Chess Opening TIER LIST for GMs FINALE (Part 3) | Hikaru & GothamChess

GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Levy Rozman use @tiermaker to rank chess openings 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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00:00 Intro
1. Pirc Defense 1:03
2. Polish Opening 3:34
3. Ponziani Opening 4:47
4. Portuguese Opening 6:47
5. Queen’s Gambit 8:41
6. Réti Opening 11:11
7. Ruy Lopez 12:25
8. Scandinavian Defense 14:08
9. Scotch Game 15:50
10. Sicilian Defense 16:47
11. Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation 18:10
12. Slav Defense 20:20
13. Sicilian Defense, Smith-Morra Gambit 21:26
14. Sodium Attack 23:52
15. Stonewall Attack 25:57
16. French Defense, Tarrasch Variation 27:25

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  1. Don't worry guys, all these comment and replies has played against GMs countless times over the board 🙂 their opinion matter

    Tier list is for gm level sirs

  2. We need Kasparov, Kramnik and Magnus to do this 🙂

  3. I like the hyperaccelerated dragon, it has the coolest name

  4. The other guy what totally ignored…again.

  5. No way Queen's Gambit is not legendary! 🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃

  6. Ruy Lopez legendary and Queen's Gambit is not! Pufffffff

  7. "Top of Garbage" so does that mean it is the best opening among the garbage or the worst one?

  8. I hate the Scandinavian so much it makes me irrationally angry every time I play against it. I take it as an insult to not just my intelligence, but my value as a human being. This is the sound of me screaming in rage when I see the 1.d5 move “AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” then I take a deep breath before I continue, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” usually by this point it’s move 15-20 and I have finished screaming. I am now crying and shaking, the tears streaming down my beet red face burn my eyes like sea water. The game ends. Sometimes I’ve won, sometimes I’ve lost. I take a break from chess afterwards. I hate the Scandinavian.

  9. Lowkey disappointed that the Queen's gambit picture wasn't Botez.

  10. You forgot the Trompowsky atack! Magnus Carsen plays it some times…

  11. Disapointed to not seeing him ranking modern defense, french sicilian and evans gambit and even as a joke scolar mate haha

  12. Yes, because that's the only thing people pay taxes for.

  13. Hikaru: so what do you think Levy?

    Levy: blah blah blah…blah blah

    Hikaru: I’d have to disagree…

    Levy: Yes, yes… I see the light now, please forgive me 😔

  14. 1 john didnt invent the scandi
    2 he is the best teacher on YouTube (to me)
    3 i just wanted to say that.

  15. Drinking game: Take a shot every time Hikaru says agree.

  16. You have to have a defined side if you're going to say whether an opening is good or not… You can't say both lmao! If it's good for one side, then it's going to be bad for the other…

  17. Am I not seeing it, or did they not include the Rossolimo?

  18. ???????????????????????????? QueensGambit ???????????????????????????????????

  19. levy’s opinion doesn’t matter

  20. It's pronounced Jokoh, not Jukoh, for God sake… And it's Peerts not Perk.

  21. If you don't agree then you're garbage. If Hikaru can with it then you can one day. Lol

  22. The Moment a pro say Queens gambit is Not legent but najdorf is Tatall noob

  23. When you do this for lower level players, can you break it down by black/white openings too, to make it easier to understand the rankings list? i.e. do all the white openings first, then all the black openings?

  24. Polish is d4 b5

    1b4 ist urang utan or sokolski in germany

  25. I can see Levi hoping hikari agrees with him when new opening is being discussed

  26. All the openings I play are unbreakable💪

  27. Ruy Lopez is legendary number 1, thank you Hikaru for having good taste.

  28. What about Gedult's opening as white and as black and what about BongCloud opening and also the Grob opening, Anderssen's opening?

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