One of the most stressful aspects of chess is trying to win a game you know you should win.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan uses one of her games from the 41st Olympiad to demonstrate a logical technique for winning games against lower-rated players — when you absolutely need the full point.
Even in a drawish opening with Black — and even when her opponent can trade queens at will — WGM Abrahamyan keeps up the pressure to eventually gain the win. | Watch video
What’s the most important thing you need to beat weaker players?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan reveals the secret way to win against lower-rated players as she analyzes her performance in the Politiken Cup.
Learn WGM Abrahamyan’s advice on how to become a better player by adapting well to changes in the position. | Watch video
What’s the best plan when you know it will be a tough game?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan shows you how to play it safe against a strong, well-prepared opponent in her important game at the Chess Olympiad.
If you find yourself in the midst of your opponent’s plan, try to do some damage control to get the most play out of the position. | Watch video
How would you feel playing the Scandinavian opening against a Scandinavian player?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan wasn’t afraid when her Finnish opponent played 1…d5.
WGM Abrahamyan explains how you can rely on common sense principles to safely handle surprise openings from your opponents — even when those openings are named after their homelands.
The trick is not to get into a battle of preparation in their pet openings. Simply play sound moves and outplay them in the middlegame.
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WGM Tatev Abrahamyan walks you through a fascinating attacking game she played in the Politiken Cup.
Find out why WGM Abrahamyan chose an Italian Game over the more popular Ruy Lopez against her opponent’s e5 opening.
Learn what she thinks about the various systems in this popular beginners’ opening, why she deviates from the usual Italian move order, and her advice on how to build a kingside attack in a closed center. | Watch video
WGM Abrahamyan concludes her mammoth series on all things French. You should pair today's video with an earthy Bordeaux and tangy Roquefort. Today she focuses on rare continuations for White, including an early f4 or Qe2. She'll also show a lot of options for how to face King's Indian Attack setups, where play can be focused on either wing, or the center. After watching, you'll be convinced of a certain joie de vivre in the defense. | Watch video
Our French Defense maestro illuminates the rest of what Black needs to know in the Exchange Variation of the French Defense. Importantly, WGM Abrahamyan advocates some lines where the pawn structure or pieces are imbalanced, creating opportunities for the second player. There's also a few opposite-side castling positions. Don't let your opponent make the opening boring - watch and see how to "mix it up" and make White wish he had played something more challenging! | Watch video
Nothing much to know in the Exchange Variation, right? Wrong. Watch French aficionado WGM Tatev Abrahmyan (who just secured a third IM norm) show you the intricate maneuvering required of the deceptive opening. White might think he's getting a simple game, but actually the art of the trade and subtleties in pawn structure are in full force. Don't assume the game will peter out into a draw! | Watch video
Today we are back to the Tarrasch, with WGM Abrahamyan still advocating for the 3...Be7 reply. Today she completes her well-researched discussion by focusing on 4th moves other than 4. e5 (covered in the previous video). You'll learn that Black often leaves his king in the center whilst liquidating White's pawn center and perhaps opening the g-file for attack. Ridding White of his e- and d-pawns should be every French player's dream. Watch and learn how to handle Nd2 systems! | Watch video
Next up in WGM Abrahamyan's all-things-French series is the Advance Variation, which goes well with fois gras and is paired with an earthy Bordeaux. While it is not played much at the highest levels, Black must know how to meet dangerous gambits like the Milner-Barry, and main lines with a3 and b4. Don't turn into French Fries, watch her videos now! | Watch video