The best games of January and the prizes

Hello ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions! 
Happy New Year and welcome to the "Best games of January" competition.
Under this post, we invite you to post your best games that you will play this month. 

The Prize fund is 350K Moodcoins which is equal to 350$.  

The 1st prize  - 150K
The 2nd prize - 100K
The 3rd prize-  50K
The 4th Prize- 30k
The 5th Prize- 20k

Good luck with your games and keep the Right Mood! 
#Right Mood - Right Move 

Here are the winners of December: 

1st-  K H
2nd- Michael Larsen
3rd- Kourosh A
4th- Wenstin           
5th- Aayush Shirodkar

Vladimir Bugayev

Vladimir Bugayev 1 year ago

French with multiple mistakes from both sides
Edo Tokyo

Edo Tokyo 1 year ago

I do not post here many games because they have many misses, but this is one of these games where you feel very proud, after sacrifices, pressure and everything. It shows the power of development, fading advantages and having a passed pawn against an slow king side development. The Re3 was inspired by the game Carlsen-Radjabov of the Philidor course that I just finished watching before playing.


Edo Tokyo

Edo Tokyo 1 year ago

Well, it seems that today I am playing with the right mood. After the Chessmood Accelerated Dragon opening played at lightning speed, and giving me the advantage, I kept the trapped knight on h6 the whole game...


Nils Philipp

Nils Philipp 1 year ago


I like that Queen :-)

Miss Joy

Miss Joy 1 year ago

Robert J.

Robert J. 1 year ago

Thank you Chessmood for opening course lesson.
Robert J.

Robert J. 1 year ago

Bishop sacrifice for attack, difficult to defend...
Hasmik Kochinyan

Hasmik Kochinyan 1 year ago

Arman Shahzamani

Arman Shahzamani 1 year ago

fine positional domination ended with a deadly kingside attack  against 1...d6 2...c6?!


Kevin H

Kevin H 1 year ago

Jay Garrison

Jay Garrison 1 year ago

This was an interesting game


ChessMood 11 months ago

good game
Nils Philipp

Nils Philipp 1 year ago


This was the second round game of our club championship (not rated) with 60+30 time control Due to covid, we had to play online. My opponent's ELO is 1851, mine is 1991. I was White.

The opening

I expected the 2. ... Nf6 line in the Scandinavian Defense. In his older games, my opponent answered 3. Bb5+ with the more solid 3. ... Bd7. In his more recent games, he played 3. ... Nbd7 4. c4 g6. For the latter, our course includes the following lines after 4. ... a6 (instead of 4. ... g6) 5. Bxd7 Qxd7 6. d3 e6 7. dxe6 Qxe6 8. Ne2 and 5. ... Bxd7 6. Nf3 e6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. dxe6 Bxe6 9. d4.

I liked the setup with d3 and Ne2 (and a later Ng3-e4) and to decided exchange my Bishop against the Knight on d7 even without a preceding a6. In the previous gams of my opponent, White tried to keep the Bishop but I got the feeling that Black's Knight was more active. 

The Middlegame and Tactics

I am quite happy with how I played the middlegame. I had active pieces, kept the pressure in the center, and prevented any major counterstrike of my opponent. We both thought that Black should not play f6-f5 and allow an exchange of the dark-squared Bishops. However, Shredder considers this a better move for Black on move 16 and 17.

On move 17 I considered Nc5 (instead of g3, protecting the pawn on f4) during the game and had the feeling that this might work. However, the variations were quite complicated and would have led to some danger for my king. So I went for the safer g3 assumes that I still had some advantage (the engine agrees on that).

The same is true for 24. Ne4. I had started calculating 24. cxb5 and was quite sure that this could be stronger. However, Black could get some counterplay on the b-line and continuing with Ne4 was a safer way to keep the advantage for me.

On move 26 I missed a tactic (26. Rxe7) but preserved a clear advantage with 26. Qc2.

The endgame and tactics

d6 on move 31 would have won faster. Again, I chose a move that seemed to be "safer" (31. Re7) and kept my winning advantage (the engine agrees on that).


After a well-done preparation, I had a plan for the middle game that was able to implement. There were no mistakes on my side that could have resulted in me losing my advantage. I missed one tactic, only. 

Aayush Shirodkar

Aayush Shirodkar 1 year ago

Cool Game!


Sidharth Sreekumar

Sidharth Sreekumar 1 year ago

This is a game I played on lichess.org. I am playing Black. In this game, on move 14, I made an exchange sacrifice for initiative. This is that game. Hope you will like it.

This is the pgn:

[Event "51st tournament"] [Site "https://lichess.org/jobZYRxp"] [Date "2021.01.21"] [White "johngalt1618"] [Black "chessplayer476"] [Result "0-1"] [UTCDate "2021.01.21"] [UTCTime "12:30:01"] [WhiteElo "2091"] [BlackElo "1891"] [WhiteRatingDiff "-9"] [BlackRatingDiff "+28"] [Variant "Standard"] [TimeControl "900+5"] [ECO "B22"] [Opening "Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation, Stoltz Attack"] [Termination "Normal"] [Annotator "lichess.org"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bc4 Nb6 6. Bb3 { B22 Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation, Stoltz Attack } g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. d4 cxd4 9. cxd4 O-O 10. Re1 d6 11. e6 fxe6 12. Bxe6+ Bxe6 13. Rxe6 Qc8 14. Re1 Rxf3 15. gxf3 Nxd4 16. Bf4 Qf5 17. Re4 e5 18. Nc3 d5 19. Rxd4 exd4 20. Ne2 d3 21. Ng3 Qxf4 22. Qxd3 Rf8 23. Kg2 Qc4 24. Qd2 Qd4 25. Qa5 Nc4 26. Qc7 Be5 27. Qxb7 Bxg3 28. hxg3 Rxf3 29. Qc8+ Rf8 30. Qe6+ Kh8 31. f4 Qe4+ 32. Qxe4 dxe4 33. Rc1 Nxb2 34. Rc7 Re8 35. Kf1 e3 36. Ke2 Nd3 37. Kxd3 e2 38. Rxa7 e1=Q 39. f5 Qe3+ 40. Kc4 Qxa7 41. fxg6 Qc7+ 42. Kd5 Qd7+ 43. Kc5 Rc8+ 44. Kb6 Qc7+ 45. Ka6 Ra8+ 46. Kb5 Rb8+ 47. Ka6 Qb6# { Black wins by checkmate. } 0-1

And, this is the GIF:


Chong Hao Ern

Chong Hao Ern 1 year ago

 Scotch Game