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back again... Thank you Grandmaster Melik.
Excellent! Keep em coming. I think I'm starting to get this here is an online game with a similar position to the video. I made many mistakes but as you can see I am still holding the position.
@trh51 -- if ...Kd3 (not e6) then Rd5+ (or e4 according to your board) is drawing...
Really good, as usual !!
@elindauer: Thanks for the tip.
@DubWub: I assume you are talking about the position at the 3 min mark. If white plays Kd3, black answers ...Rd8+. Now you will continue to check the king until he returns to the safe haven on e3, at which point you return to e8 and you are one step closer to a draw by repetition.
This doesn't work in this situation. Once you lose pawn and move rook e8, black goes king d3 and the threat of mate is there with Ra1. Would you just check him? try to force him to move away rom the mate position?
In the end game you have to have a clear picture. In this case black has the more aggresive position, and white should be looking for the draw. Most straight forward move is to give up pawn and get the white rook behind the e pawn.
GM Khachiyan suggest memorization of end game theory.
"King on short side, Rook on long side"
Another great endgame video. Thanks Melik! Between this and Danny's rook endgame series I'm starting to really feel confident in my understanding of these positions.
Uugghh, I lost a game in the exact same fashion to International Master Lev Milman once...
Anyway, for those wanting more examples of explanation about the "King on short side, Rook on long side" - check out the Also Related link on the right side of the video...
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
After all your hard work learning the Lasker Defense in GM Khachiyan's previous videos, it all gets thrown away by another Super-GM! Today Melik continues his series displaying the typical mistakes made by the world's best players in fundamental Rook endings. In this short, but in your face, video lesson you will witness a common mistake: valuing a pawn over the desired result of the game!
Players: Ilya Smirin
vs. Teimour Radjabov
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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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