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That first game was a work of art
I think Ke7 is as strong as Kc7 , but refraining from taking on b2 was the actual blunder. Also instead of Nxb2 ..Ne3 was still a sound alternative; g4 Rb4-f4 and black has enough counterplay to save the draw.
In the second example ..Rc4 is just lovely. I think it is characteristic for Rapport , the optimist who always wants to attack he misses this Re3! resource.
thank you for the video!
Thank you Grandmaster.
That is some deep positional play ideas I can honestly say the exchange sac wouldn't have been one of my move candidates... which shows why I'm still a lower-rated player!
Great instructive video as always Melik I enjoy watching your work
Fabulous as always!
Makes my play look completely trivial. Many more please.
mmh,good.I like it.
mmh good,I like it.
Great teaching of ideas!
Clear and relevant,I like
Brilliant and crafty as usual : ) ......play squares not material.....understanding the quality of the piece given a specific situations allows for a deeper and more effective play.....i will try and remember ......as delineated in game 2 example.....as for game 1 ....i read that Tal as a functional idea in the advanced states of the middle game never as a general idea thought that it was a good idea to move backward..passivity at the crucial hour...context is everything it seems : )
really liked this video ... learned a lot!! tnx
You said to go to the weak side if you're losing and to the strong side if you're winning. This makes sense because if the King is defending, it needs to go cover your weakness. If your King is attacking, it needs to press your strength.
But tell me, does this apply to symmetrical pawns? What if both sides have a,b, e, f, g, and h pawns. Should the king go to the e-f-g-h complex or the a-b pair?
this is actually awesome and i love it ,
Well done. I hope to reach that level of spatial understanding, recognizing when the squares take precendence over the material in such situations as your second example.
The exchange sacrifice is very interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BTW the board was switched around in the second example.
I think the board was backwards in the second position :P
THe notations on should have been hgfedcba and on the number side 87654321
We were discussing positional theories with my co-chess clubmate and when i got home, thanks for sharing this video. it gave me more understanding. thank you and more power!
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
GM Melik Khachiyan shows a useful tip on deciding which side of the board your king belongs in the endgame. Something as trivial as which way to elude check can turn a benign endgame into a promising initiative. In the second example, the focus is on the middlegame, when black plays a clever exchange sacrifice to overrun white's center. Melik shows us that playing squares, not material, is the dominant strategy.
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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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