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Your comment describing the bishop/rook as a simple exchange is a revolution for me as a chessplayer. Thanks again, Grandmaster!
I downloaded the PGN and played it over on my full size board. Once again; if there were nothing else available on chess.com except GM Melik's instruction; I would feel perfectly satisfied with paying my diamond member fees. He keeps reminding me of Capablanca. Astonishing over the board play. Thank you, once again.
Thanks again, Grandmaster
Melik Khachiyan, you're the best. I love your style of play and how you explain your games. Keep up the good work.
fantastic.....high level stuff here.....
Great infomation,keep them coming!
Hey Melik! This video gets better each time I see it. Absolutely awesome and played well from both sides.
Very nice game and the idea of the "positional sacrifice". Learned a lot, thanks Melik!
Typical Melikset Khashiyan, mixing things up and winning with excellent endgame technique. And utilizing the positional sacrifice, one of his favorite weapons.
Absolutely brilliant..... something I need to work on, positional more than piece value
The depth of GM understanding of a given position is amazing. Your video really gives insight into how the masters see the game. Thanks!
thx for the video, nice sac but you went thru the game much too fast especially the endgame.
Very instructive video! Really good explanation of the 'why' behind the moves.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
GM Khachiyan goes over a remarkable game of his. Half a point behind his Grandmaster opponent in the last round, and with the black pieces, he went all out to create a sharp positional struggle that would give him chances to win the tournament. The game is full of deep ideas, surprising moves, excellent technique, a wealth of valuable insights, and a particular focus on the Exchange Sacrifice, a familiar weapon to Khachiyan as a pupil of the Tigran Petrosian School.
Intermediate | Advanced
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation, English Attack, Anti-English (B90)
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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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