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Wow. Nice defense.
Omg.talk about skating on thin ice,very impressed GM Melik
Thank you GM K. Great video because it makes a complex and difficult subject easy go decipher!
@Senchean I think it's mostly about the endgame, because he's referring to not allowing your opponent to create opposition with the kings, where your king might have to move into a disadvantageous spot or where it might be in danger of being mated by the rook.
Thank you Coach Melik, your the best especially in the endgame and in defending positions.
Very instructive GM Khachiyan. Learn something everytime. Thanks again, EddieB
Great Video. I have a question though. The defensive tip: stay away from your opponent's king, is that tip only for the endgame, or is it for all defensive play? I ask this because most endgame principles are reversed in the middle game. You want your king in the center of the board in the endgame, but castled in the opening and middlegame. Rooks behind pawns in the endgame, but in front in the middle etc.
Thanks for you answer, and I love your vids.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Determined not to lose a worse position, GM Khachiyan shows his resolve by using the full complement of his arsenal. First he uses some fork tactics, then he activates his limited army, then he uses some stalemate trickery. The job is still not done, as he then has to employ some theoretical defensive knowledge of rook versus rook and knight. It's a lot for a half-point, but it got him going and he ended with a good tournament result.
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French Defense: Classical Variation (C14)
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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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