“And already as of move 7, we have a completely new game.”
– Antonio Radić
Full Name: Antonio Radić
Born: June 16, 1987
Place of Birth: Krizevci, Croatia
World Ranking: 27319
Classical (Std) : 1956
Antonio Radic was born and raised in the Croatian town of Krizevci, which is a geographical town with a few population of slightly more than 20,000 people. The city was quite old, but what made it fascinating were the establishments and activities that took place there. Although it may come as a surprise, Antonio is not an ardent chess tournament player. He is better known for having one of the best Chess YouTube channels called, Agadmator, which has helped countless players and also helps himself become a better chess player as well as a prominent Croatian YouTuber.
His father, who worked as a wedding cameraman, was the source of the idea. He was making videos with his father solely to promote their business until Antonio had the idea to start uploading his chess content. And then, Antonio Radic realized it was time to put his graphic design job on hold and directed all of his time and energy to his YouTube channel after reaching 20,000 subscribers.
His YouTube videos are about his chess interests, tournament reviews, gameplays, and tactics. He goes over a notable game move by move with his expert commentary. All revolve around the game. He started on April 24, 2007, and has amassed a total of 1.23 million subscribers as of today. His films have received a count of 577,548,551 views, demonstrating that he is, in fact, a Chess Superstar. His most successful YouTube content to date is a video about “The Greatest Queen Sacrifice in the History of Chess,” which has garnered over a million views.
The video is about a 1962 chess soviets team championship between the chess legends Rashid Nezhnetdinov and Oleg Chernikov, which was broadcasted. The video was released on July 19, 2017, and it has received approximately 7 million views and 106 k likes so far. He also reviews other legendary chess players on his channels, such as Magnus Carlsen, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and others.
Colonel David A. Hater, a writer for the United States Chess Federation, referred to him as the “among the world’s leading chess streamers” because of his engaging subjects and videos. Agadmator has accomplished a great deal as a content creator and a chess player, and he isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon. With his “The Agadmator Podcast,” he also made his way into the world of podcasting.
Despite the fact that Antonio Radic does not participate in international chess tournaments, he is pretty active in online chess games such as Chess.com and Lichess, among other sites and services. Since he began playing at Lichess, he has amassed a total of 41,560 tournament points, which is a tremendous accomplishment. With almost 9000 followers on Chess.com, he, on the other hand, is a diamond member of the site.
It all began when Antonio Radic was four years old. He was introduced to the essence of chess by his grandfather, Anto Krnjic, who at the time was a FIDE master and mentor to many young players. He learned the rules and the fundamentals of the game, but he gave up playing it two years later. Perhaps this is due to his second passion, which is graphic design.
He began by working with his father as a wedding cameraman until he had the idea to start uploading his chess content to the internet on his own. Antonio started to play chess again at the age of 17 as a result of a series of events, and this time he took it seriously. Even though he is not a particularly enthusiastic international player, he has been able to bring home several titles and awards from his town.
Radic was holding himself active by multitasking between chess and content creation. Eventually, all of his efforts began to yield fruit in September 2010, when he was awarded the Croatian title of “Majstorski Kandidat” (Candidate Master) based on his FIDE rating. As of right now (2022), Antonio is still exploring the world rank with his existing ratings, which are impressive.
Based on his YouTube videos and website, it is apparent that Antonio is a feel-good player and friendly type of person. He genuinely reviews and praises the gameplays of the chess masters, and he also collaborates with his viewers to play. When it comes to chess play, he is pretty competitive and fun. Nevertheless, he shows all of it through his YouTube content to update his subscribers.
His outcomes statistics demonstrate that he is a versatile type of player who has no difficulty switching between white and black pieces when the situation calls for it. His total games (with white pieces) resulted in 76 victories, 63 losses, and 18 ties. However, his overall games (with black pieces) resulted in a record of 74 wins, 65 defeats, and 17 ties. There is simply a tiny difference in performance between the various switches.
Notable YouTube Videos
Upload Date: July 19, 2017
Total Views: 6.8M
Total Likes: 106K
Upload Date: July 4, 2017
Total Views: 5.1M
Total Likes: 59K
Upload Date: October 25, 2020
Total Views: 4.6M
Total Likes: 86K
Today, Agadmator encompasses a new milestone upon being among YouTube’s most famous chess content creators, with almost 600M total views and 1.2M subscribers. He was even noticed by Anish Giri, who is a chess grandmaster. The most popular video that he posted would be the iconic game of Rashid Nezhnetdinov and Oleg Chernikov last 1962, which he entitled the greatest queen sacrifice in chess history.
He also won a Croatian CM title last 2018 when he competed at Krizevci Chess Club Championship, wherein he played against Domagoj Frtalic. He knowingly used his gameplay idea by Bobby Fischer to equalize the opening position in the early game. Slowly but surely, Antonio Radic has won the game by forcing a mating sequence on his opponent.
Aside from being a fun content creator, Antonio is also popular and active on online chess platforms like lichess and Chess.com. He may not be participative at traditional tournaments, but he has still found his way to pave his success in both videography and chess. Last February 07, 2021, he was the first chess content creator that has reached the Million-subscriber mark.
Antonio’s Chess channel is a must watch for Chess players and enthusiasts. With him having an impressive 1956 classical FIDE rating, his commentary on each move is justified and educational. For more information on FIDE and ratings, see the step-by-step guide on how to get a FIDE rating.
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