2 Chess Grandmasters Got In A “Fight”

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In 2014, Anish Giri and Baadur Jobava had an intense chess game and an even more intense press conference. It led to some drama.

0:00 Introduction and Drama

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Na3 Be6 8. g3 f5 9. Bg2 Nf6 10. O-O Be7 11. e4 fxe4 12. Nxe4 O-O 13. b3 Kh8 14. Nc2 Bg4 15. Qd2 Qd7 16. Bb2 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 Bf3 18. Qd5 Qg4 19. Rae1 Qh5 20. Re3 Bxe4 21. Qxe4 Rf6 22. Bc1 Raf8 23. Rd3 Rg6 24. Rd5 Bh4 25. Ba3 Be7 26. Bc1 Qh3 27. Be3 Qh5 28. a3 Rg4 29. Qg2 Qe8 30. Nb4 h5 31. c5 Nxb4 32. axb4 Qg6 33. Rfd1 dxc5 34. Rxe5 Bf6 35. Bxc5 Bxe5 36. Bxf8 h4 37. Be7 hxg3 38. Rd8+ Kh7 39. Qh3+ Qh6 40. Qxh6+ Kxh6 41. hxg3 Re4 42. Rd7 b5 43. Bc5 Re1+ 44. Kg2 Ra1 45. Kf3 Kh7 46. Rd3 Bb2 47. Ke4 Ba3 48. Kd5 Rc1 49. Bd6 Rc8 50. Ke6 Kg6 51. f3 Rc6 52. Kd7 Rc2 53. Ke6 Rc6 54. Ke7 Rc2 55. g4 Re2+
56. Kd7 Rc2 57. Ke6 Re2+ 58. Kd5 Rc2 59. f4 Kf7 60. g5 Kg6 61. Ke6 Re2+ 62. Kd7 Re4 63. Be5 Bc1 64. Rf3 Kf5 65. Bxg7 Bxf4 66. Kc6 Kxg5 67. Kd5 Kf5 68. Bh6 Rxb4 69. Kc5 Rxb3 1/2-1/2


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  1. After 36 games against levy on chess.com- I finally won

  2. I'll remember that last endgame tip about rook + king vs king +bishop thanks!! 😁

  3. 8:30 wait a min? what are you even saying.. those white pawns are pretty well defended by the black square white bishop

  4. Cover the infamous Kasparov-Polgar "Nah I didn't touch the piece!" 🤣

  5. Was up a knight in a blitz game last week and my opponent mouse slipped a rook, then called me a sad man with the morals of an alley cat when I didnt accept his draw offer 🤣

  6. so how come when i had rook and king vs king in the endgame chess.com says draw by insufficient material

  7. I had experienced some amazing trashtalk in OTB tournaments. I got into chess relatively late sometime in highschool but was enthusiastic to attend tournaments and of course the other players there were very young kids like primary school age as I started at the low tier tournaments. I went there with my mate we must have been like 15 years old and playing against kids who are probably 6~10yo. My friend got paired with this hyper active kid who struggled to even sit down to play. I was playing on a table right next to my friend and I got a good look.

    My friend played well that game and was winning quite early on and the kid had none of it. So at some point the kid starts pointing his finger under the table and trying to get my friends attention and make him check whats under there. As my friend looks under the table the kid opposite to him shows him the middle finger. 😀 The confused look on my friends face. I think during the game the arbiter came over to the table several times and warned the kid. My friend just keeps playing and is now completely winning. The kid looks at the board thinks a bit and gestures that he is clearly lost and extends his hand for a handshake. My friend is about to accept and shake on it but just before their hands touch for the handshake the kid says – so a draw, right? My friend pulls back his hand and just walks to the arbiter to report his win.

    Idk if the kid is still playing chess but with that attitude and balls I am sure he went far in life.

    I personally never trash talk in chess unless it's with close friends. The one thing that annoys me online though is when I have a clear win and the opponent just lets the clock run out without playing any more instead of resigning. Then I usually write something really nice like – gg! well played! your opening play is really good. etc etc… Making sure it sounds actually genuine and kind, because when you are steaming mad at someone there is nothing more infuriating than the person you are mad at is not acknowledging it even and being gracious.

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  9. The good thing for anish is that he’s anish? Can you get me a box of cracker jacks so that I can get the secret decoder ring prize to uncover wtf that actually means lol?

  10. jobava is not that intelligent! that i why he did not understand it!.

  11. Then jobava smiles like an idiot at the end of the video. And yes levy its out there on youtube since 2014.

  12. Jobava is the guy that says what he thinks in the eyes, not many chess players all like that, but still it was not good from Badur….

  13. And now Jobava is dancing while defeating Grischuk!!!!

  14. Watching this video after anish faces jobava in the dodgy invitational, YouTube algorithm op

  15. well well im here as jobava takes on anish in mr dodgy invitational 2 finals

  16. That last trick you teach is just amazing and it is very useful

  17. Yesterday they were dancing on a youTube stream 🤣

  18. yesterday they were joking and both were dancing.. finals of the dodgy invitational 2021

  19. Here after both Anish and Jobava were chilling together and dancing on Chessbase India

  20. Here after Mr Dodgy Invitational 2 finale😅

  21. They are friends after the mr dodgy invitational 2.0 🙂

  22. I understand after the game, emotions are high but that was rude from Jobava man.

  23. Very instructive endgame tactic at the end, watching this because I’ve watched all your recent vids and this is a nice little gem

  24. Now when I think of GMs I think of Kasparov's helicockter press conference

  25. Anish us not a good player that's why he didn't try to win:(

  26. well done to JOBAVA. Put Giri and his akward silly lame sarcastic jokes in the Bin. You are dealing with a real guy, Giri, a guy who respects himself, knows his worth and doesn't let bullshit get to him.

    Giri needs to know his sarcasm won't be understood and can get personal and offensive. JOBAVA knows very well what is on the board, Giri shouldn't mock his attacking understanding.

  27. Too bad neither one filled the room with uppercuts

  28. Hey uh hoddie??? I feel ive been lied to levy

  29. Someone trash talked me and then he got banned after he played 2 games I saw his profile and boom ban.

  30. The egoism found among many top Chess players is embarrassingly counter to what Chess is about, which among other things, teach us humility. We do a disservice to the great game by being immature, insulting, or angry, etc. We are humans of course but self control is demanded out of respect for the game. I think the nature of competitive organized Chess as a sport brings out theses bad qualities and truncates the game I love into the narrow confines of a sport, making it all (or mostly) about winning. Sad.

    I'm also surprised to see so much sexism still as part of the poor behaviors exhibited by those who have accomplished so much in the game (including from Jobava). We must purge sexism not just from Chess but everywhere, but Chess certainly stands out in need of some strong feminist activism. Chess should have zero tolerance, culturally, for sexism. Of course I'm probably idealizing Chess here.

  31. Where's the fight? It's not a fight unless fists are thrown and furniture is involuntarily moved.

  32. Can you do Jobava vs Gukesh in the 2021 world rapid game?

  33. Badur is like such a spoilsport man I mean that was just uncalled for

  34. sigma male rule 34: don't smile like an idiot

  35. When someone loses it the term incontinence is appropriate.

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