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Thank you Grandmaster Melikset Khachiyan.
That was great. It was like seeing an old friend again. I haven't played for 10 years; but I remember trying to instruct myself with a primitive radio shack computer. I made it play black and the French defense over and over and I think I lost 117 games in a row over a period of months. but finally I won one. The pawn position did stick with me! But it's an awful way to try to do anything. Your videos are worth the price of joining up all by themselves.
This is for Expert players
high level chess thinking thank you so much!
Great video ... the guy you played NM Peter Graves ... ok Peter Graves brings to mind Mission Impossible http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission:_Impossible and this video shows that playing the French like that against GM Melik was Mission Impossible.
i know this idea to play b6 and trade bishops on white square ; Just a moment to find the game where i see this
Sometime i try to play this in other openings
Excellent lesson, looking forward to the next ones!
that's a good insight. I like french d. before especiallly when i playing white piece.
thanks for the helpfull advice.
Absolutely great game and lecture.
Very nicely done. I truly enjoyed it.
i downloaded the pgn and my winboard said black's 18th move is illegal. what gives?
Great lecture. Nice to get some ideas against the French. Well presented via a very instructive game.
I really enjoyed the ideas associated with pushing the h-pawn: it's probing for weaknesses and gaining space at the same time. Excellent idea! Great lecture!
Great video GMMelik.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Grandmaster Khachiyan delivers yet another gem of a video lecture today, reviewing one of his own recent victories and highlighting many critical "dos and don'ts" of the French Defense and the pawn structure therein. He focuses on providing examples of which points to target in black's position. He also explains in logical fashion what his opponent misunderstood about the position and why he chose bad plans.
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Khachiyan, Melik
vs. Graves, Peter
French Defense: Winawer Variation, Advance Variation (C16)
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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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