Mastering 1.e4 The Open Game: Sicilian, Spanish, and French
GM Melikset Khachiyan is here again to provide you with some incredible opening ideas for 1.e4 open games, so that you can be more prepared when the Sicilian, Spanish (Ruy Lopez), and French Defense pop up on the board.
In the first part of this bundle, GM Khachiyan talks about Sicilian methods. He analyzes some tournament games in order to illustrate the great impact of the e4-e5 push in the Sicilian Defense.
He clearly explains the reasons for moves in this line, showing for example why Black develops their queen knight to c6 or d7.
Then he moves on to share with us one of four games he played in an important mainline of the Italian game… in one tournament!! He includes his recommendations for opening lines, explanations of key middlegame maneuvers and concepts, advice for your thought process, and more.
GM Khachiyan also introduces a very important strategic consideration in the Ruy Lopez (Chigorin lines): the Black knight which can get stuck on a5. He shows a classic example of White taking advantage of that piece, and teaches several other strategic lessons along the way.
About the Author:
Melikset Khachiyan is an Armenian-American Grandmaster, originally from Azerbaijan. Khachiyan began playing chess at the age of eight. Two years later he won the Baku Junior Championship.
When he was twelve years old he became a Soviet Candidate Master. Among his early coaches was the 9th World Champion, Tigran Petrosian, as well as Aleksander S Nikitin and Alexander Shakarov, who are well known for their coaching and analytical work with the 13th World Champion, Garry Kasparov.
Grandmaster Khachiyan’s student roster has also included some of the top junior players in the US, including 2010 World Youth Champion GM Steven Zierk, 2012 World Youth Champion GM Kayden Troff, 2017 World Youth Champion WIM Annie Wang, and multiple US national and state youth chess champions.
Is this course for me?
In this 23-hour bundle, GM Melikset Khachiyan makes use of his own tournament games to illustrate how to face some of the most common defense systems that Black players use against 1.e4, the Sicilian Defense, The Ruy Lopez, and The French Defense. This isn’t a database dump where he simply tells you move after move – the ideas and plans are all explained in a way that helps you play the position because you’ll understand it.
Here’s part of what you’ll see:
Crazy Chess Sacrifice in The Sicilian
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows us an interesting pawn sacrifice in the early stages of the Classical Sicilian, Rauzer Variation. He estimates that the bishop pair and his dark-squared control should be enough compensation.
Not only is he right, but his patience in executing his “long-term” compensation in the endgame is quite astonishing. Maybe his sacrifice wasn’t so crazy after all?
Playing vs The Maroczy Bind
GM Khachiyan reviews his win against Grandmaster Alex Lenderman from the 2010 U.S. Championship.
Although the game itself is very instructive and climaxes in a very well-played rook endgame , the main topic of this video lecture is how to play against the Maroczy Bind from the Black side of the Accelerated Dragon.
Melik has his own “original recipe” when it comes to this, and he sure does make it look good!
Practical Pawn Play The Reverse Benoni
Grandmaster Khachiyan covers the subject of recognizing and then exploiting your opponent’s sub-par positional (pawn play) understanding.
Here we see his young opponent walk into a reverse Benoni. Pay attention to Melik’s thought process and how it quickly led to a much better position for White (the Nh4-f5 and f4-pawn break being the key ideas).
Absorb the knowledge provided by GM Khachiyan in this superb bundle, and you’ll even be able to outplay higher-rated opponents when playing these openings.
Enjoy this course!