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Thanks again Grandmaster Melik.
Thank you Grandmaster.
Early in the game played ...B-b4 and you said this was forced. What is wrong with taking on e4 with the pawn or the knight? The bishop this has chances to relocate to f5. What did you intend to if you opponent captured on e4 instead of playing ...B-b4?
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One spot that I found hard to understand was at 8:46... Melik says that the b3 and a4 pawns are strong as they take away all the squares from the knight and bishop. Black plays h6, but I wondered why the natural looking Nd7 was rejected. I ended up letting Rybka show me the answer:
wow. great game and great analysis as always. Thanks Melik! It's amazing how you can make the game look so easy.
Nice and instructive as usual...ideas clearly explained. Many thanks.
Hi Melik you always pick instructive games for your videos and this is another good example.
One thing I would like to comment is sometimes you say things like "this is his only move" without explaining why.
Please keep in mind that sometimes these things might not be obvious to your viewers.
Thanks for the very helpful and instructive video. I especially like the way you tie in rules and chess methods and chess thinking with your instruction.
Thanks for this instructive video.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Grandmaster Melik Khachiyan throws a few more pearls of wisdom our way in today's video, featuring a game review of his recent victory over GM Jesse Kraai in the last round of the Western States Open in Reno, Nevada. A complete game indeed, watch as Melik allows his advantage to "evolve" from a queen-side pawn majority and better grip on the center -- to a devastating pawn advance and domination by the bishop pair. Enjoy!
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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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