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ChessMood Open with $20,000 prize fund!
Dear chess friends!
I’m super excited to announce that on October 4-12 in Armenia there is going to be ChessMood Open tournament with around $20.000 prize fund.

By the way, right after it, we’re going to have “Yerevan Open” tournament (October 13-22) with a similar prize fund. So you can combine them and play two tournaments.
As there are no border problems at the moment, you can easily travel to Armenia.
Looking forward to seeing you soon and drinking something cold together :) 

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The winners of August, 2021

Hello champions and future champions! Hello ChessMood family!

Thank you all for sharing your games. It’s great to see you play some really strong chess! Keeping crushing the same way!

Moving on to the prizes,

The first prize goes to Jaylen Lenear for his Tal-like approach to finish the game.

https://chessmicrobase.com/microbases/15045/games/1155806?token=6jginaj

The second prize goes to Vladimir Bugayev for the way he conducted a crushing attack in the Anti-Sicilian!

https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/23342986021?tab=report

The third prize goes to Yuma Okabe for brilliantly handling the initiative after 11...Nxe4! and converting it into a win.

https://lichess.org/nGPV5sfm/black#25

The 4th prize goes to Karl Strohmaier for this brilliant attack in the Accelerated Dragon.

https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/23746652995?tab=report

The 5th prize goes to Paul Alejandro Cardones for the picturesque 16.Nce4#!

 

Congratulations to all of you, and thank you once again everybody for sharing your games! 


Keep crushing, and keep the #COGRO

See you soon for next month’s contest.

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The winners of September, 2021

Hello champions and future champions! Hello ChessMood family!

Thank you all for sharing your games! It was amazing to go through them and we’re really impressed by the way you all are playing!
Here are the winners...

The first prize goes to Le Minh Hoang Huynh for their beautiful checkmate in this game:
https://lichess.org/FE3apUDN/white#41

Yuma Okabe gets the second prize for this fantastic Grand Prix attack in the Pirc Defense:
 https://lichess.org/YsDmDbVh/white#39 

Aayush Shirodkar gets the 3rd prize for finishing off a beautiful attack after 13.Rxg7+!
https://www.chess.com/game/live/25116124409 

The 4th prize goes to Bugayev Vladimir for this speedy finish in the Scotch Game:
https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/25997459103 

And the 5th prize goes to Ilja Haitin for playing this masterpiece in the Benko Gambit with a nice finishing touch:
https://www.chess.com/emboard?id=8416759 

Congratulations to all of you! Thanks everyone for sharing your games! Keep the mood and keep the #COGRO every day.

Super excited to see your games for next month’s contest!

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Why Can't I Win?

I played an OTB tmt and I lost 3 games (among them are 1 IM and two 2200+ rated players- all were on my favourite board no. 4 ) In the first loss against a 2200+ rated player. It was a Maroczy Bind and  the last position was complicated (though it was kind of my winning, or draw these two results seem the only possible because my king was open but still there were less attackers and i had an extra knight) and i blundered mate. The interesting point is that my time trouble started around in the middlegame around 20 secs when my opponent had 10 mins ( time control is 10m+10s) And then i had twenty seconds but my opponent had 30 secs and my position was clearly better! I felt glad now because Maroczy Bind is a tough opening to play for black especially against 2000+ rated players. Any way i lost.                                               

In the second game i was forced to transpose into a Benoni (1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4 0-0 6.d5 (please explain me where I went wrong)) though i must admit that i didn't lose because benoni is bad but i played in a wrong manner. I went for a pawn sacrifice with c4 only to know after that it is applicable only in e4+Nf3+Be2 system 

In the third game i was a clear exchange up in the opening against an IM but I messed that one too. I was very happy to think that i  will beat atleast one 2000+ rated player but i lost  I had such an odd feeling that I was kind of squeezed in the game. After the game I asked him whether he intentionally sacrificed the exchange or not? His answer made me punch a wall. It was a blunder and thanks for giving me the point.  


The common things in these games- 

-all were played on board no. 4

-i had black in all games

- had time trouble in all games  


Can anybody share their experiences with these? How you people have succeeded in overcoming this issue?

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