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Melik at one point says that he can play Bd4 and win the endgame. Later in the video a similar opportunity arises and he says he wanted to avoid that because it was too passive - with good reason because that endgame is very tricky to win. White is a pawn up but Black has many drawing chances.
Thanks again Grandmaster.
GREAT VIDEO!!! I may have a low rating, but I have learned so much from this particular video. Especially the mindset you need -- calming down to think properly, the relationship between knowing just because a tactic is attractive that it may not always be the best idea, and the difference between complex and simple types of endgames. You really consider a LOT of counterplay ideas and I thnk thats understressed in a lot of videos in general.
Thankyou so much I find this one of the most useful videos Ive seen since I started a membership.
Great video !
If Rh4 ?
Some more TT puzzles using tactics from this video :
If any video proves there are a LOT of tactics in the endgame ... this is it! It's a perfect blend of strategy with lots of practical and concrete tactics ... for me as a Grand Prix Player this opened up a lot of other possibilites in the opening ... it's amazing to me how few players, and it seems only the best informed, play 5. ... Nd4; now you played O-O but I always play Bd3 which looks ugly but does have some merit. I'm going to explore your continuation ... since I learned this opening from Roman Dzindzichasvili it's been a great weapon ... loved seeing this endgame.
Thanks so MUCH ... !!!
I absolutely love your videos and I how you play positionally. And your endgame is hands-down the best. I also noticed that your opponent's endgame wasn't too shabby. Excellent video, can't wait to view your next one.
after Nd6.if king goes to Ke7?? then its mate in two! Nc8+...Kf6 Bd8#(...Kf8 Rd8#)
Very nice, but very advanced.
A truly fantastic display of technique from Melikset Khachiyan. The video is very precise accurate and to the point. Well done!!
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
When you were a kid, your mom made you eat vegetables that you didn't want... but, they were good for you! As GM Melik Khachiyan teaches us today, sometimes in order to win, you must play moves you don't want to... because they're good for you! Being disciplined about your opponent's counter-play, and making the "tough decisions", is what wins games at a high level. That and knowing when not to activate your King in a complicated Endgame!
Sicilian Defense: Grand Prix Attack (B23)
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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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