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Awesome video. I learned a lot. I love your thinking!
I always thought the French defense led to a cramped position, but then again, I'm only a intermediate player. Nice video though, great job.
what if b6! before c5, in order to keep control of d4??
after king f8 bishop from d2 to c1 and from c1 to a3 using the long diagonal seems purposefull!
Thanks for the video Melik. How do you propose to handle 11...Nd7 (instead of 11...Nc6) 12.Nf3 Nxc5 13.Rhb1 Bd7 with ...Rc8 to follow?
I have a nemesis who uses the French. Thanks for the lesson, I must now hunt him down.
Thanks Melik, good one against French..
tne aavde 6 chess
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
GM Khachiyan continues his miniseries on how to tame the serpentine machinations of French Defense players. Against the McCutcheon, he advises allowing an endgame that was previously thought to be give Black good play. Watch and learn how the GM won a miniature with straightforward play down the kingside. Sure his pawns are a wreck, but that matters little when Black has the normal queenside development problems that always plague the French!
Intermediate | Advanced
French Defense: MacCutcheon Variation (C12)
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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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