4, which is just..uh.. just absolutely poisonous.

    25. Yevhen Kushnir

      Firouzja play reminds me Capablanca and Fischer - every move is part of clear and simple, but powerful plan

    26. Mahdi Aa

      Wow, Alireza is wonderful

    27. Happy hours Together

      The fighting sprit of nikita is just amazing🥳🥳

    28. SetoKaiba Vd

      I never notice the change in volume after he says "sorry about that" and fixes it

    29. addvcsav dvdsvdsvs

      What if at 537 you push h7 to won the dark squared bishop?

    30. Sujith P Karanth

      Pope to child: You can play with my bishop.... giggidy

    31. Sultan Khaled

      What is that you are always sorry about it ?

    32. Danell Baptiste

      Wanted to see some one win!!! 😡

    33. Shehryar Abbas

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="853">14:13</a> why can't the queen take the rook on d5?!

      1. Shehryar Abbas

        @Felipe Coelho got it. Thanks.

      2. Felipe Coelho

        @Shehryar Abbas you are right, the person above got the tactic right but the wrong move. Knight to g3 gives the discovery attack leaving white's queen hopeless

      3. Shehryar Abbas

        It saves itself and removes the check.

      4. Shehryar Abbas

        Michele Valenti then the queen can just capture knight on d2?

      5. Michele Valenti

        Because than knight to D2 opens up a discover attack on the queen

    34. Brandon Barts

      It's a shame you allow those corrupt political ads on your channel.

    35. ForYoutube JustForGags

      I think "stalling" would be a better term rather than "wasting".

    36. ribhav soni

      After a long time ive watched such a crazy knight sacrifice after game 6 storm of the century Really admire firouzja hes growing everyday might even become world champion one day

    37. Alex S

      #suggestion Im not great at chess but white gives up some material in a kinda cool way idk might be worth it to just look

    38. Rick rick

      Each player should wear a camera (cam) on their head so we can see more angles

    39. the pianist

      thank god you're back I was getting crazy re- watching alpha zeros games over and over again :D

    40. Kian M.Tamar

      I was so disappointed when the +8 advantage went away under time presure.

    41. Austin Berndlmaier

      I know I’m late and this probably sounds dumb, but would you consider ever doing a video backwards, where you start at the end position and move backwards analyzing move by move. Just for kicks I think it would be fun. And when you get to the first move played you could say, “And it was in this position that so-and-so played d4.” Could be fun.

    42. David B Jacobs

      This was infuriating!!

    43. Larry Arrington

      At <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="823">13:43</a>, rather than Kf2 why not go Qe3? The rook is pinned, and it seems that you could win the rook and the knight. Please keep in mind, I’m maybe a 1450 rated player...what am I missing?

      1. Larry Arrington

        Yes, looks that would do the trick...thanks!

      2. Rodion Raskolnikov

        Well he will play Bishop e4 then I guess

    44. liu yuhan alamar

      @ <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="627">10:27</a> can't the bishop go to c1? the king can't capture because it is protected by the rook even if pinned.

      1. Tsukuyo Shiroyaskha

        Bishop takes rook if you recapture you lose bishop if you dont its free rook

    45. Walal Zeyach

      Hh i cant believe i found queen to h4

    46. Yousuf

      This video is the best video of my life as a chess.

    47. David Christian Khouri Cullen

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="765">12:45</a> black bishop G6 is the move

      1. Rodion Raskolnikov

        Wow! He missed that.

    48. GP

      I'd say Black played exceptionally well and managed to draw from jaws of defeat. Queen trade is the turning point. Accepted the reality and traded the queen and managed to draw.

    49. Zachary Brown

      hi Agadmator! Thanks for a wonderful video. #suggestion -- I know that you draw attention to two key moments in the openings: if a move has never again been played, or if a move has never been seen before. I think it would also be useful if you would draw attention to the last "pre-engine" move, i.e. the last move in the opening that was played before commonly available engines were stronger than grandmasters in the opening. I'm not sure exactly what year that was, but it seems like a useful moment to draw attention to in a chess game. For example: "And now Carlsen plays pawn to h3. It's not a new move in the position, but it appeared for the first time after engines became available, so we can assume we are now entering an engine line. And Caruana responds with bishop to h5..."

    50. Jairo Fonseca

      Alireza is a genius and most creative player of this generation.

    51. Gordon Xu

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="749">12:29</a> he can go Bd1 right???

      1. Gordon Xu

        I am noob so correct me if me wrong.

    52. Yousef Sobhani

      I feel like an idiot but at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="852">14:12</a> why doesn't Qxd5 work? You gain material and there's no forks that I can see

      1. Yousef Sobhani

        @QRL Storm Ahhh I see. I thought I was missing something, thanks for the insight!

    53. Jim Lang

      #suggestion cairns cup yip vs ju wenjun

    54. Jack D

      HELLO everyone...

    55. Kaustubh Nagwekar

      Amazing game

    56. Otaku Dibyan


    57. Aaron Simmons

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="749">12:29</a> - "the king will just gobble it up" .. if black's bishop goes to d1, the white king can't take it--the rook is protecting it. No?

      1. Patryk Machoń

        but you can capture rook with pawn on c3 and then capture bishop with the king

    58. Bhavya Srivastava

      One of the most brilliant zugzwangs I have ever seen 🤯

    59. Keelan M

      Helloooo friends... and welcome to my Alireza Firouzja chess channel, where we cover all things Alireza and Firouzja...

    60. Dibby

      Sorry bout that. Tradition

    61. Supernova

      That was one sick zugzwang position. Firouzja continues to impress and play real chess. I hope he continues to improve and we see him as a challenger for the world title soon.

    62. Cheng Zhou

      I’m now officially a fan of Firouzja

      1. kev4241

        he does deliver the good stuff


      Firouxja looks like the male version of MIA KHALIFA 🤣🤣


      Hello everyone! Sorry about that

    65. y1521t21b5

      Cheers! The wonders of time pressure, even for 2700+ players...

    66. Simon Timothy

      These types of games are where the hypnotist dictates the tone of the battle

    67. srinivasarao pagoti

      #suggestion cairns cup yip vs gunina

    68. Joshua Bardeleben

      You are an excellent commentor of chess @agadmator. All of your videos are good videos...keep up the great work.

    69. Joshua Bardeleben

      You are an excellent commentor of chess @agadmator. All of your videos are good videos...keep up the great work.

    70. Amber Crombie

      This game is very helpful..

    71. Mati1111

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="650">10:50</a> What i see here is Kf1 Bd1 Bxd1 Rxd1+ Ke2. Black moves the rook and g5 wins. I am not a GM and he is, so he should have seen this, no?

    72. Mati1111

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="746">12:26</a> There actually is a move Rd1 here. White has to go Kf2 and Rd3 back with repetition

      1. Mati1111

        And of course if Bxh7 then Rxe1 is a draw

    73. ali_p_q games

      Without Agadmator there's waaay fewer interesting videos to watch on NOsel... I just realised that after the recent unfortunate events that affected our favourite chess commentator.

    74. Enis Hrustić

      First move "and we already have totally new game" 🤣

    75. mayority

      I miss chucky

    76. Zé Vinícius

      Vitiga Nitiugov

    77. Sagar Mane

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="629">10:29</a> There is possible move for white is Qh4

      1. Sagar Mane

        @nicosmyling thank you.

      2. nicosmyling

        That would be met by knight f5 and then you have to move the queen back to h5 or else you unpin the bishop and you start losing

    78. James Pimentel

      Wasn't queen h4 the 3rd option that would lead to a zugzwang

      1. James Pimentel

        I mean f3

      2. James Pimentel

        On f4 my bad

      3. James Pimentel

        I'm wrong because knight could fork king and queen

      4. James Pimentel

        That sequence comes after queen h4 of course

      5. James Pimentel

        After ne4 captures pawn g5 queen could swing over to d4 with castle stuck blocking check black bishop comes to defend then white pawn attacks knight and white queen picks up bishop

    79. Bill Brandon

      Could you do a video in cr oatian?

    80. ZacharyLoL

      I've watched so many of your videos that when I hear my mum talk I wonder where she got her accent from