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Thanks again Grandmaster Melik.
To be fair, computer says that actually after Nxd3+ from black after the final position, black is not even losing by half a pawn.
White was better, sure, but black was not at all dead yet (except for time of course :) )
I enjoyed this game and lecture, how you restricted black's play and improved your pieces. I particularly enjoyed Qf3-d1-d4 maneuver, the offer of trading queens to threaten to win a pawn and deter Ne5. Also Bc4-f1-g2- (f3 inserted) -Bf1-e2 manuever was absolutely splendid! Your approach in this game leaves me with a very positive impression on how to bottle up the opposition and to keep some advantages in the position without calculating too many variations. In all quite instructive for me for how to play using the entire board. Thanks for this great lecture!
I like Melik's emphasis on always looking for ways to improve his pieces. Very patient. Excellent look at exposing weaknesses in positons and exploiting imbalances. thanks again for a great video!
Rybka is certainly a genius!
thanks Melik, great analysis as usual!
Nice analysis, I picked up some ideas when I am facing Scandinavian. A lot of people play ...Bg4 move against me. I will try GM Melikset's approach. Many thanks.
Bd5! :D dont worry melik, i liked your moves too ;)
A very nice lecture: short and sweet, but with many opportunities for learning.
One suggestion I have is to consider sometimes pausing for just a second or two and asking the viewers to pause the video and try to find the next move or the key ideas before you explain them. I learn and remember more from videos when I try to figure things out and get immediate feedback in the video after every attempt, and I assume that's probably helpful for others too.
Thanks for the great video!
Nice to see Elliot and Melik playing.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
GM Melik Khachiyan reviews his game against fellow Video Author, FIDE Master Elliot Liu, from the US Open last month in Los Angeles. When Liu surprises Grandmaster Khachiyan with his opening choice, Melik decides to steer the game down "original lines" with the intention of preventing black's standard plans. The game becomes wild and tactical, but Melik is still able to provide us "positional insight" into his train of thought.
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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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