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Thank you Grandmaster Melikset Khachiyan.
Definately a great game! I love the way I can hear how pasionate you are when explaining a line or thought... shows just how much it matters to you and that sort of enthusiam is infectious! Awesome
I like the part where he says to believe in what you know. Thanks for a good video and lesson.
Melik= the best.....situational confidence and understanding, strategic organization with memory, and the tactical eye.....lots of lessons here.
Thanks for sharing these insights ....very nice game.
Great game thx! Very instructive video.
Thanks for sharing the entertaining game! It must feel good to have a win against another chess.com video author
Well, the piece sac is strange. It seems so right, but it's not.
When the video reached move 15, I stopped it and tried to guess the right answer. I found two.
First, I looked at d6, and found that after the queen takes the knight, I get a rook for knight and pawn. (If black plays Ra7 instead, I picked Re1, which is ok, but not as good as the best reply, Bc6!, getting ready for Re1 and major play against the e5 pawn.)
Then I considered the Nxd4 line, and thought that looked promising, even though I made the mistake of Re1+.
When I unpaused the video and saw Melik play Nxd4, I was happy I at least considered it. So, I was surprised when I then ran the position through Houdini. It gives Nxd4 as the 4th/5th best move, a full half-pawn behind the top 3-4. Houdini likes Qd3, d6, Be4, and Re1 more than Nxd4.
I wonder if the thrill of "getting away with" the sacrifice tempts human players to do it.
Enjoyed the video and the simple to follow and understand analysis. Thank you
Similiar to the Najdorf that I play.Thanks for the video!
I see you believed in your star.
i heard in the background at 3:18, a dog
Really great video. I love the talk about how, since you hadn't made any mistakes, there must be a way "out" of trouble.
excellenti!! i like it. Great game GM Melik
I wish I had played that game against Shanky.
Excellent calculation for the piece sacrifice! That took some courage... it would have been easy to overlook a defensive resource in a calculation that deep. Nice game.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
In the last round of the 2008 National Open in Las Vegas, GM Khachiyan looked across his board at a young, talented FIDE Master -- and he knew he was in for a fight! As Melik explains, he was committed from the beginning to take his time, find all the right moves, and punish his young opponent for trying to surprise him with a sharp, but slightly dubious variation of the Najdorf. What happened in the end? Watch and find out...
Players: Khachiyan, Melik
vs. Shankland, Sam
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation (B80)
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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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