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Thank you Grandmaster Melik.
As a huge endgame fan, watching this game and then the amazing rook ending makes this one of my favourite lectures by you!! Great!!
Thanks a lot GMMalik for commenting your game. It's a great lesson to study how an IM/GM thinks during a game. The way you activated your rook, making it decisive, was instructive.
But if you've taken on h4 with the rook that just loses the rook.
 Oh no I see what you mean, good point.
No, no not Kf4, Kd4. Then White meets ...Rb4+ with c4. But if what you mentioned is what Khachiyan did, and he just made a mistake in the video, then this is all a moot point.
The h pawn is not lost immediately because after ... Rb5+ white's king has to move to 4th rank say Kf4 and then after KxP and RxP on h4 black can check with ... Rb4+ and after Kg5 exchange rooks and win with the a pawn.
If you look at the PGN it appears @GMMelik saw this in the actual game but when making the video missed a move out which is 58. Rd7+ before 59. Rh7, not 58. Rh8 as in the video.
He can do that, but then he loses the h-pawn, making the draw certain.
seriously why can't he play Rb5+??
Thanks so much. Balancing general knowledge and concrete calculation in endgames is a skill everyone has to learn, and you are very helpful.
On 24:35 why cant black play Rb5+ and pick up the e6 pawn.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
What would you do if all you needed was a draw, as white, against a lower rated player to secure your final GM Norm? As Grandmaster Khachiyan explains, the last thing you want to do is play for a draw! Learn from his mistakes, and eventually, his cool headed play that ultimately saved a much worse Rook Ending. Enjoy Melik's honest recount of one of his most memorable chess moments against IM Lev Milman from 2005.
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Khachiyan, Melik
vs. Milman, Lev
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)
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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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