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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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GM Khachiyan's second look at decisive moments. Going over a game of his, he explains the thought process by which a grandmaster identifies a critical moment. Then he shows how in a very complicated position, he came to understand what the key factor was, and suddenly the right move came to him. As in the first video on Breaking Points, he emphasizes the value and impact of a surprise move on the following part of the game. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
13 Oct 2009
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GM Khachiyan analyzes a very strong and complete positional game of his, demonstrating a unique line of play for black in the closed sicilian, which he has specialized in for some time. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
20 Oct 2009
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You’ve got to fight! For your right! To gain…initiative. Yes, what the Beastie Boys don’t know about chess could fill Chessbase but fortunately for Chess****, GM Melik Khachiyan is here to show us how to fight for your initiative. Using 2 master level games of his own, GM Khachiyan navigates quickly through sharp opening lines, offering insight into the methods of maintaining initiative. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
23 Oct 2009
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GM Melik Khachiyan loves the Gruenfeld and uses a recent tournament game to illustrate the moment when a player leaves opening theory and turns his attention to domination. During this lecture we are reminded of the power of winning in the development and maintaining pressure afterwards. Melik shows us the slightest window of opportunity must be recognized to convert the advantage. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
3 Nov 2009
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GM Khachiyan goes over a positional game of his in the Sicilian Scheveningen variation, discussing plans for black and white. Again he plays for a version of the e5-break, and shows the resulting isolated pawn to be a strength rather than a weakness, as he harnesses the power of the rook on d1 and his space advantage. Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
20 Nov 2009
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GM Khachiyan shares another tournament game of his to illustrate the great impact of the e4-e5 push in the sicilian. He clearly explains the reasons for moves in this line, for example, why would black develop their queen knight to c6 or d7? Full video available at *******www.Chess****/videos
11 Dec 2009
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