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Thank you Grandmaster Melikset.
Just for my two cents worth; notice the teacher mentions following Steinitz. I feel confident many modern players don't know who Steinitz was; or his place in chess history. He was the first person with a rational consistent theory of the game that is completely modern; you could say he dragged chess kicking and screaming from the nineteenth century into the twentieth. You can find books of his system and books of his games at used book stores practically for nothing; in the public library, etc. Studying what he has to say can easily cut one or two years off of getting from 1100 to 1450; or something. Just my opinion, of course.
for crooked knight; Ng4+ begins a crushing attack which fails to rational defense; which has to be dependably expected at this playing level. there is a basic principle, that attacks that fail lost the game for the attacker. Analysis for the attack has to be complete. This was my main problem for several years; I would make really deadly looking attacks; and lose the game. My first actual instructor pounded the idea into my head, that no attack is possible without a real positional advantage; and they have to be completely analysized. Defensive moves appear from the darndest places that you didn't see; and all of a sudden you're fighting a losing battle from an over-extended position; and you get another 0-1.
I'm happy to say; I said Knf6 immediately in the beginning there, on the same general principles you explained. If only my memory wasn't so spongy this could actually be very useful to me. Wonderful instruction; in the first place, it's actually understandable, in the second place it applies to many games. Worth the price of joining up just for this teacher.
Very instructive game . Well explained in detail . Thanks
Great game Melik! I really like your analysis you explain each move/thought/tactic/idea very well and it's nice to be able to enjoy these GM games and actually understand what is going on, awesome video
I'm already an expert! What do I have to look forward too, LOL!
In the final position, could white try some trickw with Qb5-e8 ?
who is a girl
GM, I found your comment about 2.Ne2 funny that the opponent isn't playing normal and the rest of game is just pure logic. I am comfident that your lesson will help My future games. Thanks.
I'm a little confused about the position where white plays b3, but you say that you expected Bg4.. wouldnt that hang the knight on d2 after ...Bxg4 Qxg4 (forced due to the pin on the h pawn)? can it not be taken for some reason..??
Very nice game and analysis!Thanks
good race position
Highly instructive and a very nice consistant game. Thank you for this great lecture.
Great video, thanks for sharing
Very nice Game, every game is a Learnign. Thanks for Sharing.
maybe thats just a premature attempt to crack open the white king.. my inexperience must be evident
after Bg5 early in the game, wouldnt Ng4+ begin a crushing attack?
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
As a perfect follow up to Friday's video, the weekend feature highlights more principles of the "race style" position, and how pawn chains can affect the plan for both sides in any position. In his game against GM Axel Bachman from 2007, GM Khachiyan put on a "positional clinic" for the tactical youngster, highlighting why it's so important to think deeply in a position, and to develop plans around the pawn structure...
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Bachmann, Axel
vs. Khachiyan, Melik
Vienna Game: Frankenstein-Dracula Variation (C27)
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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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