Hello ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions!
Welcome to the "Best games of November 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 November:
Hello ChessMood family!
Thank you for sharing your games. We can clearly see you implementing what you’ve been learning from the courses, especially the classics! And it makes us very happy and proud! Keep going the same way!
Moving on to the prizes for November month’s contest -
The first prize goes to Vedant Garg for his textbook-style attacking game in the Sicilian Grand Prix setup!
The second prize goes to Wenstin for this nice attacking finish, starting with 18.Bxh7.
Michael Larsen takes the third prize for showing how to punish an opponent’s King stuck in the center.
The fourth prize goes to Ilja Haitin for his Ninja-like awareness to 29.Bd6+! and 30.f6! 4. https://www.vint.ee/en-gb/replay/12339239/
And the 5th prize goes to someone who’s shy to share their name, but brave enough to find an invisible 22.Rf5 move!
Congratulations everyone! And thank you all once again for sharing your games!
Best of luck with the next month’s contest.
Till then, keep the right mood and keep crushing!
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 ChessMood family!
Thanks for sharing your games. You all have been playing some really strong chess, and we’re happy to see that!
Here’s the prizes list for October month’s contest -
The first prize goes to Huynh Hoang for this near-perfect game, with a nice finish.
Valerio Carnicelli takes the second prize for this mind-blowing attacking game. (28.Rd7!)
Ayush Shirodkar takes the third prize for the nice forcing finish in the end.
The fourth prize goes to Vladimir Bugayev for this miniature in Anti-Sicilian. https://lichess.org/wRgAWYNp#33
And the 5th prize goes to Avinash 004, showing how to attack in opposite side castling positions.
Congratulations to all of you, and thanks once again for sharing your games!
See you soon in next month’s contest.
Till then, keep the mood and keep crushing!
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.
I am studying the Bd3 variation in the French. In the main line, 3 .. de, after 9. .. Bb4 and 10. Ndb5, there is the move 10. .. Bd7.
The video course mentions that this move will be covered in the advanced section, but I did not see it there.
In my game I played 11. a3 but after some exchanges Black's light-coloured bishop went to c6 and created a lot of unpleasant pressure on the main diagonal.
I looked at alternatives such as 11. Qd4 but they did not look entirely convincing either.
Scored 3/5 at the Hull 4NCL International Open with a 2194 rating performance
Definitely a large portion of that is down to Chessmood. Thanks guys.
* although also a notable shout out to ChesssCoach Andras' Amateurs Mind series on YouTube (Decision making and assessment, Exploring Calculation Techniques, and How to Get Better at Chess rating series) - certainly a course suggestion for Chessmood 'How to get better for x rating level' course where each section is a different rating band displaying and fixing the typical problems at that level.
Takeaways from my performance (for players around the 1900 level):
Opening study and a good/complete repertoire for your rating helps a lot - the game I lost in round 3 was where I forgot our response to Nc2 in the Maroczy - a5 and chasing the knight with Nb4 didn't work out.
Think during the opponent's time - not just what you'd like to do (which often ends in daydreaming and waiting), but if you were them, what would you play
Always be looking to improve the position of pieces - round 2 game
When out of the book, play on chess principals above thematic opening moves - i.e. don't neglect the centre, development, king safety etc just because you've 'remembered' some other line in the opening that does just that (unless you can concretely justify it)
Avoid 'diagnostic' thinking (I didn't play that because he would have got something I didn't like the look of) - justify it with analysis or at least a holistic look of the whole position to see if that 'advantage' really is all that.
Can you go one move deeper, change the order, or add something? If some idea doesn't work out is there a counter, intermediate move, or a move order which does make it work, and then keep going (can your opponent stop it).
I really am happy with my membership to Chessmood! I am watching the Tactics Ninja Course. The section on the Upcoming Defender is very interesting and it was framed in a new way that I had not heard before. There is such a positive vibe in the whole course— it really is something fun.
I have to admit that I did not really know a whole lot about ChessMood before becoming a Pro member— but the value is in the weekly gatherings (solving tactics with GM Gabyzyan and his other group activities—rating ladder climb etc) as well as the online videos.
Just thought I would start my day with a bit of gratitude here. I am on Chessable and Chess.com as well. I really do think all three have something to offer. I used the PGN files from here to make a private Chessable course for myself.
After the last few weeks— it really is clear that you get a whole lot of value for the membership here.
I would like to let GMs Grigoryan and Gabuzyan, as well as the entire Chessmood team, know that the commented games are outstanding! I recently finished the 100 classical games as well as I have been through all of the commented attacking games and commented endgames. The detail and explanation of complex middlegame positions have improved my chess, there is no doubt about it, I am looking at positions differently and it is because of you guys! You really have an excellent high quality product, please keep up the amazing work.
I appreciate that you continue to add games, please never end this! I usually start my morning off with one of the commented games while I enjoy a cup of coffee, it is a great way to start the day, I am immediately brought into the right kind of chess mood that sets the stage for further studies. I am looking forward to soon starting my second review of the games. Thank you Chessmood!
Last weekend was a special chess time for me as I played in my local chess OTB tournament (u1600 section) & scored 4/5 points with 2 draws & 3 wins to finish as joint winner (3 winners in all on 4/5).
The first OTB chess tournament I have ever won (although my son won the junior prize in this competition many years ago-probably 15 years ago). It was last held in 2019 when it was in a large venue in Town, when GM Eric Hansen visited & I enjoyed meeting & chatting with him. However, due to CoVid & finances, this year it was at my local chess club premises (I do not play there any longer, but often run into club members in online games) & there were restricted numbers due to CoVid & the smaller venue & I was on the reserve list until midday Friday when I got in due to a cancellation. The main Open section was won by IM Alan Merry, a local player who was with my son as a junior in the junior chess club here (& I may add my son, Chris, never lost to Alan & I have the game notation when he beat Alan to win the Junior chess club annual tournament (30/06/2006)!).
In terms of game detail I played 1.e4 as White and as Black faced down 1.e4 twice with 1.e4 e5 with one game an Italian opening & the other a Ruy Lopez Berlin defence (both wins). I know 1.e4 e5 is not a ChessMood opening course sadly, but it is my personal favourite chess opening of all time. The other win for me was as White with the Italian opening & I had one draw as White in the Alekhine defence and another draw as White in the Italian opening. So now I plan to study the ChessMood Alekhine course closely (in depth) now & maybe next year I can bust out the the Scotch opening a la ChessMood, as it is a pretty decent opening (not as good as the Italian or Ruy Lopez clearly, but I do like both the Scotch opening & a drop of Scotch whisky now & again!). If I get the ChessMood openings down, maybe next year I can enter the Major section & do well with these! Onwards & upwards.....(btw thanks GM Avetik for Facebook love to my FB post on this!) ;-)
For results & tournament information:
Hello all I was just curious how everyone studied all of this information. I was thinking about watching all the videos and putting the moves into my own chessable course. However there is a lot of videos to watch and moves to put into a chessable course. I was wondering what your study techniques were? Thanks for your answers. I apologies if this has been asked before.
I'm very happy because of my performance in the tournament (Majors) and the reason is I followed all the Chess Mood openings properly and my opponents got confused a lot and were like "What is this opening?" and I had a very good advantage in the opening...
Thank you Chess Mood for providing us these openings and explaining them very clearly step by step.
1 e4 e6 2 d4 (we are ready for the french but..)d6
My opponent choose to play this openings and following the OP principles we are the centre and more space..but what set up is it the best to play against this structure?
Thank for the help and possible idea!!
In the chessmood course the recommended line after 5.a3 is 5…d6 6.Rb1, a5 and after 7.Nf3 or 7. e3 a transposition with 7…e5 into the 5.Nf3 variation or 5.e3 variation.
But how to continue if White plays 7.e4 instead? And what is the plan for Black then?
After 5.e4 the recommended move is 5…a6 (planning b5), but this is not possible any more (Black has already played a5) in the variation above with 7.e4