The Melekhina Method – FM Alisa Melekhina

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The Melekhina Method – FM Alisa Melekhina
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Over the course of 15 hours, FM Melekhina equips the audience with the fundamentals of chess understanding, and, more importantly, a clear method for self-improvement.
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Why was this course created?

FM Alisa Melekhina’s new iChess course on the practical power play is 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-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 on 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.

What’s Inside?

  • Whether your opponent is a tactical player or positional monster you MUST be prepared to play both styles if you want to improve. In part 1, Chess Styles, Alisa shows you how to adopt a combination of Capablanca’s positional elegance and Tal’s tactical brilliance so you can win games regardless of your opponent’s style.
  • Ever wondered how GMs find strong moves, even in an opening they’ve never played? In part 2 Alisa will reveal a special unique way to understanding chess structures, You too will learn to recognize the structure before saying “ah huh! I know exactly where my pieces belong!” without ever having to memorize specific positions.
  • In part 3, FM Melekhina reveals her method for finding “second best, but messy” ideas, instead of the “best but clearly losing” alternatives. Applying this tactic forces the opponent to be super-accurate (impossible for most!) or lose, and will result in dozens of extra wins for you!
  • Do you know how to analyze your games to get the most ROI on your improvement? What are your errors in thinking? What specifically made you lose from a better position? In part 4 learn Alisa’s methods for identifying mistakes in her own game (hint it’s not with a chess engine) to make sure they don’t occur again.

Melekhina Method sees FM Alisa giving you an arsenal of unusual, yet powerful chess weapons we promise you haven’t seen before.


  • PART 1 Chess Styles

A.) Attacking

Paul Morphy – The Romantic era of creative sacrifices

Mikhail Tal – Inspirational attacking and positional sacrifices

B.) Positional

Jose Raul Capablanca – Master of simplification

Aron Nimzowitsch – Founder of hypermodern play and prophylaxis

Tigran Petrosian – Improving the pieces

Anatoly Karpov – Elaborate maneuvers

Universal Players – Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer

Magnus Carlsen – Positional provocation and problem posing

  • PART 2:

Chess Structures

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 3:


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 4:

Self-Analysis – the key to chess improvement

FM Alisa Melekhina (2379 ELO)

Alisa Melekhina is a FIDE and women’s international chess master. She has consistently ranked among the top ten female chess players in the country and has been a perennial member of the national team. Alisa won a gold medal representing the United States in the World Team Championships held in Ningbo, China in 2009.