• 7 mesi fa


    Thanks GM Melkset verry good .

  • 10 mesi fa


    i would have never seen the 4th and winning idea if not for this video, incredibly instructive video

  • 11 mesi fa


    Surprised After going thru this series a few times, MSK chess: Has this great video 20/20 Calculation on Youtube that has helped me tremendously. Good for beginers and intermediate chess players understanding of the series of Calculation. Hope it helps, Here is the link-

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    Thanks again Grandmaster Melik.

  • 17 mesi fa


    Brilliant, thank you!

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    Instructive :)  Thank you, GM Khachiyan! :)

  • 2 anni fa


    Youre the best Melik

  • 2 anni fa


    Maybe it was worth showing one more tactical issue of how to react after 3... d2 4. Rd7

    Although Melik might thought this is too obvious that white can't take the rook by 4... Rxd7 because of 5. Qc8+ 5... Kg7 (5... Rd8 6. Qxd8+ Kg7 Qd7+ picking up the pawn) 6. Qxd7+ following by Qxd2. And that white doesn't have any tricks after 4... d1Q because of Queen-Queen-Rook connections.

    In my opinion, it is no more and no less obvious than the majority of other tactical peculiarities of decision making in this video. But maybe I'm wrong, and it doesn't even worth mentioning. Or maybe I'm just missing something simple in my own calculations.

  • 2 anni fa


    11:30 yeah even if I don't see the entire continuation, only the first 3-5 moves and it seems to be good, I'll make that move and figure out the rest afterwards. figured that must be what people do, nothing else seems practical or reasonable. problem I am having sometimes is finding the lines that actually give advantage rather than the lines that merely keep everything equal (with best play from both sides).

  • 3 anni fa


    Great video Melik :)

  • 3 anni fa


    @fanofcarlsen GM Khachiyan introduced the principles of critical squares and indirect response. These seem to be central notions to this video, notions that I would assume are largely foreign to (y)our decision making process over the board. Although I've appreciated nearly every video on this site, his structured approach to decision making and plan formulating has won my loyalty as a student. 

  • 3 anni fa


    I like it, Thanks GM.

  • 3 anni fa


    I really enjoyed this video, but I do not understand how your way of calculating is at all "different".  You looked at 4 candidate moves, and analyzed them and picked the best one.  What is different about this approach from the usual way?

  • 3 anni fa


    @FanOfCarlsen I'm guessing you probably feel like a lot of the chess videos on this website are not useful to you because they feature positions that we simply don't get to most often, and on the rare occasions when we do get to some of the presented positions, our opponents think and play entirely differently. Is this a fair assessment of the difficulty you are experiencing?

  • 3 anni fa


    Everybody is saying very good to this video.. but what is he doing after all.. he has taken a specific situation on the board and showing different lines. Does this teach anything about how to think when we have some position in front of us? How to find candidate moves and how to calculate variations effectively? Which lines to leave without calculation? Nothing!! BAD video..

  • 3 anni fa


    thank you Grandmaster.

  • 3 anni fa


    Great video.

    Important line regarding the position at 18:36:

    Kh7 Qf7+ (instead of Qe7+) Kh6 Qf4+ Kg7 Qe5+ Kh7 and white eventually runs out of checks.

  • 3 anni fa


    Very interesting!! I have a question: if you had 3 hours a day to spend studying chess, what would you do in order to progress and not only enjoy playing? I'm having real trouble getting over 1900, and I'm spending lots of time with openings (mainly with chess position trainer) and some with chess problems. Also: would you study more opening in the basics or just a few but deeply?

    Thanks a lot!!! Great videos and teaching skills!


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