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nice set up!
Thank you Grandmaster
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.
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.
Malik Khachiyan, your the best. I like your style, positional understanding and how you play your endgames. And you make learning chess easy.
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.
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.
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.
thank you for the advice that I have to ponder
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...
Broot -- This is Melik ... Still good comments !
I dont really see what this has to do with endgame thinking, its more of a midgame demolition in my oppinion?
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?
You're the best!
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
In today's video Melik follows his own game with NM Kostya Kavutskiy from the American Open in November 2010. Throughout his detailed description of the pawn structure and plans therein, Melik teaches more about "thinking from the end" when transitioning from the opening or middlegame into the endgame. We also learn the a "long chain is a strong chain" and how that helped Melik come away victorious!
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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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