My First Arena Kings of 2021

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In this video, I compete my first Arena Kings event on in 2021. The tournament featured 2-hours of blitz chess and is part of a series of weekly prize tournaments for streamers. Learn more about the 2021 Arena Kings season on here:
0:00 Hikaru Teaser
1:33 Jobava London
7:43 Queen’s Gambit Declined vs GM Alex Rustemov
13:23 OPENING MOUSE SLIP DISTASTER but I don’t give up
18:50 Dirty Game vs famous legend GATA KAMSKY
25:27 Positional King’s Pawn Opening turns WILD
31:23 Not your typical London Opening…
37:58 Getting CRUSHED by a London Opening
43:46 London Opening leads to confusing King Pawn Endgame
50:31 Who will win the pawn race?
56:10 Stafford Gambit Declined leads to razor sharp finish
1:00:43 Weird Opening leads to Weird Endgame
1:07:17 Roller Coaster London
1:13:16 London vs King’s Indian
1:18:38 Reti Opening vs early a-pawn thrust
1:22:35 London vs Dutch
1:28:34 London vs double fianchetto
1:33:55 CRAZY Jobava London Battle vs GM Bortnyk
1:40:13 My prep against the Danish Gambit
1:42:45 Facing the TOURNAMENT LEADER
1:53:30 Another London vs Dutch
1:59:30 Copying all of my opponents moves
2:01:30 Post-tournament thoughts
2:03:24 Analyzing my games in a lichess study
2:09:54 Unexpected Ben Finegold
Analyze all my games from the tournament in this lichess study:
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    Christian GallagherChristian Gallagher3 күн мурун
  • The frequent payment possibly yell because buffer willy polish than a imminent storm. six, old deadline

    Frank UhligFrank Uhlig9 күн мурун
  • Any idea on why was Andrew Tang playing under Costa Rican flag? 0:53

    Randall CorderoRandall CorderoАй мурун
  • "Where's the resign button" -Eric Rosen, 2021 43:29

    Sciber TechnologiesSciber TechnologiesАй мурун
  • 18:55 - your opponent's name is "Tiger wearing hat" from Russian. Might have some self-critics vibe as "shlyapa" (hat) can be used to describe low quality things, but might be that it's just a tiger wearing hat and nothing more that that.

    Маторан КодМаторан КодАй мурун
  • Game three was great.

    Stout LagerStout LagerАй мурун
  • 3:38 why didn't you take the horse?

    carron979carron979Ай мурун
  • where are you from eric ?

    Wie Kian LimWie Kian Lim2 ай мурун
  • Hikaru is like: *alright, let's mark this as a win.* Eric is like: *how do the pieces move again?*

    Stewart ZayatStewart Zayat2 ай мурун
  • this was a good ass game..."he was good at chess" he IS** good at are too though! you guys should play WAY more than you do!!

    Mack WozniakMack Wozniak2 ай мурун
  • When he resigned and didn't see the fork.....

    Rhys WalkerRhys Walker2 ай мурун
  • 1:05:16 Eric resigned, but couldn't he play on with *48...Ne5* ? The rook can't protect the bishop, so it becomes a R v N ending, which Black has chances to draw.

    Yorick StrangefieldYorick Strangefield2 ай мурун
  • The copying was hilarious xD

    ɥɐouɥɐou2 ай мурун
  • Someone correct me if I'm wrong... I believe there is a cool tactic which wins the queen at 1:51:22. It goes: Rxe6 threatening mate, forcing fxe6, then Bxe6 forcing the queen to block mate with Qf7. Then, after Bxf7 Kxf7 the white queen can be saved.

    mapleunix1mapleunix12 ай мурун
  • @21:00 Plays f3, immediately loses a pawn.

    Evan LuffEvan Luff2 ай мурун
  • 18:37 "wait that's mate in 2... and a free pawn"

    Alexander ParadiangAlexander Paradiang2 ай мурун
    • beat me to it

      Nikolai BondNikolai Bond2 ай мурун
  • Oh no my time. In every game 🤦

    Christopher WalkerChristopher Walker2 ай мурун
  • Its crazy how the day i start studying the london opening as an...intermediate? I find so many fresh games (3 in a row to be exact)that include london system

    Stumm StefanStumm Stefan2 ай мурун
  • at 36:55 there was a nice tactic available of 34. Nf5, forcing the d4 rook to move to e4, then Nd6 forking the king and e8 rook and winning an exchange. The move you played instead, Rf5 opens you up for an immediate fork with Ne3, but he missed that. This was with low clocks though, it boggles my mind that you can see these movies so quickly.

    ufffdufffd2 ай мурун
  • 1st match: eric defeated L 😱

    Omran Once AgainOmran Once Again2 ай мурун
  • Chess Karma hits if you flag the f*cking legend!

    ChrisChris2 ай мурун
  • "how do pieces move again" - Eric Rosen IM

    Xavier MoxlyXavier Moxly2 ай мурун
  • 2:06:10 Everyone go check on Eric next stream make sure he’s okay

    Lashawn CostaLashawn Costa2 ай мурун
  • Hikaru: "Nothing personnel kid..."

    ICareBecauseYouDoICareBecauseYouDo2 ай мурун
  • At 1:22:00 a7 is a good solution?

    Zalán PethőZalán Pethő2 ай мурун
  • "I really appreciate that"

    Jean-Jacques Eliat-EliatJean-Jacques Eliat-Eliat2 ай мурун
  • good stuff

    Mighty1BobMighty1Bob2 ай мурун
  • dislikes are funny

    jazz yyjazz yy2 ай мурун
  • 18:13 „Making Luft“ is „Luft“ a german Word?

    ValentinValentin2 ай мурун
    • @Fabio yeah im just wondering about hearing german words (and their meaning) in the context of english language (BTW. im from Germany)

      ValentinValentin2 ай мурун
    • Yeah, it normally means "air" but can be translated as "space/room" in this situation

      FabioFabio2 ай мурун
  • 19:07 t'was actually tiger in a hat if helps :D

    Emin TekinEmin Tekin2 ай мурун
  • Why are u saying making luft are you german or somethimg xd?

    AliceAlice2 ай мурун
    • @Lead Nitrate Is it thats really interresting for someone who speals german as a mother tongue

      AliceAlice2 ай мурун
    • Common chess term

      Lead NitrateLead Nitrate2 ай мурун
  • All those endgame losses and his rating still goes up 35 points.

    John BlossJohn Bloss2 ай мурун
  • The Hikaru game starts at 1:48:00

    Prince MahadPrince Mahad2 ай мурун
  • "am I threatening something? maybe I'm threatening something" nice :)

    Martin S.Martin S.2 ай мурун
  • Gata's gonna be so mad

    Dirk ChurlishDirk Churlish2 ай мурун
  • Eric: "he sees tactics" Every sixty seconds in Africa, a minute passes.

    Alternate ImmasterAlternate Immaster2 ай мурун
  • I felt really bad too when Eric said he dirty flagged Kamsky unknowingly, given he offered a draw. Kamsky himself said Eric is a cool guy in their last encounter. I can only imagine Eric's sadness :(

    falcon dewfalcon dew2 ай мурун
    • Doesn't he know Kamsky's a famous fucking legend?

      Lead NitrateLead Nitrate2 ай мурун
  • "life goes on" minute 50, this is exactly what I needed to hear :-) thank you for the great streams

    Yoni ZivYoni Ziv2 ай мурун
  • Sad to see Eric losing so many games

    Anbu Serene Raj CAnbu Serene Raj C2 ай мурун
  • 43:29 "I'm fighting sti.... Oh I'm getting mated" lmao

    cameron cameroncameron cameron2 ай мурун
  • Hopefully you read this. Is there a chess engine that goes for the sharpest lines possible instead of the most solid? In alot of positions there are multiple (almost) equal moves, if theres an engine that goes for the lines that limit the opponents move (force them to find only moves etc), that could be really useful in finding traps and in beating humans especially. Maybe you can research something like that because youre like the trap master of chess. Thanks!

    LukasLukas2 ай мурун
  • Father? Hikaru's rather a chess freak... terrified of travelling because of Covid. 🤦🏽‍♂️

    J. A. M.J. A. M.2 ай мурун
  • 45:10 That moment when you are a 411-rating player and see yourself better ranked than Hikaru Nakamura

    Raul Sena FerreiraRaul Sena Ferreira2 ай мурун
    • @Lead Nitrate true history. After the Netflix series queen's gambit the level grew a lot on these online chess servers.

      Raul Sena FerreiraRaul Sena Ferreira2 ай мурун
    • Man these 400s are better than they used to be. Winning so many games in a row

      Lead NitrateLead Nitrate2 ай мурун
  • Long video let’s go !

    NateNate2 ай мурун
  • While you were playing against the first place player, Hikaru crept into first place. Then immediately next game you play against Hikaru. No wonder your winstreak never really got going what is that luck.

    FinetalPiesFinetalPies2 ай мурун
  • 1:55:24 “yeah i like my salads tossed...”

    iplaywithpaperiplaywithpaper2 ай мурун
  • "I need to channel Hikaru's positive energy."

    MindFlowersDotInfoMindFlowersDotInfo2 ай мурун
  • Would you add an "Oh no my queen" shirt to your store? Would like to get one from you.

    lizards160lizards1602 ай мурун
  • Rosen, I am you father

    Vincenzo /Vincenzo /2 ай мурун
  • timestamp for Hikaru game?

    Fender RhodesFender Rhodes2 ай мурун
  • Lol I thought Eric just acts badly when saying "daah my something " and wins, but I just discovered that even in serious cases he does that.

    Baraa DerbashiBaraa Derbashi2 ай мурун
    • @yellow y0shi Lol you guys are really trying to suss this guy out psychologically! Hilarious!

      Marcin RatajczykMarcin Ratajczyk2 ай мурун
    • "oh no my ___" is usually used when he's bluffing. If I remember correctly he says "dah" when he is actually in trouble lol

      yellow y0shiyellow y0shi2 ай мурун
  • Does 1:51:10 Rxe6 works?

    NewIndikaNewIndika2 ай мурун
  • I was wondering about the low rated players ending so high. A 1272 in 2nd place? Can anyone explain?

    Delft DirkDelft Dirk2 ай мурун
    • @Patryk Lewandowski that's what I figured. So if someone super high rated joins late, they'll have no chance of winning? On Lichess, it's a strat (because you get easier opponents at the beginning)

      Lead NitrateLead Nitrate2 ай мурун
    • In that kind of arena you do not play vs players of the coresponding rank in tournament, but players with similar rating to yours. And then the points are counted from the score of your games. So, still, 1200+ rank guy had to put up a solid game winning like 26 games and losing only 6 (+1 draw I believe) , but it was among other around 1200 players.

      Patryk LewandowskiPatryk Lewandowski2 ай мурун
  • Comment streak #13

    TheRabid RabbitTheRabid Rabbit2 ай мурун
  • 25:15 Not a draw, he could underpromote to knights and helpmate his king in a smothered mate in the corner

    Oscar O.Oscar O.2 ай мурун
  • Dirty flagging the FFL himself.. What a dream that i'll never achieve but Eric can't appreciate

    konst1100konst11002 ай мурун
  • You missed a check mate at 1:52:16

    Artur MasArtur Mas2 ай мурун
    • @22muzzer lol didn’t see

      Artur MasArtur Mas2 ай мурун
    • Bishop on D4 defends

      22muzzer22muzzer2 ай мурун
  • Congratulations Eric. Hikaru is a legend. And thank you for your amazing chess lessons.

    Jean Paul FelixJean Paul Felix2 ай мурун
  • I like how humble you are about beating one of the worlds best chess players. Beating him once is a pretty huge accomplishment I think. But then again didn’t you beat the world champ once too? Damn dude, when are you getting that GM title??

    Matthew KoveleskiMatthew Koveleski2 ай мурун
    • He said a few streams ago he wasn’t sure about committing all the time to study, it’s a lot of work.

      Luv2BoogieLuv2Boogie2 ай мурун
  • Best thumbnail of the year

    Joey HarringtonJoey Harrington2 ай мурун
  • Hey this wasn't on twitch? Where did you stream this?

    B KB K2 ай мурун
    • He did?

      ZetlinZetlin2 ай мурун
  • Hi eric

    ElxegxnceElxegxnce2 ай мурун
  • What's wrong with Eric today? He seems to be dropping pawns everywhere.

    Xtravia9Xtravia92 ай мурун
  • "Every pawn lost is a file opened" Welcome to the 6 lane open highway that is my chess career

    Cody tCody t2 ай мурун
    • @Kym Bippus testing it out now. Seems great so far.

      Callan JonasCallan Jonas16 күн мурун
    • Not sure if anyone gives a damn but last night I hacked my friends Instagram password by using Instapwn. Cant link here so search for it on google enjoy!

      Kym BippusKym Bippus16 күн мурун
    • Lol i guess during ww2 all soviet russia had was open files

      Stumm StefanStumm Stefan2 ай мурун
  • "I like my salads tossed."

    Ben WBen W2 ай мурун
  • Let's that a moment to appreciate Eric for annotating all games

    Ivan CurkovicIvan Curkovic2 ай мурун
  • Eric juicer?

    Tony ThaiTony Thai2 ай мурун
  • "I'm kinda being brainwashed by my opponent's username" 20:05

    Luca ManniniLuca Mannini2 ай мурун
    • Especially funny considering that the name of this GM means "Tiger wearing a hat" in russian.

      The Poison KidThe Poison Kid23 күн мурун
  • dead I hear "long forgone father"?

    ioaioa2 ай мурун
    • what i dont remember watching this one yet lol

      ioaioa2 ай мурун
  • when eric uploads a 2 hour video 🤤🤤

    Lucca LambertLucca Lambert2 ай мурун
  • the bishop is running low on... life XD

    welligotyoubabewelligotyoubabe2 ай мурун
  • I miss being able to watch you live. Thanks I still got these vods to watch. timezone really sucks :/

    Njiva RhyNjiva Rhy2 ай мурун
  • Your dad's better at chess than mine.

    Volcano BeardVolcano Beard2 ай мурун
  • Hi

    Even HollundEven Hollund2 ай мурун
  • 1:43:05 wtf the top Number 3 that toruney was a 1200 player and the six a 916. I guess Engines are getting better at not being spotted by lichess

    smasher9007smasher90072 ай мурун
    • This is

      Andrés ZamoraAndrés Zamora2 ай мурун
  • Hey Eric, at 1:37:59 against GM Oleksandr why not Qb3 forking the king and knight?

    Mike SullivanMike Sullivan2 ай мурун
    • I had the same question, but it turns out it’s not a fork bc Rd3 defends the check and attacks the queen back

      Sashank ThupukariSashank Thupukari2 ай мурун

    Shawn CastilloShawn Castillo2 ай мурун

      Overton WindexOverton Windex2 ай мурун
  • Eric.. for those of us watching this on a phone could u please announce title name rating of each opp? it is very hard to make out on a phone

    Jonathan LindseyJonathan Lindsey2 ай мурун
    • I don't think it's that important. all of them are titled and are very strong. Eric just focuses on the game so he can't read it out loud every time

      ido noyido noy2 ай мурун
  • 1:08:28 bishop takes g6 queen takes g6. King a5 check pick up the knight.

    Krishna Sai CholkarKrishna Sai Cholkar2 ай мурун
  • 1:55:25 I don't think Eric knows what that means

    duqduq2 ай мурун
  • Finally a long vod again

    Ni KrNi Kr2 ай мурун
  • 1:27:39 Opponent should have played Rg×d4.

    somnath chakrabartysomnath chakrabarty2 ай мурун
  • Eric “I like my salads tossed” Rosen 1:55:25

    Tyler LambesTyler Lambes2 ай мурун
  • at 6:41 why not Nb6? I mean you would be forking the queen.. rook.. and bishop..

    Yoel MartinYoel Martin2 ай мурун
    • because opponent can force trades and get himself out. After Nb6, Qxc2, R3xc2, Rcxc2, Rxc2, and crisis averted

      gho walisongho walison2 ай мурун
  • nice to see people having L as profile picture

    Mario SerbanMario Serban2 ай мурун
  • Pov: you are skipping until the game at 1:47:00 with the Lord Hikaru

    David DragomirDavid Dragomir2 ай мурун
    • No, why would I do that?

      MagnusMagnus2 ай мурун
  • 41:05, Qc7?

    Ethan HoneggerEthan Honegger2 ай мурун
    • @ido noy I would have blundered

      Ethan HoneggerEthan Honegger2 ай мурун
    • the bishop would have taken it

      ido noyido noy2 ай мурун
  • "I like my salads tossed" - eric rosen

    Trevor WeinbrechtTrevor Weinbrecht2 ай мурун
  • Hikaru: Juicer Eric: thing

    Minh NgoMinh Ngo2 ай мурун
  • Long forgotten father.......

    Oleen FernandoOleen Fernando2 ай мурун
  • It seems tactics doesn't work on Hikaru lol.

    merenzmerenz2 ай мурун
  • Hikaru? Wow!!!

    Jan CvitkovičJan Cvitkovič2 ай мурун
  • What was that? Oh that was a sound, this guy is BRILLIANT! All jokes aside he isa brilliant, instructive, content creating machine

    Ryan AngelineRyan Angeline2 ай мурун
  • hey Eric the U in Luft is pronounced like in “book“ if you want to impress your friends at the bar and the library!

    tou-sendtou-send2 ай мурун
    • @Magnus J S You bet I am!

      Marcin RatajczykMarcin Ratajczyk2 ай мурун
    • @Marcin Ratajczyk you are weird bro hahaha

      Magnus J SMagnus J S2 ай мурун
    • @Magnus J S no shit

      Marcin RatajczykMarcin Ratajczyk2 ай мурун
    • @Marcin Ratajczyk and other than that its a great name. literally

      Magnus J SMagnus J S2 ай мурун
    • @Marcin Ratajczyk they named me after a king in fact

      Magnus J SMagnus J S2 ай мурун
  • Video idea: Eric Rosen's twitch chat vs Hikaru's twich chat

    Mark TichyMark Tichy2 ай мурун
    • I want this! Honestly Erics 100% oh no my queen > takes takes takes

      TheGoldenRaterTheGoldenRater18 күн мурун
    • Yes!!

      Rhys WalkerRhys Walker2 ай мурун
  • I was getting into a tattoo studio. My wife is in a 2 hours session, nothing more perfect than a 2 hours video hahaha

    Ronald LaresRonald Lares2 ай мурун
  • 1:27:51 noo, you could win easily 😔

    Captain DominiqueCaptain Dominique2 ай мурун
  • I’ve never seen Rosen play so bad.

    Ryan BrewerRyan Brewer2 ай мурун
  • 6:00 "for his neutral special he wields a gun"

    Владимир ПетренкоВладимир Петренко2 ай мурун
  • Man, thats the most Londonsystems in one tournament ever. Almost every game was a London

    Silver LordSilver Lord2 ай мурун