This Is Why Magnus Hates Classical!

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Firouzja, Alireza (2777) – Carlsen, Magnus (2835)
Julius Baer Generation Cup Div 1 Winners ( [12] 2023.09.01
B48 Sicilian, Taimanov variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3 Nf6 8.O-O-O Ne5 9.Qg3 h5 10.Ndb5 axb5 11.Nxb5 Qb8 12.Bb6 Nxe4 13.Qe3 Rxa2 14.Kb1 Ra4 15.Nc7+ Ke7 16.Rd4 Rxd4 17.Qxd4 f6 18.Qxe4 d5 19.Qe1 Kf7 20.f4 Bd6 21.Nb5 Nc6 22.g3 Bd7 23.Qd2 h4 24.Bg2 hxg3 25.hxg3 Rxh1+ 26.Bxh1 Bb4 27.Qh2 Ne7 28.Nd4 Qd6 29.Qh5+ Kf8 30.Bd8 Bc5 31.Qh8+ Ng8 32.Nb3 Bb6 33.Bxb6 Qxb6 34.f5 Qg1+ 35.Ka2 Qxg3 36.Nc5 Qd6 37.fxe6 Bxe6 38.Nd3 Bf5 39.Qh5 Ne7 40.Qh8+ Kf7 41.Qh5+ Bg6 42.Qe2 Qa6+ 43.Kb1 Bxd3 44.cxd3 Qe6 45.Qh5+ g6 46.Qh7+ Ke8 47.Bf3 Kd7 48.Bd1 Qe1 49.Kc1 Qe3+ 50.Kc2 g5 51.Qh8 f5 52.Qb8 b6 53.Kc3 Qc5+ 54.Kd2 Qb4+ 55.Kc2 g4 56.Kb1 Qd4 57.Ka2 Nc6 58.Qb7+ Kd6 59.Qh7 Nb4+ 60.Ka3 Nxd3 61.Qh6+ Ke5 62.Qh2+ Ke4 63.Qg2+ Kf4 64.Qd2+ Qe3 65.Qh2+

00:00 Hello Everyone!

The Julius Baer Generation Cup, the 5th event on the $2 million 2023 Champions Chess Tour, features three Divisions of 8, 16 and 32 players. Each division is a double-elimination knockout where if you lose one match you drop down to a Losers bracket and can still win the tournament. In the Grand Final if the player from the Winners bracket loses, there’s a rematch. The total prize fund is $235,000, with a top prize of $30,000 (150 Tour points) in Division I, $10,000 in Division II (50 points) and $5,000 (20 points) in Division III. The top 3 in Division I and the winner of Division II qualify straight to Division I of the next event on the Tour.

The time control for normal games is 15 minutes per player for all moves, with a 3-second increment each move. In Division I and II the Winners bracket matches are played over four games, while in the Losers bracket there are two games. In Division III all matches are over two games except the 4-game Grand Final. A tie in a match is decided by an Armageddon game with no increment, where the players bid for time they are willing to play with. The lowest bidder gets that time and can pick colour, while the opponent gets 15 minutes. Black only needs a draw to win the match. Official website:

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  1. Grand Finals are SO much more exciting than Finals! We need to push this line hard. Beyond Grand Final you could have Ultimate Grand Final. And beyond Ultimate Grand Final you could have Super Ultimate Grand Final! And then Mega Super Ultimate Grand Finals! That would put "Finals" in their place!

  2. Firouzja, 20 years from now: I coulda had class… I coulda been a contender! I coulda been somebody… instead of a bum.

  3. From winning to losing, Alireza kind of played like us.

  4. Please what variation of the Taimanov Sicilian defense is it, can anyone spell it out. I have always been confused

  5. Suggestion # Mamedyarov Shakhriyar vs Samuel Sevian or any of the Nordibek Lazavik Wins from their Matches vs Wesley and Fabiano

  6. They are in winners finals. Alireza will go down to losers finals and the winner of losers finals will play Magnus in grand finals. Magnus only has to win one set in grand finals whereas whoever wins losers finals would have to beat Magnus twice. It’s a common system in competitive video games.

  7. Nic (J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan) says:

    1st – World Cup Round 2 – Wesley So's girlfriend Carissa Yip as black beats chinese grandmaster xue zhao.

    (3 Chinese descent in 1 sentence. Lol.)


    2nd – World Cup Round 1 – Argentina gets zugzwang by Wesley So…

    …'s girlfriend Carissa Yip

    Campos, Maria Jose (2212)

    Wesley So's girlfriend Yip, Carissa (2369)


    3rd – Alice Lee beat Wesley So…

    …'s girlfriend Carissa Yip in 2023 USCC girls juniors.

    (3 Chinese descent in 1 sentence.)


    Carissa is underperforming and even lost to a WGM because Carissa is distracted by a secret relationship with Wesley So that started in the 2022 Olympiad. Look at Carissa's X header.

    Notice both of them are defending champions but then underperform in their 1st tournaments after the Olympiad.

    Carissa Yip

    2021 USCC women's – winner

    2022 USCC girls juniors – didn't play but would've easily won if not for playing in 2022 USCC juniors instead

    2023 USCC girls juniors – only 3rd place (should be 2nd minimum)

    Wesley So

    2019 classical WFRCC – winner

    2021 9LX – 2nd place

    2021 USCC – winner

    2022 9LX – only 5th place

    2022 USCC – only 5th-6th place

    2022 rapid WFRCC – only 6th place (should be 4th minimum; also for other 2)

    4th – Timestamps

    Why not let viewers make timestamps in comments then you can pin the best timestamp comment and copy the timestamps to the video description?


    5th – Magnus cheats Anish

    in 2023 superbet blitz round 7 –> 3:22:36 in 8gw7XDq87C4


    6th – Philippine women's chess 2022 WFRCC


    WGM Janelle Frayna, the 1st and only Philippine WGM, upset Georgian GM (really GM not just WGM) Bela Khotenashvili at the 2022 world blitz.

    There's a 13-move UNDERPROMOTION puzzle here.

    [Variant "From Position"]

    [FEN "6k1/6b1/1p1P3p/6pP/3pPpP1/p2NqP2/6K1/5Q2"]

    1. Qd1 a2 2. Qb3+ Kf8 3. d7 Qe2+ 4. Nf2 Ke7 5. Qd5 Kd8 6. Qe6 Bf6 7. Qe8+ Kc7 8. Qc8+ Kd6 9. e5+ Qxe5 10. d8=R+ Bxd8 11. Qxd8+ Kc6 12. Qa8+ Kb5 13. Qxa2

    For some reason none of the Philippine channels except Kelvinllovejr even cover this game. LOL. But Janelle did cover the game where e drew against Nemo, so maybe Janelle will cover this game later on.

    P.S. Please help get Wesley So on Lex Fridman's podcast. See





  8. Watching this live was so crazy, all hope for Magnus was lost when the bar evaluation show almost full white, but just one inaccuracies, not even a blunder, could made the game turn around and bit by bit Magnus bar was raising and finally won the game. Just another crazy stuff by Magnus.

    It must be really scary to play against him, just one slight inaccuracy after 99 percent perfect moves could rob you from the victory you deserved. And it’s not even a draw but a loss. So devastating.

  9. magnus hates classics, because sometimes we have 7 hours in a game and the result is still a draw..

  10. I still imagine Magzy would be almost unbeatable in classical…but it clearly bores him. I must admit the decline in quality in rapid/blitz from how these guys play in classical time control is a bit annoying now and then.

  11. Pretty disgusting game. Somehow Magnus makes it look almost rigged just by being himself, the Magnus effect is so strong.

  12. This game was too hype to not have a slow motion replay in it. Magnus is just on another level lately.

  13. Magnus's real name is… Well, he doesn't have a real name. His series' name is T-1000.

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