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Great video, definitely learned something I will remember!
Thank you Grandmaster Khachiyan.
homework; #@1.KnXond3; time used; 15secs./ homework 2-Be5#; 3 minutes.
Really great educational video. Excellent game and absolutely awesome analysis. Learning the plans and ideas is so important. Thank you GM Melik
For Homework #1, I guess after 1. f4, Nxd3 variation, which has already been presented, is objectively the best move.
However, I have been looking at the move 1. ...d4 from Black as a possible alternative. It seems very playable as it eliminates the white light square bishop, opens up the long diagonal, etc. etc. while maintaining the pressure on the c3 pawn and increasing the pressure due to the newly freedom Black light squared bishop, which can be planted on the d5 square.
Awsome, I think you should come out with more videos on Kasparov's games. They are instructive and so is your teaching.
This game was great! The homework was fun and challenging. I agree with the guys above with their hw analysis w/elindauer and RyanMurphy5. I also wondered why Movsesian went Bc1 which seems like unnecessary with as you mention h5 seems most thematic or maybe Qg3. Great lecture ... absolutely love this series!!
Amazing game for sure and the lecture was great! I have watched it twice now just to try and absorb it all :)
Thanks for the video, Melik! This lecture was extremely instructive for Scheveningen players.
Homework #1: I would not have found it without watching the video, but I guess the idea is to play Nxd3 cxd3 d5 with the same ideas as in the game, but with white now having spent a tempo on f4 instead of h5.
I also considered Nc4 with Qa5 and Nxc3+ but couldn't find anything convincing for black there. I would have gone for this before seeing Kasparov's plan!
Thanks for an entertaining video.
Homework #2: after dxe4 Be5+ is crushing. A key tactic is that the d1 rook is pinned to the back rank, as in the line Nd4 Bxd4+ Rxd4 Qxc1+! and Rxc1#.
hw 2: 1...Be5+ 2. Nd4 Bxd4+ 3. Rxd4 Qxc1+! 4. Rxc1 Rxc1#
19. f4 Nxd3 20. cxd3 (20. Rxd3?? Bxe4) Rc8 21. h5 d5 22. exd5 Bxd5 23. g6 Nxc3+ 24. Nxc3 Qxc3 25 Bb2 Qa5 with a good attack for black
Excellent, I haven't finished the video yet but especially liked the advice around 10 min. 35 sec. On the 2nd homework I would think of Be5 but with a game as dynamic as this could never guess.
dxe4 loses to unavoidable mate. The pawn on d file must stay to be pushed in case of Be5+ (preventing the mating lines that follow in dxe4 case)
great advice! thanks
A great game to study and Melikset does his usual excellent job of explaining the logic of the moves. Thanks.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
In this infamous Najdorf English Attack game, the former World Champion Garry Kasparov delivered a powerful exchange sacrifice that would change the way people felt about an entire variation! GM Khachiyan reviews it for us from the perspective of highlighting all the attacking principles. Melik also discusses how to evaluate pieces "subjectively" vs "objectively". Enjoy!
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Movsesian, Sergei
vs. Kasparov, Garry
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation, English Attack (B80)
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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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