Bether Than The Original || Harmon vs Borgov - Final Game || Netflix's Queen's Gambit

Publicerades den 25 okt 2020
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Elizabeth Harmon vs Vasily Borgov
Netflix Series - The Queen's Gambit
Queen's Gambit Accepted, 3.e4 (D20)
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nc6 4. Be3 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. d5 Ne7 7. Bxc4 Ng6 8. f3 Bd6 9. Qd2 Bd7 10. Nge2 a6 11. Bb3 b5 12. a4 O-O 13. O-O Qe7 14. Rac1 Nh5 15. g3 h6 16. Bc2 Rab8 17. axb5 axb5 18. Ra1 Ra8 19. Bd3 Bb4 20. Rxa8 Rxa8 21. Qc2 Bc5 22. Nd1 Bd6 23. Nf2 Nhf4 24. Rc1 Qg5 25. Kh1 Qh5 26. Ng1 Nxd3 27. Nxd3 f5 28. Nc5 Bc8 29. Rf1 Ne7 30. Qd3 fxe4 31. fxe4 Qg6 32. Kg2 Kh7 33. Nf3 Ng8 34. Nh4 Qg4 35. Nf5 Nf6 36. h3 Qg6 37. Ne6 Ra4 38. b3 Rxe4 39. Nxd6 Bxe6 40. dxe6 cxd6 41. e7 d5 42. Bc5 Qe8 43. Qf3 Qc6 44. b4 Qe8 45. Qf5+ Kh8 46. Qxf6 gxf6 47. Rxf6 Qh5 48. Rf8+ Kg7 49. e8=Q Re2+ 50. Kf1 Qxh3+ 51. Kxe2 Qg2+ 52. Rf2 Qe4+ 53. Kd2
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  • In the actual show, the first few moves have been changed and are not the same as in this video, but it is irrelevant to the game and the conclusion so I did not include this. Hope you enjoy the game :)

    • Excellent timing. I had just finished watching the movie, and was moaning that it was not possible without a lot of work to figure out what was really being played, and literally 5 minutes later I see you have analysed the game. Brilliant, and I'm so pleased it was a really tough game, and a great win for white, and Beth Harmon..!

    • I actually cried when Beth saw the pic with Shaibel

    • science fiction movie about how woman can play chess.

    • Great video but the Queen's Gambit was declined and it was said very clearly in the show. Again it's not an easy thing to do because not all of the moves were shown so great job!

    • @AkumaAPN In the show the commentator covering the game says Borgov is playing the Albin Counter Gambit.

  • I thought in the show, Queen's gambit was declined by Borgov, so I am confused by this accepted line.

  • In the analysis at 16 mins why isn’t nf8 check available forking king and queen ?

  • I would like to see a complete overview of the series as it was my favourite series in Netflix ever. Thanks for this video agadmator!

  • Townes: shit he isnt doing what he is supposed to. Its literally me every time i learn an opening or trap

  • I dont know if I would take lot of heavy drugs to see chess moves in ceiling ( or mental image of pieces are moving on imaginary chess board ) . It depends how good moves they are . I think Alpha Zero or SF 10 moves would be good enough to risk my health .

  • Definitely interested looking on a whole overviews of all of the games of the serie. Thanks all the way from Mexico.

  • I think the pills in the series were benzodiazepines (anxiolytic), since they were Rx for h.s. In real life, taking a CNS depressant would serve as a serious handicap to cognition, since it interferes with short-term memory function and left-right hemispheric collaboration, necessary for processing and problem-solving. Evidently a medical practitioner was not consulted by the film makers. I know. I know. It's just a movie.

  • Sheibel, being an avid chess fan probably followed her career and tourneys. His $10 dollars got her winning the Kentucky State Championship. He died knowing his protege was world class chess player.

  • just stop saying bishop for the love of god

  • Your pronunciation of bishop made me crazy, really

  • Queens gambit accepted is shown - but was not played in the film. Also clearly commented by the film speaker, have you not watched the film? Best Johannes

  • Why would black move rook to check at E2 and not queen, which seems an obviously stronger position?

  • at 15:21 why couldn't the knight on e7 go to g6 to stop the repetition and win the game?

  • When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.

  • ya allah plz forgive me stop watching this.

  • How many different shirts does Agad own?

  • thanks u so much bro

  • how's 15:25 this a draw ? the white can move rook to f8 then rook to h8 and its checkmate... what am i missing here ?

  • Great series

  • Only problem is the final didn't actually make much sense. The premise was a one win take all match. What's more the protagonist plays white, thus removing most of the tension the show tried to build (it's expected that white will win at this level of competition) From this one win with Harmon having the advantage, we are somehow led to believe she is now the best player in the world. That's not how it works

    • @Justas K Ya, but high level tournaments tend to be the best of (insert number) of games. For the reason I stated before. White is expected to win, so usually black plays with the aim of forcing a draw (this is a kinda win for black) For example this match is partially based on Fischer's much anticipated match with the Russian (and world champ) Spassky. Now you should know that there are a lot of draws in chess. And I mean a LOT. Fischer won the match 6 - 3 (might have been 7 - 3) so don't quote me on that. But there were 11 draws in between! I think it's actually done on a point based system They play multiple games and alternate colours to alleviate the fact that white has the advantage (they even state in an earlier episode that if computers ever play each other white would always win) The problem plot wise here is (putting aside the one match format) is that they show Harmon playing white! That being the case it's expected that she win (much like tennis players are expected to win their serves or football teams are expected to win their home games) If they really wanted to show Harmon was the better player, the show should have written her playing black. There would be no disputing her superiority had she beaten Burgov has he been playing white. I actually watched the show coming away thinking Burgov was still at least as good as Harmon given how close he made the match playing black. Hope that makes sense.

    • Wasn't it a Swiss tournament? Both she and Borgov beat everybody before this game, so they were the only ones remaining.

  • What did Ivanchuk play instead of Ne6?

  • The world champ accepting a queens gambit *nani*

  • Borgov declined the gambit in the series.

  • 0:47 agad was talking about " Pawn sacrifice" 😂😂

  • Interesting. I thought this series was a very well made coming of age story. However I thought that the actual game play tn this series trivialized the game of chess, due to how it was shot. I thought that they shot the series that way to keep up the mystique of chess, and I still do. But now after watching your video I've got to think that it was shot like it was to give chess afcionados a job to do, which is to suss out what games these moves are from. I thought the series was more interested in the trappings and rituals of chess and having everything look sexy more than it was the game. With regard to the actual game of chess, you have to take the characters word that they are chess geniuses, because you don't see any evidence of it, unless you have inside knowledge of these important games as you and other chess people do. To me the moves they make are irrelevant. Watching the game play for me was like looking at a route from San Diego to Detroit on a map made out of Swiss cheese. I wanted to play along, at least a couple seconds per each game. Maybe a full minute within a 7 plus hour series, but this series forbade that. You did more to promote the game of chess in this 25 minute video than the entire series did. I know how to play the game. I've even had people watch me win a few games in some coffee houses, But for me in terms of the game play, this series is delicious, sexy, unnerving chess candy.

  • Why this video appeared to me as soon i finishes the series, are they really listening

  • harmon is a monster

  • Girls aren't good at chess. But that Elizabeth babe is cute.

  • when this guy explains it, it feels so straightforward, I guess that's the beauty of chess tactics

  • 21:02 what happens if king moves to G7?

  • awesome

  • What they didn’t show in the series was Borgov was immediately killed after losing this game.

  • As someone who knows only the absolute basics about chess, it is cool to know the series actually took the games seriously, I was curious about that when watching.

  • Wierd, the Russian commentator in the series says that gambit was declined, then says moves pawn to e4 but in the end game the e file pawn is still on e5 🤷🏻‍♂️

    • Yes in the book the gambit is declined he plays the albin counter gambit

  • She only won because she downloaded stockfish on the ceiling in the middle of the game.

  • G

  • the younger child actor who played Beth at 9 years age was just chillingly real and a great artist.

  • Worst thing is that she never sent the money back to Scheibel.

  • What kind of software do you use to show chess board and highlights?

  • pls do an overview of the series!

  • Can u make a video on how the blacks could have won in the first move the whites did after the adjourn?

  • 13:16 How about Knight to f5? You check his king and you simultaneously threating his unprotected Knight, also blocking enemy queen for capturing yours.

  • what's the ending at 14:00 called? the repetitive play?

  • 😂 What a horrible book I thought when I read it in 9th grade. And what a horrible adaptation of the book when I saw the trailer. Couldn't yall just make a series based off of the real life, highly respected dominant female chess players like the Polgar Sisters ??? #GreatFemale #RoleModels #YourCreativeHollywood 😑

  • R.I.P Shaibel, he lived a good life. Even real men cried when they saw that board.

  • Two words for the pathetic sexists who keep bleating about the Netflix series being "feminist propaganda": Judit Polger. "Before age 13, she had broken into the top 100 players in the world and the British Chess Magazine declared: "Judit Polgár's recent results make the performances of Fischer and Kasparov at a similar age pale by comparison."[27] British GM Nigel Short called Judit "one of the three or four greatest chess prodigies in history".[55] However, Kasparov expressed early doubts: "She has fantastic chess talent, but she is, after all, a woman. It all comes down to the imperfections of the feminine psyche. No woman can sustain a prolonged battle."[55] Later in life, however, after he had lost a rapid game against Polgár himself in 2002, Kasparov revised his opinion: "The Polgárs showed that there are no inherent limitations to their aptitude-an idea that many male players refused to accept until they had unceremoniously been crushed by a twelve-year-old with a ponytail."" Wikipedia Polgar herself was not the model for the series' Harmon, but she matches Harmon in every respect. Btw, her two sisters were also amazing. Look them up.

  • Ive been playing chess on and off since i was 8 years old. I played with my father and brother but sadly they both died. Im not a good player in chess i only played this for fun. But when mr shaibel and beth played chess it brings back a lot of good memories

  • At 21:00, if Bargov sacrifice the queen to take the pawn e8 to e7 insteads of move the queen to h5, he can ganrentee a draw.

  • Psssssssssssssssssss.

  • the younger child actor who played Beth at 9 years age was just chillingly real and a great artist.


  • will there be dramatized series about masters of OTHER board games? how about a drama about an aspiring GO player or a drama about someone winning the world SCRABBLE championship??

  • Thank you for explaining that amazing game

  • Elizabeth Harmon is maybe the most beautiful chess player I have ever seen.

    • @cuzz63 its true for every fictional story that does not violate the laws of physics (I assume every quantum state has the same physical laws). Therefore Superman does not exist at all but the events of the movie Kramer vs Kramer happened exactly (with the characters in real life looking exactly the same as the actors portraying them). Same goes for every book ever written if its a drama novel and not Harry Potter or something.

    • @Robert Koch! great

    • @cuzz63 The actress then. And she was a real person. If the many worlds theory of quantum mechanics is accurate and there are an infinite (or number so high that it seems infinite) number of alternate quantum realities in the multiverse there has to be at least one where the events of the show manifested exactly as shown (with the people in this other universe having the exact same DNA coding as the actors or actresses who portrayed them in our universe).

    • Too bad she wasnt a real person.

  • 15:17 so can someone explain why the black queen can’t just capture the knight and thwart the draw by repetition?

    • Sure, if queen takes knight, than knight takes the queen, than you're checked again, after that black moves the king towards h7 and white king takes the knight. after that you lost a queen anda knight for two knights, the right side of the board bursts open and white has a very well positioned rook. Black goes from tying to being in a very disadvantaged position. CHeers

  • I was thinking about watching this series... until I watched the trailer lol. Looks like a bunch of feminist propaganda to me

  • Though being an absolute noob about chess, I loved this series so much. I enjoyed very much you explaining this particular game in detail. Seeing that the creators of the series put so much effort portraiting chess so precise and doing the game justice, makes it even better.

  • Thank you. Lets hope chess regains it’s magic and more ppl will take it up again. 👏👏

  • It's such a bizarre experience as a noob to understand everything that is happening in this video while simultaneously knowing absolutely nothing that is happening in this video.

  • I'm not a good chess player but I must admit I really enjoyed your analysis comrade! Thank you very much for this and I would like to listen to your analysis and "what if's" of other great historical duels. Cheers!

  • Thanks for putting this together!

  • very informative video, thank you very much

  • If u can understand what is happening on the board, chess is a beauty. It is addictive!

  • What I really liked about the story besides the fact that they made chess interesting and created an exceptional story to go along with it was that within, the characters were nice to one another. Especially after losing to Beth, there weren't any complaints or arguments like I would expect in a show. Not sure if that made sense but it's just something nice to see.

  • This series is the best thing Netflix have ever done - I was hooked and binge watched the entire series - now to learn how to play Chess

  • Borgov: let's play a fair game Harmon at 17:43 with 2 queens: *oh*

  • 12:56 what if white plays kd5*bd6 and then play kd8+?

  • the younger child actor who played Beth at 9 years age was just chillingly real and a great artist.

  • As a chess snob, rapid style is something that gets in the way of artistry.

    • I don't understand the speed chess thing. What difference does it make how fast you play the game? If you lose you don't get points for losing in a faster time that than the winner won. I guess you could make a side bet.

  • At 15'23" you say it is a draw by repetitive motion. It doesn't have to be. Not saying that it is a great move, but black can fight there way out. QxK G6.

  • There's a typo in the tittle? Bether?

  • TY your a big asset for a bether life

  • Thank you very much for this analysis. I though that all games were fictional

  • R.I.P Shaibel, he lived a good life. Even real men cried when they saw that board.

  • In the actual show, the first few moves have been changed and are not the same as in this video, but it is irrelevant to the game and the conclusion so I did not include this. Hope you enjoy the game :)

  • This series brought me back to chess

  • I thought I clicked on Scarlett Johansson

  • Radjabov - Karpov. Radjabov made knight move

  • And, now back to the paradigm of chess and its history.

  • what I liked about this series was the fact that you didn't even have to understand chess to enjoy it. This series was about a young girl's life and how she overcame her personal demons.

  • Bether?

  • Dear SEnewss, I never, in my entire life, used the arrow keys to control the volume. Thank you.

  • deep

  • Wife forced me to watch first episode! Ugh! Me after watching,hurry and push play next episode Honey lol! I am very happy I got the chance! Great movie and Beautiful actress! Binge watched!

  • The beauty of Beth staring at the ceiling for her "answers' is she's essentially channeling heavenly energy downward like a true sorceress.

    • It's all symbolic. Inspiration can come from anywhere. In the case of this FICTITIOUS character, she draws her inspiration from above. This kind of stuff is hard to explain to self-proclaimed robots like yourself who don't have much of a connection with the earth or the sky. Do you play better if you're in the right frame of mind or is that an alien concept to robots?

    • see, how men do this is we don't "channel beautiful heavenly energy" we just do the work and we win because we are better. If we lose its cos we are not good enough, has nothing to do with "heaven" or "energy"

  • The real question ive been wanting to ask is that was Townes gay or not? I didnt get that part where he said he was confused? I thought being gay back in the 60s and 70s gays were persecuted even in the USA, so it would make sense if he pretended to like her but actually secretly a closeted gay..

  • obviously agadmator's

  • I haven’t cried in years but when she took out that picture with Shaibel in the last episode that broke me

  • At first i thought she was ugly but she got hotter and hotter the more you see her, i dont know why but yeah.

  • at 21:04, borgov could've checked with rook, then came in with queen. i'd like to see him play that out

  • Fantastic video and a great series. I watched the entire thing in one long binge last Sunday. I love your channel Agadmator. I love playing chess too. Being a young boy and growing up in Germany, chess was a class, just like math, science and geography.

  • ... I get it, VASILY BORGOV is an anagram for BORIS SPASSKY!!!

  • Agad: If you have 8 hours free, maybe today or some other day, you can watch it in one day. Me: Agad: Or you could also watch it through the course of 4 days Me: BLASPHEMY!

  • Where I live Chess sets are completely sold out. Along with SpongeBob toys. Says much about 2020.

  • The Chess TV series that is not about chess. Really? Who can see the movements of the pieces? That show sucks.

  • 2:08 who is he talking about? sorry i am uncultured ..

  • How I wish people who watched the series and this vid are my fb or actual friends.

  • 2:08 is that a reference to Bobby Fisher? The D4 opening?

  • Just watched the series last night, the final battle was portrayed with a transcendent quality to the incredible feats of visualisation-calculation achieved by top players, and I assumed it was based on Judit Polgar defeating Gari Kasparov, with echos of the brilliant Fischer v Spassky game 6 and the standing ovation. I was frustrated that I could not really see the game clearly but here it is all pieced together. Fantastic job.