No One Ever Defeated a Grandmaster Quite Like This

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Viktor Korchnoi vs Nicola Vozza
1998 Simultaneous exhibition, Torino, Italy
King's Gambit Declined, Nimzovich counter-gambit (C31)
1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 c6 4. Qe2 cxd5 5. Qxe5+ Be7 6. Qxg7 Bf6 7. Qg3 Bh4
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  1. Sam
    Muaj më parë

    I'm Italian: "He lost, I didn't win" He's smiling, tired and has a ragged look. The ragged look is natural. The tiredness is from staying up untill 6 am in the Caffè Blu where he works a couple of days a week. The smile is thin on his face: he still doesn't believe it. "It's tragicomic" he says. Nicola Vozza, 30 years old, degree in physics, chess player since '91, first place nationally, has just beaten in 20 minutes and 7 moves Viktor "the legend" Korchnol. He, who prefers playing at the bar [ or at the library ;) ], who loves the romantic side of chess and can take himself lightly, explains: "I read in an old article about a scuffed variation that I never really looked too much into. I play it often. This time I played like always. I left a pawn hanging but never would I have imagined that K. would take it... and yet. When I saw him taking it with the queen I almost bursted out laughing. I didn't win, he lost". A beginner wouldn't end like that. A champion that takes his opponent lightly might fall for it though. Not once, but twice. Massimo De Barberia, 43, teacher, too makes K. resign the match. He took 3h and 41 moves, a true match. He has a blessed expression painted on his face. He looks embarrassed when he says: "It was just a simultaneous" even tho K. Was playing with whites. He explains: "he lost too much confidence. He was in a better position and underestimated my counterattack. I prepared a tactical defense aiming for a draw, but he wasn't careful, so I managed to mate him with bishop and rook in the middle of the board". Although small, a place in the Italian chess hall of fame Volla and De Barberis have earned it. Envy them or praise them. The new David against Goliath.

    1. Michael Newman
      Michael Newman
      Muaj më parë

      @IZn0g0uDatAll lol nice good point

    2. Michael Newman
      Michael Newman
      Muaj më parë

      Til tragicomic is a word

    3. nathan reed
      nathan reed
      Muaj më parë

      Thank you for the translation, that was very kind of you. I couldn't imagine what it would feel like to do that to a Grand Master.

    4. Rushunnh Fernandes
      Rushunnh Fernandes
      Muaj më parë

      @Meta Blaze yes

    5. Meta Blaze
      Meta Blaze
      Muaj më parë

      @Rushunnh Fernandes u mean ALfirst Vanced or something

  2. jason gideon
    jason gideon
    Muaj më parë

    Lol italians here

  3. jason gideon
    jason gideon
    Muaj më parë

    That's one hell of a move by black

  4. Brandon S
    Brandon S
    Muaj më parë

    Time to give chess up Viktor

  5. Giovanni Christodoulou
    Giovanni Christodoulou
    Muaj më parë

    Why couldn't queen capture bishop on final move?

  6. Daniel DeLuca
    Daniel DeLuca
    Muaj më parë

    He would have been better off grabbing the rook.

  7. Nate Foltz
    Nate Foltz
    Muaj më parë

    So what do you do if white plays kings gambit and black goes for qxh4?

  8. Matias Fernandez
    Matias Fernandez
    Muaj më parë

    In my opinion, he lost is because he lacked into bringing all his pieces into the game and just stuck with a 2 piece attack witch got him no where

  9. Alexander Borzenko
    Alexander Borzenko
    Muaj më parë

    I was absolutely sure that this is young Svidler in the photo

  10. halneufmille
    Muaj më parë

    Next game I will be showing to my friends on our zoom call.

  11. Boar Hog
    Boar Hog
    Muaj më parë

    He got flanked

  12. Budi Di
    Budi Di
    Muaj më parë

    nice chess

  13. Mariusz Master
    Mariusz Master
    Muaj më parë

    Caruana, Aronian, Swiercz - 3 transfers.

  14. Vijay Subramanian
    Vijay Subramanian
    Muaj më parë

    How much would his rating have increased!

  15. D G
    D G
    Muaj më parë

    FYI, Nicola stresses on the second-to-last vowel, so it's not Nìcola but Nicòla. No offence meant so, please, don't take this the wrong way...

  16. Ben Alexander
    Ben Alexander
    Muaj më parë

    I know I’m belatedly adding yet another translation to what’s becoming a long list. I do think that if the translation is too literal you lose some of the sense of fun that the author wanted to give his article. So I think since it’s Agadmator’s channel that we all love so much and I imagine it will be watched many times, I thought I’d give it a shot too.

  17. Ben Alexander
    Ben Alexander
    Muaj më parë

    “It was him that lost, not me that won” He was smiling, tired and with a disheveled air. The disheveled air was normal for him and the tiredness was due to having worked till 6am at Cafè Blue, where he works a couple of days a week. But the smile on his face was a nervous one - he still couldn’t believe it. “It was a tragicomic situation” says Nicola Vozza, 30-year old physics graduate and "Prima Nazionale” (Italian category for players rated 1800-1999) ranked chess player since 1991. He had just beaten Victor “the legend” Korchnoi in 20 minutes and seven moves. Nicola, one who prefers to play in the coffee bar, one who likes the melodramatic side of chess and one who is able to not take himself too seriously explains, “I read in an old article about this discarded variation that had never been thoroughly analysed. I often play it and this time was the same as always, I left a pawn en pris. But I never imagined that Korchnoi would take it, then when I saw him grab it with his queen I had to laugh. It wasn’t me that won it, he lost it. A beginner wouldn’t lose a game like that, he goes on to explain, just a champion who doesn’t consider you a real opponent. As it turned out this happened not once but twice. Next it was 43-year-old publicist and "Candidate Master” (category for 2000-2199 players) Massimo De Barberis who forced Korchnoi to lay down his king. It was a proper contest taking three hours and 42 moves. A blissful De Barberis seemed almost embarrassed as he explained, “It was genuinely satisfying, even though it was only a simul game.” Still, he was up against the all-conquering Korchnoi with the white pieces. “He lost because was over confident. He had the advantage but underestimated my counter-attack.” “I had organised a tactical defence to try to force a draw but he was careless and ended up in a bishop and rook checkmate in the middle of the board.” So that was how Vozza and De Barberis earned a place, albeit a small one, in chess history. Now it’s up to you whether to envy or rejoice for these new Goliath-vanquishing Davids.

  18. Martin Olsen
    Martin Olsen
    Muaj më parë


  19. Abdel Chibbi
    Abdel Chibbi
    Muaj më parë

    If only the GM continue the game after losing his queen. May be he can defeat his 1700 opponent.

  20. Süperlig
    Muaj më parë

    İf he did the move g5, he would be losing 50 moves later. That’s why he didn’t move his pawn one square forward

  21. siasios !
    siasios !
    Muaj më parë

    yo at 4:18 to 4:21 the black night attacks the queen so you should not go for the bishop

  22. Tomas Petruz
    Tomas Petruz
    Muaj më parë

    8:58 What happened? An old man played against 30 youngsters and missed a spot...I mean, imagine the fatigue...

  23. Subhamoy panda
    Subhamoy panda
    Muaj më parë

    Where's the Tal game man?? 😡

  24. Murat Sahan
    Murat Sahan
    Muaj më parë

    Ty a very enjoyable game and also good lesson to learn from

  25. David White
    David White
    Muaj më parë

    Amazing, and Korchnoi wasn’t just any grandmaster, but a perennial world championship contender

    Muaj më parë

    In a simultaneous display, the player facing the master has to make his move when the master appears in front of him. He cannot move before as we see on the picture. It is also interesting to know that Korchnoi wrote a book on King's Gambit. It seems he forgot completely the content and received a small miniature 😀 While resigning, Korchnoi should have thrown away all pieces!! 😀😀

  27. Jordisimo
    Muaj më parë

    #suggestion MVL vs Robert Fontaine (2007), amazing game featuring dutch defense, you will not be disappointed, I'm suggesting this game from long time ago in the comments, please check it out.

  28. Jordisimo
    Muaj më parë

    #suggestion MVL vs Robert Fontaine (2007), amazing game featuring dutch defense, you will not be disappointed, I'm suggesting this game from long time ago in the comments, please check it out.

  29. Hubert Sang
    Hubert Sang
    Muaj më parë

    A short game indeed, miniatures are games less than 25 moves. Viktor lost because was fond of grabbing loose pawns and after capturing the free pawns his attitude was "show me what you have" and endure the consequences to prove the unsoundness of the pawn sacrifice. Similar to the poisoned pawn variation of the sicilian najdorf, where black grabs the b2 and tries to survive white's initiative.

  30. Alex Gebhart
    Alex Gebhart
    Muaj më parë

    According to the subtitles it's folk bear counter gambit or fog beer counter gambit 😂

  31. Alex Gebhart
    Alex Gebhart
    Muaj më parë

    According to the subtitles it's folk bear counter gambit or fog beer counter gambit 😂

  32. Gaby Aziz
    Gaby Aziz
    Muaj më parë

  33. Sanket Rokade
    Sanket Rokade
    Muaj më parë

    #suggestion Please show another game as well that VK had lost

  34. Slugger Mendoza
    Slugger Mendoza
    Muaj më parë

    This was just an experiment to see how many Italian subscribers agad has.

  35. wesley houlihan
    wesley houlihan
    Muaj më parë

    How embarrassing

  36. Alexander Tronstad
    Alexander Tronstad
    Muaj më parë

    This game makes me hanker for that time my buddy mated this dude in 12 moves. Caused a big fuzz since the guy was a bigshot called Alekhine. Those were the times..

  37. ELYAS Noori
    ELYAS Noori
    Muaj më parë

    Please upload a best and best game of tal

  38. Gary S
    Gary S
    Muaj më parë

    Someone should post the translation....

  39. Pablo Ochoa
    Pablo Ochoa
    Muaj më parë

    #Sugestion It will be nice if you can show the game between Milko G Bobotsov - Mikhail Tal from 1958, Varna (Bulgaria) it is really an awesome masterpiece!!!

  40. KanalDerGutenSache
    Muaj më parë


  41. Chi Chi
    Chi Chi
    Muaj më parë

    YOU DO THE BEST CHESS SHOWCASE ONLINE! Every detail isn’t missed. Even your funny comments! Because I stop and start with chess, I’m beginner-intermediate. But, since I’ve been watching your breakdowns of games...WOW! Have I ever improved and appreciate the beauty of chess more than ever. Because of you. I just want to thank you for that. 🏆 - Oh, and by the way, I take your commentary so seriously that I adjust the audio speed to 50%. Also because I can’t keep up with you. 😂.

  42. Alexander Hall
    Alexander Hall
    Muaj më parë

    Day 79 of telling Agadmator his daily uploads are appreciated

  43. william goss
    william goss
    Muaj më parë

    Oooooops !! ( K ; Can someone please Invent a Time Machine, PLEASE !!! ).

  44. Gareth Stevens
    Gareth Stevens
    Muaj më parë

    'He lost, I didn't win' He's smiling, tired and choked up. It is only natural. The tiredness comes from having done a six hour shift at Caffe Blu. where he works a couple of days a week. The smile on his face is precarious: he still can't believe it. - he says. Nicola Vozza, thirty years old, Physics laureate, chess player since '91, classed first nationally, has just beaten in twenty seven minutes Viktor Korchnoi. (Nicola), prefers to play in a bar, loves the romantic side of chess and doesn't take himself too seriously, he explains:

  45. Christian Hernandez
    Christian Hernandez
    Muaj më parë

    Keep up the awesome content brotha the only chess channel I trust

  46. Leo Besa
    Leo Besa
    Muaj më parë

    GM: gambit Random guy: counter gambit GM: counter counter gambit Random guy: counter counter counter gambit GM: yare yare

  47. Roger Stone
    Roger Stone
    Muaj më parë

    I've been looking at the pictures in your header image, Antonio: I don't believe Bent Larsen is there. If you admire Tal so much, should Larsen not have a place also?

  48. VaSavoir2007
    Muaj më parë

    Just to be clear, according to Kasparov the King's Gambit is an absolutely terrible opening, and he attributed Spassky's success with the opening to Boris despite the opening.

  49. phedup
    Muaj më parë

    A beautiful miniature game to study. Thanks, Ag.

  50. Mickey Sloan
    Mickey Sloan
    Muaj më parë

    Update the Top Donator's? BTC $48k Eth $6K? x

  51. Roger Stone
    Roger Stone
    Muaj më parë

    Torino, Torin... In English we mostly call it Turin, pronounced a bit like 'chew-rinn', which has the twin disadvantages of being an ugly sound, and sounding nothing like the proper name of the place in Italian. Just wait until they hold a tournament in Firenze...

  52. David Griffiths
    David Griffiths
    Muaj më parë

    It happens to the best of us. I blundered a queen myself last week, but had already successfully sacrificed a bishop and went on to win anyway.

  53. vejaslange
    Muaj më parë

    #suggestion Kasparov versus the World

  54. Junaid Irshad
    Junaid Irshad
    Muaj më parë

    why so much hate for

  55. Cryptonite
    Muaj më parë

    Did you say he was playing 30 games at once? That seems like the explanation for a queen blunder. He did win 28 of them.

  56. LoveKB
    Muaj më parë

    Korchnoi is a notoriously bad loser so I can barely imagine how pissed he was about these blunders

    1. Roger Stone
      Roger Stone
      Muaj më parë

      Kasparov, in interview: "I don't know how many games I won. I lost 173, and I remember every one..."

  57. Sascha Krefta
    Sascha Krefta
    Muaj më parë

    I just noticed, update the value of that BTC! :)

  58. Greg Dobrick
    Greg Dobrick
    Muaj më parë

    Don't feel bad Victor, I've blundered my queen twice while watching this video.

  59. Eros Ravera
    Eros Ravera
    Muaj më parë

    I personally know Mr. De Barbers, cited in the article as the other winner of the simultaneous. I live 60 km from Turin.

  60. Marcin Oktawian Rychlik
    Marcin Oktawian Rychlik
    Muaj më parë

    Would you change amount of this one donated bitcoin? It is much more than 9.590.26 this day

  61. Amster Dam
    Amster Dam
    Muaj më parë

    Let me ask my friends if any of them ever beat Alekhin. I ll get back to you on that...

  62. Ludovic - Valentin Brasso
    Ludovic - Valentin Brasso
    Muaj më parë

    At 2:35 I was shocked that, in this instance, the simul opponents can make moves without the Grandmaster being present at the board when the move is made. Nowadays it is customary to wait until the GM reaches your board and then play the move. I was in a simul once and managed to draw against the GM :)

  63. Flum666
    Muaj më parë

    I once defeated Bent Larsen in a miniature, then I woke up and said I'm sorry

  64. Istvan Magi
    Istvan Magi
    Muaj më parë

    Antonio, I'm pretty sure that the picture is the position after Viktor's Qe2 move. For one thing, it surely looks like the queen is on e2. Also, in a simul you should not play your move when the simul giver is away from your table, that is rude.

  65. Baved
    Muaj më parë

    bro i watch this and my next game on lichess i pulled this exact trick haha,thanks agad!

  66. Stefan
    Muaj më parë

    02:16 lmaoo nice meme

  67. Kevin Eiji
    Kevin Eiji
    Muaj më parë

    Although it's Italian, we do not have the Italian on the board

  68. Johnny
    Muaj më parë

    Imagine the mental state of having to continue on 29 remaining boards after a loss in 7 moves to a beginner.

  69. Tristan Cole
    Tristan Cole
    Muaj më parë

    Man i hope you kept that 9 grand bitcoin

  70. Philip Saoud
    Philip Saoud
    Muaj më parë

    None of my friends have ever beaten a grandmaster in seven moves. I need to find a better class of friends.

  71. Tanav Kolar
    Tanav Kolar
    Muaj më parë

    #Suggestion Sergey Kasparov vs Torben Schulze, Nord-west Cup, 2011. It features the Colorado Gambit, an opening that hasn't been featured in your videos. It is a great attacking game.

  72. E BC
    E BC
    Muaj më parë

    Agad, you have the most amazing followers.

  73. Mislav Ivkovic
    Mislav Ivkovic
    Muaj më parë

    This contragambite is so meen

  74. Mislav Ivkovic
    Mislav Ivkovic
    Muaj më parë

    Kaze nisam ja dobio on je izgubio

  75. fabio
    Muaj më parë

    Se ho tempo sarei felice di aiutarti per la traduzione

  76. Goupil
    Muaj më parë

    It would be interesting to cover the past world championships, each game of the match.

    1. Peter Mortensen
      Peter Mortensen
      Muaj më parë

      The hash tag is "#suggestion" (I think)

  77. Sebastian Rex
    Sebastian Rex
    Muaj më parë

    Me be like:Tal game Tal game Tal game

  78. Slobodan Stošić
    Slobodan Stošić
    Muaj më parë

    #suggestion Tigran Petrosian vs Svetozar Gligoric (Zagreb 1970)

  79. Lynk _
    Lynk _
    Muaj më parë

    Thank you for again allowing us the privilege of being awesome readers of descriptions!

  80. Nik
    Muaj më parë

    I speak enough Italian to understand what it says. Here's the translation: "I lost, Agadmator won" Antonio is smiling even though he is tired from all the videos he is making. The hoodie on him looks natural. The tiredness is from staying up all days to film and edit ALfirst videos. The smile on Antonio's face is thin; he still doesn't believe it. "It's tragicomic" he says. Antonio Radić, 33 years old, degree in chess, crowned the chess king of ALfirst, will now be able to make yet another video in which he will show this embarrassing loss by a respected chess grandmaster. The rest is just Korchnoi swearing and cussing that the world will see his incredible blunder because of Agadmator, so I decided to blur those sentences out.

    1. Peter Mortensen
      Peter Mortensen
      Muaj më parë

      I nominate this to a heart from Agadmator. Though the editing ALfirst videos part is factually incorrect. He doesn't do that. The videos are always in one take, without any editing.

  81. J L
    J L
    Muaj më parë

    Nepo's #sad breakdown making a surprise appearance once again... 2:17

  82. Ryan Douglas Urban
    Ryan Douglas Urban
    Muaj më parë

    I will ask my friends at the bar and the library if they have ever defeated Fischer or Alekhine.

  83. Hansil
    Muaj më parë

    #suggestion can you do the game of richard reti vs saveilly tartakower in 1910 where the reti's mate is featured? search around for a bit and couldn't find this game. it has a beautiful mate, to me at least :)

  84. F03BIA
    Muaj më parë

    Well, if we are awesome then you are breathtaking.

  85. Rick Harold
    Rick Harold
    Muaj më parë

    Awesome !

  86. Shubham Srivastava
    Shubham Srivastava
    Muaj më parë

    My friend defeated Alekhine is Agad's steamed in the past too?

  87. George Green
    George Green
    Muaj më parë

    Your channel is really good but this rubbish game wasn't worthy of inclusion.

  88. Ian Shack
    Ian Shack
    Muaj më parë

    #SUGGESTION. French IM Marc’andria Maurizzi has just scored his 2nd GM norm. He is set to become the youngest french GM ever, aged 13. Could you analyse a game for us? Thank you for you consideration

  89. tommaso vozza
    tommaso vozza
    Muaj më parë

    LOL he's my dad

  90. Süleyman Kuyumcu
    Süleyman Kuyumcu
    Muaj më parë

    He was playing with a lot of opponents at the same time. He is just blundered because maybe he is distracted or he didn't pay much attention to the move he made.

  91. Kaiacko
    Muaj më parë

    Love your stuff man👍

  92. Yamen Sh7adeh
    Yamen Sh7adeh
    Muaj më parë

    #suggestion In this recent Lichess Titled Arena Naroditsky plays an astonishing game against Magnus , it's in 35:00 or so, please show it Agad 💚

  93. General Zod
    General Zod
    Muaj më parë

    Translation: Play chess. It is good for your brain.

  94. SonOfA_Blank_
    Muaj më parë

    Nisam znao da si hrvat, Pozdrav iz Srbije!

  95. Devil's Advocate
    Devil's Advocate
    Muaj më parë

    All in a sudden there's a Italian-to-English Translation Contest here. And it was in this position that Agad decided to pin the one from Italian Sam

    1. Peter Mortensen
      Peter Mortensen
      Muaj më parë

      Yes, but most turned into two walls of text (some even a single giant wall of text) - the different formats (newspaper column vs. here) was not considered. An exception was Marcelo Seixas's translation - youtube DOT com/watch?v=siONtR1aoFc&lc=UgzsJJ5zutrllh1anc14AaABAg

  96. rex cub
    rex cub
    Muaj më parë

    one could try this website for image translation: choose the language and then click on each line of the image for the translation.

  97. Ant Rog
    Ant Rog
    Muaj më parë

    I’m feeling quite chuffed. Iv played this game as white lots of times 🥲

  98. david king
    david king
    Muaj më parë

    The answer to how this happened can be found in Victor's book - Chess is My Life. He mentions that he was pressured into playing the King's Gambit because he and a friend were planning to write a book about the Gambit. I recall this because I found it strange that he would write a book about a Gambit that he did not know very well.

  99. SnowManD
    Muaj më parë

    Does anyone know which chess program/software Agamator is using in these videos?

  100. Shivam Srivastava
    Shivam Srivastava
    Muaj më parë

    Nice sir