Playing a Grandmaster for $500 at a Local Chess Tournament

In this video, I share my final game against GM Romain Eduoard from the Saturday Night Special Chess Tournament at the Saint Louis Chess Club. The tournament featured a $2,000 with a $500 first prize. See the analysis of my first 3 games (all featuring crazy gambits) in this video:

0:00 Background
1:52 Game Analysis

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Edited by @JonathanSchrantz

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  1. Some nasty sound glitches on this video. 20:07 and other after 4 minutes

  2. We're all ready for GM Eric Rosen to happen 🙂

  3. The legend the myth the man itself Eric Rosen. 🔥

  4. Great game Eric . You were a good sport allowing the late grob mate to appear on the board . Most impressive was Varuzhan Akobian seeing in an instant what you and your opponent missed . 🙂

    Edit :- A loss is a loss , but 500 dollars probably provided some consolation 😁 .

  5. what does biggest upset mean?(in the prize distribution)

  6. I met Eric at the Chicago open yesterday! We all had lots of fun at the blitz tourney! It was great meeting you and watching you play live against GM Timur was so exciting! You’re very inspirational and humble, Now go n get that GM title my boy 💪

  7. In my eyes you are the chess player whose matches are the most fun to watch! Thank you for existing <3

  8. Thanks from the future for another great analysis!
    Also, cg to winning some of the prize funds.

  9. 4:33 sorry for the dumb question, but how does the bishop move prevent the knight move?

  10. He is French, so your pronunciation and spelling of his name is totally off.

  11. ' and I thought I was doing fine'….OH OH

  12. Delayed Grob had me in tears, Eric 😂😂😂😂

  13. Mister vampire chicken – PLEASE double check for audio peaks. I listen to this on really high volume while driving and the periodic crunches were absolutely atrocious. PS – we've played exactly one game on lichess, rated blitz, and I checkmated you. Thanks for the win

  14. what an amazing game, that's crazy ending

  15. Crazy that Edouard was born in 1990. Same year as Magnus, Nepo, Karjakin, MVL, Andreikin, Howell…

  16. I really hope to play against you OTB now that I moved to St. Louis and became apart of the chess club, Eric! It's a low-key goal while I live here haha.

  17. That ending was amazing. Thank you for sharing your chess journey 🙂

  18. Oooh really nice end sequence. Thanks for sharing this game, Eric!

  19. insane tactical sequences, thanks for the analyses as well as the stories eric

  20. Eric, have you thought about collaborating with these GMs? It's gunny to think, but I would say you are easily in the top 10 of most popular chess players these days. It would be cool to see you do some work with these many really strong players who a lot of the chess world, and larger YouTube world, doesn't really know.

  21. Damn, that was a beautiful checkmate. Can't be mad about that.

  22. Each defeat brings Eric one step closer to beating GMs…

  23. It's always funny to hear when a really good chess player can't recognize his opponents given that chess is a game where pattern recognition is so important, and pattern recognition is where facial recognition is performed. The only other case I've heard of is GM Larry Kaufman, who's pattern recognition skills were so bad that he wouldn't recognize his opponent when returning to the board. In Larry's case, the poor pattern recognition skills probably forced him to come up with the rules based algorithms that he later contributed to several successful chess engines.

    It's possible that Eric's superior skills in teaching chess concepts is partially due to poor pattern recognition skills…

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