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Thank you Grandmaster.
Lasker? Maybe, once again I'm willing to say, an inheritor of Capablanca. The kind of chess that makes your heart sing.
The advice to study the games of Lasker and Capablanca is very important. This is why I hate computers; and to some extent the modern "perfect games"; in the first place, I'm no good at it! In the second place, where is the psychology! Many times I won club games by astonishing and confusing and disorienting these perfect students who remembered every correct opening move of every opening; but who made mistakes when confronted with a "mess" on the board. This was 14 years ago; now, I think it's much worse; they really do know all the perfect moves; and they think like little computers; damn them!
As a club player i can only agree with Melik,game of chess is a war beetwen 2 personalities.Taking a stand in critical moments of the game is the right way of playing for a win.And if you have to play a few risky or suspicious moves than it is a low price for victory.Yesterday my team had a match in national league and it was last round.We had to play away match against a team of Jelsa for the leauge title on their field.Winner takes it all,first place and promotion in the higher rank.Last time we were visiting Jelsa we had a bad trip,they smashed us 5-1!!So as the match went into 2. hour of play situation was looking to be the same again!We had 4 uggly positions and 2 suspicious one.I as a captain of the team played on board 3 and made a sirious mistake in the opening and have to go to middlegame with 2 pawns down with little or no compesation.And than i said ok ican either resign or i can try to cook something up.Cooking means i saced 2 more pawns which my oponent rather quickly took as he was saying>Hey you donk,you ll not bluffing me!But unfortunately for my oponent that fourth pawn wasnt a smart meal and than i saced a 5.pawn and a rook and won in brilliant stile.My oponent stood up and left the room without saying a word!He was asking how did i get in this situation.After i won the game situation in a match suddenly changed and my buddy Marin on board 1 won also probbably lost game and than 5. and 6. board turn their suspicious positions into a victory.We won the match 5-1 taking the championship!
@elindauer Melik never said that the sacrifice was objectively bunk; he just said that it wasn't clearly irrefutable. He wanted to throw a wrench in the system because he thought that was his best chance for a win under the given circumstances. A draw wouldn't have cut it.
After the bishop sac and Nxg4 threatening the mate-in-1 could you have played a deflection tactic such as Bg5!? Is it legit or a bad idea? Does this work well in the long run because I haven't checked it but the move screamed out at me lol
Amazing game Melik and some very clear instructive analysis too, great job!
enjoyed this video very much ... thank you ... brave move here ... putting pressure on the opponent ... you deserved the $$.
You passed on an objectively equal position in favor of a dubious sacrifice because you were afraid your opponent would outplay you? This is a smart decision? Who are you? What have you done with the real Melik?
Still a fan though.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Melik's "most recent memory" comes to us from the year 1996. GM Khachiyan was just entering the prime of his career, and he was faced off against a fellow prominent American Chess Coach, GM Miron Sher. It's "go big or go home" in this game, with all the marbles on the line! Melik talks about the psychology of these moments, his practical (though perhaps dubious) decision, and the pressure he likes to put on his opponents, following in the footsteps of a former great!
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Sher, Miron
vs. Khachiyan, Melik
English Opening: King's English Variation (A20)
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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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