• 5 months ago


    Great tips!

  • 3 years ago


    thank you

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks again Grandmaster.

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks Granmaster Melik.

  • 6 years ago


    Excellent, amazing how the pieces went so quickly fromt he q side to a totally new plan attacking and breaking through on the kingside just a few moves after the q exchange. Can we have more Dragondorf games pls! Very interested in this oppening and the ideas behind it!

  • 6 years ago


    good lecture, thanks

  • 6 years ago


    It's an awesome video, and just for these video's it's worth being a platinum member. We are so lucky to learn from such great players such as you. The only thing I can add is that showing us the end game of some variations to show why being down in pieces but up positionally. I believe you would have attacked the bishop making him lose the bishop for nothing as you were too powerful, and you would have been a couple of pawns up and in a great position.

    So glad you played the sicilian, it's my favourite opening :)

  • 6 years ago



  • 7 years ago


    your videos have a great amount of insight. thanx for all those, "just another tip for you guys", sayings. Those are the type of things that players trying to improve their game want to hear. Principles, Principles, Principles. You are a great teacher for allowing us to explore the mind of a chess 'master'.

  • 7 years ago


    Thanks for the game.

  • 7 years ago


    thank you

  • 7 years ago


    Melik and dpruess - Thank you very much for the feedback...

    dpruess - I agree moving nce2 after b4 (if b4 is played) is probably more accurate... the pawn sac on d5 might not be necessary unless pushing for more complications... trying to win...

    Looking more at the position after Melik suggested 14...g5 (completely missed that before)... it looks quite annoying for white... HOWEVER maybe will actually use the drawing idea someday when playing a stronger oppenent with 15. Nf5 followed by 16. Ng7+... good to know white has this option...

    Thank you guys... very helpful!!

  • 7 years ago

    GM GMMelik

    To PJM


    Sorry for the late coming back to you,just being a little busy.

    First of all thanks for your comments.Now to your question.

    You right in one thing,white quenn can't stay at KS for long time,it's not good.

    But to play Qg7 also not the best idea.If I would play some strong GM I would react very simple and very popular against maneur Qg7-Qh6.14...g5 very typical.

    The problem is 15.Nf5 which usually giving draw to white,let'say 15...Qa5 16.Ng7+ Kf817.Nf5.

    But the main reason why my opponent went Ne2 was to prevent another typical exchange sacrifice,one of my favor in sicilian defence 14...Rxc3 15.bxc3 Qc7,very positional. 16.Qe3 and d5,or possibly I can consider to move my d7 knight on a4.

    In fact I think white made a little mistake by playing Kb1,and also I believe whtie need to retrieve white quenn ASAP,let's say 13.Qd2 which give white still a small edge.

    Hopefully I had answered your question.


    GM Melik.

  • 7 years ago


    Excellent as usual. So many fine points were explained nicely...preventing opponent's counterplay, control of key squares, piece coordination and so forth. Your sicilian games from White's point of view specially pushing for e4-e5 were very helpful. This game from Black's point of view was nice, but dragondorf is not played much at high level. I second etnerot suggestion to pick more sicilian from black point of view. I know you are a dragon you play Najdorf, Seveningen or other sicilian, if so would like to see your games explained. Your commitment to video lessons is great and many thanks.

  • 7 years ago

    IM dpruess


    obviously i don't have Melik's insight into this position (well, I have some of it now after carefully following this lesson), but i have thought about your idea, and i think it's a good suggestion. since white's moves ne2 and ng3 were so useless, qh6-g7-h6-e3 makes more sense. black will also lose one move on rg8, and then have some trouble getting that rook back into the game.

    personally, if black then plays b4, i would not sacrifice the pawn with nd5 like you suggested, but just retreat the knight.

  • 7 years ago



    Ok I see your idea now why you called for the queen retreat to center since move 12... (after actually finishing watching the video)...

    My primitive assessment of the game is as follows (I have a question at the end):

     white's queen did not perform much during the game due to passive play... and then white went and traded it... The black king was not really in danger in the center but things could have been different if play was different... Also worst move by white was the passive Nce2 and the later Ng3... a very sad move...


    During the game looks like white managed to

    1) Prevent castling and isolated the h8 rook for a while... until he traded queens...

    2) The f6 knight was not doing much but black nicely improved it... offered a pawn sacrifice that white refused on h7... black broke free!! 

    3) All black pieces were active in general (even the king).


    BLACK TRUMPS: on the other hand white's setup led to

    1) semi-isolation of the white queen on the wing (sending the queen on a wing mission should be given major attention... white couldn't afford to play passively and leave the queen marginal for long... see my suggested improvements and question at the end)...

    2) poor placement of g3 knight: in general the maneuver with the knight away from the king headed to king side had no purpose or meaning especially when white queen was preventing castling... and besides that the knight has no path to take on kingside from g3...

    3) other issues with the setup are: a passive light squared bishop which trapped the rook on h1 most of the game...


    Malek my question is as follows: can white improve on move 13. instead of Nce2 with the following idea?

    since white committed his queen to h6 after the bishop trade... i think that white probably should have went right away 13. Qg7 Rg8 14.Qh6 finishing the queen's duties on the kingside and preparing for safe return to the center (queen permanently prevents and disrupts the castling and can return to the main fight)...

    so for example: 13. Qg7 Rg8 14. Qh6 b4 15. Nd5 Nxd5 16. exd5 Bxd5  (sacrificing the pawn on d5 but giving white a great open position with d and e files open and the black king stuck in the center)... with a subsequent return of queen to e3 later or somewhere else... 

    I am not sure how sound this idea is and hopefully I did not miss something major as I did not thoroughly analyse... I just think if the queen got to h6 then atleast she should do something to justify this bishop exchange on h6. 
    Any comments on this idea and my amateur assessment of the game (above) is appreciated... 

    Thanks again for the great videos...
    and by the way... people ask you to explain other games not because they don't like your games... on the contrary... it is because many people think that no one can explain these games to them like you would!! Atleast thats what I think!!  Us amateurs tend to miss out on a lot of the battles raging in current tournaments especially when we dont know all the theory... 

    Best of wishes in 2010

  • 7 years ago


  • 7 years ago



    12. Kb1 looks like a useful move... maybe better than 12. Qe3 I think... because i prefer to keep the queen on h6 a little longer (since it is there) with ideas at some time to play Qg7 Rg8 and Qh6 ruining the castling for white (and keeping the king in the center)... after that I can bring back the white queen to the center...

    If 12. Qe3 black can castle or play b4 kicking the knight... a variation like 12. Qe3 b4 13. Nce2 0-0 14.g4 Qa5 looks fine for black? no?

    Anyways Im still watching just paused the video...

  • 7 years ago


    Excellent video. Very nicely done.

  • 7 years ago


    your presentation of harmonious piece play is instructive and entertaining

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