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 :)
It’s chess pieces, not a man I play against! Svetozar Gligoric
Svetozar Gligoric was one of the top players in the world and one of the World’s most prominent, owing to his particularly engaging personality.
At the chessboard, Gligoric was an uncompromising fighter and at the same time a symbol of gentlemanhood and correctness.
Last year, at the first quarter Presidential Board meeting, FIDE decided to establish a fair play award named after Svetozar Gligoric.
Read the full news here:
Who was your first chess Crush?
For me it was Judit Polgar. I thought she is of my age but she was not hehehe and I felt in love with her attacking and speed chess. I was new in chess and I felt like wow this girl is so fast. I saw many of her games.
Here is the one I loved so so much! I do not know theory but I liked the way she created e5 square for her pieces and demolished Alexi Shirov.
Hi guys today I am gonna show you a cool position. I was analizing a game from the book Capablanca's Best Endings and we reached this interesting position. It's white to move and how will you continue guys here. Keep that in mind that in the end black also found the only resource to save his middlegame and reached an inferior endgame. But still I am glad that @Jay and I both found the right plans and ideas and best ways to meet all black's resources. Now it's your turn to find a nice plan for white!
The winner may be get the title of Chessmood CM heheheh
The title of this post maybe a little misleading but it was
inspired by the recent thread Chess Is Hard, that thread made me reflect on
many things I took for granted and I wanted to respond in that thread but decided
to hold back in fear of not articulating my thoughts clearly enough. However today
I was watching a Blitz Game online (see screenshot at end of post) and in the position
on the Board I immediately wanted to play Qxh6 check followed by Rh4 mate,
there were only two problems, Rh4 is illegal and even if it were possible Qh5
stops mate LOL. The reason why I immediately spotted the idea of Qxh6 check
followed by Rh4 mate is because this is a typical mating pattern known as Anastasia's
Mate. What makes the position a little unusual though is that this mating pattern more often
occurs on the seventh rank rather than the sixth and is usually taught that
From the screenshot position Galchenko finished off his GM opponent in prosaic fashion, but can you find the more aesthetic path to victory. :-)
If you did then that is an example of the opposite of Blind Spot, you visualise the final position and work backwards from there to find the solution if one exists. When you can recognise typical patterns in an actual game, and understand fully the features that make them work as well as what makes them fail , then it will help you eliminate Blind Spots. As I mentioned in a previous post, calculation is not a very efficient way to find combinations for humans, primarily calculation is the means human chess players use to verify whether a combination works or not, but the actual spotting of a combination is more often prompted by pattern recognition and intuition. Pattern recognition is self explanatory, but intuition is a bit more abstract so I will give a small example, look what happened in the Galchenko game his experienced GM opponent kept moving his pieces away from his own king while at the same time virtually forcing the opponent ones into more attacking positions. Intuitively anytime someone abandons the defence of their King to create threats on the other side of the board a strong player will automatically focus their attentions on constructing direct attacking possibilities, patterns, combinations etc.
To sum up, to help eliminate Blind Spots it is not enough to improve calculation we also need to create a large mental database of typical mating and other attacking patterns, strategic themes and tactical motifs, and all of this must eventually become second nature .
Yes, Chess is hard but that is what makes it so much fun and rewarding. :)
I am just curious to know something about motivation. People who lose or have issues in anything beg others to send them motivational video or books and they say like oh once I will watch this I will become motivated to work again. Do you guys think it's right approach?
For me when I feel down I watch Pawn Sacrifice Movie and it makes me motivated again. But it does not mean that all time I need that movie to motivate me. My motivation comes from inside. My past loses, never won any event in 7 years, people laughed at me and called me loser, all ignored me, This all motivates me to do something by which I can slap on their face. Don't take my words in negative way. People are good and bad. Bad people only understand the power of success slap. Thats's why I work a lot.
You may be see that in some chessmood posts I am posting how many books I am doing right now. It's more than 7 I think. and my target is to finish 5 of them in 50 days from now. I did not post them for anyone's appreciation. I posted them to motivate those who need motivation to work. I am just 1465 but I have goals and I am committed to achieve them and I have nothing if not chess. So I only have to do everything which I can in chess. So be happy and try to focus on what your inner heart says. But as I said once you will have goals and burning desire then you will achieve success.
I am super happy that because of ChessMood I found two amazing training partners Jay and Devansh.
During my one on one call with coach he suggested me to work in smart way. I liked his ideas because before that I was only studying hard. But even after he said smart work I am doing super hard work. I do not know but working 3-4 hrs a day on chess makes me feel like I did nothing. I feel more happy when I do combo smart and hard work and I normally works 10 hrs a day and sometimes 12 hrs. So what you think about work? You prefer smart work or combo or smart work and hard work?
I just like to learn a lot. I can't sit and wait. Some people and strong player told me to don't try to work on your weaknesses but I do both. I work on my strength and weaknesses so I can become perfect one day. I know no human is perfect but at a level all human feel satisfied with their work or game. Same with me, I am not satisfied yet with my play but the way I am improving my skills makes me more motivated that I will achieve my goals. I like combo of smart and hard work.
My list in the bottom of both kind of works!
Example of smart work:
Working with strong chess partners on classics and endgames.
Example of my alone hard work:
Working on visualization book, working on endgame book, working on htryc by Silman, pattern recog book, blindfold.
I think many players joined chessmood but may be some of you missed this post by coach about calculation. I suggest you to take a look and then comment in the bottom about your thoughts about calculation
From the past 3 months I was thinking of finding best ways to improve my vision to the next level. Yes, coaches recommend blindfold training, solving puzzles or studies but what happens if position is unclear in the end. Then the best is to follow what Ian Anderson wrote in his book Chess Visualization Course . I started it 6 days ago and did only 156 exercise but I felt difference in my speed of calculating lines. I am not saying I am doing super well in complex positions but I am started to doing well in a bit simpler positions. But I am sure my depth of vision will improve once I will finish his book course. You can see his method in the pic I shared.
How I am solving this book?
I try to follow through the moves which author is asking to visualize then I write the whole final position in my notebook and answer the questions which author asked. The reason behind writing whole resulting position in notebook is to see what I missed during I visualized that line.
Now it's your turn to improve your vision to the next level. This is what my training partner Devansh told me. So I am glad he shared me this instructive training so now it's your turn to improve!
Yesterday Caruana played 5.g4! - Pasini variation - a very rare one, which we recently added in the Modern Pirc course.
He did all the ideas in the game, shown in the course...
Now I'm thinking, is he a secret PRO Member of ChessMood? :) Are any of his coaches secret ChessMood PRO Members? :)
Or is it just a coincidence?
What do you think? :)