Hikaru’s Thoughts on the WCC Game 7 Press Conference

Hikaru watches Game 7 Press Conference with chat.


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  1. Ian's problem is he is too optimistic, while Ding's problem is he is way too pessimistic doubting himself and wasting time.

  2. These press conferences are so amateur and cringey. They need someone who knows what they’re talking about conducting them. They need an analysis screen behind them. They need a translator for Ding. They need to have a set order for the Journalist questions. The person asking the Twitter / Online questions to be a chess player not some random individual reading things from the internet. Feel sorry for both players but particularly Ding, he’s wanting to get back to the hotel he’s dying up there after a crushing loss and people are laughing and joking asking stupid questions in a language he barely understands. Incredibly unprofessional organisation it seems and a complete shambles.

  3. The classic kebab is something that came out of a movie into the chess world

  4. A lot of times when grandmasters rattle
    off moves and variations it’s hard to follow their line of thinking. Hikaru explains it well for the general audience. And he’s right, showing the board makes it much easier to follow along as well. This is super HELPFUL, thank you hikaru.

  5. 25:00 it seems Hikaru still simps for Magnus and thinks in terms of validation from Magnus as if Magnus is his unavailable dad or something

  6. I'll always say it, chess is an exercise in self torment. Regardless of ELO, you can be 2600 or 600 and still hate yourself.

  7. Hikaru should be challenging for the title

  8. Hearing this analysis from Hikaru, it makes me feel like Ian's approach of leaving the board, or occasionally hanging around, is very much a mind-game that is paying off. Can you imagine dilly-dallying to reach move 40 but your opponent is getting up and moving away from the board for five minutes every time. Part of the game, sure, just feels difficult in this Rapid/Blitz age.

  9. must be hard for ding getting to the match via karjakin disqualification and carlsen withdrawal. perhaps deep down does not want to win the match and be considered an unworthy wc. under so much pressure even small doubts matter.

  10. 17:50 Probably not for a world championship match, but in some ways the bong cloud getsvplayed for sentimental value.

  11. I find it truly astonishing how the top gms are able to memorise each position of each piece and recite possible moves. Blows my mind

  12. they for sure have to improve questions on press conference

  13. 17:2218:05
    Only in an anime would you play an opening for sentimental reasons. I can literally envision it in my head. LOL

  14. You shouldn't expect Ian to remember his prep. I mean, the guy's surname literally means "the one who doesn't remember".

  15. holy smokes my man, please normalize your audio.

  16. Hikaru watch the video clips that made hikaru famous

  17. Curious… At what level can you guys FULLY understand Hikaru's analysis? E.g. 1500? I'm a 500 beginner and I cannot follow anything at all.

  18. hate to sound slightly racist but there's nothing sadder than listening to a chinese guy when he's really sad; these interviews after defeats are the worst

  19. As good as Hikaru's commentary is, Dubov's dry humour is absolutely sublime.

  20. Keti should be fired for asking that question to lead the press conference. She is absolutely without an ounce of class. Disgusting behavior. She ruined her career with one asinine question.

  21. This reminds me of Stanley Cup pressers. You have to talk to everyone

  22. These two are both so likable and this review is really great. It is really great that the tension is in the gameplay and not their chess personas. At the same time, their chess personalities are both quite evident in this match. So good. Thank you, Hikaru.

  23. Better explanations with the table. Nobody remembered the precise situation on the table. Only the players.

  24. Meh….. Nepo is just no good… Shouldn't be playing in WCC match… bad opening prep… always overly optimistic about his position… moves too fast… got lucky to win the candidates… etc…
    what's with all the hating on Nepo?
    With all those negatives, why didn't anyone best him in the candidates matches?? 😏

  25. everyone is saying hikaru should commentate, but then the co-caster would obviously say "why aren't you the one playing then"

  26. I really do think this is far from over. We still have half of the match ahead and

    a) Nepo tends to struggle in decisive moments in tournaments (probably even more considering we are reaching final stages of a WCC)

    b) we learnt from the first seven games that this match is absolutely unpredictable

    c) this particular game confirmed that Nepo is weaker than expected. It seems as if Nepo’s prep focused only on Ding’s mainstream repertoire and therefore struggled in games were Ding chose other openings (London and French defense).

    Buckle up, (even more) fireworks are coming

  27. It’s the day before April 20th and I’m the 69,000th view 😂

  28. When Ding said he was doing fine with the french def but only messed up at the end, it was definitely true. I find the context of the interview was irrelevant nonetheless.

  29. Hikaru low key hating on Ian and its sad to see

  30. The moment Ding wasted almost about 2 minutes before playing …1 e6 is in effect the moment he lost. You can argue he was authentic in his contemplation over the surprise, but I felt like it was over mind-game-y and he was looking around like some Martyr. He was obviously in some oxymoronic ego trip after taking massive amounts of time and winning like an engine in game 6. I’m not blaming him for it, it’s natural to “over-embrace” the strategy that worked so well in his beautiful wins… but to me his whole Martyr persona is unnecessary and ultimately made him lose. He is doing it to intimidate Nepo from playing fast like he does, as if to warn him he will punish him over the board. But he was giving himself too much credit with so many agonizing tanking. Happy for Nepo.

  31. It's kinda weird that the press calls out certain moves as "inaccuracies", there is no simple answer to human vs. human games, i.e, certain lines can pose greater challenges depending on your opponent's strengths and weaknesses.

  32. On April 12th Magnus was playing poker in LA.

  33. Hey guys I'm new in chess pro scene but I just want to ask if Hikaru participated in this tournament? Or why is he not playing? Thanks!

  34. I love when she calls him. "Dink"! He really is a dink!

  35. No matter who of them becomes world champion everyone will say yes but you are not Magnus.

  36. Jesus, I know Ding is all the top guys favorite, but Hikaru is just being too harsh on Ian

  37. thanks for sharing your thoughts. please cover the rest of press conferences as well. as you said. press conference without a live board is very annoying

  38. I wold watch championship between Hikaru and Nepo. I think Nepo is better

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  40. Respect to Ding… At this point its fair to say he's still not out of it.

  41. Hikaru was runner up for this match, based on his Candidates performance. It's clear in this video sees things with a lot more clarity than both of them. He would thrash these guys in this world championship match. These two are both are struggling with the pressure, not able to play their best.

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