The 10 Greatest Chess Moves Of All Time

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We promise, you have never seen chess moves this good. These are quite literally the most incredible moves in chess history! Sit back, relax, and get ready for your jaw to hit the floor.

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  • William Hansen
    William Hansen11 orë më parë

    Simon Williams was way better at these….

  • Dan O'Hanlon
    Dan O'Hanlon22 orë më parë

    What a delight to see them one after another! Thanks - much appreciated…

  • Chandu gadi Channel
    Chandu gadi ChannelDitë më parë

    He is so amazing that if it was not a brilliant move, he sure make us convinced that it is a brilliant one with his narration

  • Jimbo
    Jimbo3 ditë më parë

    12:37 why not rook d7 takes queen am i missing something? someone tell me

  • Loots1
    Loots18 ditë më parë

    wait a minute this is the math dude wtf

  • Vineetkumar Patil
    Vineetkumar Patil10 ditë më parë

    In Game #4, why cannot black rook capture white dark squared bishop.. instead of blocking with Knight

  • Gabriel Fonseca

    Gabriel Fonseca

    7 ditë më parë

    Then white plays rook g8 check. If black takes with the knight, then white can take back the knight with the pawn and make a queen (which is checkmate). If black takes the pawn with the king instead, rook 1 to g7 is checkmate

  • swingingmonk
    swingingmonk11 ditë më parë

    Surely #8 is just checkmate in two? Knight takes Bishop check and then Queen takes pawn checkmate.

  • RooJnaR
    RooJnaR12 ditë më parë

    The guy's hand moves made me so nervous and angry that I ended up punching my pellow as hard as I could. Like it was his face. Sorry mate, But you need to stop moving your hands so much. I don't even know why the hell do we have to watch you move your hands in the first place! You even make the board smaller. You literally have no purpose there dude. they made you a talking clown for the visual entertainment. Just go somewhere else. Resign. There is No need to stand and put your hands in our faces.

  • RooJnaR


    7 ditë më parë

    @Danica Johnson hahahaha yeah. I am. But no one knows it yet, becuase I decline every single invitation.

  • Danica Johnson

    Danica Johnson

    8 ditë më parë

    You must be fun at parties

  • Piotr Kruczkowski
    Piotr Kruczkowski13 ditë më parë

    I had to pause the video at #7 because my brain already melted.

  • SecondPlayz
    SecondPlayz14 ditë më parë

    sometimes slow-but-wild tactics give me a premonition about losing

  • Dr Faceless
    Dr Faceless14 ditë më parë

    Am I the only one here wondering where is Fro Trommsdorf’s b3 against Emil Joseph Diemer. I mean that move deserves at least and honourable mention because that was one of the craziest things I have ever seen in my life.

  • Zach Belcher
    Zach Belcher15 ditë më parë

    1:28 you missed Qxh7 mate and took a bishop... awkward.

  • Michael Moschella

    Michael Moschella

    3 ditë më parë

    It's check...

  • Cam


    13 ditë më parë

    Bishop takes c1

  • Kafkaesquee
    Kafkaesquee15 ditë më parë

    Chess is art.

  • tega khalvashi
    tega khalvashi15 ditë më parë

    wait he plays chess?

  • tega khalvashi

    tega khalvashi

    10 ditë më parë

    @DHRUV YADAV he has math channel



    10 ditë më parë

    who is he 😂

  • mohannad alghamdi
    mohannad alghamdi16 ditë më parë

    Whaaat I thought this guy was a mathematician...

  • Jatin Gupta
    Jatin Gupta16 ditë më parë

    in the game #4 the brilliant move is bishop e6 instead of h6, after bishop e6 followed by rook f8 checkmate can't be stop..

  • Dizzyd 73
    Dizzyd 7317 ditë më parë

    I thought this guy only does calculus videos lol

  • Anshuman Agrawal
    Anshuman Agrawal17 ditë më parë

    Am I the only here who didn't know Bri The Math Guy played chess

  • David Copson

    David Copson

    Ditë më parë

    No, there's another guy in Cleveland.

  • Anshuman Agrawal
    Anshuman Agrawal17 ditë më parë

    I thought I was tripping

  • Leonhard Euler
    Leonhard Euler18 ditë më parë

    What bri the math guy?

  • KBK
    KBK19 ditë më parë

    Where is the move of the French guy playing b3 when his queen was hanging? This is the most violent chess move ever and it's not in the video...

  • A.K.
    A.K.19 ditë më parë

    Nice to see Adam Neely making chess videos

  • Jibitesh Saha
    Jibitesh Saha20 ditë më parë

    Watch Samay Raina's stream Streaming until getting a brilliancy It is the best move of all time🔥❤😂

  • Kiron Kabir

    Kiron Kabir

    19 ditë më parë

    the bishop sac was unexpected haha

  • yrodro
    yrodro20 ditë më parë

    I don't see how any of these is better than Botvinnik Capablanca 1938

  • harshit bandi
    harshit bandi22 ditë më parë

    love this guy

  • Marcos Gutman
    Marcos Gutman22 ditë më parë

    This guy looks familiar...

  • Vijay Bhatt
    Vijay Bhatt22 ditë më parë

    Nice way of explaining, great video

  • Gergely Kósa
    Gergely Kósa24 ditë më parë

    This is the third video on this topic with the exact same positions. Why?

  • saurabh singh
    saurabh singh24 ditë më parë

    Levy did video on this theme earlier too seems copy and paste....well tried though

  • iam Able
    iam Able25 ditë më parë

    Kasparov Fischer patzers

  • Matthew Viramontes
    Matthew Viramontes25 ditë më parë

    I'd like to see a "Greatest chess moves of all time" computer version too.

  • Tony Love

    Tony Love

    6 ditë më parë

    Good for you. I don't give a shit.

  • InterStellaFella -

    InterStellaFella -

    12 ditë më parë

    @Mr.D3ath Are you sure.. I’ll check mate

  • Matthew Viramontes

    Matthew Viramontes

    14 ditë më parë

    @durdo00 Well that's kind of the point. These moves would be ones that even top human players could not find/wouldn't play, but turned out to be winning moves. So say a sac that Leela plays, perhaps even Stockfish didn't see it in it's eval, but turned out to be a brilliant (and winning) move. Something like that would make the list

  • durdo00


    15 ditë më parë

    Honestly? We may be too weak to rate engines moves. Maybe what we would consider the "best" move the engine would classify as the "only move, almost forced".

  • Mr.D3ath


    19 ditë më parë

    @Matthew Viramontes its not 10 its just 5 moves and its from alpha xero

  • kiraleskirales
    kiraleskirales26 ditë më parë

    nice selection!


    25 ditë më parë

    Glad you think so!

  • Iqmam M
    Iqmam M26 ditë më parë

    Best move on modern days please

  • Narrowc ross
    Narrowc ross26 ditë më parë

    The endgame on the second game was stunning, so precise with pawn plan

  • Chaturanger
    Chaturanger26 ditë më parë

    The first exemple is a construction...never happened as a real game.

  • sameer mansour
    sameer mansour27 ditë më parë

    where is * Be6 * : the Fischer's move in his exeptional game against Byren - wich considered the greatest chess game of all 20 century -

  • Piotr Bugaj
    Piotr Bugaj27 ditë më parë

    In game #2 You have the exact same combination, as in Tylkowski-Wojciechowski, Poznań 1931, but the polish game happened earlier. Also, it's important to cover what happens after queening, because Rook and a Knight could hold, but there is another tactic, that wins black a piece.

  • Luis Serrano
    Luis Serrano27 ditë më parë

    Nimzowitsch's h6 against Samisch is probably one of the dirtiest and most badass moves of all time

    GARV THAKUR.27 ditë më parë

    Where is Morphy's Qb8 . Also his Rxf2 and Qa3 combination against bird.

  • David Copson

    David Copson

    Ditë më parë

    This bird has flown.

  • Jeffrey Johnson

    Jeffrey Johnson

    14 ditë më parë

    I love that game, it was one of the first games I ever replayed on a board. But apparently it's not completely accurate. Bird had a drawing line, and Morphy had a winning position before the sac. Still beautiful.

  • Yigal Zemach
    Yigal Zemach27 ditë më parë

    At 8:47 how does black win after 2. Kc3 ? e.g. a3 3.Kb3 Ra4 4. Ka2 Kf7 5. h5 and I fail to see a clear win

  • Yigal Zemach

    Yigal Zemach

    26 ditë më parë

    @Luis Serrano Thanks

  • Luis Serrano

    Luis Serrano

    27 ditë më parë

    After Kc3 I think the quickest would be h5, Rg5 and then exf4, winning both the f pawn and h pawn on next 2 moves

  • Aditya chatterjee
    Aditya chatterjee27 ditë më parë

    Awesome commentary brother 👌 ..


    27 ditë më parë

    Thank you so much 😀

  • Adarsh Nair

    Adarsh Nair

    27 ditë më parë


  • R F
    R F27 ditë më parë

    I agree with #1 but I’ll take Fischer’s bishop retreat over most of these. With his queen and knight hanging, Bobby takes a very active bishop and retreats it to where it too can be captured. Insane.

  • R F

    R F

    14 ditë më parë

    @Liam Kelley Yeah Capa is definitely one of my favorites. I love the way he could make a GM look like a baby with just simple natural moves and no tactics at all. Of course he could and did use tactics too but often he didn’t even need to.

  • Liam Kelley

    Liam Kelley

    14 ditë më parë

    @R F great analysis. Fishers game against Byrd is incredible! Jose Capablanca makes chess look very easy with all of his simple explanations for moves not so simple to us average players but that doesn’t mean that Capablancas brilliance’s aren’t really “that” good. If anything, being able to explain it is incredible within itself. Magnus and many other chess greats have Incredible intuitions but cannot explain it to other people, so being able to explain is another feat itself.

  • R F

    R F

    20 ditë më parë

    @Arkos 11 I can make Shirov’s move sound easy too: “I’m one tempo shy of cutting off his king with my king, then his bishop will be helpless to stop my two advanced passed pawns. So let me get my bishop out if the way with tempo.” Not hard for a strong player to notice and the calculation to prove one of the pawns promote is not that hard. Many of the moves in this video are far easier to calculate and more expected than Fischer’s. Plus it’s not all about calculation it’s about not rejecting a move from consideration. Why do you bring up the ease of the windmill calculation? That’s not even the key element of Fischer’s bishop retreat. The windmill is only possible because Byrne played a bad reply. Capturing the queen is not even a top five move. There are at least five other variations to calculate. Fischer’s bishop retreat on the surface does nothing. It appears to be a one move threat. It attacks a bishop that can simply retreat leaving Fischer in the same predicament as before with queen and knight hanging, except before Fischer’s bishop was hitting the knight and x-raying the rook guarding the weak back rank and now Fisher’s bishop is just hitting air and blocking his own rook. Fishers bishop retreat only works because all three of these are present: 1. It threatens the windmill so can’t be ignored 2. It cannot be captured due to the virtual pin to smothered mate 3. It is prophylactic against a potential sac on f7 If Fischer’s move were not prophylactic it would simply be a one move threat accomplishing nothing. So Fischer’s move is unexpected because it is extremely rare to be able to make a prophylactic move when your queen and knight are hanging.

  • Arkos 11

    Arkos 11

    22 ditë më parë

    lmao, expected from a newbie, that move aint even hard to calculate in classical time formats, nor is it that unexpected for strong players. Its easy to see that bobby gets 2 minors and a major piece after the following combinations, which is obviously better than a queen, also the fact that the king is weak. I can find like 10 better moves by bobby , better than this one

  • Dimensional Blade

    Dimensional Blade

    25 ditë më parë

    Which game is that?

  • Shantorey Wilkins
    Shantorey Wilkins27 ditë më parë

    #51st 🔬🕵‍♀️🕵‍♂️🕵🔬🤗🤗🤗

  • C R
    C R28 ditë më parë

    Who is this guy? Danny, please show him how it’s done

  • Michael DePinto
    Michael DePinto28 ditë më parë

    copied off of Gotham chess wow

  • Human
    Human28 ditë më parë

    Suspicious timing

  • Tim Wheeler
    Tim Wheeler28 ditë më parë

    Spassky's Rh1!! vs Larsen in 1970 deserves attention

  • The Gorn
    The Gorn28 ditë më parë

    Yeah all good but what about when Magnus Carlson opening with the bongcloud, and Nakamura responded with a bongcloud. Thought that was gonna be #1 instead of a silly bishop sack.

  • James Bell
    James Bell28 ditë më parë

    Leaving out Kasparov? Ouch.

  • Narrowc ross

    Narrowc ross

    26 ditë më parë

    @Tim Wheeler That game was difficult even for stockfish to first see, even if u leave it for a number of minutes. Insane calculation

  • Tim Wheeler

    Tim Wheeler

    28 ditë më parë

    His game vs Topalov in 1999 had 3 different moves that could have made this list!!

  • northernlight1000
    northernlight100028 ditë më parë

    Wait a second.... where do I know this gentleman from again??



    26 ditë më parë

    Bri the math guy?

  • The Gorn

    The Gorn

    28 ditë më parë


  • Willy H. R.
    Willy H. R.28 ditë më parë

    Bro, u good at Math, at Chess, ... I bet u also good at Finance. U must have a brilliant mind Bro. Btw, those 3 are my favorite fields as well.

  • Ananthakrishnan K
    Ananthakrishnan K28 ditë më parë

    amazing vid BRI 5:19 that 6 40 part was truly mind bending! amazing composition.

  • Ladhi mona
    Ladhi mona28 ditë më parë

    What if topalov didn't capture the bishop? Would it have been a draw?

  • Töb


    28 ditë më parë

    No. There is no way for white both save the g-pawn (3 pawn advantage is winning) and prevent black king from getting to e4.

  • Marcone Costa
    Marcone Costa28 ditë më parë

    At 8: 52, if Rh4 a2, Rh1 a1Q, RxQ. White has an edge.

  • ppmpyae11


    20 ditë më parë

    @Marcone Costa I checked with stockfish. Its -4.3 for black if you go Rh4. You can win in so many ways. One way is 45... a2 46. h6+ f7 47. h1 a4 48. a1 e4+ 49. d2 g5 50. f5 f6 51. g4 a3 52. c2 e3 53. b2 a8 54. c3 e2 55. d2 a4 56. e1 e5 57. xe2 xg4 58. d2 xf5. Rook is too slow to do anything even for the engine. A human would lose instantly. Best move for black according to stockfish is to just take the rook which is -2.7 for black.

  • Marcone Costa

    Marcone Costa

    20 ditë më parë

    @ppmpyae11 yes

  • ppmpyae11


    21 ditë më parë

    You mean before capturing the rook?

  • Jan Řehák
    Jan Řehák28 ditë më parë

    Doesnt Brain make math videos? 😳

  • Jan Řehák

    Jan Řehák

    26 ditë më parë

    @tych He is also a math tutor at this one website for university level courses. Everywhere I go, I see his face. I am scared to open my fridge.

  • tych


    26 ditë më parë

    yup BriTheMathGuy

  • Nick
    Nick28 ditë më parë

    I dont like commentating the move number. It is distracting

  • Stanislav Hronek
    Stanislav Hronek28 ditë më parë

    These seem familiar, didn't someone else make the same video? Or a similar one?

  • Stanislav Hronek

    Stanislav Hronek

    28 ditë më parë

    @Victor Araya oh yeah that's where I saw it

  • Victor Araya

    Victor Araya

    28 ditë më parë

    I was going to say the same, Levy from Gothamchess uploaded most of this exact moves, if not all of them.

  • Fartlord1
    Fartlord128 ditë më parë

    3:35 I strive to have a game as beautiful as this

  • Derick Masai

    Derick Masai

    26 ditë më parë

    This is the best checkmate possible between two strong players in my opinion. Now for just general play, the most ruthless mate I have ever seen was between Aman of ChessBrah and a lower rated player where he promoted every single pawn (his opponent has only his king left), save one, to all the pieces that had been taken off the board, rearranged them to their starting position, replayed out the ENTIRE game, and when I say this I mean repeated every move he made with each piece (except for one that would have led to stalemate) then mated the guy. There is absolutely no way to top this mate. Hats off to his opponent for allowing this beauty. When I die I'll go knowing I witnessed the greatest possible scenario in chess 😭.

  • Samuel Wakeman
    Samuel Wakeman28 ditë më parë

    Any levy copiers in the chat.

  • Stanislav Vladev
    Stanislav Vladev28 ditë më parë

    I like how Gingerbeard narrates the most. Not this guys, not that other black guy. only Gingerbeard GM.

  • sooooooooDark
    sooooooooDark28 ditë më parë

    4:50 which do u find fancier? side-stepping king checkmate or castling checkmate? 🤔

  • Derick Masai

    Derick Masai

    26 ditë më parë

    I wish he castled. That would have been the best outcome. And right as he was about to do so, I wish he looked to the audience and simply went, "Hold on, we don't want to teach beginners bad chess habits, now do we. Always castle at the first opportune moment." then offered the handshake. (This goes a bit better if you picture him as a funny guy like Anish so he doesn't just sound like an asshole).

  • Rayscary


    28 ditë më parë

    His English is fine though



    28 ditë më parë

    Side step is what he played and like it though

  • Soumyajit Roy
    Soumyajit Roy28 ditë më parë

    You narrate very good nice bro

  • Mohan
    Mohan28 ditë më parë

    anand vs lautier 1997 biel tournament,anands h6 move in that game makes no sense at first only to find the calculations behind that move....this game should be checked by everyone

  • sergio leon
    sergio leon28 ditë më parë

    Topalov - Shirov good!. And NEZHMETDINOV?

  • Matt Brigham
    Matt Brigham28 ditë më parë

    I was hoping to see James but ok this is cool too. I just love James's instruction.


    28 ditë më parë

    We all love James :)

  • Nimesh Poudel
    Nimesh Poudel28 ditë më parë

    Sorry Math Guy Gotham did it better.


    28 ditë më parë

    It's hard to compete with Levy :)

  • Datskat
    Datskat28 ditë më parë

    Isn't #9 played between some polish players in Poznań? Gotham chess included that game twice in his videos and both times it was titled as pearl of Poznań.

  • Sutirtha Roy

    Sutirtha Roy

    27 ditë më parë

    @Zé Ninguém I think that is the Maier vs Muller game, many people think it's a study. The Poznan game is in the record books and definitely happened

  • Zé Ninguém

    Zé Ninguém

    27 ditë më parë

    there's doubts about the legitimacy of the game, no one actually knows for sure who played it or if it even was played

  • Datskat


    28 ditë më parë

    @Sutirtha Roy I think they were. One of them was Tylkowski if I remember correctly, because Gotham said it in a wierd way(for a Polish viewer like myself).

  • QuantumMeme


    28 ditë më parë

    Yep, they got it wrong

  • Sutirtha Roy

    Sutirtha Roy

    28 ditë më parë

    It is the Pearl of Poznan indeed but the players were not Polish afaik

  • Aster J
    Aster J28 ditë më parë

    Is that JHB's brother?

  • Muruganandan Kanagaraj
    Muruganandan Kanagaraj28 ditë më parë


  • Aleksandar Matejic
    Aleksandar Matejic28 ditë më parë

    Gotham did it better

  • Sagnik Sarkar

    Sagnik Sarkar

    28 ditë më parë

    @chess tactics yeah you are right

  • chess tactics

    chess tactics

    28 ditë më parë

    Yeah true

    JACOB TENNYSON28 ditë më parë

    Bri the Math Guy??

  • TheMathsGeek


    28 ditë më parë

    Looks like it...

  • Gilang Ardhnn
    Gilang Ardhnn28 ditë më parë


  • Rayne Elorde
    Rayne Elorde28 ditë më parë

    *AMONG US*

  • Andrew Ithaca
    Andrew Ithaca28 ditë më parë


  • David Copson

    David Copson

    Ditë më parë

    And your comment is?

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