ChessMood 8 months ago

NEW ARTICLE: How To Win Chess Tournaments: 7 Key Principles
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Sriram M

Sriram M 8 months ago


This is a really good article. Thanks GM Gabuzyan! This really applies to me currently since the National Online Scholastic Championships in the USA are in April and I want to win! The 7 key principles really help.

Also, will the interesting variation in the Nf6 Scotch that you played in Round 2 be added into the course?

Thank You.


ChessMood 8 months ago

Sriram, it might be added in the future. 
Shahinur Haque

Shahinur Haque 8 months ago

Thank you for Nice article.

 I have a question . You said that one should be flexible about opening choice not playing the same opening over and over.

 I have  started to  learn chess mood opening should i change them frequently? learn other chess opening as well as? 

David Flynn

David Flynn 8 months ago

I'd say to give appropriate advice on this, you'd need to supply your rating.

Generally around 1800 in long play players will start to prep against you by looking at databases to see what you play and swatting up. Below 1800, I wouldn't even consider it if you're playing a repertoire like Chessmood.

If instead what you play is really niche, narrow and especially if it's easy to get an advantage with a move sequence or that it's harder for you to play than a prepared opponent, then yes it's worth having another system handy. In addition it gives you exposure to a lot more middlegame positions which is necessary to become a better player. This is why playing the Stonewall (White) or the Colle or even the London (though that's changing) against everyone isn't such a great idea.

One trick is to have systems that also can transpose or have similar positions, so c4, Nf3, d4 and g3 for example can transpose, or an early g6 against e4 or d4 can become a modern, accelerated, sniper etc. Also typically strong players will play 'junk' systems against weaker opponents that they know they can outplay them rather than give away their prep to the rest of the tournament participants who will be looking at what happened in previous rounds.

There is advice out there that suggests two systems for White and two for Black, but I'd say unless you're already fully confident with this repertoire and you're strong (2200+), I wouldn't worry too much yet particular for serious games (by all means experiment). Gabuzyan plays a KIA for example against anything and he's familiar with the middlegame so he doesn't have to spend a lot of time on worry about the theory; he's played the English a lot (which is a good candidate as a second opening since you can play similar positions as on the Black side, but you've got work to do to also handle 1... e5). As for 1. b3, there is a growing amount of theory. I've experimented with it, but there are so many replies and positions, that there is a lot to learn and if you get lost, often there is little to help you, so you need to be able to play middlegame positions well first.

Nils Philipp

Nils Philipp 8 months ago

I would suggest to try play different openings at least in Blitz and Rapid. Right now I started playing the Elephant with Black in Blitz. What a fun! And as Coach Avetic pointed out a good way to get a feeling for initiative.

And in case you are a bit worrying about your online rating - just use a second handle for experimenting with new openings.

OTB I thing it makes a lot of sense to really try to understand your repertoire. And this will mean that you need some time to play them. Later you can add more openings to your repertoire.


ChessMood 8 months ago

Shahinur, yes! But only when you become a GM or at least IM :) 
David Flynn

David Flynn 8 months ago

On using a second handle, I know it's been recommended but it's against the T&Cs of most servers and you may find yourself sanctioned. Titled players might get away with it.

Another approach is to register on multiple servers and use one for your experiments.

amit mishra

amit mishra 8 months ago

Wonderful Article !!

ChessMood 8 months ago

Thanks! :) 
Inguh Kim

Inguh Kim 8 months ago

There's an error. In the game against Arman where your opponent had perpetual check, it's with 38...Ng4, not 38...Ng3


ChessMood 8 months ago