Hello ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions!
Welcome to the "Best games of October" 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 September:
1st- Keok Woltek
2nd- Jaylen Lenear
3rd- Ash PV
4th- Karl Strohmaier
5th- Abhi Yadav
Here you can find sparring partners.
You can write, for example,
"Hey guys, my name is Bob, I'm from the USA, my rating is 2000 I'm looking for a sparring partner."
Or even more specific like "I just finished the Caro-Kann course and I'm looking someone to play a friendly sparring games".
Hopefully, you'll find good friends too.
Hello ChessMood Family!
Now I'm adding model games in each section of our course, so you have a better understanding of the positions. Some of them, I'll also add in the book, that I'm writing now (later about that.)
Why did I write this post? :)
If you played nice and instructive games with our ChessMood openings - please post here.
I would be happy to add them as well.
The first course, where I'm going to add model games, gonna be the Scotch game. If you want to make a research in your games, start from the Scotch :)
Hello champions and welcome to the ChessMood team!
We all are from different countries, different ages, have different professions... But one thing bounds us - the passion for chess.
Champions, we'll grow together and keep a warm relationship in our team.
Please tell a bit about yourself in this post.
Hi, today I played a nice game of Carlsbad. I know it was blitz but I was well prepared for the main lines so I had no issue with time control. My question is how do you play as black in Carlsbad? In my game black made a commitment by playing c6. I think it gave me additional option of long castles. Instead of this c6 I prefer more Nbd7- Qc2- Re8 idea to play Nf8 and later decide play c6 or direct c5.
The problems of c6 was that black will have to lose a tempo in playing c5 and this tempo is sufficient for white to advance his forces in the queenside. Also if black follow general plan of Nbd7 then Re8 Nf8 and white thinks ok let's castles long (which he can if he wants to) then black have additional idea of Be6 Rc8 and direct c5 and hope for active counterplay against white's king.
Some thoughts about my game now:
Dear ChessMood family!
We've added new events for our ChessMood students and PRO Members.
I'm looking for a little help/direction on creating our own pgns for the courses. I was wondering what software everyone uses for editing their pgns. It's actually a little hard to explain but I get confused on which of the lines I'm trying to add the remaining moves from the video files to. Also I'm currently using chessable for the pgns but would love to know what the other options are for studying from. I haven't convinced myself to invest in chessbase yet but maybe it's worth it at this point. Any help much appreciated and sorry if this was overly vague or confusing!
After 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. f4 d5 4. Nf3 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Qe2 Nf6 8. f5, Avetik discusses 8...e5 and 8...Nxe4 and 8...a6. I was wondering about 8...Be7. It looks natural, to allow for castling. The best I could find was 9. fxe6 Bxe6 10. Nfg5 Nxe4 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. Qxe4 Qd5 13. Qxd5 exd5 14. 0-0 when White has the bishop pair and material is even and the engine I have scores it 0.00. Does anyone else have any other ideas?
There was a Survey in Chessbase Magazine 178 featuring our Pet Line, and among the analysed games was one highlighting a problematic move-order for us:
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bd3 dxe4 4.Bxe4 Nf6 5.Bf3 c5 6.Ne2 Be7! This unassuming little sixth move is quite an annoying finesse against our line, and not even the variation's greatest specialist Vladimir Onischuk has been able to find a convincing answer. Black's idea is to defer the capture on d4 until a better moment, while at the same time limiting White's attacking options as you will see.
I had been aware of this problem line since 2017, the year of the article, but quickly forgot about it since the Tarrasch was and is my main weapon against the French. However, motivated by our course, I was planning to surprise an upcoming opponent with the 3.Bd3 variation, until checking my files refreshed my memory.
Since 2017 the line continues to score well for Black at all levels, so we the ChessMood family must rise to the occasion and find a way to reverse that trend :-)
Here is the game from the Survey with the authors notes in both English and German:
Hi GM Avetik
I am going over Benko Gambit opening, but I still have a hole/gap in my understanding and database where your best Benko Gambit Declined games are still missing!
Remember, I asked for your best Benko Gambit Declined games quite some while ago and you said you would look a few up for me? How did that go? Did you find or play some Benko Declined games? I hope you did and can post one or two of them for me to learn from! Also, of course, these would be useful for everyone!
Alright, I look forward to any help you can give on this and I also look forward to doing the Chess Mood Benko course more fully now. COGRO!
Right mood, right move & no hoodie blunders!
Many thanks & best wishes ;-)
I think it is very important for a serious chess player to know how to use chess engines and softwares. So, I have prepared a few questions on this subject:
Note: Of course software manuals are available to us, but I am not sure reading hundreds of pages would be the best approach.
I have a doubt guys regarding the Sicilian for black.... So here are my doubts :
1) What to do against e4 c5 Bc4!?
2) What to do against e4 c5 a3 with the idea of b4! So Simon Williams has covered this in a video course on chess.com for WHITE so would like to know how to play as Black!
Thx, these are all the doubts!
Hello Chessmood Team
Since you are making a video series on model games of all openings, I would suggest that why not keep different sections for posting our games in the best game prizes post
Games with different titles like scotch, acc dragon, anti sicilian, benko, etc...
So members can post their games directly in that area and your time will be saved as well
For eg - I won a game with anti sicilian part 3, so I will post my game under that section
I hope you will consider this suggestion as it will save yor time and effort as well