Fighting in the Endgame – FIDE Master Alisa Melekhina




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Empire Chess – Vol 46

FIDE Master Alisa MelekhinaToo many games end in either premature draw offers or resignations. Fighting in the endgame is a skill that can help players rack up those extra points. Alisa Melekhina analyzes two of her own games, one in which she drew a pawn down, and another in which she pulled off a win in an equal rook ending.

The viewers are led through four major principles that can be applied in their own endgames: mentally adapt to a change in the position; resist by preventing your opponent from executing their only winning plan; take advantage of complacency; make your opponent make decisions. Even if a position is theoretically drawn, players should not discount the practical chances that they can create.

Rather than focusing on rote endgame theory, Alisa utilizes the medium of video instruction to exemplify the attitude and resourcefulness that accompanies the fighting spirit.


CHAPTER 1: Iryna Zenyuk Vs Alisa Melekhina 2012 US Women’s Championships

CHAPTER 2: Iryna Zenyuk Vs Alisa Melekhina 2011 – World Open Under 2400

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7 reviews for Fighting in the Endgame – FIDE Master Alisa Melekhina

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shashwat (verified owner)

    Good. Better Than Those text books theory and more interesting too ! .

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    klassa (verified owner)

    Great DVD by FM Alisa Melikhina! In this DVD she exhibits 4 principles to fight in the endgame. In my mind however, these principles can be used to complicate your opponent’s life in an phase of the game.
    My only complaint is that it is only an hour. I would have liked it have been longer, say 2-2.5 hours.
    All in all a great DVD from a great presenter, and company!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    vamanadeva (verified owner)

    Alisa is very convincing in her psychological poise. I found this to be a cornerstone of how she approaches her endgames and what she is presenting.

    I do not play the Tarrasch that often and found her insights here alone to be worthy of consideration.

    I do play the Kan. It is instructive to whatch her outmaneuver her opponent whom she feels is only playing to draw.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    bgianis (verified owner)

    Alisa explains everything simply and tersely. She convinced me that I can go for the endgame instead of settling for a quick draw, because people can be forced to make mistakes in positions the computer estimates as drawn.

  5. Rated 2 out of 5

    vikrant (verified owner)

    found it highly booring. at the endgame searching to give the other king checks king comes out then goes back inside doing moves with just queens not much inrteresting the video could be shortened and too much discription
    ……………..i just stopped the video

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wallace J

    I enjoy this DVD about endgames. FM Alisa do a good job explains how to fight and resist in the final moves. I wish the DVD had been longer and with more details about every move.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jason Stewart

    Excellent explanation of the Endgames by FM Alisa Melekhina. Also it really helped me to improve and get a lot of initiative 🙂

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