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The winners of October, 2021

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!

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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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Training Partners!

I hope you all read the three articles of having chess training partner is boom for our life. If you haven't checked them then I suggest you to check the links in the bottom.







I wrote today all this because after joining chessmood I found an amazing team of chess players. They all are eager to become a Grandmaster one day. Good thing is that I am the lower rated team mate so I am able to learn a lot from their experience. Now due to cm contents and my team I am improving well. 

Moral is-  Try to find an amazing team mate. Even one team mate can change your life.

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The Scotch Game - The Beginners Mind - Part 05 [Final]

Hi guys and Gals welcome to the long overdue final installment of our Mini-Series on 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7. If you have reviewed the previous installments you would by now realise not only that White's most effective plan here is to arrange Castles Queenside but also the reasoning behind why that is the case.

A typical continuation following 5...Ne7 above might be 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qe3 Bb4 8.Bd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d6 10.Qg3 Be6 11.f4 f5 This kind of position should look very familiar if you have been studying the Scotch Courses carefully [For Example: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Qe2 Nge7 8.Be3 0-0 9.0-0-0 f5 10.f4 Negi vs Maiorov - 2012 1-0 (42)]. Our attack on the Kingside is much farther along than Black's on the Queenside, in fact Black's counterplay has not yet begun and he is doomed to passive defence from here on out. One of the most important elements in opposite side Castling is 'Time' and we need to use that time to get our attack going as soon as possible. [See Complete Games at the End of this Article]

Returning to the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qe3 Black can deploy his dark squared bishop more actively with 7...g6 and this was a favorite of Ex World Champion Boris Spassky and so should be taken very seriously. Our plan remains more or less the same, that is, Castles Queenside and launch an attack on the opponent's King pronto, the danger now being that Black has potentially more active counterplay than in the lines following 7...Bb4, nevertheless White's attack comes first and he should retain the better chances. [See Complete Games at the End of this Article]

Some of you maybe wondering what if Black annoys us with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qe3 Nb4!? no worries, this is a temporary inconvenience, we stick to the game plan 8.Qe2! Nc6 9.a3 Bc5 10.Be3 d6 11.0-0-0 with an easy game and pleasant initiative to pursue. [See Complete Games at the End of this Article]

Well folks that's it we have come to the end of our journey, you should now be well equipped with the relevant ideas as well as concrete moves and plans to meet an early 4...Nxd4 followed by Ne7 or Qf6 with confidence. 

Good luck in all your Scotch adventures and don't forget to study the below illustrative games carefully.

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NEW ARTICLE: Be Awesome!
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NEW ARTICLE: Be Willing to Ask
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