Video: Trashtalking chess player thinks he can’t be beat until a chess grandmaster sits down

Video: Trashtalking chess player thinks he can’t be beat until a chess grandmaster sits down

You might not think it, but the game of chess has some incredible trash talkers. This man thinks that he cannot be beat – and then a chess grandmaster sits down and takes him to school:


The video is described as follows:

I was schooled by the best hustlers back in the day! This was actually in Washington Square Park where the late great Vinnie Livermore used to beat my ass at that same table! (This is a bonus clip from The Tim Ferriss Experiment TV show.

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I am not a chess expert by any stretch of the imagination, but the YouTube video had some pretty good commentary on it that might be appreciated:

The hustler is a pretty good player! Didn’t realise until the end he was playing a GM of course! Surprised he didn’t twig earlier!

He was down a bishop by the end game, which is quite significant. Usually chess hustlers are rated between 1500-1700, which is pretty solid but losing a light piece is the exact type of outcome you would expect with such a rating difference. Nonetheless, to the average joe, the hustlers seem like secret kung fu masters of the chess world, especially when they get to pull off their little tricks ;)

I did notice he was a bishop light. Played a chess hustling opening too but I thought he played well.

I’ve got to learn that capture-two-knights-with-one-move tactic!

Fantastic. Love the vibe, love the chatter…I even love that it was filmed at night.

“what was your name?”

“maurice…. maurice ashley.”

you can see the hustler just stunned

Watch for yourself! This is incredible:

Written by Katie McGuire. Send your hate mail to the author at [email protected], or feel free to mean tweet me at @GOPKatie, where I will be sure to do very little about it.


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