Carlsen Played The GOAT Opening To Defeat Hikaru And Fabiano

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Regarded as the GOAT of chess, Magnus Carlsen has incorporated a new, peculiar, and unconventional chess opening known as the Goat Horns opening into his repertoire. Remarkably, he holds an impressive win rate of 82% with this unusual opening, having even secured victories against formidable opponents such as Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana.

Curious about how this opening unfolds? Carlsen begins with 1…a6 on move 1 – yes, you heard it right! But the intrigue doesn’t stop there; he follows up with 2…c6, yet another seemingly bizarre move.

While it may appear to be a whimsical opening, suitable for trolling opponents on the Internet, it actually has some interesting variations that allow Black to attain a superior position.

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00:00 Magnus Carlsen’s GOAT Horns Chess Opening
00:20 82% Win Rate, Beat Hikaru and Fabiano
02:01 Bg4 pin on White’s Knight
04:31 KEY Tip, Common Attacking Patterns/Ideas
06:07 Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen
07:34 Carlsen and Nakamura missed this simple tactic!
08:12 Hikaru Plays The GOAT Horns Opening
09:31 Tip: Take towards the center
11:01 White’s best move against this opening

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32 Comments

  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Magnus Carlsen's GOAT Horns Chess Opening

    00:20 82% Win Rate, Beat Hikaru and Fabiano

    02:01 Bg4 pin on White's Knight

    04:31 KEY Tip, Common Attacking Patterns/Ideas

    06:07 Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen

    07:34 Carlsen and Nakamura missed this simple tactic!

    08:12 Hikaru Plays The GOAT Horns Opening

    09:31 Tip: Take towards the center

    11:01 White's best move against this opening

  2. Me on my way to play this banger in a standard tournament 🗣️🗣️🔥

  3. I think Qb8 is right. If Qc7 knight goes g6 and saves the position for white. 8:00

  4. When black plays bishop to g4 i rarely see the counter white pawn to G3 (which would be my immediate reaction, chasing the bishop away). Can someone tell me why this is not a good counter to bishop to g4??

  5. Why not just play 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 a6 4. Bd3 with an improved advanced caro-kann for white.

  6. QG8 looks like the best, it wins the night on E5, if QF7, then white can move the night, to defend the queen, and if QxQ, then NxQ, if PxN, then black drops his queen.

  7. Grandmaters: Don't waste Pawn moves in the opening.🤓-2020,2021,2022,2023.
    The Goat (Magnus): I don't care.😎🐂-2024.

  8. My weapon is the Caro-Kann.🙂
    So I am playing the Goat Horn Variation/Defense/Counterattack.😁

  9. Sussy symbolism in the thumbnail and then you throw up the horn sign. Are you doing this intentionally or subconsciously? Do you understand what these symbols signify?

  10. Qb8 is the move. Qct doesn't work because of Nd3

  11. But doesn't Carlson already win 85% of his matches without using the GOAT opening?

  12. Using Carlson as a reason for a strategy working is like saying we can play football just like Messi

  13. Just used this opening on the Fighter bot. Crushed it so easily. I think this bot doesn’t know anything about this opening. Plus 21 at end. I like it. Thanks

  14. Nice video. From what looks initially like a trolling play by Carlsen, to perhaps a very clever way to get a favourable opening position… Qb8

  15. It’s official, Magnus is part of the secret club. Fuck em

  16. ❤ Sir GM Igor you're TOTAL GENIUS, YOUR TACTICS are absolutely clear and fine,, BRILLIANT 😮

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