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I just smashed an expert last night at the Marshall Chess Club, positionally. Just by implementing the concepts I've learned by watching these videos.
f5 and if exf then Nd5 attacks the key defender and opens the long diagonal leading to mating threats such as sacrificing to open the h-file for Rh8 mate.
what to do after g6? well, the temporary solution of moving the king castle pawn creates the permanent weakness. you just exploit it. The knowledge you have that black has just shot himself in the foot gives you confidence and you continue prosecuting the escalation of threats on the king. As black, your lesson is, don't do this; it's not the answer to your problems.
A game that could have come from great checkmating attacks of the nineteenth century. A lot can be learned from these older classic books. Some basic principles; which of course, still apply. The Knight on f6 is a vital part of the castled position; a pawn move in front of your castled king is a temporary answer, and a permanent weakness, the game had elements of the King's gambit in it; which was one of the most popular basic arrangements for the attack on the Black castled king. the end game theory is useless if you don't live that long! I love these kind of swashbuckling King's pawn openings that lead to the combinations, the sacrifices, and the surprising mates in the middle game. The two bishops lined up on the Castled King from the other side of the board are classics. It's a kind of list of things you have to prevent and that you don't allow to develop if you want to use your carefully studied end-game theory.
I'm by no means an advanced player, but this helps alot.
very good, nice pace
Black's move 21:19 why not g5?
Khachiyan is one of the two or three best video instructors on chess.com. Too many instructors seem to have drank a quart of Red Bull before doing a session, making the video difficult to comprehend. Khachiyan and others are very good, not boringly slow, but not impossibly fast either.
ok.... problem has been solved...This is a very instructive series by GM Melikset Khachiyan THE GREAT!!!
Anybody wanting to improve there game should watch this!!! thanks genral
Good piece coordination and very instructive.Thank you Maestro
Thanks! The video made me stronger.
thanks for the informative well explained video.
I liked the coordination of pieces and space in this example. I am looking forward to the next game.
Congratulations to elindauer and chessmonkey00 for right answers.Good job !
I love this series. IT ROCKS!!!
Great Video once again ... will be doing the homework shortly !! Looking forward to it. This video and the build up to the attack was definitely old school. Reminds me of Fischer who said that combinations in postions like that are as natural as a baby's smile ... :-) Thank you for this series!
I really loved this game and the analysis! At 09:30 I saw Rd3 would be a really good move it just came into my head - I saw it was better than the more obvious Rf3 because Rf3 blocks the queen... I was actually shocked when it got played 20 seconds later!! I even saw that d5 follow-up could be ignored, but I missed Rh3 - I was looking at Rg3 instead... I guess it's these little subtleties that make these guys some the world's best players!
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Melik's second installment is much more specific to the maneuvers your pieces -- rather than the pawns -- must take in order to develop a successful attack. The "classical" principle of making sure each one of your pieces is serving a purpose in the assault is seen very clearly in this battle between Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik. Melik also highlights some important structural points about the Open Sicilian structure.
Players: Topalov, Veselin
vs. Kramnik, Vladimir
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations, Main Line (B57)
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GM Melikset Khachiyan
Melik began playing chess at the age of 8, won the Baku Junior Championship two years later and became a Soviet Candidate Master two years after that. He began coaching early in his career and has brought up three Junior World Champions (among them Levon Aronian). In 2001, he immigrated to the US, where he qualified to play in the U.S. Championship several times. He earned his Grandmaster title in 2006.
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