Like it or not. a great number of games are decided by forcing decisions.
If you’re going to play chess, you simply have to know how to handle these crucial moments.
GM Melikset Khachiyan gives you an important lesson on these moves, providing advice on exactly how to handle key forcing positions. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan walks you through the key idea of the positional sacrifice in one of his own instructive games.
You’d better get ready to take notes, because this video is full of Melik’s positional advice.
Learn everything you need to know about both sides of the positional sacrifice in this lesson.
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Who are the rising stars of the chess world?
Many of them are GM Melikset Khachiyan’s students.
GM Khachiyan shines the spotlight on one of his most aggressive chess students, Maurya Palusa, who loves to sacrifice pieces and conjure up wild tactics. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his rising stars series with one of his youngest and most promising students, Rithik Polavaram.
Watch an exciting game from an up-and-coming chess talent in this informative video.
Learn GM Khachiyan’s crucial advice for how to respond in the center when your opponent attacks on the flank, and vice-versa. | Watch video
Sometimes chess relies on rote study: the rules, normal openings, and some common endgames.
But most of the time, winning at chess requires imagination — and lots of it.
So how do you stay creative at chess?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how one of his master students came up with inspirational ideas to win a long and hard-fought game.
Learn how to have a flexible mind when evaluating positions and you just might win more of them. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you a very advanced game from one of his most promising students, Andrew Hong.
Hong plays a King's Indian Defense reminiscent of Garry Kasparov, and you'll love the logical and patient way Hong cashed in his advantage. | Watch video
Everyone knows the Sicilian is a fighting opening, where both sides need to go all-in on their plans.
But how do you gain the initiative in such a hotly contested opening?
GM Melikset Khachiyan reviews one of his own recent games to show you exactly the plan you need. | Watch video
The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video
How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
Who better to learn the Carlsbad pawn structure from than the great Mikhail Tal?
GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his series on the Carslbad structure with an enlightening game from the former world champion.
Learn how both sides planned their strategies in this hard-fought, lesser-known game. | Watch video