Position is Equal but Your Opponent Is Magnus

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Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi (2691) – Carlsen, Magnus (2818)
FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship 2023 (Chess.com) [06] 2023.12.27
E00 Catalan opening

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 O-O 6.Bg2 d5 7.Nf3 c6 8.b3 b6 9.O-O Bb7 10.Nc3 Nbd7 11.Rfd1 Qe7 12.Rac1 Rfd8 13.Qf4 Ba6 14.cxd5 cxd5 15.g4 Rac8 16.g5 Nh5 17.Qd2 g6 18.h4 Qb4 19.e3 Ng7 20.Bh3 Rc7 21.Qb2 Rdc8 22.Nb1 Ne8 23.Rxc7 Rxc7 24.Rc1 Qd6 25.Rxc7 Qxc7 26.Qa3 Be2 27.Nbd2 Nd6 28.Bf1 Bxf1 29.Kxf1 Nf5 30.Ke2 h5 31.gxh6 e.p. Nf6 32.Qa4 Nxh6 33.Ne5 Nf5 34.Qc6 Qxc6 35.Nxc6 a5 36.Nf3 Ne4 37.a4 Kf8 38.Nce5 Ke7 39.Ke1 Nf6 40.Ng5 Nd6 41.Ke2 Nd7 42.Nc6+ Ke8 43.Kd3 Nf5 44.Nf3 Nf6 45.Ke2 Ng8 46.b4 axb4 47.Nxb4 Nge7 48.Nd3 Nc8 49.Nde5 Ncd6 50.Nc6 f6 51.Nb4 Ne4 52.Na2 Kd7 53.Nd2 Nxd2 54.Kxd2 Nxh4 55.Nb4 Nf5 56.Nd3 g5 57.Kc3 Kc6 58.Kd2 Nd6 59.f3 Kb7 60.Nf2 Ka6 61.e4 dxe4 62.fxe4 Ka5 63.Kd3 Kxa4 64.e5 fxe5 65.dxe5 Nf7 66.Kd4 Nd8 67.Ne4 g4 68.Ke3 b5 69.Kf4 b4 70.Kxg4 b3 71.Kg5 Nc6 72.Nc5+ Kb4

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The FIDE World Rapid Championship is a 13-round Swiss tournament taking place from 26–28 December 2022 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The prize fund is $350,000, with a $60,000 top prize.

Players receive 15 minutes for the entire game, plus a 10-second increment starting from move one. A tie for 1st is decided by two 3+2 blitz games. If still tied, more 3+2 games are played until a player wins. Official website: worldrapidandblitz2022.fide.com

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  1. Love your vids agad, hope you had a lovely Christmas

  2. Magnus continuing to watch Agad in the lounge to prepare the endgames, just too strong

  3. Magnoose doesn't need a big mistake. He just needs several tiny tiny small inaccuracies to win and you would suddenly wonder “How and when did this happen?"

  4. Me: Why did the queen cross the road?
    You: Why? To congratulate Magnus.

  5. Really great games coming out of FIDE World Rapid Championship 2023

  6. Why would you ever ever offer Magnus a queen trade? He is the best end game player of all time. The only way to beat him is to keep your queen on the board.

  7. This was super crazy!! Another 4 knights game where it seems like it’s unpredictable who will win, however, with Magnus you know he will win every time!

  8. hi Agadmator, is there, by any chance, a way to find a game with the same position (not only opening) ? it could be nice to see that the specific endgame appeared in the past, even though the game is different

  9. Playing Carlsen in an endgame must feel like being slowly strangled.

  10. Position is equal, but your opponent is Magnus😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  11. All positions are equal, but some are more equal than others.

  12. All four tricky bastards on the board at the end game 😮

  13. 2nd: Hans Niemann = next Bobby Fischer

    – Wesley So = current Bobby Fischer

    – Bobby Fischer's ghost = old Bobby Fischer

    – Beth Harmon = Bobby Fischer in another universe

    Each of these 4 'is a prodigy, had a rather dark childhood and is American'.

    Speaking of Wesley So

    Hikaru's (the rapid WFRCC) wife almost beat Wesley So's (the classical WFRCC) girlfriend!

    2023 USCC – Indeed Carissa Yip won and thanked Wesley So as her secret second in the 2023 USCC closing ceremony speech.

    But in Carissa vs Atousa, Carissa was losing most of the game. Atousa just blundered in the end.

    move 54 for black is an 8-move equality puzzle

    it's so sharp

    [Variant "From Position"]

    [FEN "1Q5k/3r1rn1/p3N3/Pp1p2P1/1q2p3/1B2R2P/5P2/6K1 b"]

    1… Kh7 2. g6+ Kxg6 3. Rg3+ Kf6 4. Nxg7 Rxg7 5. Qf4+ Ke6 6. Qh6+ Kf5 7. Rxg7 Rxg7+ 8. Qxg7 Qxb3









  14. 1 – imagine WESLEY SO, THE NEPHEW OF BOBBY FISCHER, wins the candidates and then beats liren and then becomes the 1st ever player to become both classical WFRCC & classical WCC

    unlikely unless the candidates suddenly becomes

    – classical 9LX

    – classical armageddon w/ auction

    – both of the above

    – knockout (either single or double i guess) w/tiebreaker not rapid but classical armageddon w/ auction

    it's still unlikely even if liren drops out and there's a 2nd place thing again. but still a fun thought lol.

    Actually another fun thought is Liren drops out and then Wesley So Vs Ian Nepomniachtchi in both 2024 WFRCC finals if it's classical and 2024 classical wcc. Then people will start to see this is a better rivalry than Hikaru Vs Magnus in rapid chess or rapid 9LX. (I don't necessarily agree with them but Hikaru Vs Magnus has a Wikipedia page. So please don't comment anything like 'Magnus owns Hikaru' or whatever. The point isn't to compare Magnus w/ Hikaru or Nepo w/ Wesley. The point is that Magnus & Hikaru are on the same side 'allies of evil' just as Nepo & Wesley are on the same side 'axis of evil'.)


    besides as far h uncle bobby is concerned.

    2a – wesley has nothing to prove in regular chess anymore

    2b – wesley has nothing to prove in rapid 9LX

    2c – wesley has something to prove in classical 9LX if it's next gen. imagine hans vs wesley in 2024 classical WFRCC finals. it's like bobby fischer vs anatoly karpov (bobby fischer vs garry kasparov was the 2019 WFRCC finals, proving ultimately that bobby would've EASILY defeated garry in classical 9LX)


    ok i've been complaining for 2 years that wesley didn't get a wildcard in the candidates for 9LX reasons even though fabi & hikaru got wildcards in the 2019 WFRCC quarter-finals (equivalent of 9LX candidates) for chess reasons.

    (yes, hikaru too. 2018 unofficial is only 2 players & both were chess wildcards. but unfortunately no, magnus indeed deserved a wildcard into the 2019 WFRCC semi-finals)

    but i guess that's now moot.


    but still wesley should get a wildcard in the 2024 WFRCC if it's going to be classical (at least 60min) again like 2019 not rapid in 2022 (32.5min).

    Or whatever don't give Wesley as wildcard but let all tiebreakers be classical 9LX AW/A and then Wesley So will win the whole tournament EASILY.


    finally, magnus garry hikaru daniil, veselin, liren, piers morgan, george bush are bad guys (allies of evil). wesley, bobby, hans, sergey, vlad, nepo, andrew tate, donald trump are good guys (axis of evil).

    so they're both evil in different ways: allies of evil vs axis of evil as described in:


    like tax collector vs pharisee,

    like (iran iraq north korea) vs (US UK Japan Australia)


    wow i can't believe someone actually reached the end of this comment. well thanks for reading. merry christmas, happy new year, and happy holidays



    2023 USCC – Atousa almost beat Carissa Yip, the eventual winner!

    Carissa was losing most of the game. Atousa just blundered in the end.







  15. 3rd: Is Vidit the biggest reason India would want classical 9LX?


    2023Nov Update – Vidit won the 2023 Grand Swiss!


    Vidit beat Sergey Karjakin to get in the 2019 WFRCC quarter-finals. But then…

    Wesley So & Fabi expectedly do better in classical than in rapid for both 9LX & chess. Now, I'm not familiar with Vidit but

    – Wesley So does 30% better.
    – Fabi does 40% better.



    Vidit in 9LX
    – is the top Indian classical player
    – is the worst rapid player among the top 9 of the 2019 WFRCC.
    – in classical ties for 2nd place w/ Fabi & Nepo behind Wesley So.


    When is Tata Steel Classical Chess960 ? It should be a knockout where Vidit is seeded into the quarter-finals. It can be 60min, not 120min.


    In the 2019 WFRCC, wesley so beat magnus in 3x classical in a row!

    Question : When was the last time this happened in chess that someone lost 3x classical in a row in the finals of a FIDE or PCA WCC (or finals of knockouts candidates or semi-finals of a knockout WCC) ?

    Answer : Vishy Anand beat Alexei Shirov in 2000.

    2 whole decades Vishy's record stood – broken only in a variant!


    Wesley So on Lex Fridman

    Interview while imprisoned

    Pablo Mercado: So what is your advice to the Filipino chess players?

    Uncle Bobby Fischer: My advice is to give up chess and take up Fischer Random.

    – 2004Oct11, 15 years before nephew Wesley So became the inaugural WFRCC in CLASSICAL time controls.

  16. Vidit and Magnus are my fav players. Watching their game is absolute treat!

  17. There was a lot of horsing in that one!! 😂😂

  18. 11:18 you cannot take the Pawn because the king will march and your pawn, do Resign after one move 😂

  19. Magnus truly is the best endgame player to ever exist. I couldn't count the amount of times I've watched him squeeze water from stone

  20. Magnus blessed with memory, he is above human, humans cant compete with him, leave him aside..

  21. Trading down into an equal endgame against Magnus without a fight is about the worst strategy imaginable

  22. Vidit and anish both rarely participate in the tournament… They don't want to loose their elo

  23. This ending was worthy of the great Capablanca himself. In Chernev's book on Capa's endings, you find dozens of such games where Capa has 2 pawn islands to opponents 3, everything is dead drawn and then he just grinds the f out of the situation and wins.

  24. This was a really good game guys–very accurate. Magnus was very patient. 😮

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