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Thank you Grandmaster Khachiyan.
okay; I can't resist. The meaning of "defend the center; watch out for the center" is mysterious to beginners. This game devolves into something like an attack by Philidor in the nineteenth century; all these successful attacks on the castled black king have one thing in common; the Knight on f6 is missing! learners; write this on the inside of your sunglasses; you must have the knight on f6; or you do not have a valid defended castled position; you are vulnerable. Once again; to simplify nine million details; all the many, many, attacks that can be prosecuted against you if the knight is missing in action from f6; cannot be used if he is at home. That is a very good reason to watch out for the center; do not allow this knight to be driven away. So, now I have said my two cents worth. These types of thrilling smash-em-up attacks ending in middle game checkmates were the bread and butter work of the national champions in the nineteenth century; remember if you don't survive the middle game; there's not much use to your 1200 hours of study of modern end game theory!
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Very interesting, I am going to implement it every day when starting to play. Thank you for your video,
Thanks for the video...
What happens if black plays dxe? Does White take back with the f pawn or d pawn? One makes a long chain, the other makes another kingside pawn.
Thanks for the video. Very nicely done!
Superb lesson. Very,very useful !!
Great game and all the better for knowing the contex of the encounter.
Thanks for another excellent video. I particularly like your "tips," wherein you isolate a particular situation that can be expected to recur in many games. I think you could do a series of videos on those alone.
Great video! thanks.
@Tai7 Yes, chess is like kung-fu, I do both myself :)
@barbarian22 this video is 19:50 minutes in total, although free members only can see the first 2.5 minutes
Thank you for the good advice about attacking and guarding the centre, chess is just like Kung Fu !
Thanks for doing this...but same problem like all other videos...too short. 2.5 minutes total of which only 1.5 minutes of pieces moving. Videos should be minimum 10 mi nutes long, otherwise it is silly. No one can cover much ground in 2.5 minutes!
thank you very much sir =)
Interesting and useful tutorial. Well done!
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Every "future" Grandmaster must challenge those who have come before him/her at some point, and today Melik reviews his first "GM Scalp"! He dives right into one of the sharpest lines of the Modern Pirc system against the well known theoretician, GM Smbat Lputian, but it is Melik who quickly gains the upper hand when Lputian takes a passive, and dubious approach. White breaks through the ranks with the prototypical e5-push, and Melik crushes the black king where he stands!
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Khachiyan, Melik
vs. Lputian, Smbat
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack (B09)
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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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