Watch Magnus v Hikaru! Can Wesley & Magnus Maintain Lead? | Champions Chess Tour Finals 2023 Day 2

The biggest tour in chess all comes down to this. The top eight players from this year’s Champions Chess Tour have traveled to Toronto for the LIVE Finals to determine the 2023 champion! The final week of competition features chess legends Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, fan favorites Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So, as well as young superstars Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Alireza Firouzja, and Denis Lazavik!


The Champions Chess Tour is a massive chess circuit including six events that took place throughout the year. The 2023 CCT Finals is the closing event of’s most important event to date with the top 8 players meeting in Toronto, Canada, in a thrilling last clash for the title and their share of the overall $2,000,000 tour prize fund. Join GothamChess, Robert Hess, David Howell, Tania Sachdev and more for all the coverage!

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  1. Hope Danny wasn't upset with Alireza's outburst. It's content.

  2. When you're invested with armageddon of other players and they did not return to analyse (Denis match and Wesley match)โ€” so frustrating.

  3. Spoiler alert. They chose not to show the decisive armageddon game between Hikaru and Magnus!

  4. Why do you always spend the least time on the game you claim to be the main game you follow. Confusing and frustrating. Don't screw it up with Wesley aginst Magnus tomorrow.

  5. Whoever was in charge of production should be arrested.

  6. got some really awesome matches today, and respect to magnus for sticking around at the end showing this side with that intervju/conversation. nice to see him so relaxed and in good mood:)

  7. All the terrori$ts , currupt, separatists people from the developing countries come to Toronto and take shelter here on the name of democracy i mean its quite unsafe to live here be safe u guys playing the tournament โคโคโค

  8. Really well done to the producers. I think no one wanted to watch the Magnus vs Hikaru Armageddon game. Great job guys. Watching MVL desperately defend a hopeless position is much more important than the entire middle game of Magnus v Hikaru.

  9. You should have a โ€˜board 1โ€™ and focus on that game. When Magnus and Hikaru are in an armageddon, that is the game that should be on the broadcast.

    As far as the other criticisms, they are all stupid. Very well produced and commentated. Awesome show. But, Magnus and Hikaru are the show, and yโ€™all missed an opportunity

  10. Who are the assholes who produce this event?

  11. Magnus looks so well mentally preparedโ€ฆ heโ€™s a fortress, and for always staying and organizing the board after the game, that demonstrates kind of person he is

  12. Since it is FIDE rated Alireza's disgust and Danny's comments is more than valid.

  13. My favorite part is the magnus/hikaru trivia!

  14. Why is a small board? The board should be prominent. The photos of the players and the commentator should be secondary.

  15. That's so horrible broadcasting, like Im not saying chess revolve around magnus and hikaru, but people wanna see them most of the time than anyone else, you should equally give coverage of all the matches. And also hear out to your audience..

  16. where is the magnus fabi gaem, who cares a bout so and mvl wtf is happening

  17. Yeah hold on why DID they do predictions within earshot of the players ๐Ÿค”

  18. I understand we can't have enough commentators for every game, but i think they should show the players and live board for all games (on separate streams if needed) at all times.

  19. that last interview with carlsen hahahaa,, Danny looks cornered ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  20. ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

  21. I was trolling … not trolling, I would only troll Anish xD

  22. Complete miss of Magnus and Hikaru middle game. Are you fucking kidding me ??? Stop ruining event!!!!

  23. Keep it simple.

    All this camera work is unnecessary.

  24. I guess Wesley needs to do tomorrow what he needs to do to gain the respect of Magnus and the chess world.

    This is classical chess so that 960 massacre score he did to Magnus in Norway in 2019 doesnt count๐Ÿ˜‚

    Its also the 1st time Ive heard his peers directly talking like Fabi etc that he lacks the confidence which is really sad coz I believe thats the only reason he didnt become world no 1 in 2017 when he was just 13 rating points behind Magnus !!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  25. I understand you don't want to show Magnus all the time because that would be not great for other's games but if Magnus's game is against Hikaru with a lot of tactics then it deserves more coverage than denis lazavik clearly crushing Maxime

  26. can we just get rid of the "show" the US boys are doing? It is really childish….otherwise OK, Tanja's voice is so high pitched sometimes but used to that but she is nice, the real Sir is David and Kaja is also really nice. So drop the US show or they will try to take over soon….

  27. This coverage speaks for itself ; The production is just speaking for itself.

  28. I think the players were trolling hard the "content team", they were were laughing at them. Absolute horrible organisation, let's hope today is better.

  29. terrible production. thanks for not showing us Magnus vs Hikaru. dislike the video if you agree.

  30. Hikaru always shake his head after his own mistakes..what a shame

  31. We don't get Magnus vs Hikaru over the board a lot .. so please when that happens .. just let us enjoy it

  32. What a incredible bad coverage of the final games. Showing 14 minutes of Lazavik in a winning position, outcome not in doubt, while Magnus and Hikaru are in a tight battle. Just to tune back to them after the decisive blunder. Hilarious.

  33. Overall, the coverage and production feels rather unrefined, especially considering how experienced the cast is.

    My more explicit thoughts:
    – Commenting/predicting in front of the players. That would be like other sports following players into their locker rooms during halftime to do coverage – imagine how that would go down.
    – Title of the video is 'Magnus v Hikaru'; however, they chose to not cover that game. That's pretty much the dictionary definition of clickbait.
    – Tania's energy is just too much, that it often feels superficial. Alongside this, she's overly loud and high-pitched – it makes it very difficult to watch the coverage.
    – In the final interview with Magnus – when he attempts to express his opinion, James consistently interrupts him. Let the man talk and be gracious to fact that it's his second language. You should offer more time for these individuals to express their thoughts, as they're mentally operating in multiple languages.
    – Board moves not synchronizing with the visual board. Not much more to say about, except that it demonstrates a lack of preparation.

    Hopefully my critique, and other critiques in the comments, will spur productive action.

  34. Tania's voice IS insupportable (pรฉnible)

  35. They need a better format on screen. The commentary is abysmal and boring. The evil bar is more exciting than the commentary. Do we really need to see peoples faces in chess? Most sports broadcast don't feature the commentators more than the game or the players.. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿค‘

  36. i really truly hate this format and the production, cutting away from the matches I actually want to see constantly, missing half the games, wtf is this?

  37. Iโ€™m looking for anyone interested i making digital chess boards for tournaments! Wouldnโ€™t it be awesome to have functioning transmission from the players boards to the live stream?! Also Looking for tv production assistants who can stream the actual board being filmed!

  38. Hikaru will keep beating weaker players online to artificially inflate his online rating but when he plays against the very best of the world, we see his true chess strength as he keeps on losing against the top players in the world.

  39. Can someone tell me which digital board they using so I know which one NOT to buy

  40. 5:41:10 is hilarious. Must watch the GOAT make Danny and Canty squirm a bit haha

  41. I was hoping production would learn from all the mistakes on day one, seems there is still a rather long way to go sadly.

  42. Thanks for airing this guys. Exciting to watch another tournament!

  43. Clearly they read the chat/comments… It's a really poor image to not even acknowledge the production quality.

    e.g. "Hey guys, sorry for the DGT board errors and inability to keep OBS on the games everyone is most interested in. Here's what we're doing to fix the problems in the future…"

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