Which Chessmood opening is your favorite and why?
I love Anti Sicilian Grand Prix. If you ever followed my games on fb then you already know the reason hehehe. I am crushing almost all time 2100 elo players on lichess with my GP knowledge.
In case of Caro kann I am also doing fine against it. Almost 1-0 in sidelines and decent results against main lines.
Crushed a 2100 using chessmood opening theory. If I am not wrong then e5 move is in advanced section and c4 is mentioned in the main course for a player who is not advanced but I liked e5 more.
A very interesting question, let me start by saying that I heard about this site by accident and didn't really expect to find anything special here. There are many many chess websites out there promising more or less what ChessMood offers, but most of them are not worth your time and I can detect very quickly the conscientious ones from the ones that are just in it for a quick buck.
My expectation was to quickly peruse the site extract anything useful from it that I could and quickly move on. Then a curious thing happened when I examined the Caro Course: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 so far everything is typical, however I was blown away when I saw that ChessMood also covered 7...Qb6?!/!? in their course, I have been studying the exchange caro for many years and have many respected sources such as Perelshteyn, Dzindzichashvili, Nigel Davies, some Chessable.com sources and others and none of them take the time to consider the best way to meet this move. Every successive author lazily copying from each other while offering very few new insights, you would almost think that 7...Qb6 was an outright blunder not deserving any attention, but you would be wrong as it has been played at GM level with success! I had to work out on my own the best way to meet this rare but playable line. When I reviewed the ChessMood video covering 7...Qb6 I immediately understood this site was different, and that this was a conscientious team serious about delivering topnotch instruction and knowledge to all levels of chess player without relying on transparent and widely used marketing gimmicks.
My apologies for the brief digression above but this has been an opinion I have been meaning to articulate for some time now. To get back on track, my favorite opening so far has been how to meet the g3 Maroczy Bind as Black: 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.g3 Bg7 7.Bg2 0-0 8.0-0 I am primarily a King's Indian player and this position which can be reached by many move-orders is very important for my repertoire as a whole. The reason why I love this line so much is because of how practical it is, if I choose to play Benoni it works, If I choose KID it works, if White plays 1.Nf3 it works, if White plays 1.c4 it works, you see where I am going with this :-) The line is virtually move-order proof and can be employed in many situations.
Looking forward to reading the what and why of other subscribers. :D
Postscript: I forgot about Nightmare of Rossolimo which is also an extremely impressive course, it is the most well explained and lucid coverage of this line that I have come across to date. So for the moment it's now a tie as to my favorite Opening course.
I think the article you are referring to features Kevin Hall, but I'm another Kevin entirely :)
Now that you mention it, I have noticed a number of Kevin's on the site including GM Kevin, Goh Wei Ming.
Rossolimo, Maroczy and Accelerated Dragon.
- Acc. Dragon because of Re8! move
- Maroczy because of the strategic ideas
- Rossolimo is probably my favourite. You can find decent courses on Acc. Dragon and Maroczy in other sites (not nearly as good as Chessmood, but pretty decent), but Chessmood course on Rossolimo is truly unique.
Before ChessMood, I was a 1.d4 player. I preferred quiet positional struggles and slowly torturing my opponents.
Since ChessMood, I have fallen in love with the Scotch opening. It has turned this passive player into an attacking monster that will hit your king hard and fast!
That's cool !
When I started playing chess, I was a 1.e4 player for a long time, about 7 years, then I switched to 1.d4 and played for about 10 years, now like you, after joining chessmood, I started to switch to 1.e4 again.
The following courses I like most:
A) Maroczy Bind, and Modern Maroczy Bind
Because I like to play it as White, and the best way to learn an opening is to play it with both colors.
B) Accelerated Dragon.
Because I like to play it as White with an extra tempo:
1.c4 e5 2.g3! Playing the same pawn structure with a tempo down gives me a better understanding.
I have a question for you Susanna:
What is the best book on Sicilian Sveshnikov?
What about this book on Chessable.com :
I used to play the Sveshnikov Sicilian 16 years ago, and I had very good results with it. I have stopped playing chess since 2004, and now I am working on my chess opening repertoire. I am 2130 at Chess.com now.
You have good resources in Armenia.
A very rich chess culture...
For ordinary players like me, there is no other choice than reading books.
I will buy the Chessable book on Sveshnikov, and probably The Grandmaster Repertoire-Sveshnikov.
Yes you're probably right, and I also had a very good coach.
Thank you too and best of luck.