Beating Lower Rated Players | Beginner Beatdown - GM Ben Finegold

  • Published on:  7/28/2015
  • Grandmaster Ben Finegold fills in for Mike Kummer on Beginner Breakdown. Finegold features games he played in the 80's against players rated lower than him.

    Benjamin Finegold vs Sorenson, St Paul (1982): B02 Alekhine's defence, Scandinavian variation
    J. Pegeron vs. Finegold, 1983: B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
    Finegold vs. H. Gaba, 1984: D50 Queen's Gambit Declined, 4.Bg5
    R. Schwartz vs. Finegold, 1986: B10 Caro-Kann defence


  • Alternamaton (Feb 14, 2017)

    What an awful crowd...Finegold is no comedic genius, but he said lots of stuff that was actually funny and got zero reaction.

  • Derpington (Apr 11, 2019)

    Hi im trimmedsack8

  • Mike McGomer (Apr 6, 2019)

    +Raj Mahal People voted for Trump because they thought he was a card suit in Bridge, lol, haar haha hahaha

  • Kernzi (Aug 27, 2015)

    The live audience doesn't deserve you, Ben.

  • Randal Cavera (Apr 1, 2019)

    +King Rex ??

  • MatojoLedesma (Jan 24, 2019)

    +Rodrigo J.P.S. Confusing the audience

  • David Vaughan (Jan 13, 2016)

    I think if there were a movie about Finegold, Jonah Hill could play him pretty well.

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  • Ass Whole (1 day ago)

    Jonah Hill is not funny enough to play Ben.

  • StrangeDeimos (Oct 6, 2016)

    I always play f5, its refreshing

  • Dylan F (Feb 18, 2019)


  • Lou Clifton (Jan 16, 2019)

    +Josh H That embarrassing moment when you ask if a joke has to do with masturbation... and it doesn't. :(

  • Jacob Tarallo (Jul 28, 2015)

    lol Doesn't Ben know that kids don't understand sarcasm?

  • Bradley Amos (Mar 28, 2019)

    this isnt the kids class right? listen to their voices for 1 and 2 its not in the title like the kid classes

  • Chris H (Oct 27, 2018)

    Why is everyone assuming he's teaching kids? It's pretty clear to me that he's teaching a room full of adults...

  • Quote (Apr 17, 2018)

    "You at home, guess"Rook?"Wrong."Shit."That's right's rook."How did I not see that?

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  • Broken Butler (Aug 25, 2018)

    That moment you're German and he asks what language "Zwischenzug" comes from and you don't guess it right cause he bottles it so badly...

  • Cass Cody (Mar 23, 2019)

    I still guessed German within a second, good pronunciation or not

  • Milkymalk (Feb 14, 2019)

    +Carrandas "Zug" comes from "ziehen" (to pull), so a train is "Zug" because it is pulled along the rails, but a game move is also a "Zug" because "ziehen" can also mean "to change place" or "to wander".

  • Mystdragon (Oct 4, 2016)

    you were wrong I GOT IT RIGHT. Rook to H4. Its like you aren't even listening to me.

  • ibuprofen303 (Dec 2, 2018)

    Yes, HOOK TO R4 definitely the correct position to move the pieces to, I agree.

  • Michael Sullivan (Aug 18, 2018)

    As soon as he said “you at home” I immediately thought Rh4 and he said “wrong” and I honestly thought he was right because it was a snap judgment. Made me laugh when I realized I was right.

  • Anthony Segrest (Sep 11, 2018)

    "...can't escape this way, can't escape this way, unless its intoxicated..."

  • Anthony Segrest (Nov 8, 2018)

    +x Tnemal lol

  • x Tnemal (Nov 7, 2018)

    Anthony Segrest it’d be a heck of a move though

  • kmarasin (Jan 18, 2017)

    Ben: 18:35 YOU AT HOME... INCORRECT!Me: *raises middle finger*

  • in333 in333 (Sep 9, 2018)

    It fit perfectly with me, since it synced with my thoughts exactly, and I was incorrect

  • ZG Colorforce (Sep 5, 2018)

    It was hilarious though. X)