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.

  • NLTops (1 day ago)

    I dunno the guy, just randomly clicked here. But from how he talks he kinda seems to have an arrogant disposition. I'm sure it's well earned but it doesn't make him a pleasant person to listen to.

  • Wilm Hosenfeld (6 days ago)

    That's because he's a socially awkward mess.

  • StrangeDeimos (Oct 6, 2016)

    I always play f5, its refreshing

  • Dylan Friedline (1 day ago)


  • 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. :(

  • Kernzi (Aug 27, 2015)

    The live audience doesn't deserve you, Ben.

  • MatojoLedesma (Jan 24, 2019)

    +Rodrigo J.P.S. Confusing the audience

  • Lou Clifton (Jan 16, 2019)

    8:31 - Proof Ben is effing hilarious :D

  • David Vaughan (Jan 13, 2016)

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

  • Pass auf du (Jan 27, 2019)

    even his voice is pretty similar

  • Deeksha Rawat (Jan 18, 2019)

    😂😂😂😂 pretty darn correct

  • 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...

  • Milkymalk (6 days ago)

    +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".

  • James (Feb 10, 2019)

    Most people see these words written, but never hear them spoken. Since those letters mean something different in English, the resultant guess at pronunciation is different from saying the word with an American accent. The other fun bit is many American English speakers struggle with German 'Z' at the start of a word. See: "tsunami" -> "sunami."

  • MrCarrot14 (Sep 8, 2018)

    7:35 "A lot of people are going to vote for Trump by accident" God this aged well.

  • Andrej Antanasov (6 days ago)

    Damn. This reply chain is woke and I love it.

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  • Jacob Tarallo (Jul 28, 2015)

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

  • 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...

  • mike A (Sep 7, 2018)

    American's have the same issue. They think Satire is half man half goat.

  • rythmcubed (Aug 1, 2015)

    Why is the audience at the GREATEST CHESS CLUB OF ALL TIME unable to answer even the simplest of questions?!

  • William Black (4 days ago)

    +vibovitold Its because society pressures you to be afraid of making mistakes. While kids don't have that pressure yet.

  • roboutot (Dec 11, 2018)

    cause it's boring and people are like this

  • Quote (Apr 17, 2018)

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

  • Nigel Thornberry (Dec 27, 2018)


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  • AND ME (May 20, 2018)

    He has every right to be cocky as hell... but boy is he cocky as hell, lol

  • Martin Henzl (Dec 10, 2018)

    +King Rex Exactly... he is just offending everyone and wondering why noone reacts...

  • King Rex (Dec 7, 2018)

    +YaBoyBillson When did he say something genuinely funny? His jokes are lame and the delivery is terrible. It's a good thing he can play chess.