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Thanks again Grandmaster Melikset.
Thank you Grandmaster.
One theory note: Correct move after Bb5+ Bd7 is Bc4 (according to GM Gawain Jones), leaving black Bd7 on bad square because it prevents quick d5 and prevents Nf6 as well because after e5 knight cannot retreat to d7
Terrific--always entertaining and instructional.
thanks for the video
Nice game! I get tired of people touting The GPA as some kind of automatic win. White insisted on the GPA and played mechanically and got punished. I liked ...Nh6 and especially ...0-0-0.
If Nf3, then ...d5! It does not matter much where the N retreats, say Nc3. Then ...Nf2+, Kh1, ...Nxd3+, Nxd4, ...Nxc1 and ...Nxd4 is winning (if Qh5, then perhaps ...Qf5). Whites King is cut off and Black has an extra pawn and a central majority.
As a Grand Prix Attack player I loved this video because it is great to see a system like the one Kasparov used against the GPA. I'm going to watch this video again tonight and work on the hw. Thanks Meklik ... you ROCK!
Well done Melik on your victory! The game was interesting to watch and very instructive for me as I like playing open and closed sicilians as black and I occasionally venture with a grand prix attack as white so this lecture was relevant for my own play, good stuff :)
The White rook on a1 and Bishop on c1 never moved. You cannot win games when you don't use all of your pieces, especially not against a strong opponent.
I have been feeling frustrated lately with my play - and not being able to anticipate opponent moves - this video is extremely helpful but I realize that I need to invest more time in developing my strategy. Will investigate in preparing to do battle.
Nice insight, thanks for the lesson!
Great video. thanks
very good, thanks
lol too short.. he sepnded too much time on talking about other stuff.
Spoiler alert: I'm answering a question in the video.
You asked, what if 14. Rxf7 Rdf8 15. Rxf8 Rxf8 16. Nf3 or c3
I think the correct answer in both cases is d5, kicking the key defending knight. If 16. Nf3 d5, then both 17. Ng3 and 17. Ng5 will run into trouble after 17...Nf2+
If 16. c3 d5, 17. cxd4 Nxd4 puts white's queen in a bad position. White has to retreat and will lose material. I didn't calculate all the lines after 17. Ng5 and 17. Ng3, but 17...Rf2 looks like it will hurt.There is still a lot to calculate! I'm amazed that professional chess players can think through so many positions. My brain starts to hurt after 1 or 2 key positions.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Today we learn the element of surprise! GM Melik Khachiyan reviews his own game with New Mexico's top play, Lior Lapid, and in doing so, he highlights the importance of knowing what your opponent wants to achieve, anticipating this, and then surprising him with an "unexpected approach" (0-0-0!). We also learn details of how to play against the Closed Sicilian - Grand Prix Attack.
Players: Lapid, Lior
vs. Khachiyan, Melik
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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