The Melekhina Method & Empire Chess DVD – FM Alisa Melekhina

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FM Alisa Melekhina US Open

FM Alisa Melekhina’s comprehensive course on practical power play is an essential for any tournament players looking to improve their results and reach the next level in their chess.

Over the course of 15 hours, she equips the audience with the fundamentals of chess understanding, and, more importantly, a clear method for self-improvement.

First, Alisa provides a not-to-be-missed survey of various chess styles, from attacking to positional to universal, helping players to choose the style best suited for their individual play.

Using this as a building block, Alisa goes on to cover the essential chess structures such as ones conducive to the attacking f4-f5 break and Caro-Kann/Slav structures.

The goal is to arm you with plans you can use when in unfamiliar territory as well as providing guidance on structures you can build an opening repertoire around.

The second part of the course focuses on chess skills that you won’t get just from learning theory. The true tournament player must be able to fight back from tough positions and convert advantages into extra points. Alisa gives you the battle-tested techniques and resourceful mindset necessary for this.

Finally, Alisa completes the series by revealing how to apply the ultimate key to improvement – self-analysis and critique.

The Melekhina Method will help you cultivate your style of play based on fundamentals, rather than focusing an opening repertoire that may be a bad fit. Along the way, you’ll be encouraged to introspect on your chess preferences in shaping your practical play for ultimate success.

If you’re trying to get the maximum improvement in your chess with just one hour of study a week that’s exactly what the brand new Melekhina Method offers.

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The Melekhina Method (15 h )

Over the course of 15 hours, she equips the audience with the fundamentals of chess understanding, and, more importantly, a clear method for self-improvement.

Part I. Chess Styles (6.5 h)

  • A.) Attacking
    1. Paul Morphy – The Romantic era of creative sacrifices
    2. Mikahil Tal – Inspirational attacking and positional sacrifices
  • B.) Positional
    1. Jose Raul Capablanca – Master of simplification
    2. Aron Nimzowitsch – Founder of hypermodern play and prophylaxis
    3. Tigran Petrosian – Improving the pieces
    4. Anatoly Karpov – Elaborate maneuvers
    5. Universal Players – Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer
    6. Magnus Carlsen – Positional provocation and problem posing

 Part II Chess Structures (5 h)

  •  A.) Benoni/Benko structures – b5 breaks
  • B.) f4-f5 breaks in locked structures
  • C.) f4-f5 breaks in fluid structures
  • D.) The Caro and Scandinavian structures

Part III. Resourcefulness (5 h)

  • A.) Fighting back from inferior middlegame positions
  • B.) Defending inferior middlegame positions
  • C.) Practical rook endgame essentials – Mismatching
  • D.) Other endgames – Perpetual checks and passed pawns

Part IV. Self-Analysis – the key to chess improvement (1.5 h)


Crushing White with the King’s Indian Defense (3.5 h)

The content is ideal for the intermediate player who is disenchanted with the classical lines of the KID, yet is drawn to its structures and dynamic play. It is also fitting for a player looking to choose a new and simple line against 1. d4.


  1. Intro
  2. 7…Nc6 Classical/Main Line and Responses (Bayonet Attack)
  3. Positional 7. ..exd4 line
  4. Common 7. ..Na6 line
  5. Flexible 7. ..Nbd7
  6. Surprising 6. ..Bg4 sidelines
  7. Conclusion

Chess Endgame Strategy: Fighting for a Win in the Endgame (1 h)

Having a solid foundation of chess endgame strategy can a huge difference that separates a 2100 player from a 2300 0r 2400 master.

Too 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 chess endgames, one in which she drew a pawn down, and another in which she pulled off a win in an equal rook ending.

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Running Time

+20 hours



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