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.
Today I felt so happy that I recognized some positional things in game analysis. All credit goes to Chessmood's mentors and Jay for his time. Today we reached the diagram position I am sharing in the bottom and I don't know I started to feel like I saw this kind of breakthrough somewhere. I also told him that I think the pawn formation in that interactive session was h6 g5 but yeah it was h4 in the end. In the end I told Jay that I feel like I saw this kind of position in Chessmood Interactive Lesson about how to win a drawish game. Today I forgot the real title so I felt enthusiastic about checking that lesson. So once I checked that lesson I found the same concept which Capablanca applied in his game. Fixed the kingside pawns and breakthrough in the queenside. I know for an expert it's an easy to recognize but for a player like me I felt so happy that I remembered the takeaways from interactive lesson and I was a bit right about position. Thanks coach for telling me about imp. of classics so I am now slowly but surely started to recognize those patterns in my mind.
For those who missed that wonderful stream can check the link in the bottom and see the recording of that amazing lesson.
Hello guys - I thought it will be interesting if everytime we feel that we spot a mistake in the videos we post it here.
This is not with bad intentions! I understand that it is normal that after recording so many hours there can be minor errors in tactical shoots or calculation or simply something that the person recording the video may have missed.
I think this may be useful for 3 reasons:
1- maybe not too strong players may see that there is a 'potential error' and believe that it is not a real error it is only that they are not too strong. OR, it can be that we find something that we think is an error and in reality it is not. So, it opens some debate and room for helping each other.
2- will put us into 'active mood'. This is help us to not watch videos only passively, but being attentive to try to discover some errors, hence keeping us engaged.
3- FInally, although is not the intention. May help to the Chessmood team in case that they want to make some corrections.
Here is an example:
BEnko Gambit video 10 (07:57)
Actually, Nd1 + is impossible due to Rxd1 ;) So better to finde something else in casae of Rc2!
Hi. I am Nils from Frankfurt, Germany. While preparing lunch I was listing to Avetik on the Perpetual Chess Podcast and joint ChessMood right after it. I write some more about me later. Right now, I am browsing the courses to get an idea how they fit my present repertoire. Unfortunately, I was not able to find the png-files that should be availalbe to PRO Members. Can anybody help? Thanks, Nils
Hi everyone. Dear Avetic Grigoryan yesterday i played Rapid game ( in lichess Alekhine) defence with withe . My opponent have a 2520 elo my elo 2086 . We played 1. e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6: i played 6. c4 Nb4 7.a3 Qxd4 : I have watched Alekhine defence course in chessmood , and you said that it is a better variation of Scandinavian defenc which i also watched. Now my question. Please can you explain me more about ideas of this variation, i send you my game: https://lichess.org/zFciz1PD/white
From the past 2 months I am stuck around 2100 elo online and sometimes I lose like melon. I am studying a lot but also I am trying to apply what I am learning but still I do not know why I am losing so much. I keep right mood during I play but still I do not win winning positions. On the other hand when I analise games I am able to see more deeper and clearer lines. Here I saw 10 ply deep and image was also clear in my mind that h6 was his only move to defend the position but still during I play I am not able to win those games which I am supposed to win.
Note: Is is due to over training because I am currently doing:
1. Paul Morphy Move by Move
2. Petrosian Move by Move.
3. Silman's Endgame Manual.
4. Pawns Structures (current one is KID).
5. How to reassess your chess 4th edition
6. Beginner Pattern Recognition.
7. Capablanca's Best Endings
8. Visualisation Training daily 30 puzzles from Chess Visualization Course: General tactics Book by Ian Anderson
I am not saying I should be 2300+ online right now but due to this training and right mood playing I think I deserve minimum 2200 elo strength online. Because I already maintained 2100 2 months ago.
So I am super eager to know why I am just losing. Even though I studied more than 600 classical games. I can even sometimes remember those critical positions. All suggestions will be useful. I am not demotivated. I am just curious to know why I am losing.
I would like to hear your opinion.
In the last 6 months we've created lots of material for middlegame and endgame courses, covering all (!) the topics!
However we'll not be able to record all that stuff very fast.
What do you think, whom I should invite to join ChessMood Grandmasters?
Whose recordings you've watched and you love how he explains the things?
Please share their names.
We're going to bring more and more value for our students.
Keep the COGRO!
I'm looking for a little help/direction on creating our own pgns for the courses. I was wondering what software everyone uses for editing their pgns. It's actually a little hard to explain but I get confused on which of the lines I'm trying to add the remaining moves from the video files to. Also I'm currently using chessable for the pgns but would love to know what the other options are for studying from. I haven't convinced myself to invest in chessbase yet but maybe it's worth it at this point. Any help much appreciated and sorry if this was overly vague or confusing!
I just played white against the French and followed the few moves I could remember (I had prepped for the Sicilian; he wanted to try something new against much-lower-rated me). I got to this position and wanted to trade my dsb but Stockfish hated it - https://lichess.org/5LBQQLrj/black#19 I eventually got a crushing advantage (!) but gave it back and ultimately lost. Was my thinking correct that my dsb was bad, but my execution off?
The rematch was my horrible attempt to defend against 1.d4. I got to this position where I thought it would be good to defend my K with my lsb and trade if he wanted to - https://lichess.org/HntdT6lm/black#18 Again, the computer evaluation was horrible in my opponent's favor, and got much worse with that move. What was wrong with my thinking? His thinking turned bad a bit later when he blundered the initiative and I found the win. :-)
I understand that the two-bishop advantage exists. Should I not have been thinking of exchanges in these games?
Chess is hard.
All of us work to improve our game. We work on tactics, openings, endings, classics, planning, visualization, and intuition. We also work on psychology, fitness, nutrition, endurance and yes, keeping the right mood!
Chess is hard.
To help us improve, we buy books, video series on openings, middle games, and endings. We buy software for storing files, have computers check for blunders and novelties, and hire coaches to help us fix our weaknesses and improve our strengths.
Chess is hard.
Anyone who has been around ChessMood for any time, knows that I have chosen to climb the mountain on a path no one has yet traversed. A year and a half ago, at the age of 46 and rated 1700 USCF (about 1600-1650 FIDE), I chose to start the path to Grand Master. I knew when I started, it was not going to be easy. If it was easy, it would of already been done. (Those that have achieved the GM title after 40 were all expert/master in their teens)
Chess is hard.
The first 6 months went very very well. I jumped to over 1800 very quickly, and was winning many games against 2000+ rated players using ChessMood openings. But then I hit a wall. I started losing odd games vs players much lower rated then I was. I would win a nice game against a CM, then the very next game lose to a 1500.
Chess is hard.
I grew very discouraged. I still woke up every day, ready to hit the books, study my openings, watch the streams and work towards my destiny, but I started to fear playing. I would get on the streams, and get 90% of the answers correct, know all the main lines of our openings, and see the plans clearly while Coach Avetik was playing, but I couldn't do it when I was playing.
Chess is hard.
I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. I would play the openings we are taught, and would almost always get an advantage coming out of the opening. I would continue to build on the advantage, but somewhere along the line, I would miss a tactic or blunder away my advantage. It became difficult to keep a good mood, and made me even more fearful of playing. I was also embarrassed that I stopped improving, so stopped being as active in our community, which is the worst of all, because there is no better place for support then right here at ChessMood.
Chess is hard.
Despite all these feelings of despair and failure, I kept working. I followed the plan laid out for us by Coach Avetik. When I found the courage to play, I would check the games against my opening files, which continued to grow, as well as checked for blunders (Which were numerous). I looked for patterns and worked to correct my mistakes, but kept losing to simple tactics or just hanging a piece.
Chess is hard.
So to fix my problem I started working on tactics. LOTS of tactics. Anytime I had a few minutes, I would open my phone to the chesstempo app and do a tactic. I would spend 2 hours a day minimum on tactics. I was improving my tactics rating slowly, but I was excited to be working on my weakness and seeing an improvement. I gained almost 300 rating points on tactics in about 3 months (I know I am not setting any records) and thought I had to have improved in my games for sure! But alas, I was still losing to simple tactics and hanging pieces.
Chess is Hard.
But I continued to work. I started to work with a partner, Abhi, as we both are focused on improvement. We worked on blindfold chess, middle game ideas, books we are both reading, as well as analyzing ending together. As we were studying, he kept saying how he couldn't believe how fast and accurate my calculation was, or how he wished he could see as far ahead as me. (For the record, Abhi is much better at this the even he believes, and is easily my equal if not even better then I am) Then in middle of an analysis, I would look at a move and totally miss one of my pieces hanging, or overlook a simple reply by my opponent.
Chess is hard.
It is at that time, Abhi helped me realize my true issue. I don't have a tactics problem. When presented with a tactical opportunity, I can usually see the idea very quickly. He helped me see my problem is really what we decided to call "Blind Spots" In the middle of analyzing, I suddenly become blind to a piece or a square. I just completely don't see it. We had a position today, where I said if we move our knight, we will discover an attack on our opponents unprotected piece, so we looked at Nh4 for a couple minutes and decided it wasnt quite working and moved on to other moves. Then we started looking at Ne5 (same knight) and I said that wont work, he will just capute and move his other piece away from our pawn that recaptures. He politely reminded me that the opponent wouldn't be able to save both his bishop attacked by our pawn and the piece we discovered an attack on when we moved our knight. I was suddenly totally blind to what I had just seen and known a couple minutes before.
Chess is hard.
I have heard of players, even top GMs, that have these blind spots on occasion, but never to the extent I seem to have them. As I have gone back through a ton of my games, the pattern has suddenly sprang to light with complete clarity. Blind spots. And just as suddenly I have renewed confidence, as I now know what to be working on.
Chess is not hard... Chess is hard work.
We all face difficulties as we work to improve. We just need to remember, when we hit a wall, don't continue banging your head into it, waiting for it to fall down, it would instead be more beneficial to have a partner or coach show you the doorway through. Thank you Abhi for helping me see and diagnose this problem of blind spots, it is the doorway for my to cross through the wall I have faced for a long time!
Chess is hard work.
Now I go to work on fixing the problem of blind spots in my game. If anyone out there knows how to overcome this issue, or has had the same issue and has over come it, please share with me the way to cure my ailment. And if anyone else has this issue, and is also looking for a solution, let us work together to overcome it!
Thanks to all of you who took the time to read all the way though this lengthy post, and I hope it turns out to be helpful to all in some way.
Guys, you're not gonna believe this! ChessMood openings rock!!!! I just played a simul against Vishy Anand on chess24, 30 + 30, scotch opening, definitely lots of bad mistakes from me and I missed loads of stuff (12.Ra3 was poor), but the opening just gave such a huge attack! I think Anand was having difficulty with his connection and the Chess24 interface, and he said afterwards that he was struggling to concentrate. This was the game:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.h4 f6 9.c4 Ba6 10.Rh3 fxe5 11.Bg5 Nf6 12.Ra3 Bb7 13.Rb3 0-0-0 14.Nc3 Qe6 15.Rd1 Bc5 16.Na4 Qe7 17.Qd2 Bb6 18.c5 Bxc5 19.Nxc5 Qxc5 20.Be3 Qd5 21.Qb4 c5 22.Qa4 Qc6 23.Bb5 Qe6 24.Bxc5 a6 25.Bd6 axb5 26.Qxb5 Qxb3 27.Qxb3 cxd6 28.Rxd6 Bc6 29.Qb6 Ne8 30.Rd3 Nc7 31.Rb3 1-0
I am new to ChessMood so maybe this has already happened in the past and I am not aware of it. Would it be a possibility to organise Online Rapid Swiss tournaments for the PRO members in order to promote practice within a community with manageable size? I have realised the strength of the PRO members ranges for almost the whole rating spectrum, so it would be a challenge for everyone!
It is true that if everyone sticks to the repertoire maybe we only see 2...d6 or 2...Nc6 against the 2.Nc3 Sicilian, but maybe these tournaments can also be made thematic opening-wise.
Just an idea I was pondering.