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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.
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
On lichess today (Mon 27th) there is the Jobava system theme tournament
1 0 at 11am UTC
3 0 at 12pm UTC
3 2 at 1pm UTC
10 0 at 2pm UTC
This isn't chessmood affiliated, but it's a good chance to practise the chessmood repertoire (do check the forum as one of the lines was in doubt).
The London system one just happened, but they usually repeat two or three times so keep an eye on the tournament schedule https://lichess.org/tournament - however you only get a few hours notice of the tournaments so it needs checking regularly. Also if you miss the Jobava one, this is the first outing of it, so it should get repeated at other times.
See this video Nakamura vs Levy (note that I got 2/4 right beating the IM! :)
Suggested chessmood format would be to request 2 maybe 3 participants of different ratings.
Provide 3/4 positions for analysis, members record and submit videos of them analysing the position (with some time limit for each, maybe 3 minutes) and coming to a conclusion of what they think the best move is. The GM (not necessarily the host GM) also records a video.
Videos (in ascending rating order) are played to the audience during the event (if some editing/screening can happen prior the time limit might be increased to 5 minutes depending on the position), followed by the GM's. Solution is then revealed by the host GM and they comment on how the participants analysed, the position and tips on improving related to what they missed in the position, different rating abilities/faults, and calculating in general.
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 Anton from Toronto. I'm 34 and I'm rated about 2000 classical on Lichess. I'm looking for training partners to play training games with. My schedule is pretty stable and I'd like to play 2-3 games every week.
I'm available almost every weekday from 7-30 am to 8-30 am EASTERN time (Monday - Friday).
I play the French defense against e4. Against d4 I play QGD.
As white, I'm a d4 player and prefer openings with Nc3 - Classical QGD, slav, Nimzo, etc.
Please message me if you are interested in playing with me in the morning!
We get to this from the repertoire with 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. e3 Bg7 4. c4 O-O 5. Nc3 d5 - I'm assuming this is the preference of play given e3 isn't so critical in the Grunfeld (particularly as the B is still on c1), and playing other second/third moves doesn't assure us of a transposition to something already covered.
Edit: I'm going to look a bit more at this, although advice is welcome of course, as there is definitely a lot of crossover, so might be covered in a line or two rather than separate tutorials.
If so is there going to be any coverage of this, perhaps as a d4 miscellaneous section or perhaps a mini-course as given the number of games played from this position with strong players either side, it is perhaps deserving of that? There are a small number of plans, and plenty of scope for Black to outplay White so long as good development takes place.
Found a good series for this on youtube by IM Toth:
Some interesting points at the various levels, and covers the 1900-2100 lichess range where many of the plateau problems start. Worth a watch.
This is (IMO) what the rocket to 2400 rating events should focus more on - the players of that range and their typical mistakes and advice how to fix them, more than the games themselves. Possibly could be done as a timeout/highlight review after the games themselves (probably as a separate summary after a number of events) to prevent losing the flow.
Hi everyone, I played against d4 (I was ready to play a Benko gambit, Marozcy structure) recently and my opponent play a move that confused me.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.e3 ... what do we play? what is our main idea and plans?
thanks for the help!!
Hello, I have attached a position below. In that position, 11.Qd2 is recommended by ChessMood. And, in the video about this line, Avetik sir said that 11.c4 is not recommended because 11...d5 complicates the matters. When I checked with the engine, the engine is showing +- after 11...d5! but I don't agree with engine's evaluation as practically it's very complicated lines. But, my doubt is that after 11.Qd2, why can't Black try 11...Re8, my idea behind 11...Re8 is that if we continue normally with 12.c4, Black can play 12...Nxe4 and try to complicate the lines. What I mean is that I think 11.c4 is lesser complicated than 11.Qd2 Re8 12.c4 Nxe4!. Please consider checking this line. Both lines look complicated but 11.Qd2 line looks more complicated. But, people won't usually play this line, so it is not a big issue.
Hello ChessMood team,
when checking what I remembered and understood, I found the 8 diagrams you provide for some courses very helpful.
For each diagram I asked myself:
Do I know this position? Can I reconstruct the position? Do I know the exact line that leads to the position? Do I know the plans/ideas?
I was really surprises how eye-opening this little exercise was.
So I was wondering whether it would be possible to add such diagrams to some more opening courses.
Just a brain dump of the study/play problems I'm trying to solve that don't have satisfying answers so far...
Blunders in 5 3 chess:
Sometimes missing the opponent's mistake because I wasn't looking and why I start missing stuff.
Forgetting to visualise the position if necessary before making moves to blunder check
Time management vs playing bad moves too quickly
Being able to replay (part of) a line against a realistic opponent again and again until I understand it
Getting enough experience
Finding how to play the middlegames in specific openings when not enough good examples in the database (and tracking them down in the first place).
Remembering and recall
How to gain something from it?
What to be looking for.
How to do it - very little beyond the obvious and keep at it (akin to the problem (but less understood) of why can't one draw, understand mathematics, speak new foreign languages fluently)
How much skill is required (i.e. how is it being used practically as opposed to blindfold chess)
Very little good information on it - in the streams it's often mentioned as having good sight of board or intuition, but not (able to be) broken down on how to get it or how to train it during again (the levels of conscious/unconscious (in)competence). Much of the information is very general (study puzzles, studies, games, play a lot, analyse) requiring a lot of time which many people do not have.
What to note down?
How much to note down?
How much to revise and when.
How to condense study into 2 hours a day so it can co-exist with work
Hi, I just faced 4. ... Nf6 in a blitz game and did not find it in my notes. I checked previous discussions in the forum (https://chessmood.com/forum/pro-members/anti-sicilian-part-3-question-3nc6#scroll11080 and https://chessmood.com/forum/pro-members/anti-sicilian-part-3-question-3nc6#scroll11105) but if I am not mistaken, we have not exchanged ideas on this position.
What do you think about immediately attacking the knight with 5. e5 (what I actually played)? And how to continue further:
playing d2-d4 or not
exchanging the light-squared bishop against the knight on c6 or not and
how to develop the dark-squared bishop?
I added some more thoughts in the pgn.