Mastery: Strategy

Restrict and Win

Restrict and Win

Learn how Grandmasters prevent their opponent from getting pieces to good squares before going in for the checkmate. GM Melik demonstrates multiple top level games in the Ruy Lopez, which provide a good understanding of how to play that opening, as well as two of his own games, which he needed to win to contend for top prizes in tournaments.

  • How To Restrict And Win

    Big attacks and spectacular sacrifices might get all the attention, but there are other ways to win a chess game. GM Melikset Khachiyan explains the powerful positional method of restriction, which slowly saps the energy of both your opponent and their pieces. Learn how to deny your opponent space, squares, and potential in this enlightening lesson.

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
  • More Restrict and Win

    Want to learn how to execute the perfect positional squeeze? Learn from one of the greatest, Efim Geller. GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his series on positional restriction with an excellent lesson on prophylactic positional thinking.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Restriction in the Ruy Lopez

    GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his lesson on restriction in indisputably the most important king’s pawn opening there is: The Ruy Lopez. Learn how to limit your opponent's pieces and their potential in this deeply studied opening.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Ruy Lopez: Karpov vs Ulf Andersson

    GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his excellent series on restriction with a lesson on how to squeeze your opponent in the Ruy Lopez. GM Khachiyan reviews one of his favorite games ever, an exciting Grandmaster battle between Anatoly Karpov and Ulf Andersson. Learn from these two legendary masters and get ready to put the squeeze on your opponents!

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Boa Constrictor

    How do you squeeze your opponent like a snake? GM Melik Khachiyan shows you the way in this important lesson. Watch GM Melik do his best Petrosian impression in one of his recent tournament games, and learn how to use positional advantages as a deadly weapon in your own games.

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Boa Constrictor: Squeezing the Najdorf

    The Najdorf Sicilian is an aggressive, counterattacking system for Black that can be hard to handle as White. GM Melikset Khachiyan shows us how to put the squeeze on this fighting opening! Watch how Melik tames the mighty Najdorf and restricts his student WGM Tatev Abrahamyan's attacking ambitions. If you play the Najdorf Sicilian from either side, you won’t want to miss this positional clinic!

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
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