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Must Read! "Improvement and comfort zone"

Hey Champions! 
This gonna be a long post, but very important!

Are you learning the courses now? Are you going to learn or you have finished already? 
In all cases, you may have problems AT FIRST. 


The thing is when you learn these courses, you learn lots of new stuff, very often you learn some openings that you have never played, you are getting out of COMFORT ZONE.
But we grow only when we are uncomfort.  

At first, you may have problems. Don't stop. 

One of my students was playing 1.Nf3,g3... all his life. We switched to e4 and to aggressive chess! 
He dropped his online rating from 2300 to 2200. 
We knew that it would happen, and guess what? After a few weeks, he got 2300 back, and then 2400 and after a month 2500 !!! 

I warn you, it may happen. Don't worry and don't come back to your old openings, thinking that it's not working. Play them a lot. After you get in comfort with your new weapons, you will start to crush everyone! 

@Jay Garrison, tell your story. The same happened to you, right? 

This may happen to anyone of us.

Don't afraid guys, please. The downswing will be just temporary and then it will be a big upswing. 

Victor Korchnoi said - "The fastest way to grow in chess is to learn new openings." 
You learn new openings, you see lots of new ideas, you get out of comfort zone, you implement those ideas, they become yours... And WooW!!! Now you are much stronger than before. 

I am not going to teach you easy openings, traps, that will give you good results at first, but what then? 

So, please, please, please, don't afraid of getting out of comfort Zone. Your results may become worse. But it will be just at first and will be very temporary. After that, its gonna be explosive growth. 

Muizzuddin Yaqeen

Muizzuddin Yaqeen 1 year ago

Thanks. I am moving up in Blitz and daily games. Honestly this forum is sufficient to reach up to GM level.
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 year ago

That's fantastic! 
Jay Garrison

Jay Garrison 1 year ago

Hello ChessMood Family!

Coach GM Avetik speaks the truth! We learn the most when we stretch out of our comfort zones! Let me tell you what I have experienced in the last 3 months.

When I joined ChessMood, I hadn't played any chess in over a year. I was discouraged and frustrated because I had been stuck around the same rating level (1600 online blitz and 1700 over the board) for over 5 years. I have a library of over 100 chess books, of which I had read all of them. And was making very little, if any, progress.

After a year of not playing, I got an invite to join the ChessMood Facebook page, and while I wasn't playing, I still love the game and tried to stay current in chess events, so I joined the group. After a few months of just reading the posts from time to time, Coach and I started talking about his approach to teaching, and I decided to give it one last chance to improve my game.

I joined the Pro Membership about 3 months ago. I looked at the repertoire and was a little overwhelmed, since I hadn't played any of the recommended openings in over 25 years of competitive chess. But coach told me before I joined, if I follow what he teaches, then I will grow as a chess player, so with out hesitation, I changed my entire repertoire.

And for a month it was a disaster to my ratings... I dropped in online rating to around 1500 and my over the board rating fell by 75 points in 2 tournaments. I will admit I was a little crushed. But coach Avetik reminded me I was learning something new and to keep the right mood, that the results would come!

And come they have! Over the next 6 weeks, my successes were numerous. (You can check out my FaceBook blog for a full account @thechessambassador) My online rating shot up to over 1800, that is 300 rating points from where I had dropped to, in 6 weeks! I still make very obvious mistakes (obvious to coach any way hehe) but I am making much fewer. And my over the board results you ask? Well, I played 4 tournaments in that time span and my record for the 16 games - +10 =2 -4 with 3 of the 4 loses to FIDE Masters rated near 2400 elo. 3 of my Victories were to players over 2000 elo. My rating shot up in 6 weeks to over 1800! 

Now let me ask all of you a question. Did you come to ChessMood to get better at chess? If no, that is ok, you have found one of the best and most supportive chess communities ever assembled. But if you have come to improve, you have to ask yourself, can Coach GM Avetik help you? Do you BELIEVE he can help you? If that answer is yes, then you are in the right place! Listen to EVERYTHING he is telling you to do! Sell the farm so to speak! Get out of the comfort zone of the openings you already know (And got you were you are in your game today) and replace them with ChessMood openings! What have you got to lose? A few rating points? No big deal. If you find you can not adjust, you can always go back to your old repertoire! 

What ever you decide to do, I wish you luck on your journey, and I am happy to call you family, as every one here at ChessMood is my Brothers and Sisters!

Right Mood - Right Move!


ARNAV maheshwari

ARNAV maheshwari 1 year ago

thanks as I see this much success posts I will also try and see
Papa Tactics

Papa Tactics 1 year ago

Great write-up! Congrats on your successes!
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 year ago

Great post, Jay! 
Papa Tactics

Papa Tactics 1 year ago

Curiously, have you ever had a student who made a big leap switching from aggressive to more positional and strategic openings? hehe I imagine this would be more a long-term improvement in results and not so immediate.
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 year ago

Yeah :) 

Hello! I am Thanadon. My current FIDE is 2240. I work with my coach GM Avetik as well as learning from ChessMood videos. Here I want to share some of my experience.

I am a person who watch chess videos a lot. I see a lot of videos in all the famous sites. I can tell you that ChessMood video course material are very high quality. All the moves provide are real. Not just random playable lines but they try to provide the lines that give you most chance.

I have been follow the ChessMood repertoire and implement it on online and OTB games. I find that in the beginning, it was not comfortable to play new things. Then after practicing for a while, I start to feel my aggressive chess is improve. For instance, I have a good chance to crush 2400-2500 online player now. For my OTB result, I just got +40 rapid elo in by the time I am writing this :)

I believe one of the best way to improve your chess is to learn aggressive openings and get out of your comfort zone. So for a good start for you guys, simply follow ChessMood videos as well as live streams and daily commented games. You will feel the improvement and you won't regret it. 

Good Luck.

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 year ago

Thank you Thanadon!