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GM Khachiyan turns his eye to an oft neglected subject: how to play your less pretty positions. There are many points to be scored in these positions too, if you set your mind to it. Khachiyan presents us with a tricky opening position from the Gruenfeld, explains how he understood his problem as black, and how he chose to solve it; then guides us through the entire game to show the full scope of his defense.
17 Jun 2009
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Sometimes a chess position is totally out of control; in such positions, concrete calculation is often of primary importance. However, in many cases, you can actually discover a logic to the position. GM Khachiyan shows how he solved a wild position with two exposed kings by an assessment of proper piece placement.
6 Oct 2009
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GM Khachiyan continues to provide advice on the oft-neglected but always important subject of defense. Particularly useful is his advice on how to respond when you realize you've made a mistake and what to do when your opponent's pieces are becoming active. The important GM v. GM game also demonstrates how you can sometimes win games by purely defensive means from bad positions, due to the optimism or eagerness of the opponent.
30 Jun 2009
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GM Khachiyan presents some priceless defensive advice. Among the topics covered are: how he handles a situation where his opponent appears to be well prepared in the opening; which path to take when you have a bad position and are presented with a chance at unsound complications; and then some very delicate prophylaxis to maintain his position.
6 Jul 2009
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The last in Grandmaster Khachiyan's series on defense presents an ultimately practical problem. Facing an opponent's bishop pair and 2 on 1 queenside pawn majority, the odds of a successful long-term defense seemed poor. Khachiyan demonstrates how to harass the opponent to keep them from settling into a comfortable position. Hopefully this video will help you learn to implement unsettling activity in your own games.
13 Jul 2009
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GM Khachiyan starts to take a look at some incredible defensive gems from famous Grandmasters. The first one is from former World Champion Karpov. When you see this position, I suspect you'll be quite shocked to hear that black could defend himself! There is also good practical advice about where to use your time, and how far to calculate before making your decisions.
20 Jul 2009
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We take a break from GM Khachiyan's series on defense, to bring you the first of another series on using minimal advantages. In this first video GM Khachiyan goes over an extremely instructive game of Tigran Petrosian's, against Botvinnik from their World Championship match. Petrosian also happens to have been Khachiyan's chess coach!! so he not only explains the game to us, but relates some of what he remembers Petrosian telling him about it.
28 Jul 2009
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GM Khachiyan looks at a very typical and dangerous looking attack. He breaks down what thought process the defender should use, as he goes down several branches of the defense. This video is excellent for anyone wanting to improve their play in the face of direct attacks on their king.
3 Aug 2009
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In this video, Khachiyan goes over a very instructive game where he converts a seemingly hopeless endgame position into a draw. Making a dubious opening move, he played at a disadvantage throughout most of the game, but manages to hold on through skillful defense. Imagining positions and knowing what the opponent wants to do is emphasized; he demonstrates the points with examples.
10 Aug 2009
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GM Khachiyan continues his series on using minimal advantages by turning to one of his own favorite openings, and the games he has played in it. The Ruy Lopez exchange variation is not as dynamic as many of the lines in his repertoire, but it is also one that he loves and handles well. As he himself puts it, black is always close to a draw, and yet white maintains various chances. This video includes valuable insight about playing with opposite colored bishops in the endgame. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
31 Aug 2009
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GM Khachiyan continues his discussion of the Ruy Lopez exchange, with another surprising opposite colored bishop endgame. Great lessons about practical play, your attitude while playing, and such positional themes as king activity, pawn placement, and anticipating the opponent's ideas. Super! Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
4 Sep 2009
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Khachiyan builds on his earlier excellent series on Defense with a selection of videos on Counterattack. These videos show his favored approach to defending in chess: play actively, and look for chances to seize the initiative for yourself. This first video features an absolutely fantastic classic between Taimanov and Larsen. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
12 Sep 2009
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Another excellent example on refined defense... Melik Khachiyan presents to us a game from Zurich 1953 between Efim Geller and Max Euwe. He goes on to explain how Max Euwe reached the heights of chess, and how he is considered to be one of the Best Defenders, and Counter Play experts in the history of the game. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
17 Sep 2009
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GM Khachiyan continues his series on "Active Defense." The game analyzed is one where he was half a point ahead in the last round, so he discusses the question of playing for a draw. Then come questions of how to play when the opponent holds the long-term positional trumps. Great GM-level blending of strategy and tactics in this rich game. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
22 Sep 2009
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GM Khachiyan examines a game of his against the very strong GM Ehlvest. An overly ambitious opening move as black placed him in imminent danger of a quick loss. How do you respond to such bad news? Do you retract the bad move, and hope to recover, or do you try to justify the bad move as much as possible? Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
29 Sep 2009
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GM Khachiyan teaches a lesson on the value of surprise moves that change the nature of the game. He analyzes a game of his against Armenian Grandmaster Petrosian. In this game, white comes to a crossroads, where it seems they must defend against the opponent's threats to penetrate along the open c-file... Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
5 Oct 2009
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