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ChessMood 4 months ago

NEW ARTICLE: Raise Your Rating by Cutting Your Losses

Hey Champions!

We have this topic in our Blog.
If you have any questions, comments or you just liked it, feel free to share your thoughts here. 

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson 4 months ago

I like your idea of having two accounts and using one to play casual games and the other to play serious games. But I saw that the Chess.com policies say "Do not open more than one account." https://www.chess.com/community

Other ideas I have are to play serious games on one chess website, and casual games on another chess website. Or, to play unrated games when you are tired. If you have trouble finding human opponents who want to play unrated games, you can always play unrated games against a computer opponent.


ChessMood 4 months ago

Hey Steven. 
I am 99% sure, they allow people to have two accounts. Most of the Grandmasters have there 2 accounts, one official and one secret one. 
Should be all good. :) 
Llorenç Boldú Zabih

Llorenç Boldú Zabih 4 months ago

Last year I hadn't played for 6 years for health reasons but I wanted to go OTB again (notice that the 2 profiles trick doesn't apply OTB). In 7 months and 37 games I lost about 250 FIDE rating points. What I did? I stop playing because dropping material constantly u don't learn anything.

So what I did instead is reading chess books. Theory of the Opening, theory of the endgame, tactics, calculation, chess history!!! (is amazing the quantity of material we just ignore).

I don't know when I will go back OTB but as GM Hansen pointed out this time I will never give up again.

Llorenç Boldu


ChessMood 4 months ago

Kourosh A

Kourosh A 4 months ago

Thank you Avetik.

The next question arises is the following:

"How can I boost my mood and energy?"


ChessMood 4 months ago

Haha :) Are you married? :D :D :D 
Kourosh A

Kourosh A 4 months ago


But the key here is to find a strong answer for "WHY". 
If I have it, the marriage comes automatically :) 

Kourosh A

Kourosh A 4 months ago

Thank you GM Avetik!

It worked gor me and I crushed 2100 Elo on Chess.com just by not playing when I feel tired

The next question I have in mind is that in a classical chess tournament, where we can get real Ratings and Titles, We have to manage our Moods and Energies. Our body and mind must follow us when we need them!

Since you are a highly experienced chess professional, I thought may be you can share some techniques chess professionals apply to manage their mood and energy in real tournaments, where they have to play according to tournament schedules, not at will.

Thank you and best wishes for Chessmood

skipper chess

skipper chess 4 months ago

yes how do they maintain their energy level?? and when you play in other countries then there is a problem of jet lag:) so how do they perform well still??

ChessMood 4 months ago

Nice question. About it we'll speak in the articles. But the key here is to find a strong answer for "WHY". 
If you have it, the rest, energy, motivation, mood, comes automatically :) 
varun vodapally

varun vodapally 4 months ago

Sir,In Real Tournment Situation the Time is Fixed and At that Fixed Time Our Mood is Not good So What Should We Do Then?

ChessMood 4 months ago

We'll speak about it in the next articles, how to boost the mood. 
Jyotisko Sengupta

Jyotisko Sengupta 4 months ago

I have two accounts and after 6 months, by reading your article I understand why my rating is different in the two accounts.

https://lichess.org/@/jyotisko06 - Real account where i play with right mode and energy.

https://lichess.org/@/jyotisko2006 - Second account where i play when at bad at night ( in sleepy mood just to enjoy).

Giorgos Kechagias

Giorgos Kechagias 4 months ago

I have one account in each platform but with the key advice from the articles I raised +69 blitz, +45 rapid in one week. Now I can crush players up to 2000 easily. I am 1860 - 1950 rapid and blitz, 1940 - 1990 bullet.
Ramón Jessurun

Ramón Jessurun 3 months ago

Dear Maestro Avetik,

I liked this article very much. I recognise myself in that I feel I have developed a very bad habit of playing too much online, i.e. also at times and in conditions when I shouldn't be playing (on a cellphone, while killing some time, or example). Particularly, when I lose a few games, I get extremely annoyed and playing on until I've won back my lost rating points can become a total obsession. As a result of that, my online blitz rating (almost 3-0 games exclusively) has been seesawing between 1900 and 2200. I will try to implement your golden rule of playing one session of 9 games max, and avoid playing when I feel tired or have distractions (such as my one-year-old daughter attention calls). 

I have a few questions I was hoping you might find the time to comment on:

1. Do you recommend playing nine 3-0 games, or three 10-0 games? 

2. Do you recommend analysing all online (blitz) games immediately after the session?

3. If so, what is your recommended approach to analysing such games?


GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 3 months ago

Hey Ramon! 
Nice to hear that. 

1. I recommend 5+3 or 3+2. 
2. Absolutely! You should eat the food when it's fresh :) 
3. I recommend analyzing them right after the session but in this way. 

1st - just check the blunders, that's it. It just a blitz game, don't go too deep. 
2nd - check out the opening part, find out what you did wrong, so next time you'll not repeat it. 
For example, if you're a ChessMood PRO Member, you've watched the courses and made files (the homework), after each section download the games of the session and compare it with your files and see what you have done wrong.  

Fixing mistakes is a very essential part of the growth. 
Did I answer your question? 

Ramón Jessurun

Ramón Jessurun 3 months ago

Hi maestro Avetik. Yes, you have certainly answered my question, thank you very much. I have indeed just become a pro member, so I will begin studying your openings. Exactly what kind of files do you suggest I create as homework? A chessbase database? 
skipper chess

skipper chess 3 months ago

Probably A chessbase database is good! that is where I save my files and you can also write comments, annotate the game with symbols like ??, ?, !, !!, !?, ?!, Etc!
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 3 months ago

Yeah Ramon. Chessbase would be fine.