Chess Opening TIER LIST for the Grandmaster Level with GothamChess

GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Levy Rozman @GothamChess use @tiermaker to create a Chess Opening TIER LIST 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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0:00 Intro
0:17 Accelerated Dragon
4:20 Accelerated Caro Kann
6:53 Advance French
9:12 Alapin Sicilian
11:20 Alekhine’s Defence
13:20 Benoni
15:45 Berlin Defence
17:40 Bongcloud
19:11 Budapest Gambit
20:55 Caro Kann Defence
22:29 Catalan
24:31 Closed Sicilian
26:28 Danish Gambit
28:22 Dutch Defense
30:45 English Opening
32:41 Exch Caro Kann
35:54 Fools Mate
37:44 The Fred
39:00 Four Knights Italian
41:25 French Defense

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  1. Funny about the berlin defence because everyone at my highschool about 7 years ago would play it

  2. Ive noticed something. Nakamura is very bad with names.

    Conclusion: Yes, Im mentaly better in something than him. Hi fives himself.

    Nakamura: Ye ye, whatever…

  3. The Fred and the Fools Mate are there, but the Chigorin Defense isn't? :/

  4. Is this after the world championship match between carlsen and nepo? Catalan not legendary?

  5. Most replayed youtube feature is a life saved❤😂

  6. I don't study theory, and I don't even have a 'rating' but I've beaten supposed 2600's. I dislike the memorization game. I play solid moves, and adjust my strategy to what my opponent is doing. I almost always win when they blunder a tactic. There are players like me out there who enjoy chess but can't be bothered to join Fide, or worry about ratings. It's the chess that matters. We'll never be famous, we'll never be noticed, but who cares. 🙂 I enjoy watching Hikaru play more than any other player. Magnus is a close 2nd. And Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Very creative otb. Oh, and Ivanchuk. He's been on the downside for a while, but remains one of the more creative players out there.

  7. The Bongcloud is the Mornington Crescent of openings

  8. Bongcloud no memes i've found works really well against anyone under 1000 elo also. It completely scrambles ALL their very limited opening theory knowledge and it's funny to watch them push out queens/dark squared bishop and then not know what to do with it because the king is on e2 and you can have fun trapping it. Provided you are over 1200 elo of course. If you are evenly matched with your opponent never do it.

  9. „He couldn’t tear down that wall“ is the best joke ever made, and nobody even noticed it.

  10. Nobody seen shit till they pull the 4dchess bongcloud

  11. Idk the lighting, the low quality, and the low frame rate makes Levi look like an AI generated deepfake

  12. I'm mostly confused on why the Alekhine is considered garbage?

    I thought it was one of the better aggressive responses to e4?

  13. The flags from catalan icon are not the official… 😂

  14. If Hikaru sees this, I will grind to 1200 Elo using only the bong cloud

  15. hikaru is so hard trying not to laugh 18:21 😂😂😂😂😂😂


  17. once i played my friend wiht the bongcloud and somehow i won the game

  18. The Bongcloud was so refreshing! I needed that 😃

  19. Liked how Hikaru and Levy talked so professionally on how Bongcloud deserved to be in the Legendary tierlist…

  20. Maróczy's pronunciation is "Marotsi" with long 'o'. Sorry, I'm Hungarian

  21. I think that the Fool's mate is legit just better than the exchange french because at least you lose immediately, like you lose instantly you accomplished your goal(of losing).

    With the exchange french you don't even get what your going for in the beginning because you still have to play a whole game out to make the draw. If you wanted to make the draw with e4 you would just play the Berlin and complete your goal immediately. That's why the Fool's mate is better because you get your goal done as fast as possible and with the exchange french you don't even get it over with, it's a time waster and there's a better faster way to make the draw that pleases everyone.

  22. Hikaru casually mentioning all the GMs he beat WHILE ranking the openings…

  23. why don't gms play the caro cann or the viena???

  24. the moroxie *BIND!!!*
    he called it like an anime special move

  25. And of course the Evans Gambit goes in legendary tier.

  26. Berlin ( Legenday ) 15:45 / [ 42:18 ]
    Catalan ( Unbreaable )
    English ( Unbreakable )
    Advance Caro- Kann ( Legit )
    Caro-Kann ( Legit )
    Exchange Caro-Kann ( Legit )
    Accelerated Dragon ( Legit )
    Dutch Defense ( Really?)
    Closed Sicilian ( Really )
    Advance French ( Really )
    Alapin Sicilian ( Really )
    Benoni ( Tricks Only )
    Danish Gambti ( Tricks Only )

  27. I don't see the Ruy Lopez here, so it must be for super GM's only.

  28. Coming back to this is funny considering most people at the super gm level play the alapin now

  29. Also the Catilan opening being so much more popular now because of carslen using it during the wcc

  30. Hikaru: Can remember random games against GMs from 2004
    Also Hikaru: Forgets the difference between Scholar's Mate and Fool's Mate

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