Magnus Carlsen goes 36% berserk | Blitz Chess Titled Arena, March 2020

This is a 3-hour blitz chess tournament (Lichess Titled Arena March 2020) I provided commentary on. After a couple games into the arena, I begin following the games of World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, who went berserk in 36% of his games. When a player chooses to “berserk”, the initial time is halved and should you win, you gain an additional tournament point. This Lichess Titled Arena was the first of its kind with a blitz 3|0 format. I streamed this event at Lichess Titled Arena March 2020 is held for titled chess players only, namely Grandmasters, International Masters, FIDE Masters, National Masters etc… Magnus Carlsen played under the account “DrNykterstein” for this event. Its $1,000 prize pool goes to the top 5 players, with 1st – $500, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $125, 4th – $75, and 5th – $50. This tournament began on March 21st, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST.

Image of Magnus Carlsen in thumbnail courtesy of Niki Riga

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  1. These games are amazing! Love the commentary.

  2. That one game played difference made the huge difference. give carlsen one more game and see what happens lol

  3. Alireza always wins when i think its gonna be carlsen that kid is a chess wizard
    i salute👌

  4. This is my favorite chess channel. Love your commentary and enthusiasm for the game.

  5. Hey Jerry I hope you and your family stay safe from this virus and healthy. You have given me many years of joy and it would break my heart if something bad happens to you. Thanks for the video.

  6. Thank you Jerry for this video, you're the best chess youtuber that explains every move and nevertheless, you're funny.

  7. jerry u made us feel and think the same way the world champion….its very good analysis by u in real time ….heads off

  8. I can only watch this tournament complete with your broadcasting, tried several channels, even in my mother tongue, but you are the best with these lichess tournaments

  9. Love you Jerry, thanks for doing the titled arena. I love seeing these rapid games. I learn so much from the games. Your commentary is insightful and entertaining. Perfect combination. Keep up the good work.
    Thank you so much.

  10. Most entertaining 3 hours of chess of all time

  11. Ty for the content, Jerry! 😁 Awesome commentary as always! Just putting this out, though: I am subscribed to you and have the bell activated (with all notifications on), but did not receive any notification for this video… if I didn’t click on your channel I would not have known this video existed at all. YouTube’s been acting up lately.

  12. Sublime commentary, he explains so fast even in bullet.

  13. I didn't catch 75% od what Jerry was saying and 90% od what Magnus was doing, but it was still pretty awesome 😀

  14. 1:30:25 When Jerry was saying draw, computer was already saying -3.5 because it could see that Magnus would be zugzwang'ed off of d4 when the pawns on the right side ran out of moves.

  15. 1:11:36 "look at how brave this guy is, four queens no problem, king g3, show me" laughed so hard

  16. Jerry you're such a goofball lol, love ya man. Thanks for all these videos, they've been helping pass the hours in quarantine.

  17. @1:35:30 you missed the knight moving back to B5. The next white move is protecting king because 1 move from checkmate via rook to back rank. So after next move to protect, knight B5, and then both pawns are falling. If pawn on C7 moves it just dies, and if pawn on D6 moves to attack rook, knight takes pawn on C7 and then defends the rook so when pawn takes rook knight takes pawn/queen. And if pawn doesn't take rook, it dies next 2 moves regardless. So knight and pawn advantage in end game.

  18. Did…did Jerry actually count every game that Magnus berserkered to get the percentage?

  19. 10:00
    Jerry's sheer, innocent disappointment when he thinks chat lied to him killed me.

    Jerry always deserves joy

  20. I like how you always choose 'Sexy Neanderthal Magnus' for your thumbnails.

  21. Jerry commentating magnus playing chess is the best most wholesome content on youtube <3

  22. There's not to many people i can watch stream for more than half a hour, hours just roll by watching the GOAT Jerry commentate.

  23. Man, let me say this; you're a great commentator! I watched the whole tournament without getting bored, haha. You're probably gonna be a Grandmaster soon.

  24. Fantastic three hours spent. Loved the unbiased reporting 🙂

  25. "Is he on a phone or in a van?!" made me laugh out loud. especially following how crazy excited you got on the 2nd 5 pt game just before that.

  26. 1:25:00 I don't understand why white didn't take the black queen with the bishop…?

  27. Not sure if magnus still does these. But I love the commentary if you can do more!!! Thanks!

  28. Without a doubt, the best chess commentator I’ve ever listened to. Calm, collected, witty, intelligent—the whole package. Keep it up.

  29. The thoughtful cucumber ultimately obey because headline histomorphometrically punish unlike a ragged noise. humdrum, normal secretary

  30. vlad9000 played more games but did not beserk once ….

  31. You are a good content creator man. Chess is more fun when you're here doing the commentary.

  32. Wow I didnt know Magnus was still playing Lichess. He really shows how great he is in these tournaments.

  33. I love how excited Jerry gets, make it more interesting for sure 🙂

  34. "I think I like white" flagged for possible extremism

  35. Both Carlson and fischer play unorthodox chess

  36. It is interesting that I am subbed to you channel but YouTube has not put forward a single of your videos for a couple of years now. You just popped up and I don't know why YouTube just didn't want me to watch your videos. Well fun to be back. Cheers

  37. 1:34:00 check HansMoke's 2500 rating on lichess, and check the time between moves when they're good.

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