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Is it me or did Smyslov blunder in this endgame?
It appears to me that after 43. Ka1 the best move was 43...Nxc2+ with a completely winning endgame.
But instead, he played 43...Kf6 and white can just take the N on d4. After 44. Nxd4 I can't see anything for black and white looks like he has excellent chances to win this endgame a piece up. 44. Re1 played in the game doesn't present a challenge.
Is it possible that the notation in the game is wrong and that white actually played 43. Ka2. This would make more sense because then Smylov would have had Nc3+ winning the Rook after Nxd4.
I think this is more likely than Smyslov simply blundering a piece.
What do you think?
In the main section, after 7...Qb6 the course analyses quite deeply 8.h3 with Na3 following - white gets a good position after 10...e5. But instead of 10...e5 it seems to me that Kd7 is absolutely fine, and a game I just played went this way with no advantage for white. In the model games section, however, Coach says he prefers 8.Na3 to h3 so I am trying to decide whether I change my Chessable database line. In that model game, though, Coach says that black cannot go 11...Na5 because of 12.b4, but I see nothing wrong with 12.b4 Nc4. Also, in this line, instead of 10...Be7 it seems to me that 10...Bh5 is better. What should be the ChessMood repertoire line be after 8...Qc6?
I very much enjoy your content. I have been working to create PGN files in chessable so that I can drill them, I have done this with all of the Scotch videos and most of the Sicilian videos but it is extremely time consuming. We each have only so much time we can devote to chess and it seems that spending time manipulating software is not the best use of chess time. It is also very difficult as the software has limits. I am spending hours upon hours wrestling with software and not actually learning chess. It is extremely frustrating.
Please tell me, step by step, how you recommend building chess PGNs. If this is the recommended way to learn what are the exact recommended steps that are not extremely time consuming and will facilitate the best learning. What software do you use and what is your study methodology with this software?
I have read your position that you do not want to hand over a PGN because the student may not watch the videos and they can learn more from building their own PGN. I very much disagree with this position, the videos are VERY educational and having them in conjunction with a PGN that can be clicked through does facilitate learning. However, I feel like I have wasted dozens of hours trying to build PGNs and I am probably not doing it right. Trying to learn openings this way is requiring much more time than perhaps you intended.
Thank you for your help,
Hi Coach! In the course, the recommendation is Qxb6 but I am not sure about that if black does not play e5. But in the section "model games - the endgame" Na3 is preferred. But even there, it seems to me that black does not need to drop the N back passively but can play Nc4. What line should we use?
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
During last year I first came to know about ChessMood through facebook. Perhaps after 1 month I became Pro member, I am pro member for around1 year now. My first target was to raise my online rating 2000. I did it very easily at lee chess platform then i realize i should do it on chess.com. But it was not working as I thought, my rating was going up and down all the time. Finally today I did it . How i did it; I just did following two things:
1. I have only played chessmood opening
2. And for last 3 wks I have stopped playing 3+0 game instead I played our chess mood format 10+0.
I am very happy to share it with our chess mood family.
Either I can't find it in the course or it's move order stuff, but what to do in this grand-prix line for white:
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 a6 4.Nf3 b5 with Bb7 and d5 coming next.
Some guy been playing this against me, I seem to recall against early a6,b5 the nice plan with g3-Bg2,Nh3 waiting for d5, but in this situation f4 is already made, so suggestions please. Txs
In the line 1. e5 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. e5 Nc6 7. Qa4
it was mentioned that the opponent has to play the regressive 7... Ng8, as Nh5 invites 8. g4.
Not to be outdone, in a 15 minute game my 2200 opponent comes up with the novelty 7... Ng4