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I Trained Like A Chess Grandmaster
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Shall we marry😳 ???????????????????????????????????
I love ur merch!!
Next time do a challenge for training as a pianist?
Love the video, you’ve become an amazing player in such a short time!
PLEASE DO RYTMICH GYMNASTICS
Thank you so much for reaching out early in 2021, I am so thrilled we got to start this journey and everything it became. Congratulations on a spectacular episode, cheers to us all hating chess together!
Hey, thanks for all the great content
So grateful to have met you on this adventure, Levy! This project evolved into something I couldn't have imagined. What an amazing year!!
Please don’t hate it :)
You were flexing so hard at the start of the video with the blindfold XD
Hikaru looked so badass on his throne honestly
🤣🤣hikaru like a final boss of the game
@Abhishek Shukla until magnus decides he wants to try
I don't know if I'm getting old or what, but I cried like a baby when she won that last game. This is better storytelling than most of Netflix.
im 25 male. i cried.
The true queens gambit
bro she was handed the win💀
@walter white 💀💀
Spoiler alert. Was just browsing comments during initial ads lol
At 6:32 I literally cried for Levy's soul...this journey was amazing
I have commented
8:40 I love the way she is teaching, so positive and trying also to take the same vibe as michelle while giving commentary on how she plays but in a way that she doesn't feel dumb
SAME. i was also impressed at the way she handled things. i wish one day i can teach that well
Levy playing blindfolded was HILARIOUS to watch, especially when you factor in the reaction Michelle had.
So many memories and such an incredible video: Huge props to the editors =) Amazing storytelling, Michelle!!! 🙌
Thank you so much for your support and for having me in POGCHAMPS3!!!
You know it's a good video when they teach the bongcloud.
A website on a website... What could be better?
Great Job Michelle 👏. You were great. 😁
Lol Gotham shouldn't be here. You're an IM bruh stop clinging on to Hikaru wherever he goes 😂😂
I'm currently in a bit of an obsession with chess and this is the most inspiring thing I could have watched. The editing was amazing and I'm so glad to have followed along with your journey
I feel the exact same!
same. youtube is doing things with me. ALL MY RECOMMENDEDS ARE CHESS HELP ME
Luna Ponta IN THE EXACT SAME POSITION!! & im eating it up ngl
@indp. iv P O S I T I O N ! ?
look at you using chess vocabulary out of a sudden!! at least yours makes sense, i'm caching myself saying "losing material" on situations the phrase just doesnt work, help me.
I love that you got hikaru in this almost mystical throne room thing, ready to dispense his wisdom
Dispenser Of Wisdom dispens your wisdom.
The last game that Michelle played that’s literally the grand example of “it doesn’t matter how you got there” at the end of the day she got her goal. A win is a win
This was actually really impressive, I know some people might not think so, but those people didn't start out at a 450 rating and got up to 1000 in under a year like she did, that was really good. Well done!
bro it’s easy
@fabio suslskiv if it was easy, than it wouldn't only have been done by the top 10% of all people who play chess.
@Tactrix Average rating is like a thousand so no clue where top 10% comes from
@Aneeshewa Wins the average rating is below 1000, which is why 90% are below it.
@Tactrix 1000 rating is 42nd percentile buddy 😂
INCREDIBLY DONE ❤️
My queens!!! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be in this video. 💗 SO grateful to have gotten to learn from you.
I watched you thousands time with samay raina 😁🙏🏻
Love from india 🇮🇳♥
Huge kudos on receiving the Botez seal of approval, Michelle!
31:32 i love Anna's commentary for this match!!! haha 😊😊
I always liked Anna#1 ( Rudolph). Then there's Anna#2, not shown here (Cramling.) There might be more Annas, it's a common name. #1 is based on my chronological exposure to chess Annas, heh
Really? Why am I such a hater? I literally got mad when she was acting so happy, I found it cringe idk why I’m so hateful
@Lyron Palenzuela youre not alone, i was also feeling second hand embarrassment lol
super wholesome, i got genuine vibes from her!
@Lyron Palenzuela damn bro, I hope things get better for you
Would love to see more challenge accepteds like this that are more mental than physical!
Risk, Dota 2, MTG!
Rubik's cube could be considered that
Levy might not be the best chess player but definitely a master of teaching 👌🏻👌🏻love it
as a gotham chess fan i wish i could be trained personally by him
Edit: WOW thanks for all the likes didnt expect this
i just wanna get trained lol
Hikaru's entrance was awesome with the Chair looking like a throne, and the violins in the background with him saying he's the number 1 in the world was so perfect
I’m cackling 😂 it was perfect
Levi: "I'll be your instructor"
Levi: *Immediately flexes with blindfold*
IT'S LEVY NOT LEVI
@Class on Bread LEVI!!
It is levy. Not levi
@The SuperSisters cap
As a Coach this was the most beautiful video i have seen a long time ago. Close to have some tears in my eyes. We need more people like you learning chess.
How hard was it to hold this episode back while you spent additional months striving for ELO 1000? So worth it to include that part. Really nice episode. Also great editing at the end there. Just such a good episode. Congrats.
23:07 😂 As someone who doesn't play much chess, this is precisely my thought process at this point in the game, when it feels like every opponent piece is protected and moving any and every one of your pieces would result in another piece not being protected anymore. So damn relatable 😁
So I have only recently watched Pogchamps and I waited till the end to watch this. Your comments at the time, of chess being one of your toughest challenges, kinda shocked me. I understood and accepted it, but somehow it was hard to believe. When I finally watched this video and saw that you continued on, and it took you MONTHS. My jaw dropped. I am new to chess, and I am struggling to get over 500 ELO, so there is no shade. It was just really inspiring to see you keep pushing, and it's amazing to see that you struggled so much with this and stuck with it and persevered. I hope to god if there is a Pogchamps 5 you are part of it. Watching your progress through this has been inspiring and wow just so happy for you when you hit 1003 ELO, cried a little honestly :)
I love how Hikaru is just sitting there like a god of chess
like the VIP's in squid game
@🐐aaaa whats a stupid squid game ?
@Leus Maximus Splatoon
He’s sitting like everyone else lmao
never knew that a video about someone learning chess could be so emotional
Anna is such a kind hearted woman taking her time to teach you chess, and be at your said. Michelle. Levy's earnest commentary and his faith in you is something to really appreciate. This was amazing seeing how you really wanted to get to 1,000 rating. God bless you Michelle
This is like watching Beth Harmon learn chess. I love the Queen’s Gambit, and now love this too.
Levi really be teaching her the london system from the very start 💀
levy is just the best dude, he stayed up late decoding her game and giving her advice
That levy guy is super well spoken, he should start a Clip-Share channel on chess or something
When you realized he already did
@Oramasol .....thats the joke
@Oramasol that's the joke
I've been wanting something like this for a while. A back and forth between master and pupil. Damn near every videa I've seen 'teaching' chess tends to skip through the stages, explaining little of why anything was done.
Levy in this vid: Omg she played the best move , she has great potentials
Levy in his vids: Bullshit move, 69 blunder and 420 felonies, must be 10 elo
6:32 Levy is literally questioning his life decisions at the moment
This was a great video. I cried with you everytime, I could relate so much and I bet you’ve been stressed a lot, but in the end you’ve made it and proved it was worth it! ❤
Saw this a while ago, such a great journey, made me return to chess (more than 10 years later) and, more importantly, it helps when the morale is down and the selfdoubt is up
This is the BEST chess documentary I've ever seen in my life. It has humor, excitement, tension, and a clear love for the game. Michelle - you are such an inspiration. You fought and hustled your way to a 1000 rating. I was cheering you on every step of the way. I knew you could do it. Please always stay with chess and its community for life. You're AMAZING! #castlemania
Thank you for this kind review, Daniel!! We are so grateful you're a part of our community!!
Have you only seen 1 chess documentary?
Almost a whole year for just 1 video? Jeez that's true content creator dedication right there
I've never watched Michelle before, but I'm crying, she did it!!!
This video inspired me to start with chess january this year. Today, a little over 3,5 months, I reached my first goal of also reaching 1000. Thanks for this new addiction 😅
"Isn't a fair fight so I'll put on a blindfold."
Still not a fair fight😂
he played and won 3 games at the same time while blindfolded, video is on ludwig's channel i think
@hellofellowgamers I watched it yesterday by far one of my favs
oh cool 👍
@hellofellowgamers not suprising he was able to checkmate nemo a womans grand master while blindfolded
@Varad Salunkhe not a gm
Michelle, you did spectacular - that was an amazing finale - unlucky you didn't win.
Hikaru lookin like a chess villain 😂😂
I'm always considered the person who people don't like cheering for in competitions- Hikaru
Bros the chess final boss
@Zpond321 That's Niemman.
Me and Mitchell’s journey was the same almost exactly 🎉🎉 good job hitting 1000 elo and I want to play you in chess so badly
What an amazing documentary Michelle. Really well produced and I loved seeing someone else's reaction to the world of thess!
Girl, I feel you, I lose every chess game, and when I win one, it’s just a resignation or time out.
Hikaru looking like the final boss of chess
I have literally learned so much chess now
The moment Castlemania was born! I'm so proud of your journey, Michelle, and it's been such a joy and honour guiding you! Cannot wait to see where else your challenges will take you, you're unstoppable!! 💙
The true queen of Castlemania! Anna, I am in gratitude that the universe brought us together. I’m so grateful to you as a friend and coach. I couldn’t have done this without you. Now everybody go subscribe to Anna!!
Hi Anna and blankies! The whole crew is in the comment section! :)
@Michelle Khare As someone who occasionaly follow your streams, your perseverence against the odds truly deserve an admiration, Michelle. Proud of the 1000 ELO you've finally reached. Great job!
I learned of this journey from Anna's streams. Fantastic work (on both the chess and video). Michelle's work ethic is humbling, and Anna's wisdom as a chess/life coach is profound.
I am just happy to see hikaru and rozman here love you two
respect for not giving up even you finished the challange!
I watched this video a few months ago when I first got into chess. I don’t win most games I play but I’ve won enough to see improvement and even if I lose n get compliments or within the first moves of my opening I’ll get the “ok you actually know what you’re doing, I’m kinda scared.” Coming back to this video was so nostalgic and comforting, best of luck to anyone that is trying to improve.
You just got yourself a new subscriber! :D I must say, I admire your persistence, commitment, and determination. You persevered! When most would fail, you did not yield. End result? One of the top youtuber chess players. At least in my book. Anyone else think so? Its through struggle, hardships, and "mania" lol that wisdom and perfection is born. Congrats!
When my teacher taught me Castle mania, he called it the staircase and since it’s him who made me a pro I will call it staircase to respect him
Everytime I see Michelle cry, my heart just breaks. Why does this woman undermine herself so much?! You are absolutely amazing Michelle. Amazing! People, like me, genuinely would love to be in a place like yours where you take a challenge, not just go through with it always but conquer it everytime! And here I struggle with just taking the first step. You are amazing Michelle. Thank you for literally blessing our lives.
Literally said everything ive ever wanted to say
Exactly what I wanted to say!
TBH every time I see Michelle cry I think she's faking it. Like there has to be a narrative arc. There has to be a low moment which she can then turn around.
Don't get me wrong I love her channel but I think every story has to have a low point otherwise why would people watch.
@Lettice Travels I mean there has to be a storyline with ups and downs for it to be engaging of course, but I think it's still real, just the magic of editing I guess.
This video inspired me to get back into chess! Thank you Michelle:)
I played chess for a long time then I had kids and stopped for 6 years. Today I pick it back up from ground zero Thank you. By the way this is the first youtube video that actually made me cry. Girl I cried when you hit 1000. Maybe I'll cry when I hit 1000 Tha k you for this video
raine wilson casually pulling out the greatest death stare in chess history
I haven't watched a Michelle video in a while, but it seems she's really leveled up, from her presentation to the production quality, to the editing. Good stuff.
Let's not be confused. I'm here because of Levy. He's awesome!
Hikaru introduces himself in a position like he’s a king of the chess kingdom haha
Someone call magnus ...🤣🤣
Yeah isnt he 2nd blitz in the world?
@Brendan Polk he's still the number 1 blitz player in the world.
@Some Random Weeb no he's not, he lost about 16 points on his last tourny which made him #2 after Carlsen
@Ofir Aviv lol because of drawing in st louis he lost points
Soooo...what's the update?! I think you can hit a 1200!! I plateaued at around 1800--took a break--now I'm back wit' it. This video still inspires me, and of course, brings a lil happy tear to my eye. Hope You're well!!😊
The way hikaru sit like a king......literal chills 🥶🥶
You earned yourself a new subscriber how did I not see this Video earlier I loved it ❤
i love that something as "silly" as overcoming a fear while playing chess can move me. This was awesome. Congratulations
This story is so inspiring you did a great job, congratulations!
Apart from the blindfold, this is the nicest levy has ever been
Okay, but here’s a tip Michelle!
As a beginner or an intermediate (200-1600) it’s important to study mid games, endgames more than openings. There’s a 20/40/40 rules. 20 percent for openings, 40 percent for midgames, 40 percent for endgames
Huge congratulations on your goal, nice playing in pogchamps. Great determination, I hope I get to that point too.
I really didn’t think it was gonna be the chess video, that was gonna leave me most inspired on your channel…smashed it, well done!
I feel like she is the kind of person that would know how to do literally anything like I mean ANYTHING she knows how to aim she knows how to drive and drift she knows chess She know how to climb different courses and work with police it’s insane!
There are some many move sets to put into play. You have see which moves you gave to make. Good for you for making it this far
I have never seen Levy that well-behaved
And that man still cursed Levy is the man!
yes i like to see that side of him more
@Arnesh Pal ackerman? what does it mean?
I now have the will to finally get to 200 rating, I'm gonna go play a chess game and win!-
Anddd I blundered my queen...
I can feel how you feel during a tournament. When I was 11 I played for a state championship in chess and I was losing against someone who was worse than me. Turns out that first game costed me 2nd place and I ended up in only 4th place.
Levy teaching Michelle the wayward queen looks like me trying to teach my little brother the Italian
michelle is a genius at making this video. she made it look like a documentary. I also like hikaru sitting on that chair while in the interview. makes him look like a badass
i love how levy immidiately hit her with a scholar's mate 💀💀💀
Watching Michelle break down over her fear of not being smart enough is really an eye-opener about perspective. She's an ivy league graduate, who has interned and worked at some of the most sought-after companies for employment in the US and has her own Clip-Share channel with millions of followers, etc. It's crazy how with all the success she has had in her life so far, she still feels inadequate to her peers/goals. Her honesty/vulnerability is so important, though: I feel like a lot of people struggle with the same self-doubts, no matter how successful they are.
This Just Shows how everybody has His own strenghts
It took her 1 year to reach 1000 elo, that may be why she has fears of not being smart enough... :/
Nothing in this video is real. Michelle is a professional actor and storyteller. This video was created to maximize your engagement.
Marcel Quach Rewatch the video from 29 mins.
Michelle, you’re amazing!! Your perseverance is inspiring and your enthusiasm is infectious!! Congrats on your 1003, incredible :)
thank you for showing how chess really is,you did so good
The coach scene at 5:26 was so funny
Levy’s face when she said that she should take with the bishop not the queen 😂
The fact that you tried to find a chessboard is so funny😂
SO GOOD! Can't imagine how much patience was required during the training, filming AND editing of this video. You killed it Michelle!
Thank you so much, Lexie !! :D
😍😍you two 🥰
@Michelle Khare Glad you started off playing the Queen's Gambit. 👍
You too! Every youtuber I follow is here! Hi Lexie! haha
Can't wait for May 20th for Michelle's vid! Loved the passion and heart that this video detailed, i had to rewatch for the vibes. Confidence looks stunning on you, girl 👯♀️🙌
Honestly,i cried, im so proud of u🤞🏻🥲
“Respectfully, what the fu**”
Well said Michelle, well said.
The video was amaaaazingg. The editing, storytelling, cinematography, music. Literally everything was on point.
Thank you so muchhh ❤️❤️❤️
This video motivates me to be better at chess 🥺
"The more memes in chess, the better - because that way we can piss off everybody who is gatekeeping it." - That was the moment this episode won me over. Chess is an absolutely amazing feat of mind when you play it beautifully, and it is hard enough as it is, so gatekeeping is really nothing more than a d*ckmove at that point. Well done for keeping the joy alive.
I love that magnus, arguably the greatest chess player of all time, used the bong cloud in an actual tournament and hikaru played the bong cloud accepted in response. You just know the old elitists were malding.
@jimai808 they mad
@jimai808 they tied it with the bongcloud in a tournament by threefold repetition.. legends
what does gatekeeping mean?
just discovered this channel! I'm an avid chess player, YT recommended this to me. I'm very glad to watch and enjoyed this!
Congratulations Michelle for becoming a pro in chess, you definitely have some impressive dedication to reach that 1000 ELO goal.
this video got me back into chess and i am now 700 elo, thank you
This was such a incredible experience for us and Michelle and I hope to see more from her but it is a bit sad that she will probably never get back to chess again and if so it was still great to see her play chess and I will watch this video again and again as a good memory of this experience
So much talent is terrifying
I'm officially addicted to rewatching this shit over and over. I think Michelle really put her finger on the main problem with chess: because it's so much tied to our perception of intelligence, not being good enough makes you feel dumb and embarrassed rather than just treating it as another skill to learn. Once you get over this barrier in your head, it becomes fun
Apparently, that's my case now... Hope my wife accept my suggestion
@Aldhair Medico I have the opposite "problem". I am really good at chess (for the amount of time that I've been playing), but my tested IQ is nothing out of the ordinary, and now I don't know what to make of it.
That’s why I quit when I was a kid. There is no excuse for bad luck or anything. You lose because you aren’t as food at chess.
@Max Khovanski You just have to learn to apply your mental acuity to other things.
@JustSomeClipsForYa Oh, I do, no doubt. I usually pick things up very fast and am skilled in a large range of activities. Pretty much the only area in which my "mental acuity" is a limiting factor is IQ tests.
That was honestly one of the most engaging Clip-Share videos I've ever watched. The last 35 minutes just flew by, it was an amazing journey and huge props to the editing! Here's a well deserved subscription 👏. I look forward to seeing more content.
As a chess player, I can say it's so easy to learn yet so hard to master
I love Anna's commentary
That was such a well made video! Super inspiring too!