Chess Opening TIER LIST for the Grandmaster Level with GothamChess

GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Levy Rozman @GothamChess use @tiermaker to create a Chess Opening TIER LIST from the point of view of a very high rated GM. (We will rank openings for club players and lower later)

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0:00 Intro
0:17 Accelerated Dragon
4:20 Accelerated Caro Kann
6:53 Advance French
9:12 Alapin Sicilian
11:20 Alekhine’s Defence
13:20 Benoni
15:45 Berlin Defence
17:40 Bongcloud
19:11 Budapest Gambit
20:55 Caro Kann Defence
22:29 Catalan
24:31 Closed Sicilian
26:28 Danish Gambit
28:22 Dutch Defense
30:45 English Opening
32:41 Exch Caro Kann
35:54 Fools Mate
37:44 The Fred
39:00 Four Knights Italian
41:25 French Defense

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  1. They always rate the Caro-Kann so much higher than the French, and yet the French is more popular at EVERY level.

  2. I just want to know what that opeing riff is from?
    It's awesome, haha

  3. I came here looking for tips to make my opening seem to make sense. I'm leaving knowing even less….

  4. I love how the evaluation dropped to -1.78 after the second move when analyzing the bongcloud lmao

  5. this is one of my favorite videos on youtube. i'm no where near good enough to understand what what most of it means vut listening to these guys clown on chess openings is perfect background sounds to drift to sleep

  6. If Levy just stopped talking after his witty quip instead of continuing to self deprecate he would be insanely cooler and probably a better chess player

  7. This video is good for people like me who know no opening except H4-H5
    Or F3-G4

  8. I think it’s hilarious that Hikaru uses “hat” now after training that one girl in the London system

  9. Did Hikaru and Levy get Italian Four Knights wrong here? Black responding 3. …Nf6 sidesteps Italian Four Knights proper because of 4.Nc3?! d5! as mentioned in the video, but with the classical 3.Bc4 Bc5 avoiding the Fried Liver, 4.Nc3 Nf6 is just a chess game – Anand and Aronian have played it.

  10. I laughed at the Moroxy 😀 The opening was named after a Hungarian grandmaster, Maróczy Géza.

  11. My favorite opening is the Pirc defense XD

  12. Another nice thing about the bong cloud is that it improves the morale of the other pieces.

  13. i mean seeing the results of magnus and the adoption of the neo catalan by modern computers i dont see the catalan anywhere else than legendary no?

  14. Funny about the berlin defence because everyone at my highschool about 7 years ago would play it

  15. Ive noticed something. Nakamura is very bad with names.

    Conclusion: Yes, Im mentaly better in something than him. Hi fives himself.

    Nakamura: Ye ye, whatever…

  16. The Fred and the Fools Mate are there, but the Chigorin Defense isn't? :/

  17. Is this after the world championship match between carlsen and nepo? Catalan not legendary?

  18. Most replayed youtube feature is a life saved❤😂

  19. I don't study theory, and I don't even have a 'rating' but I've beaten supposed 2600's. I dislike the memorization game. I play solid moves, and adjust my strategy to what my opponent is doing. I almost always win when they blunder a tactic. There are players like me out there who enjoy chess but can't be bothered to join Fide, or worry about ratings. It's the chess that matters. We'll never be famous, we'll never be noticed, but who cares. 🙂 I enjoy watching Hikaru play more than any other player. Magnus is a close 2nd. And Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Very creative otb. Oh, and Ivanchuk. He's been on the downside for a while, but remains one of the more creative players out there.

  20. The Bongcloud is the Mornington Crescent of openings

  21. Bongcloud no memes i've found works really well against anyone under 1000 elo also. It completely scrambles ALL their very limited opening theory knowledge and it's funny to watch them push out queens/dark squared bishop and then not know what to do with it because the king is on e2 and you can have fun trapping it. Provided you are over 1200 elo of course. If you are evenly matched with your opponent never do it.

  22. „He couldn’t tear down that wall“ is the best joke ever made, and nobody even noticed it.

  23. Nobody seen shit till they pull the 4dchess bongcloud

  24. Idk the lighting, the low quality, and the low frame rate makes Levi look like an AI generated deepfake

  25. I'm mostly confused on why the Alekhine is considered garbage?

    I thought it was one of the better aggressive responses to e4?

  26. The flags from catalan icon are not the official… 😂

  27. If Hikaru sees this, I will grind to 1200 Elo using only the bong cloud

  28. hikaru is so hard trying not to laugh 18:21 😂😂😂😂😂😂


  30. once i played my friend wiht the bongcloud and somehow i won the game

  31. Hikaru: Can remember random games against GMs from 2004
    Also Hikaru: Forgets the difference between Scholar's Mate and Fool's Mate

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