Mastery: Master Games

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Want to see how a Grandmaster and famous chess coach like Melik Khachiyan approaches his own tournament games? Join Melik as he demonstrates his thought process on his way to winning an open tournament. Melik demonstrates the importance of in-between-moves and other surprising tactics which can make the difference between winning and losing key games.

  • Water and Fire

    How do you play against someone whose chess is so wild, it’s like he never left the 19th century? GM Melikset Khachiyan had to face the swashbuckling NM Dana MacKenzie, and the clash of styles was immense. Watch how GM Khachiyan tries to cool down his opponent's fiery play and put the game on ice!

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Elminate the Threat

    GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you a short, instructive game with some very important ideas. GM Khachiyan demonstrates that the best plan when you have weak squares in your position is to eliminate the opponent’s piece that is controlling those squares. While you’re planning, never stop looking for an in-between move, which often proves decisive (and did in this game).

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • In - Between Moves

    Both Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand missed a critical in-between move in game six of the 2014 world championship match, so it can happen to anyone! GM Melikset Khachiyan will teach you to look out for these game-changing moves, whether they are quiet threats or spectacular sacrifices. He shows you one of his own games that is filled with potential in-between moves - see if you can spot them!

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
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