Can Hikaru & Alireza Beat The Odds & Qualify To Survival Rd? Champions Chess Tour Finals 2023 Day 4

The biggest tour in chess all comes down to this. The top eight players from this year’s Champions Chess Tour have traveled to Toronto for the LIVE Finals to determine the 2023 champion! The final week of competition features chess legends Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, fan favorites Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So, as well as young superstars Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Alireza Firouzja, and Denis Lazavik!


The Champions Chess Tour is a massive chess circuit including six events that took place throughout the year. The 2023 CCT Finals is the closing event of’s most important event to date with the top 8 players meeting in Toronto, Canada, in a thrilling last clash for the title and their share of the overall $2,000,000 tour prize fund. Join GothamChess, Robert Hess, David Howell, Tania Sachdev and more for all the coverage!

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  1. So cheesy and ridiculous that repetition from Hikaru. Dude, just trade the rook and apply pressure… but no, he repeats and allows Nodirbek a second chance for a better move 🤦🏻‍♂ Totally deserved win for the uzbek

  2. Nodirbek is slowlly but steadily becoming one of my favourite chess players. He's clinical like a surgeon.

  3. This format is great and made it possible for me to binge watch chess again. Eliminating the most frustrating element in chess, the majority of games ending in a draw, was a solid move from the creators of this format.

  4. I hate how Hikaru is not looking for a win at all. He's constantly aiming to draw. That's that mindset that cost him the game against Nordibek. 7:20:19 . I hate Hikaru's playstyle. He's so drawish. He used to outsmart his opponent and have brilliancies, now he's only hoping to draw against his fellow grandmasters. Considering that he held the title of best Blitz and one of the best in rapid. He's fallen way too off. As a fan I'm disappointed.👎👎

  5. Hikaru is such a child. Bad loser, disrespectfull, go home play online dude. Grow up!

  6. I like when the commentators have no clue what they're talking about they just say the evaluation bar is wrong. Classic retard syndrome

  7. 7:36:08 hikaru didn't like to just say he didnt win so he changed it to lost the armageddon😂😂

  8. So many of my favorite people in one stream. Really makes December a great month and an amazing way to finish the year off!

  9. I think it works a bit better with Kaja/Kaya? as host, she connects more with newcomers to the game and between 3 masters it almost seems like there’s not enough time for each to give their chess commentary. Just my humble opinion, I’m so glad to see this happening in chess!!

  10. So nice to see Nodirbek continuing to improve. Next target, Magnus?

  11. This format is excellent. Using the ‘NBA’ elimination format for the Survival Stage is great. You need to give incentive for every seeding finish during the first 7 rounds (the round robin) – 1&2 go straight to the final 4. 7&8 are eliminated. Those are easy. But 5&6 play survival where loser is out and winner plays one more match to make final 4. 3&4 play survival where winner goes directly to final 4, and loser gets one more chance vs 5/6 winner, to make final 4. That’s a great way to incentivize trying to make seeds 3/4, vs 5/6. To explain the ‘Survival Stage’ one more way: 3/4 need to lose both matches to NOT make final 4, while 5/6 need to win both matches to make final 4.

  12. reading the live chat makes me remember why i hate people

  13. just for the record: youTube spammers: go fk yourselves….

  14. Hikaru finally got what he deserves, huh!?

  15. get rid of that indian woman, it hurts the ears to listen to that yapping.

  16. Calling BS. Hikaru left the interview because he rightly noticed that he was being ignored by Kaja at that moment. Why should he waste his time waiting if he was not asked to stay? Shame on you all for laughing at Hikaru. You should be looking at Kaja.

  17. @GothamChess Let's go Levy, youtube represent! ahaha

  18. Ok the commentary ok be we really need to see stockfish best move would be much better xxx

  19. Next year having the survival round its own day might be nice. Perhaps even with Best of 4?

  20. Fabiano is the next world champion. You heard it here first

  21. the Cheater Hikaru finally got exposed. this event confirmed Kramnik is right

  22. Tania is kinda overdoing job. Calm dowm lady.

  23. Hikaru have speed better than Magnus and this is the Key to winning Magnus

  24. I just want to tell to everyone in the comment section of this video, that after this tournament there can't be people that still think Hikaru is cheating and what I've got to say to the ones that still think he is cheating is that….

    You're so funny for not taking into account the fact that he's literally playing against 7 of the best players in 2023. Some of which are former world champions, some of which are future world champions.

    Fun fact: Hikaru is playing against SUPER GM'S and is still playing WAY MORE ACCURATELY than he's usually playing online.

    He's not having his best tournament, but you have to take into account that he's playing against players like Alireza, Magnus and Fabi, who are literally the best of the best.

    Hikaru is still playing at a level of VERY STRONG SUPER GM. There's no universe in which winning these games would be as easy as winning 2300 OTB rated players online.

    Kramnik's calculations are biased and wrong. Kramnik was talking about Hikaru's performance rating being 3600. NEWS FLASH; chesscom ratings don't actually represent anyone's OTB rating and the chesscom players Hikaru was farming are probably like 500 ELO lower than he is OTB.

    I'm 1600 OTB myself – 2000 on chesscom and I'm sorry. If I play against a 1500-1600 rated player on chesscom or an 1100 OTB, I'm winning ATLEAST 14/15 games.

    That one loss will also probably be a dumb blunder like blundering a minor piece to a dumb tactic anyone can see. Hikaru will win even more frequently than I will because he's a GM and he will not blunder any minor pieces like I do sometimes. The difference between 500 ELO will grow exponentially. That's just the facts of the chess world.

  25. Its fine that they travelled to Toranto for finals, but how exactly playing it on board will help chess grow as an esport ! I think they should have travelled there but it should have still be on pc rather than boards. I find playing online and playing on board hugely different experience. I love playing online as thats how i learned chess while on board i make the kind of mistakes I'll never make online, so to see a huge advertiser of online chess organising their finals on board feels so weird. Makes me feel no matter how much chess grows online, in the end players will have to prove themselves on board which i consider a different game entirely where the players who learned it and practice on board will have some advantage. This just feels like danny is accepting the inferiority of online chess to board chess. Come on, man, it really hurts

  26. The production is actually so good. The music, the transitions, the camera sweeps, the interviews — it makes the stream very engaging. Chess producers are really putting forward a great product.

  27. I was so hyped to have Levy here today! Great choice and thank you for bringing him on. I loved his personality and perspectives, and he added a great vibe to the dynamic!

  28. Hikaru after booted out by Nodirbek complained that the format needs to be changed. What a crybaby.

  29. If Wesley does not choose Nodirbek, Magnus will chessbox Niemann.

  30. If Fabi loses to Magnus tomorrow, he will be psychologically damaged forever.

  31. Exciting tournament format. Thumbs up, will watch again.

  32. Fabi – The pacer

    Nodirbek – The starer

    Hikaru – The headshaker

    Alireza – The finger twiddler

    Magnus – The camera blocker

    Wesley – The peeker

    MVL – ?

    Lazavik – ?

  33. Does anyone know if the dramatic music before and after each break is a specific song? Or is it custom?

  34. Hikaru played very well, outside of the armegeddons

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