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  • 15 months ago


    thank you

  • 19 months ago


    Back again! Thanks Grand Master.

  • 2 years ago


    thanks again Grandmaster

  • 3 years ago


    Just trying to brush up on my endgame and so this was a brilliant game to watch and learn from! Nice :)

  • 4 years ago


    My notes from video:

    • Notice how/why Melikset Khachiyan:
      • Determines black correct strategy. Since this is a complex endgame and black has 2 Bs, black is suppost to treat this a midgame and to not trade off it's pieces, especially his Bs.
      • recommends for black not to play Nb6. It's true that if white plays Bg3 black wins a piece with c5. However, white has Be3 followed by placing it's K-side Ps along the b8-h2 diagonal.
      • played h4 instead of g4, to extend it's attivity on the K-side. Black can play h5 in response to g4, threatening to open the h-file and if white pushes with g5 black has f5. However, playing h4 threatens h5, distroying black pawn structure.
      • recommends the Rf8 instead of Kd8. Rg8 would force white's P to f6, freeing up light squares for black's K to use. However, playing Kd8 followed by Rd8 gaves white's K enough time to protect the P and thereby not giving up the light squares for black's king to use. 
      • sacrifices his f-pawn to advance his K to support his most advanced passed Ps
      • avoids trapping in his K by playing h6, black's K needs the h6 square to get back into the game.
      • avoids playing Rg7 because black's R would eat the B with a fork and white can't recapture without losing his rook.
      • advises when the position is out of control and complicated, ask yourself a question: are you in full control of the game because you must know what's going on; what are you play for.
      • avoids palying Rd1, black would exchg R for P, followed by forking the K+R with his B.
      • analyizes a position. He knows he has the advantage because he has the draw in his pocket, and his opponent has nothing but an illusion of thinking he's better.
      • Plans form the end:
        • He first determines what the position calls for; in this case, his R needs to be on the 7th rank.
        • He examines the 7th rank to see if there's any possible points of entry for his R.
        • He examines the files leading to these points of entry on the 7th rank, to see if black can clog up the file, preventing penertration by the R
        • He looks for points of entry on the file leading to the point of entry on the 7th rank
        • He determines if he can maneuver his R to these points of entry on the file
        • The he follows the yellow brick road. Well it not that easy, of cause he has to improvise along the way and black does help out a litte.
    • General Principles
      • When a B defending a passed P and only has 4 or less squares along the diagonal, the B will have trouble defending the position.
      • In the endgame, a pair of Bs is much stronger than N+B.
      • Always take care of your most advanced passer, the most valuable pawn.
      • When playing opposite color Bs, it's about how productive your bishop is, it's about what else going on
    • I like how black:
      • ignores taking the c3-P and plays Rf5 attacking the h-P and trapping white's K by taking away the g5 square.
      • recognizes whites threat of Rg4 and plays Rf2 to meet white's Rg4 with Rg2.
      • plays Kg8. Black knows that white is going to play Rg7 so black prepares for the move in the best way with Kg8. Now if black plays Rg7 black has Bf7, stopping everything.
      • plays his R behind the h-P and his B to f7 to win the h-P. Pushing the pawn to h6 looks fine for white but black has Rh5+, kicking the king out and winning the pawn.
      • plays Rd5. Black knows that white is going to play Re7 so black plays Rd5 to face Re7 with Rd7.

    Another Melikset Khachiyan Endgame Extraordinaire

  • 5 years ago


    nice plan

  • 5 years ago


    Melikset Khachiyan, I love your videos- they are incredibly well done. Please, never stop making them :)

  • 5 years ago


    Another great lesson.

  • 5 years ago


    harlanbh-  On your 13.. Bc5 question...  I *think* that move is not so good because White simply plays 14. Be3, then if Black plays 14.. Bf7 White plays 15. Nf5  forcing a trade of the Bishops.  If Black simply takes the Knight after 14. Be3, the result is similar as he gives up his dark squared Bishop.  Blacks only real plus in this variation is the two Bishops and Bc5 appears to give that away.

  • 5 years ago


    hai i like this game i enjoy the game always

  • 5 years ago


    Thanks for your time effort and Knowledge!

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  • 5 years ago


    I don't understand why B-C5 is not a viable move. It prevents the fork, pins the knight and develops the Bishop.  And in one move connects the Rooks.

  • 5 years ago


    Very nice game, I always enjoy it.

  • 5 years ago


    b'ful plann'n

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