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Thank you for the detailed analysis of Playing against the Bind. I've reviewed Bent Larsen's match but it still leads to a very positional game that can be winning for either side without the right plans.
Seeing it through your eyes was very helpful. Much appreciated
Thanks again Grandmaster Melik.
Thank you Grandmaster.
Can someone make a video on the nardorf??
The Maroczy Bind.
I like the endgame instruction
Nice lecture but I'm not convinced this line is reliable for black. The line and plan used in the following game is quite problematic for black:
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.e4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Ng4 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 Ne6 10.Rc1! Qa5 11.Be2 b6 12.0-0 Bb7 13.f3 d6 14.Rc2! 0-0 15.Nd5 Rfe8 16.b3 Rac8 17.f4 f5 18.exf5 Bxd5 19.cxd5 Bd4 20.Bxd4 Rxc2 21.fxg6 h6 22.dxe6 Rd2 23.Qa1 Rxa2 24.Qe1 Qd2 25.Qxd2 Rxd2 26.Bb5 Rc8 27.Be3 Rb2 28.Bc4 b5 29.Bd5 a5 30.f5 Re2 31.Bxh6 Re5 32.f6 exf6 33.Rxf6 Rxd5 34.e7 1-0
There is no need for White to waste time on a3 on move 11, 12 or 13 as the a-pawn is taboo, and I'm curious as to what Melikset has in mind here.
This and other games persuade me that White gets nothing at all from 6. Be3 and I'm afraid there might be nothing better. Right now I would try either 6.Nc2 or 6.Nb5, though it's unappealing to move the Knight a third time this early in the game. The alternative is to choose a different system earlier. 3.g3 and 3.Nc3 are arguably better choices than White's 3.d4
You say before b4 white is slightly better, but what is he going to try besides b4? His bishop pair needs something to attack (I would normally think the king and open bishop with f5, but queens are off the board so I'm not sure about that, plus black gets e5.). Of course b4 doesn't seem to offer white anything special either as his structure is so immobile, unless he somehow gets in c5. In fact maybe black could play on the queenside with an eventual ...b5 and blast the c file open. It looks like it's the kind of equality where both sides have much trouble achieving a whole lot. I'm really surprised lenderman played rc2, as it's not a very attractive move anyway and I didn't think it was hard to see that he would have some problems with the c file pin, especially since he could play Bc6 right away blocking this.
So yeah, to me seems inexplicable how Lenderman could allow that. A very nice and instructive endgame at the end!
I find it very enlightening to listen to a GM talk about his new ideas, and then have fun seeing how well I can keep up with his comments!
Bent Larsen i danish not dutch
Thanks Melik. Nice rook endgame.
Good game !!!
Yes ,it is true. The line Ng4 not the best line. In fact it's hard to called it the best. It's just the way how I see playing this line. I mean I have analysed this line for while,I found it as underrated,since official word of theory saying it's better for white. I believe black has some resources to play on. The main line without Ng4,still full of fight too,but that's another story. You guys can play either line.Again,it's just my vision. Good Luck at your quest of playing vs Maroczy Bind!
it's a very interesting and ambitious idea. As Melik mentions there seems to have been an improvement thanks to masters Jm...
It's quite clear that the maneuver 6...Nf6-g4, forcing the exchange of Knights leads to a position where it's safe to say that the opening offers White little. This presents me a theoretical problem, as I play the White side of this.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Today Melik Khachiyan reviews his win against Grandmaster Alex Lenderman from the 2010 U.S. Championship. Although the game itself is very instructive and climaxes in a very well-played rook endgame by Melik, the main topic of this video lecture (and the sequel coming soon) is how to play against the Maroczy Bind from the black side of the Accelerated Dragon. Melik has his own "original recipe" when it comes to this, and he sure does make it look good!
Sicilian Defense: Open, Accelerated Dragon, Maroczy Bind Formation (B36)
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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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