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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451 Comments

  1. Hikaru not putting the queen’s gambit is legendary is wild, Gotham is right 100%

  2. Queens Gambit is from white’s perspective Hikaru

  3. No wonder chat lost their mind at Queen’s Gambit

  4. Chat wrecked Hikaru on Queen’s Gambit

  5. Queen’s Gambit is the second best white opening yet it’s in Unbreakable, makes no sense

  6. He really didn’t put the polish in garbagw even with the evaluation

  7. when pirc is dubious – counts this for modern defense aswell?

  8. Still cannot understand why Ru Paul (QG) isn't at legendary… that IS a famous and legendary opening… well, maybe finally reached the status by a certain Netflix series but nonetheless…

  9. Timestamps for each opening:
    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

  10. Scandinavian Defense has only gotten Worse with the invention of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Variant

  11. Did Hikaru say that CA's infrastructure is better than FL? And it's better because CA pays high taxes? Why is everyone wanting to move from CA? Do they like paying high taxes?

  12. There is one error, bong cloud should be at the top of legendary

  13. No St. George's defense. Tony Miles is rolling in his grave (may he rest in peace).

  14. Is Hikaru nuts about the comparison between Florida and California ? He is a patzer when it comes to comparing states. Wow.

  15. Levy: does video about fried liver is good
    Levy and hicaru in the video: It's trash haha

  16. Its an abomination that the Evans Gambit isnt here

  17. Best part was when he implied CA has better infrastructure than FL 🤣

  18. I dun understand why the Italian is unbreakable but Giucco Piano is garbage..

  19. Why is a black guy in a wig under the queens gambit is that a joke or something?

  20. the nimzo? the sveshnikov? the bogo? kalashnikov?vienna?blackmar diemer?

  21. Calling it the polish not the orangutan deserves a “really bro”?

  22. This tier list is bacicly:
    Legendary
    Unbreakable
    Legit
    Really, bro?
    Garbage

    And separately
    Tricks only openings

  23. Ludwig played the ponziani “and I believe he messed up pretty badly” ok it was definitely Ludwig

  24. Queens gambit < Bongcloud
    That speedrun really got to you

  25. Hikaru: I play this all the time
    Levy: It’s Legit, no higher

  26. I hate to ask but on all three videos nobody mentioned queens Indian. Is it just a bad opening?

  27. GM Openings to Consider

    Legendary:

    Ruy Lopez
    Najdorf
    Berlin Defense
    Gruenfeld
    King’s Indian Defense
    Bongcloud (/hj)

    Unbreakable:

    Sicillian Defense
    Petrov
    Queen’s Gambit
    Marshall Attack
    Italian
    Catalan
    English
    Nimzo-Larsen Attack
    Tarrasch French

  28. Why Nobody talks about Zukertort Variation?

  29. I don't think Levy knows that the symbol for sodium is Na (as you play Na3), or maybe he just didn't notice it

  30. How did you miss the Chigorin for Black? Morozevich and Richard Raport both have had success with it. Lower level legit?

  31. 2:24 For such a great chess player the California idea would be a terrible move.

  32. I don't watch Hikaru that often, is he always like this? With the interrupting himself and getting stuck on minor things that he can't move on from until he says it exactly right?

    I'm kinda impressed he does so well as a streamer at this point, like I know he's good at chess but damn, bro literally can't talk.

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