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Very interesting game!
Thanks, very interesting
you missed that on Nf7 you could move Bf6
What about 12..Bd8 instead of 12..Bf8 to leave f8 free for your ..Nf8-g6 manuver
nice but im not contented
i was at the Golden State Open!!! :)
I like the Nb6 plan instead of Q on the B-file...
Nice game, Melik! Very instructive, thanks for sharing!
I agree,Be7-d8 looks a bit dangerous.Originally black should try to hold position,at the right moment take on d4,and try to create the game around e4 pawn.My mistake was in this game,simply miscalculation,but second part of the game,I think black played almost perfect.
Thanks GM Melik!
@ NoRematch - The variation you suggested of . . .Be7-Bd8 to allow room for . . .Nd7-Nf8 and then . . .Nf8-Ng6 looks too dangerous for Black since by using the Karpovian Be7-Bf8 allows that Black Bishop to continue controlling the long diagonal of squares including key squares like d6 and even a3. 12. Bh4-Bg3 . . .Be7-Bd8 for example could quickly allow White to take the initiative with something like 13. Ra1-Ra3 . . .Nd7-Nf8 ? 14. d4xe5 ! . . .d6xe5 15. Bg3xBe5 ! . . .Qc7-Qb6 16. Ra3-Rb3 ! and so forth. I think the . . .Be7-Bf8 is much stronger for the position at the time :)
How about 12..Bd8 instead of 12...Bf8 to leave f8 free for your ...Nf8-g6 maneuver?
Excellent video :)
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
GM Melik recognizes the talent in his young opponent, but he's not willing to pass the torch yet! Needing a win in the last round for a good payday, the grandmaster plays his favorite Philidor and a wild fight ensues. His queen is almost trapped, then he goes down the exchange. But not to worry - eventually White's queen is offsides and Melik takes over the initiative and the psychological edge. The endgame technique is flawless!
Intermediate | Advanced
Philidor Defense: 3.d4 (C41)
Related: In-Between Moves, Part 1
My Repertoire: Playing Philidor
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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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