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 ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions!
Welcome to the "Best games of July 2021" competition.
Under this post, we invite you to post the 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 June:
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 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.
Hello Chessmood Family,
Yesterday I crossed 2100 on Chess.com during a playing session. Originally I tried to follow Coach Avetik's rule of 9 games, but when I won 7 in a row I decided to keep going. I ended up playing 12 games, 10 of which were wins. In one of them, I beat an IM using SLP!
I couldn't have done all this without watching the Daily Lessons on Youtube, and the Classical Games! They do wonders for your middlegame and I highly recommend both of them.
Thank You Chessmood Coaches and Family!
I have experienced this line from White several times now. d4 Nf6 : c4 c5 : d5 b5 : b3
I thought I saw somewhere in the videos to play b4 not b/c4 . But after Bb2 if I play g6 the snapping off the knight on f6 is irritating structure wise. I seem to toil in this line --- where can I locate the preferred approach ? Thanks ------ Keven
Question about this position: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bd3 b6 - looks weird move but french idea to exchange bishop via a6. Here's example game I played https://lichess.org/d5wIinOFZStM , but I dont think i got much from the opening.
I think should have played 3.Nf3 and now 3..Ba6 doesnt quite work 4.Bxa6 Nxa6 5.exd5 gives white substantial edge according to stockfish 12, because of the weakened squares and lack of dev for black.
Any ideas about this, guys?
Hi family, I have been looking at positions in the dragon and looking to get some feedback in this one:
r1bqr1k1/pp3pbp/2nppnp1/8/3NPP2/1BN1BQ2/PPP3PP/R3K2R b KQ - 1 11
Sorry it's an FEN, I am at work and can't upload a board or anything.
My notes say "Very sharp position. Next we will aim for Na5, b6 and Bb7 or Ba6. Our c8 bishop is a lot stronger on b7 now because the pawn is on f4 and not f3"
However, when I am playing it often I will play Na5, white plays 0-0 and then I capture on b3 and I can't ever get the b6/Bb7 plan to work, and it seems Bd7 is more natural to my eye. Does anyone have any experience with this or can offer any feedback?
I was just thinking like Chessmood is doing so wonderful job for us but they can also add one more new thing in their stream. It's about thought process. We share our best games in Best Month Forums. That's good but I was also thinking that if we also share our thoughts with some texts and then send games in Best Games Forums then it will be easier for Judges to understand our weaknesses in thought process and they can make a webinar based on common mistakes by players.
Mistakes can be in :
Converting an advantage
Time trouble addicted
Strategic wrong or right trafes.
and there may be a lot more info. With this coaches can help all players to grow with 20x speed. Because 10x is already happening due to courses but for 20x even webinar like this can change a lot player's life!
Hi everyone! Just played a game which started:
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bc4 e6
Was wondering why the 5...e6 is inaccurate here? Does anyone know? Engines suggest you play a d4 rather than d3 in response, but again I can't see a clear reason why.
Grateful for any thoughts.
Thanks for your comprehensive article on finding the right chess coach with lots of good points.
Interestingly, just today I was thinking of my own chess coaches (& chess study & training) & thought I would add a timely comment in the light of your article.
I have been "lucky" to have had two good chess coaches, but even they have serious limitations, that I shall briefly mention!
I will also add that I am a qualified Squash Rackets Association coach (level one for beginners, but I ceased actual practical squash play & coaching a few years ago) & I have had teacher training experience (though I never completed my teaching qualification exams, I did a lot of work toward that). As an amateur (lowly rated) chess player, I have even coached beginner junior chess players (in the main, an enjoyable activity!). Right now, I am creating my own beginner chess course (based off a beginner chess course I made about 6 years ago).
So, one of my main points, is that I believe all coaches should have had at leat some teacher training experience or undertaken a recognised qualification for coaching. Many turn to coaching with no idea of teaching, learning & educational practices, which, imho, is not good. In squash, I myself, took coaching from some fine international squash players, who only coached to fill their time & make money & were not even good coaches & this happens in chess too, as you know & state! Very sad.
I also believe it is important that a coach has experience of actual play at & above the level they coach at, but high rated players certainly do not necessarily make good coaches. Now back to my chess coaches.
My first chess coach, taught me the openings he played as a very good experienced chess club player (& secretary of the local adult chess club & organiser of the junior chess club). I learnt lots, but when my learning progress slowed down, he told me it was because I was not doing what he told me!! Well, need I say more? A nice guy, but not a good, supportive, helpful coach....
My next coach was an online coach (via FB Messenger calls), a WIM Olympiad chess player. She taught me her specialised openings (1.b3 as White & Grivas Sicilian as Black), which was very enjoyable, but she had played these almost exclusively her whole chess career & I found I kept running into new lines all the time when I played these, especially as I had no previous experience of these. Lastly, I have to say that neither of these coaches, gave me a defined structured customised (for me), training plan & schedule, which, imho, is a basic essential requirement for good coaching. I can go on & on about this point & many more, but I will leave it here for now.
Now on to Chess Mood coaching. Is it good? Well, it might be for some, but, so far, since I have been here, I am not yet convinced it is for me! I paid my next subscription here recently & I told myself, I would spend more time & effort with the resources here, but the weeks go by & I still find it hard to do this! Well, this should give me a prompt to do better. Briefly, I have had little success with a training partner or coach here & I feel all alone & yet (strangely?!), that it is simply up to & down to me to get any improvement & that is actually fine for me! I like challenges!
Alright, onwards & upwards, COGRO, right mood, right move, no hoodie blunders!
Best coaching & play y'all! :-)
Dear ChessMood, I am glad to report that with help of your expert support and positive chess philosophy I succeeded to become a Vice Champion of my country in Rapid chess! It happened quite unexpectedly for me right after the end of the COVID tournament fasting, for I have left behind me almost 200 players, many of them experienced masters or young, fast improving players with all together 6 wins, 3 draws and without single loss. Thank you, coach Avetik, coach Hovhannes and all others for giving me the chance of reaching the best individual success of my entire chess life: https://chess-results.com/tnr556748.aspx?lan=13&art=1&rd=9&fed=CRO&fbclid=IwAR24GUyfbNhqqgIKaWRel-cs49lBKn5_uj11x53Lm2HgtbcA0wKmZnfNtZ8
Lets imagine a situation. You were kidnapped. The kidnapper gives you a time machine and ask you to do one of the things-
a) To meet Karpov in 1983 and show him the Berlin Defense in order to withstand Kasparov b) To meet Kasparov in 1999 and show him the Scotch opening in order to withstand Kramnik. Note that- You cannot call the police in the past as he doesn't know what you are saying. If you don't do anything, kidnapper will kill you
I just want to know the likes of your
Now Sethu's e4 courses has been released its creating a lot of headache just to see the short and sweet only don't you guys have any problem? if i know that my opponent has his courses then probably i have to be anthony miles (you understood probably) Specially against such mainlines like Taimanov how one can find such g4 move, against the najdorf i saw a queen sac i was not aware of from black side and against acc dragon the Na4 move and lots more. How you people gonna deal against these
Chessmood team,good afternoon,hope u guys r doing well,i was wondering it would be much better if u guys provide pgn study material of endgame positions after viewers study the endgame course,or else u can also suggest an endgame excercise book,but i think first option will be awesome
I have just finished my second Over The Board tournament after eight months of COVID pause. I have entered with a rating around 1780 and played 7 games in the section A >= 1700. All my seven opponents were stronger, ranging from 2012 to 2311.
In the months leading to this tournament I mostly worked on my Chess Mood Openings. Now I realize, this was a mistake, as either main lines were avoided or in two cases where main lines were played I didn’t guessed them ahead of the match and was reviewing other openings.
Interestingly, all games were played with 1.e4 while recently (last two months) I was working intensively on my black 1.d4 repertoire :(
There are also some good news. My result was 5 points out of 7, which will give me about 150 ELO points raise as I stil have 40 coefficient.
I have spotted a few weaknesses in my game: calculation, endgame and concentration. For this reason I am canceling my next tournament due in three weeks in order to work exclusively on my middle and endgame.
My plan is to play >= 1900 tournament in September and to be successful I need to step up.
Now in order for you to understand my decision related to the openings I will post next screenshots from each round.
I would also like to hear, what do you think about my preparation for the next tournament.
And finally I might call the coach Avetik to use my yet unclaimed consultation hour for pro members.
Finally made 2200 in rapid on lichess.
Don't know if that would translate into breaking 2000 or 2100 FIDE when I can finally play over the board (safely) again. It does feel that even 2000s blunder quite badly which is rare for players 1800 and above over the board, as well as a lot of the points gained by 'eeking' (becoming a big fish by eating lots of small ones). On the other hand, I've had one or two games against 2300s where I was losing throughout the game and didn't even realise it was so one-sided until the end (I guess that's a whole new level to get to).
Current schedule is 2-3 15 0 games a day (+- 200 points) which I'm finding is excellent training, however I imagine at some point it's going to be hard to find opponents or those I do find I bunched up into a small area at the top (getting an opponent anything from 2000 to master).
Once again thanks to the Chessmood team and members.