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Thanks again Grandmaster.
Thank you Grandmaster.
Bf3 was a greeeaatt shot!
Thanks Melikset, this was a great piece of instruction.
There are sooo many lessons I could learn from it, here are 3 I noted:
John Watson used to espouse this line for Black, with ...Ba6 and not ...Bb7.
He gave some lines (with Qh5+ ...g6) to demonstrate Black was OK but yeara ago even as young C players my brother Craig and I discovered on our own that an early a4! before Black played Nb8 was the crucial line. Of course, this game is a bit different but a4! (as played by Melik here) was still crucial in this Nc6 game.
I wonderful game, GM Khachiyan, you should be proud!
Consistency is a very important concept, thanks for the lecture! And exciting game!
Very interesting game and lecture! I like the logic of "squares not material" I first heard it 4 months ago and have improved a lot since then, I will definately continue watching your lectures they are great!
Qd3!! amazing move. As others have said, the theme of playing squares over material is very instructive.
You mention in the video that Nc6 changes your plan to play Nh3-f4 etc... out of curiosity, why is this? It seems that the plan you executed in the game would work just as well against Ba6.
Great video thanks. I also cringed when I saw black's Nc6. I believe his wishful thinking idea was to play Na5-Nc4 & hoping to somehow activate his b7 bishop via the long diagonal after something like BxN on c4 (which white likely would not play anyways!) but this brings up an important point: Chess ideas will always trumped by concrete calculation. Your Bb4! refutes black's whole concept thus Nc6 indeed deserves a (?). With Ba6, black could've at least fought on in a slightly worse position.
This is respond to ZucchiniMann,
Well idea having Qa5 and Ba6 it's not going to happen in this line.It could be done by different move order 4...c5 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4,but here let's say qhite could play 8.Qb1 and forced black to play 8...c4.,and no more b6 idea. What I"m trying to say ,it's rare to see conection between Qa5 and Ba6.
Regarding choosing Nc6 move. It's possible,but by my opinion it's wrong idea. Things changed since game of Kavalek has been played.And lastly regarding pushing pawns on KS,that's absoluetely fine.It's just matter of like or dislike.
If any more questions you welcome to ask.
I'd love to hear GM Khachiyan's answer to zuchinnimann's question (first post on this video). Is pawn storming the kingside also a valid plan? Or should white prefer to play with his pieces?
I liked the way that Black tried to change the dynamics of the game; I think he knew he was losing and made a big effort to change the structure with the knight sacrifice but this was pretty exciting because it looked like he was getting A LOT of counterplay with the idea until you cut it off ... almost immediately. Nice game from a lot different perspectives.
Excelletn video! Great explanations on the "ideas" behind the opening moves!
I love these videos. So informative. Thanks a lot, GM Khachiyan
"Don't play material - play the squares"
I love that line, really helpful advice - thank you!
really good. i like ur rook sacs
Great video. thanks.
Very interesting, thanks!
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Be consistent! GM Melik Khachiyan reviews one of his own games from a recent tournament in which he quickly capitalized on his opponent's "lack of planning" in the French Defense. His development was cohesive (especially the Knight on f4 and the Bishop on a3) and his execution... flawless! Enjoy the video and take notes to improve your own planning and in game calculation.
Players: Khachiyan, Melik
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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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