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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 :)
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In the introduction video of the Bc4 section in the course "Sicilian Sidelines", Coach Gabuzyan mentioned that in one of the videos he would cover what we do against our own variation:
1. e4 c5
2. Nc3 Nc6
I was looking for the video but didn't find it. At first I thought it wasn't a big deal since nobody played it, but now people are playing it more often. Kindly show me where to find it.
Thank You ChessMood team for the wonderful courses and blogs. I am getting so much value out of them!
In the minor lines 8.f4 video you give 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6
5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2 O-O 8. f4 d6
9. O-O Qb6 10. Kh1 Nxe4 11. Nxc6 Qxe3?
11...Qxe3 is indeed kind of equal but after 12.Nxe7 white wins back the pawn and the position is unclear. 11...Qxc6! gives black a big advantage.
I'm wondering if people have the same experience I do - I go through periods of streaks and slumps and I can't really figure out why. Some of it is definitely my day-to-day mood (right mood right move!) but it's not all of it.
There are days when chess almost feels easy for me - my pieces all work together and everything flows seamlessly. But there are also days when I can't make the right move at all. As an example: last week over 3 days I won 4 games and lost 13 on lichess. But then, over the last 4 days I won 22, lost 7 and drew 4.
It's like night and day. I really think if I could figure out the root cause it would make a huge difference. Does this happen to anyone else? If so, have you been able to figure out the reason/ways to combat it?
As an amateur competitive chess player, I would like a 500 pages book about “My Openings”. Not “Any Book”, but “My Book” with the moves I am going to play, and only the moves I am going to play.
The book is made of 100 fragment games, 50 with White and 50 with Black. The total number of lines is ~ 2,000 (i.e. average of 19 side variations per fragment game). Each game can be printed on 3 to 5 pages (average 4 pages), with 4 to 6 diagrams per game. The last 100 pages are for index games (games that mostly direct to other games). It feels like the right size from many angles.
This book should be customizable. What it means is that I should have the PGN source. It is super important because there are multiple reasons why I may prefer another move than the one recommended by a GM, by an engine, by your statistics, etc. Another reason why I may need the PGN is that I want to add my own notes, or I want to use it on chessable.com or with ChessBase’s opening trainer.
95% of the variations should have been played more than once by humans. A corollary is that the number of novelties (unless talked about in a chessmood.com class or in a book) should be as low as possible.
This is my dream openings book: only openings I play with notes, content-wise proportionally adjusted to moves frequencies (ChessBase Big Database 2020, chess.com Master’s database, Lichess 2200 and 2500 databases, my games database, video time on chessmood.com, number of games in books).
But whatever your level is, this book is a solid foundation, and the overall size makes sense:
Book can be read in 40 hours
Full run of variations on chessable in 20 hours
If you make flashcards out of the ~500 diagrams, you could go through all of them in 10 hours.
Chances are that even if you are ambitioning a higher level, let’s say 2400 FIDE, such a customizable book would still be a solid foundation because it still captures more of the important stuff. You can double the number of variations on the 50 most critical games and still have a manageable set of 3,000 variations.
Huge bias in favor of chessmood.com openings, but we welcome any reference. In the case of the Grand Prix, we welcome these references:
chessmood PRO videos
Databases, especially those that can be filtered for the 2200 FIDE level.
Stockfish 12 and Houdini 6
Starting Out the Sicilian Grand Prix book by Gawain Jones
The Modern Grand Prix Attack chessbase video by Lawrence Trent
The exercise involved in producing such content should be beneficial because it’s a chance to work with the material in a creative way. But on top of this, these 100 game fragments could be used like this:
1600 FIDE player: remember 80% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos once.
1800 FIDE player: remember 90% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos once.
2000 FIDE player: remember 95% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos 2x.
2200 FIDE player: remember 98% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos 3x. Explore further.
2400 FIDE player: remember 99% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos 4x. Explore much further.
When I learn something, I live to have a story to follow. In this case, it’s the story of 100 games with a certain number of sidelines. I feel that it’s the right chunk size to digest.
Distribution of fragment games with White:
Distribution with White (Target 2200 FIDE database, Chessmood video time):
1... c5 16 (-4, +6)
1... e5 13 (+1, -7)
1... e6 5 (-1, =)
1... c6 4 (=, -1)
1... d5 3 (+1, =)
1... d6 3 (+1, =)
1... g6 2 (+1, =)
1... Nf6 2 (+1, +1) 1 1 1... Nc6 1 (=, =) 1 1
1... Nc6 1 (=, =)
Others 1 (=, +1)
You will realize that we are at most one off for all answers to 1. e4 except:
1… c5, 16 games (underestimated according to database frequencies, overestimated according to chessmood video time).
1… e5, 13 games (slightly overestimated according to database frequencies, underestimated according to chessmood video time).
Underestimating the share of 1… c5 is a deliberate choice. The idea is to reap off the benefits of selecting a side-line (Grand Prix) vs. a main line (e.g. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 with the idea 3. d4). We can then “be generous” with sidelines. It is often very beneficial because splitting an opening in two (or more) is instructive and practical.
I am going to show you an example: “Index game for the Sicilian Grand Prix”. You will see the 16 diagrams that represent the Sicilian from a White perspective. If you somehow master these 16 positions, you have an awesome coverage of the Sicilian with White.
For those of you who are interested, I can show some of the foundational 100 games. It takes time (maybe 6 hours per game, hence 600 hours total for the entire project). It would be nice if this project would interest other people, because we could share the work.
Please let me know if there is any interest on your side.
Hello to the chess community,
I am Regis Warisse, author of chess exercise books.
My 4 digital books in PDF format of 1000 chess exercises: special mate in x moves are now available for free download, for free and legally :
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A good way to progress for endgame and midgame capture.
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Hello everyone. I am dhruvil. I have just become a new member of chessmood. Plz unlock courses for 2 days so I can see what's inside the course. If you will not unlock course I couldn't decide that should I buy or become a pro member or not? So my advice is to unlock the courses for 2 days so I could decide.
I recently faced the following line on chess.com
I wasn't able to find this 3... Nc6 move in the material, it seems like a combination of several of the other lines. Can you (or anyone in the community) please confirm what to play against this?
I have a small suggestion for the course (this may apply to other courses as well), sometimes the thumbnail of the video is spoiling the challenge presented by the coach, you can find an example attached. Is there are a way to prevent this?
I was browsing my YouTube Subs recently when I came across this stream https://youtu.be/_O6m6Yh5S5Y?t=1 and spotted something immediately that both these Chess titans somehow missed. Stunned and confused I tried to justify to myself how is it possible that players of this calibre can miss such things with plenty time on the clock.
The pgn is given below along with a screenshot from the game, can you spot without an engine what both these GM's overlooked:
I found a link to this book which was developed by a near 2200 on avoiding blunders and spotting tactics. Haven't gone through it yet nor sure how practical it would be (even if not, maybe something can be taken from it), but wondering if I won't need my hoodie when playing any longer.
I'm thinking about assembling some of them I like and printing them, with answers, to give to friend as a cute present. Is this ok?
I see in the Terms of Service:
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