• 4 weeks ago


    nice set up!

  • 5 weeks ago


    Thank you

  • 3 months ago


  • 4 years ago


    Thank you Grandmaster

  • 5 years ago


    I havent look it up in computer but I think Black can play a5 after RH1.   The variation you gave was after 1..... a5, 2. ba5, Ra5 3. Bc4, Ra2 4. Rc2...  Yes, there is no connection but Black is threatening Rc1+ skewering the King and rook.  What do u think?  I think Black has play. 

  • 5 years ago


    Thank you, GM Mel, for another very helpful video.  Sometimes you make a statement so clearly and quietly about aspects of chess that, for me, at least, I don't realize immediately how very, very important they are, until I think about them and suddenly learn how important they are.  For example: 1.  Know what your opponent is trying to do in order to know how to handle the situation, and 2. and know what you should be doing in order to do it.  Sounds simple, but how extraordinarilly important!  Please keep those pearls of chess wisdom coming:  they will come in handy for us in our games.

  • 5 years ago


    Malik Khachiyan, your the best. I like your style, positional understanding and how you play your endgames. And you make learning chess easy.

  • 6 years ago

    FM gauranga

    Nice explanation of better pawn structure, better bishop and how to prepare the vital f5-breakthrough patiently while at the same time always trying to slow down the opponent's counterplay. Of course, Black could have played better near the end, but White's advantage was never in question after he gained the bishop pair. Nice video.

  • 6 years ago


    Fantastic! Melik explains the thought process of a Master like no other I've come across. To me, it's the most useful teaching style.

  • 6 years ago

    NM Splane

    Question. Your comment after playing Kd2 was that you wanted to provoke ... Nc4+ when you would have replied Ke2. But wouldn't that have allowed ... a5?

    I really liked this video. Your descriptions of how to think about positions is much more valuable information than a lot of long variations. I wish more of your fellow lecturers would follow your example.

  • 6 years ago


    nice one...

  • 6 years ago


            thank you for the advice that I have to ponder

  • 6 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Kiriath -- You are correct! This vieo actually belonged under Melik's Structural Thinking series... Title changed. Check out our links on the side below the description if you want to watch previous videos in any series...

  • 6 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Broot -- This is Melik Tongue out... Still good comments Wink!

  • 6 years ago


    I dont really see what this has to do with endgame thinking, its more of a midgame demolition in my oppinion?

  • 6 years ago


    Great vid as always Roman!

    You commented on NOT playing a4 for various reasons.

    Defending d4 was a main goal at that time and with the position in the game.

    As a further afterthought, do you feel that revisiting a4 with the line ...bxa4; Rxa4, now defending d4 still, keeping Black's Knight out of a5, and actually pushing it back to ...Ne7 may have been as playable as your move of Bd3?

    Thanks Roman!

    You're the best!

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