Mastery: Master Games

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Learn how a Grandmaster handles a surprise at the chess board!

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.

  • 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. Thanks! - Chess.com member ciscokid

That video was so good I'm going to watch it again later. Just jam packed with practical advice. Thanks! - Chess.com member baddogno

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    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
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    • 5 challenges
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    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
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