When Hikaru ‘Sacrificed’ His Queen 6 Times...
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The Best Game series continues with the epic game between Hikaru Nakamura and Boris Gelfand from 2010. The game features a glorious sequence of 'sacrificing' the queen in a Kings Indian Defense.
[White "Gelfand, Boris"]
[Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5
Ne7 9. Nd2 Ne8 10. b4 f5 11. c5 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. Nc4 g5 14. a4 Ng6 15. Ba3 Rf7 16. b5 dxc5 17. Bxc5 h5 18. a5 g4 19. b6 g3 20. Kh1 Bf8 21. d6 axb6 22. Bg1 Nh4 23. Re1 Nxg2 24. dxc7 Nxe1 25. Qxe1 g2+ 26. Kxg2 Rg7+ 27. Kh1 Bh3 28. Bf1 Qd3 29. Nxe5 Bxf1 30. Qxf1 Qxc3 31. Rc1 Qxe5 32. c8=Q Rxc8 33. Rxc8 Qe6 *
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  • GMHikaru

    Thanks man!

    • Carter Christopher
      Carter Christopher

      @Jakob Keenan Whoa! It took like 15 minutes but it worked!!

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      Jakob Keenan

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    • **

      @William Stixrud Hagen lmao

    • Russell John Twomey
      Russell John Twomey

      @Eric Ji but u were first lol

    • someasiankid

      juicer strats

  • Jared Messersmith
    Jared Messersmith

    That was beautiful

  • Spryte

    Im not a chess expert but um pretty sure Hikaru couldve checkmated tho :v but he decided to fork the knight and rook with his queen

  • Putumban

    captions @ 0:12 "Boris girlfriend"

  • Darky

    There is something about a game of chess where one pushes queenside and one pushes King side with a nice pawn chain as the border thats just beyond satisfying.

  • Samuel Xu
    Samuel Xu

    What do you do if the king takes the knight

  • Alex An
    Alex An

    this whole video be like hikaru: oh no my queen is threatened anyway

  • Chancelor Thompson
    Chancelor Thompson

    What a great fucking video. Seriously props you made it so fucking and showed the beauty in the game. Just wow

  • JustAMemer

    11:09 I have an idea for white here what about QD1 since the diagonal defends mate from the queen and the bishop defends mate on the diagonal, the rook protects the queen and the queen protects the bishop

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    dre tejeda

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  • Lindsko Naeemsko
    Lindsko Naeemsko

    This is truely art!

  • david fransson
    david fransson

    Can You make some of these for other players such as giri or varians?

  • Catassassin496

    He may sacrifice his queen, but I sacrifice my king ha HA

  • Abdul Raheem
    Abdul Raheem


  • Laney Holliday
    Laney Holliday

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  • YEP Pepega
    YEP Pepega

    That’s amazing!!

  • Havex

    thank you for helping me win this chess game

  • Pierice 1o1
    Pierice 1o1

    That ending was absolutely beautiful

  • David Lamson
    David Lamson

    you are really good levy.. I enjoy your commentary. Well done.

  • Teebo

    Qd3 was just a superb move!

  • Abeed Baig
    Abeed Baig

    Hikaru the anti simp

  • Quadra 12
    Quadra 12

    This was extremly interessting, I enjoyed it a lot - very good explanation even I understood it :)

  • ElectroXTR


  • coxscorner

    Wow one of the best KID's I ever seen. Tremendous attack.

  • BS Corvin
    BS Corvin

    What I leaned is do not, under any circumstances, let your king be in a corner.

  • Octagonal T
    Octagonal T

    my head hurts

  • Numbers v1
    Numbers v1

    I love your mma analogies

  • hottofo

    only hikaru can do this my balls would have been shreaded

  • Reese Shumway
    Reese Shumway

    and the queen was 🎶 Dancing in the moonlight🎶

  • Bovine Shaman
    Bovine Shaman

    These videos are epic, it's been getting me back into playing chess

  • Cyrus

    Subtitles say Boris Girlfriend

  • piekarz376

    I have captions enabled and "game against GM Boris girlfriend" got me confused. xD

  • SParasyte

    how in the world did you make a chess game sound so freaking interesting yet so understandable

  • Jo H
    Jo H

    “Unleashed beautiful violence” 😈

  • Juan Hernandez
    Juan Hernandez

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  • TheMatthew001

    Eric Rosen would just be like "oh no my queen"

  • David Bennett
    David Bennett

    Instructions unclear, ritual sacrificed 6 e-thots in the name of Cthulhu....

  • takeiteazyd

    Nice job walking through that

  • Emiel Suichies
    Emiel Suichies

    you should update your software so you can get eric rosen his voice.

  • YashasviK29

    I can one up that I've sac'd my king numerous times

  • Mkrithik Mk
    Mkrithik Mk

    *laughs in fool's mate*

  • Thái Nguyễn Hoàng
    Thái Nguyễn Hoàng

    Watching this break down i do feel like in a real battle while my dumbass with almost noskill only knows 1 thing: oh i can eat this one

  • Marcus Graham
    Marcus Graham

    What a game!

  • Ridho Karnova
    Ridho Karnova

    I watched the video but understand nothing but this: I suck at chess

  • Ruler Moron
    Ruler Moron


  • Quy Tu
    Quy Tu

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  • Kasper Suomalainen
    Kasper Suomalainen

    that rook lift was a thing of beauty

  • Wasisbk 3
    Wasisbk 3

    Thats it huh..i win with a king and a horse ( my points is 200 )

  • Kingpin -
    Kingpin -

    great vid, the explanation is detailed and easy to grasp for a noob like me

  • abhinav333

    Great analysis. Thanks

  • Ira Advincula
    Ira Advincula

    I like watching these vids pretending to know EXACTLY what is happening

  • John Tucket
    John Tucket

    I've watched maybe 50 of your videos so far and this is by far my favorite.

  • Gaussian Entity
    Gaussian Entity

    13:41 "And how do you protect this?" *Insert Tom shrugging meme*

  • Paolo Maresi
    Paolo Maresi

    This is stunning

  • Kiritsu

    I think Gelfand here just thought "alright let's see what he can do with this opening" and after Qe6 he pulled a leaf out of JJBA Dio's page and said ''that's it, I'm satisfied"

  • lol Memes
    lol Memes

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  • Asi Palacios
    Asi Palacios

    this is one of the best game with best analizor

  • Jonatan Hellesø
    Jonatan Hellesø

    Yeah. This is big brain time.

  • aditya thakur
    aditya thakur

    I bet Hikaru premoved the entire sequence where his queen was under threat.

  • Will never show my name, Youtube, just stop.
    Will never show my name, Youtube, just stop.

    Thank you, automatic subtitles I didn't ask for, for writing Boris Girlfriend and not Gelfand.

  • mouhib bayounes
    mouhib bayounes

    13:40 you can get the bishop to h2 and defend the king

  • Crusadersans_1028

    i have no idea what’s going on

  • flandies -
    flandies -

    Imma be honest with you I had no idea what was going on this entire video

  • d o
    d o

    i know nothing about chess and its 1am what am i doing here

  • MuriloMartini

    "I hope you enjoyed the video"??? Dude, if I didn't enjoy this video i might as well go to jail

  • L Na
    L Na

    @gothamchess I made stockfish 13 analyze hxg3 for 24 hours here is the result: [Event "7th World Team Championship"] [Site "Bursa TUR"] [Date "2010.01.09"] [Round "?"] [White "Boris Gelfand"] [Black "Hikaru Nakamura"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E97"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2010.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Nd2 Ne8 10. b4 f5 11. c5 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. Nc4 g5 14. a4 Ng6 15. Ba3 Rf7 16. b5 dxc5 17. Bxc5 h5 18. a5 g4 19. b6 g3 20. Kh1 Bf8 21. d6 axb6 22. Bg1 Nh4 23. hxg3 fxg3 24. Be3 Bh3 25. Rg1 Be6 26. dxc7 Qxc7 27. Nb5 Qe7 28. Qd6 Ng6 29. Qxe7 Rxe7 30. Nxb6 Rd8 31. Rgd1 Rxd1+ 32. Rxd1 Nf4 33. Bf1 h4 34. Rd8 Re8 35. Rxe8 Nxe8 36. Nd4 exd4 37. Bxf4 Kf7 38. Nc4 Bxc4 39. Bxc4+ Kf6 40. Bd2 Ba3 41. Bd3 Nc7 42. f4 Ke6 43. f5+ Ke5 44. Bg5 Na6 45. Bxh4 Kf4 46. Bc4 Bb4 47. Kg1 Kxe4 48. f6 Bxa5 49. f7 Bb4 50. Bxg3 Bf8 51. Be1 d3 52. Kf1 Kd4 53. Bb3 Ke5 54. Bd2 Nc5 55. Ba2 Ne4 56. Be3 Bb4 57. Bb3 Ng3+ 58. Kg1 0-1

  • You_just

    "And how do we threaten mate in one here?" I dunno, but probably with the black's white bishop

  • iHexRT

    I’m actually so proud of myself for spotting Nh4 and Qd3 before you mentioned it

  • NS777

    Jeebus, that was insane

  • •ari•

    Captions: "Boris Girlfriend"

  • J Games 5 Fun
    J Games 5 Fun

    10:00 ",but look"

  • Obsidianchi

    This should be made into an animatic

  • Martin

    Why is he saying girlfriend

  • Fam From
    Fam From

    You would make any english teacher cry with your metaphors

  • Andrew Snape
    Andrew Snape

    Thank you. Your commentary really brought it to life as I don’t see the moves otherwise. Ace.

  • Melody

    This man explains chess game like no others. Interesting

  • PeteyVon Peterson
    PeteyVon Peterson

    It is beyond me how Hikaru can plan that far head, I mean he probably has thousands upon thousands of hours of chess but still!

  • Obaidul haque Sakki
    Obaidul haque Sakki

    Chess is so amazing

  • Cole Booker
    Cole Booker

    I read this and thought Hikaru promoted six pawns and sacrificed all six

  • APE Boii
    APE Boii

    As a new chess player my head exploded

  • Nikhil Mukhia Music
    Nikhil Mukhia Music

    Great content. You've got a great way of explaining matches. Keep going bro.

  • Elisabeth Navickis
    Elisabeth Navickis

    Hikaru: Sacrifices queen Me: Sacrifices king

  • RD R
    RD R

    Why isnt hikaru japanese

  • Seemoriccu

    I don't understand anything he did but Levy helped me understand it

  • O Albuquerque
    O Albuquerque

    The caption says "Bóris Girlfriend"

  • Aahil008

    My man was doing the William the VIII technique

  • Samuel Rogers
    Samuel Rogers

    The ultimate oh no my Queen


    Just a normal crazy house game

  • J Puh
    J Puh

    Wtaf was this so cool

  • Trynt Xasan
    Trynt Xasan

    We need an anime dramatization of this game

  • DrYellower


  • Alex2005z

    Hikaru is like: what are you gonna do? Take my queen?

  • Adeeb Hamad
    Adeeb Hamad

    So I've been using the kings indian after watching your openings for beginners video and love it. It's really the best for beginners as it works against any white opening.

  • FLOW

    what a player Hikaru is.

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    Austin Sloane

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    • Arnold Harding
      Arnold Harding

      I feel like this is just the code words to activate some sleeper cell assassin.

  • Smite

    i dont play chess but that made me feel so good

  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache
    Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    Hikaru: "The hardest choices require the strongest wills"

    • Ευτυχία Ντούκου
      Ευτυχία Ντούκου

      So you like chess too

    • Haris Ahmadi
      Haris Ahmadi

      Hallo Person that I see EVERYWHERE

    • Razorcarl Gaming
      Razorcarl Gaming


  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache
    Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    Very good and analytical, I was never interested in chess but I found this whole match intriguing. You covered this perfectly.

  • jaycee mack-Neff
    jaycee mack-Neff

    To many fucking ads

  • J Standards
    J Standards

    That's so disgusting.....holi shit