Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Learn how a Grandmaster handles a surprise at the chessboard!

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 that can make the difference between winning and losing key games. Improve your chess with GM Khachiyan today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn how to calm down a game against a romantic attacker in the style of the 19th century!
  • Learn how to stop your opponent's threats!
  • Learn about in-between moves that can decide games on the very highest level!

"Another outstanding video. You make sense of what is happening on the board in a way that is understandable." - Chess.com member ciscokid

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Water and Fire

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

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

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

Expect the Unexpected

Master Games
3 Lessons
47 Minutes
15 Challenges
Released May 9, 2019
1,221 Students