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  • 10 days ago

    miep2

    I think Ke7 is as strong as Kc7 , but refraining from taking on b2 was the actual blunder. Also instead of Nxb2 ..Ne3 was still a sound alternative; g4 Rb4-f4 and black has enough counterplay to save the draw.

    In the second example ..Rc4 is just lovely. I think it is characteristic for Rapport , the optimist who always wants to attack he misses this Re3! resource.

  • 4 months ago

    Sashko97

    thank you for the video!

  • 6 months ago

    Black__Knight

    Thank you Grandmaster.

  • 21 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    That is some deep positional play ideas I can honestly say the exchange sac wouldn't have been one of my move candidates... which shows why I'm still a lower-rated player! Laughing

    Great instructive video as always Melik I enjoy watching your work Cool

  • 22 months ago

    D4EAGLE

    Fabulous as always!

  • 23 months ago

    Redman

    Makes my play look completely trivial. Many more please.

  • 24 months ago

    Success09

    mmh,good.I like it.

  • 24 months ago

    Success09

    mmh good,I like it.

  • 24 months ago

    formsofnow

    Great teaching of ideas!

  • 24 months ago

    Bhoetrus

    Clear and relevant,I like

  • 24 months ago

    KCOLD

    Brilliant and crafty as usual  : )  ......play squares not material.....understanding the quality of the piece given a specific situations allows for a deeper and more effective play.....i will try and remember ......as delineated in game 2 example.....as for game 1 ....i read that Tal as a functional idea in the advanced states of the middle game never as a general idea thought that it was a good idea to move backward..passivity at the crucial hour...context is everything it seems  : )

  • 24 months ago

    dzindzifan

    really liked this video ... learned a lot!! tnx

  • 24 months ago

    ChessSoldier

    You said to go to the weak side if you're losing and to the strong side if you're winning.  This makes sense because if the King is defending, it needs to go cover your weakness.  If your King is attacking, it needs to press your strength.

    But tell me, does this apply to symmetrical pawns?  What if both sides have a,b, e, f, g, and h pawns.  Should the king go to the e-f-g-h complex or the a-b pair?

  • 24 months ago

    Ab76

    this is actually awesome and i love it ,

  • 24 months ago

    ChessUniverse1

    good job

  • 24 months ago

    ealdor

    Well done.  I hope to reach that level of spatial understanding, recognizing when the squares take precendence over the material in such situations as your second example.

  • 24 months ago

    DrFrank124c

    The exchange sacrifice is very interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    BTW the board was switched around in the second example.

  • 24 months ago

    EN-johnpeter101

    GM Melik

    I think the board was backwards in the second position :P

    THe notations on should have been hgfedcba and on the number side 87654321

  • 24 months ago

    jbsmack

    We were discussing positional theories with my co-chess clubmate and when i got home, thanks for sharing this video. it gave me more understanding. thank you and more power!

  • 24 months ago

    neilx

    Best chess teacher period.

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