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  • 3 days ago


    When opponent does 7... a6 8. c5 is a good response (see Epishin v. Ziatdinov, Philadelphia 1997 and Kotronias-Goldin, Sochi 1989)

  • 8 days ago


    Thank you o great master

  • 4 weeks ago


    Thank you for your clarity of thought and excellent presentation!

    Some additional explanations: the game Capablanca-Alekhine analysing by Neil McDonald from his book "Chess Secrets: The Giants of Power Play"

  • 5 weeks ago


    I am only a 900 player so still a beginner, but its only thorugh the application of insights such as the 7 principles that i will ever progress.  Very insightful. It reminds me of similar instruction that Jeremy Silman includes in his approach e.g. searching for imbalances, etc.  I recommend  Silman's books to any beginner.  You will see that its a tool to assist you in evaluating positions.  Thanks again GM Khachiyan.

  • 5 weeks ago


    If a beginer finds this video too hard then they need to simply replay it, pausing where they are puzzled and analyzing that position on a board and then use the computer to check it. Nothing worthwhile in Chess is understood by merely watching it once. Learning involves searching for the answers to your questions which in Chess usually means-'Why did he play that move?' I thought the material was clearly presented. It is up to the student to learn how to apply what is taught.

  • 8 weeks ago


    Very instructive series indeed. Thank you very much.

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  • 2 months ago


    Excellent video

  • 2 months ago


    thanks of your very helpful video series...

  • 3 months ago


    a very good  chess instructor..thank  you for sharing your knowledge

  • 3 months ago


    chess makes sense to me. nothing else does. 

  • 3 months ago


    Certainly good and instructive, but not for beginner level. There should a lesson each on each one of those 7 elements with examples and more handholding.This is NOT a request to the GM, but just an idea to introduce beginners into the subject.

    I will continue to search for learning material in this regard.

  • 3 months ago

    IM Hafez_Bakr

    Very good lecture dear GM Melikset Khachiyan

  • 3 months ago


    I felt this video was simply amazing!I cannot wait to watch number 2.ThanksPlease be relevant, helpful & nice!

  • 3 months ago


    Good video, moar please!

    Also provides an excellent refutation of the flawed argument that Alekhine was merely a great tactical player.

  • 3 months ago


    Instructive :)  Thank you, GM Khachiyan! :)

  • 4 months ago


    need to understand pawn structure and what it means. It's hard to understand how and when  ( and why)to advance pawns other than fighting for the center

  • 4 months ago


    @ NobbyNommer

    I agree with you. The label of this video should say "Advanced". As a player of your level I would mostly focus on tactics and trying to find good squares for your pieces.

    For me, an ~2150 player, this is invaluable learning material.

  • 4 months ago


    This video would be great, however, the GM just ASSUMES that the audience understands why the C4 square was so important?  How can that one square help one win?  That kind of advice assumes a WHOLE HOST of other concepts (plugging files to stack up pieces on that file, gaining control of a file to bolster moves to other attacking squares, etc.)  That is the major problem with GM lesson videos.  They assume we understand much more than (most) do.

  • 4 months ago


    youngwine,$1500 to get my life back,bankruptcy.dentures,taxes.gonetowork


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