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Chess Master gets checkmated in 4 moves and can't stop laughing
March 08, 2014 02:08 AM PST

This video's title pretty much says it all. I got checkmated by an opponent who used the Scholar's mate and I burst out laughing during a chess tournament livestreamed at http://twitch.tv/ChessNetwork. So much for trying to crack a poor math joke at the start of a chessgame and sort of being in premove mode. Math-minded chess master's beware! smiley Surprisingly enough, the second game ended with me checkmating my opponent on the exact square and with the same piece as I got checkmated in the first game. For whatever the reason, that really pushed me over the edge with laughter. This is the most candid video that'll likely ever be uploaded to this channel. Replicating such is hard to do. Hopefully it's good for a laugh or two.

Petrosian vs Fischer - 1971 Candidates Chess Match - Game 2
January 20, 2014 01:40 AM PST

This is game 2 from the 1971 candidates chess match final between Tigran Petrosian and Bobby Fischer. Fischer elects the Grunfeld Defense which leads to an opposite colored bishop position. The activation of the bishop in such a position is a top priority.

Albert Einstein vs J. Robert Oppenheimer - Chess game
September 03, 2013 09:50 PM PDT

This chess game is likely of interest to students of physics. Yes, Albert Einstein played chess, and it was in 1933, Princeton USA, where he played against Julius Robert Oppenheimer. Curiously enough, Einstein chose the Ruy Lopez or Spanish Game, the most theoretical opening, in this 24-move encounter against Oppenheimer.

Chess Traps #7: Queen Trap - French Defense: Fort Knox
July 21, 2013 04:00 PM PDT

The queen trap out of the Fort Knox variation of the French Defense can catch even a Grandmaster opponent. It's a very instructive trap since from the variation itself, one learns about a strategical concept. Moreover, the trap highlights many important ideas in chess. Namely, the importance of move order, why it's not a good idea to bring the queen out early, and accurate calculation. Lastly, do not underestimate the power of in-between moves (zwischenzug), and discovered attacks.

Bobby Fischer vs Mikhail Tal - 1961 Bled Supertournament
April 25, 2013 09:36 PM PDT

Robert James Fischer plays against Mikhail "Misha" Tal in the 1961 Supertournament held in Bled, Slovenia. This game features the Sicilian Taimanov variation of the Sicilian Defense opening, and a middlegame queen sacrifice which leads to an unbalanced and simplified endgame.

Mikhail Botvinnik vs Jose Raul Capablanca - 1938
March 17, 2013 05:13 PM PDT

Two strategic masterminds, Mikhail Botvinnik and Jose Raul Capablanca, create a legendary masterpiece out of the Nimzo-Indian Defense. This brilliant and famous game was played in the AVRO tournament in 1938.

One of the Most Famous Chess Endgame Puzzles Ever
January 01, 2013 04:14 PM PST

This is one of the most famous chess endgame puzzles (studies) ever. This video demonstrates the solution to this highly aesthetic puzzle.

Kasparov's Immortal - 1999 Garry Kasparov vs. Veselin Topalov
September 14, 2012 11:12 PM PDT

This is a game from 1999 between Garry Kimovich Kasparov and Veselin Topalov from the 61st Hoogovens Chess Festival Tournament held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. This attacking masterpiece is filled with one brilliant move right after the other by Kasparov, moves that would soon have several defining it as the best chess game ever played, and the world recognizing it as "Kasparov's Immortal". Kasparov was rewarded with the brilliancy prize for what is arguably the finest attacking game of his career.

Magnus Carlsen vs. Garry Kasparov - Reykjavik Rapid 2004
March 17, 2012 07:53 PM PDT

This is a game between Magnus Carlsen (W) and Garry Kasparov (B) from the 2004 Reykjavik Rapid. It was their first of two encounters. Carlsen was a 13-year-old International Master at the time. Opening: Cambridge Springs Defense

1963 US Chess Championship: Bobby Fischer vs Pal Benko
November 12, 2011 04:22 PM PST

This is a wonderfully simple and beautiful game by Bobby Fischer from round 10 of the 1963 United States Chess Championship, which was held in New York. Stunning moves in a chess game can present themselves when one has a positionally superior position; this game is no exception. Fischer won the tournament 11-0.

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