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  • 8 weeks ago

    JGambit

    insightfull

  • 4 months ago

    tonightatsix

    Instructive :)  Thank you, GM Khachiyan! :)

  • 5 months ago

    bartiscool

    Youre the best Melik

  • 7 months ago

    deeema

    Maybe it was worth showing one more tactical issue of how to react after 3... d2 4. Rd7

    Although Melik might thought this is too obvious that white can't take the rook by 4... Rxd7 because of 5. Qc8+ 5... Kg7 (5... Rd8 6. Qxd8+ Kg7 Qd7+ picking up the pawn) 6. Qxd7+ following by Qxd2. And that white doesn't have any tricks after 4... d1Q because of Queen-Queen-Rook connections.

    In my opinion, it is no more and no less obvious than the majority of other tactical peculiarities of decision making in this video. But maybe I'm wrong, and it doesn't even worth mentioning. Or maybe I'm just missing something simple in my own calculations.

  • 8 months ago

    brankz

    11:30 yeah even if I don't see the entire continuation, only the first 3-5 moves and it seems to be good, I'll make that move and figure out the rest afterwards. figured that must be what people do, nothing else seems practical or reasonable. problem I am having sometimes is finding the lines that actually give advantage rather than the lines that merely keep everything equal (with best play from both sides).

  • 11 months ago

    Mitochondria12

    Great video Melik :)

  • 12 months ago

    johnstdm

    @fanofcarlsen GM Khachiyan introduced the principles of critical squares and indirect response. These seem to be central notions to this video, notions that I would assume are largely foreign to (y)our decision making process over the board. Although I've appreciated nearly every video on this site, his structured approach to decision making and plan formulating has won my loyalty as a student. 

  • 13 months ago

    dezsoracz

    I like it, Thanks GM.

  • 13 months ago

    KarlPilkington

    I really enjoyed this video, but I do not understand how your way of calculating is at all "different".  You looked at 4 candidate moves, and analyzed them and picked the best one.  What is different about this approach from the usual way?

  • 14 months ago

    srikanth_narahari

    @FanOfCarlsen I'm guessing you probably feel like a lot of the chess videos on this website are not useful to you because they feature positions that we simply don't get to most often, and on the rare occasions when we do get to some of the presented positions, our opponents think and play entirely differently. Is this a fair assessment of the difficulty you are experiencing?

  • 14 months ago

    FanOfCarlsen

    Everybody is saying very good to this video.. but what is he doing after all.. he has taken a specific situation on the board and showing different lines. Does this teach anything about how to think when we have some position in front of us? How to find candidate moves and how to calculate variations effectively? Which lines to leave without calculation? Nothing!! BAD video..

  • 15 months ago

    Black__Knight

    thank you Grandmaster.

  • 16 months ago

    srikanth_narahari

    Great video.

    Important line regarding the position at 18:36:

    Kh7 Qf7+ (instead of Qe7+) Kh6 Qf4+ Kg7 Qe5+ Kh7 and white eventually runs out of checks.

  • 17 months ago

    AleSGCHESS

    Very interesting!! I have a question: if you had 3 hours a day to spend studying chess, what would you do in order to progress and not only enjoy playing? I'm having real trouble getting over 1900, and I'm spending lots of time with openings (mainly with chess position trainer) and some with chess problems. Also: would you study more opening in the basics or just a few but deeply?

    Thanks a lot!!! Great videos and teaching skills!

    Alejandro

  • 18 months ago

    healthybrick

    At 8:45, why not Rh5 to let the queen to guard the g1 rook?

  • 19 months ago

    pedrochessplayer

    Wow, how good this video is.

  • 19 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    This was great! Calculation can be very hard sometimes, harder than being creative which is hard in itself these days because of engines... definitely looking forward to part 2! Cool

  • 20 months ago

    TashSch

    really good video! Thankyou!

  • 20 months ago

    kauboy

    Thank you once again; GM Melik; this is real teaching! I am working your lectures on my board; you are really making the little wooden gears go around in my head ! 

  • 20 months ago

    kauboy

    For "Let's reason"; I had the opposite experience in my life. too much studying the little diagrams; and then the visual input is not the same when you sit at a table with a board. I really want to tell you this; because it was very important for me; I had to start working always; always; with the real tournament board; sitting down; and standing up; also; to look straight down at the board. Particularly notice that your visual perspective is different looking at a board from a typical sitting height; than looking "straight down" at a little diagram. I would be very suspicious about this advice in your book. Also, human beings learn partly from muscle movements; pick up the pieces and move them. always. look at the book, and then do the problem, or teaching, on your board with real pieces. For me, this was a major importance. Cheers. 

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