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I think most people think that pros calculate 12-15 moves deep because they don't realize that what they think of as 12-15 moves is actually only considered 6-7 moves. seems to me to be a confusion between a full move and a half move. if you have 4 lines each of 2-3 moves that's 8-12 moves and 16-24 half moves. processing all these moves (full moves, half moves and all) would still require someone who just sat down at a chess board for the first time a substantial amount of time (to say the least (much more than, say, a mere 30 seconds)). if they are even able to identify the 4-5 key lines in the first place as just to do this you have to possess and be able to apply a substantial amount of positional knowledge no? I guess what's a 'bush' for a pro is like a full grown proud 'quercus alba' to a novice huh? yeah wow a lot of tedious topiary work to do there huh. it's ok. I can handle it.
Great video! This theory of "bushes" as you call them is one I have explained to some of my friends that don't play chess very often and assume that strong players ALWAYS calculate 12-15 moves deep which is wrong as you show here
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I'm learning a lot with you Melik. Thanks a lot. Really helpful!!!
The problem with calculation videos is inevitably the GM says something like Melik at 1:30 "If White goes Kb2, at least Black can do Nc4+. So clearly, playing Kb2...I don't think so; it's not an option." Ok...we're just dismissing a whole line without looking at it? Then we play Ka1 with absolutely no calculation of that line at all. Sure, after Kc1, he loses two pawns, but after Ka1, maybe he loses a queen...how would we know if we don't look?
Thank very clear explanation. Good stuff!
thank you so much Grandmaster, this is a breakthrough for me,now I understand what I was lack in chess. To correctly understand the position and find the right move is not easy indeed. But with your plain tutorial, I am confident that someday I will be able to do it.
Thanx for the video .
Instructive and entertaining.
Thank you, very nice, plain and easy to understand.
great lesson, short and sweet but understandable and instructive as well.
Thank you Grandmaster Melik.
Trying to understand the logic of a position and then calculating can take longer than simply calculating all captures, checks and threats. It is ok if you are familiar with the position in which case you would understand the logic already (because you know the result). But in a completely new position, that process takes time, especially in complex positions. It is not only reasoning from the result to the method (which is what composers do) but it is also finding the (correct) result which is not always obvious.
Very helpful lecture.Thanks.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
GM Melik Khachiyan continues to dispel the myth that top players are always calculating very far down the road. Using a trio of instructive positions from famous players, Khachiyan continues his series on "bushes" by finding the right path without ever straining to see past three moves. His point is simple - you only have to analyze enough moves to either find an unacceptable position or a comfortable one. Either way, it's time to stop and move on with the game!
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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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