Gaining 100 Rating Points in a Single Chess Tournament

In this video, I compete in the January 2023 Titled Blitz Arena on lichess.org. I played every game in ZEN MODE which is a setting that hide my opponent’s username and rating, allowing me to solely focus on the chess. In total, I played 37 chess games and gained a lot of rating. Timestamps below!

0:00 London Opening leads to insane time scramble
7:00 BRUTAL Stafford Gambit
8:34 Stafford Gambit Quickie
9:55 Tricky London Opening
16:50 Queen’s Gambit Declined leads to WEIRD pawns
23:00 Tricky Petroff Defense
29:40 Short and Sweet Jobava London
33:17 ALL OUT London attack leads to CHAOS
39:37 Vienna Game: Mieses Variation
44:40 My favorite attacking opening for blitz
50:16 Stafford Gambit. Nice.
55:49 Sneaky London leads to epic battle
1:02:44 I’m so dead… Or am I?
1:10:06 Casually beating a GM in 14 moves (Stafford Gambit)
1:13:26 Opponents plays SUPER AGGRESSIVE vs London
1:18:01 Nimzo-Larsen Attack leads to OH NO YOUR QUEEN
1:20:47 London / Queens Gambit Hybrid leads to Fancy Tactic
1:26:28 Symmetrical Italian becomes super sharp
1:31:32 Ultra Aggressive Opening leads to UNSTOPPABLE Attack
1:34:45 All out ATTACK against Italian Opening
1:39:52 Accidental Gambit vs London Opening leads to POWERFUL Tactics
1:44:04 Unknowingly Beating a GM in 8 moves
1:45:27 Mystery Grandmaster BERSERKS. Craziness ensues
1:49:36 London leads to DIRTY ENDGAME
1:55:35 Pterodactyl Defense leads EPIC attack & time scramble
2:00:34 Weird Crazy Opening. I can’t believe who my opponent was.
2:06:01 Unknowingly playing one of the most famous chess players on the planet!!
2:10:10 Hungarian Opening leads to clutch checkmate
2:15:16 Grandmaster who I previously beat in 8 moves tries to get revenge
2:20:52 Russian Game: Tricky Murrey Variation leads to funny finish
2:26:51 Most basic Stafford Gambit Trap leads to unbelievable finish
2:33:29 Fighting a TROLL Opening
2:37:12 Danish Gambit Declined: Sorensen Defense
2:41:52 London leads to super close endgame
2:48:37 Petroff Murrey Variation vs famous strong GM
2:52:24 London leads to instructive King Pawn Endgame
2:55:19 Italian Game — AMAZING fight vs Berserking
3:00:55 Final thoughts and tourney recap

Final tournament standings (spoiler):

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67 Comments

  1. What’s with all the commercials. Borderline unwatchable

  2. 1:44:03 has to be the funniest game I’ve seen in a while. GM runs into an opening and instantly regrets it

  3. Hey bro, do you have a tiktok account? I found one that upload your content but im not sure if it belongs to you

  4. Some doof doof viewer of yours came into the Gotham chat, insulted him and then got the pin of shame.

  5. The sequel to "This is what it feels like to peak at chess"

  6. The move at 1:25:15 in "London / Queens Gambit Hybrid leads to Fancy Tactic" is so cool!

  7. 83* points

    Enjoyed the games, but down-voted for the false title

  8. game against andreikin was so crazy, I felt like every single move being made by him was so bold but you still kept calm and collected. even just watching was nerve-wrecking

  9. That flag was brutal, Eric! Wow – what a performance. Can Zen mode be applied to live tournaments?! Well done indeed.

  10. Yay! A new Rosen video just as I turn the lights off ❤ Thank you so much, I need a good night

    If you have the chance, I'd love some nimzo Larsen attack / Queen's Indian 😊

  11. Hey Eric! Funny this video came out, I played in an otb tournament on Sunday and also gained 100 points! Can't wait to watch it 🙂

  12. Hi Eric 🙂 I hope all is well in your life buddy 🙂 Truly appreciate the hours and hours of content you provide!!

  13. Thank you for the all the contents Eric, i now know how to avoid blunders and not leave pieces hanging… I also played the Ba6 london opening in a real tournament. Preparation paid

  14. Dang Eric you’re spoiling us! Thanks for all the uploads and streams.

  15. The real Oh, nos are so different from the fake ones 😀

  16. he he ha ha 35 min you found my matey line matey rrrrgg

  17. Went to a chess club for the first time yesterday here in Barcelona. Gm running the place had me play his students in blitz otb, three kids aged 8-16, I lost against the older two and drew the 8 year old… Just chess things.

  18. Jesus Christ that win streak is something else you were playing amazing chess

  19. Please make a t shirt with: 'that pawn looks tender'

  20. Thanks for another great video to fall asleep too. And I mean this in a nice way, your voice and games are so calming 😊

  21. I believe backwards MagnusCarlsen's offical name is Bizzaro Magnus.

  22. those 3 words every girl wants to hear:
    "Stafford Gambit time"

  23. 1:08:37 I've never seen a player so skilled at creating stalemate possibilities as Eric. He has tricked so many people into stalemate he deserves the Stalemate GM title.

  24. Finally found out what gg means, it's geriatric gangbang…

  25. At 14.11 i don't understand why he didnt go Queen takes pawn instead of trading, can somebody please explain for me?

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