GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you a short, instructive game with some very important ideas.
GM Khachiyan demonstrates that the best plan when you have weak squares in your position is to eliminate the opponent’s piece that is controlling those squares.
While you’re planning, never stop looking for an in-between move, which often proves decisive (and did in this game).
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How do you play against someone whose chess is so wild, it’s like he never left the 19th century?
GM Melikset Khachiyan recently had to face the swashbuckling NM Dana MacKenzie, and the clash of styles was immense.
Watch how GM Khachiyan tries to calm down his opponent’s penchant for wild attacks in this exciting game. | Watch video
Both Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand missed a critical in-between move in game six of the 2014 world championship match.
GM Melikset Khachiyan will teach you to look out for these game-changing moves, whether they are quiet threats or spectacular sacrifices.
GM Khachiyan shows you one of his own games that is filled with potential in-between moves, and it’s your job to spot them.
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Most players know how to win games against lower-rated opponents. In many cases, it’s simply a matter of technique.
But how on earth do you beat an opponent whose rating is higher than yours? After all, that rating may reflect superior knowledge or ability.
It’s possible — if you believe in yourself. GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you the important ways you can pull off the upset against stronger opponents. | Watch video
Do you know the five secrets to tough endgames?
If you’re not sure, don’t worry. GM Melikset Khachiyan is here to show you the five endgame concepts you need to know.
GM Khachiyan analyzes one of his own exciting games to demonstrate the proper endgame technique. | Watch video
How do you beat weaker players in the endgame?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how with his own game against a lower-rated international master.
Learn how a powerfully placed knight can dominate a bishop in a pawn endgame, even with pawns on both sides of the board. | Watch video
The d6/e5 pawn structure for Black in the Sicilian is one of the most common patters. It's time you got to know the plans and themes for both sides! GM Khachiyan doesn't need to dig deep in his vault. Instead, why not show off a recent game from the red-hot GM Ivan Saric? That's right - not all Croatians went to the Dalmatian Coast this summer. Some were beating Super-GMs and rising in the ranks; Saric may well soon crack the top 50 if he keeps this up! | Watch video
If you want to see a superb demonstration of knight usage, look not further than GM Alejandro Ramirez's game from this year's U.S. Championship. First he offers an exchange, then he builds up a rock-solid pawn structure and makes Black's king walk the plank. The extra pawns prove useful, and with a losing endgame only getting worse, GM Mackenzie Molner commits Hari-kiri by mating himself. | Watch video
So you have a better position, huh? When is the right time to trade in positional advantages for material ones? Today you'll see a top American GM face that same question many times. There's a right way and a wrong way to be up a pawn, and patience is truly a virtue in this one. Keeping Black in a vice proves to be more powerful than cutting off one of his fingers! Watch and learn how to prevent counterplay and convert your advantage to the full point. | Watch video
Want to study the games of one the greatest positional aggressors of all time? GM Khachiyan says look no further than Efim Geller. Today the man in the spotlight plays a subtle zwischenzug that secures the e4-square for this pieces. Then a deep exchange sacrifice produces a monster of a pin that Black can't wriggle out of. Even the resulting rook endgame is instructive. Ten lessons in one game - no wonder it's one of Melik's favorites! | Watch video