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I'm probably facing the Sicilian this week. I'm learning to play 2.Nc3, but haven't learned enough to be confident AND my opponent played 2..e6 the only time he faced it and that's not covered in the course. The course, somewhere, gets to a Grand Prix attack against 1..c5, but I don't know if it's appropriate to try for that against 2..e6. I liked to play the Smith-Morra, have spent more study-time that and my opponent accepted the gambit (and lost) the only time facing it. Any ideas/advice? We're both in the middle-1500s in Lichess classical and the game will be 45+45.
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After 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.ed cd 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 e6 (About 15 seconds into section 1, video 5) the move 7.Nf3 is presented. And after 7...Bd6 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 the next move is 9.Qe2 to prevent ...Ne4.
But what if Black goes for the idea 7...Ne4 and ...f5 (before Qe2), as the e4 square is attacked only once?
* I will mention I asked a similar question before, in a different position.
So I have been studying the Chessmood opening courses, but I don't seem to bee retaining the material very well and I'm getting hammered at online blitz, which drives me crazy. The Maroczy Bind and most of the white opening material has been especially difficult for me.
So what do I do? Quit blitz for a month and just study, an idea I am toying with? Go back to my old openings - Tromp, Jobava London, KID/Modern - which I really don't want to do. Is there some sort of magic Chessmood order or way we are supposed to study that I'm missing?
I see a lot of others succeeding here and that's great! I mean I can't be that dumb! :-)
Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
I was thinking today about a possibility for the opening courses which could be quite helpful for us trying to learn them from scratch. Besides all the explanations of the lines and the model games, maybe there could be some short clips called "Dont's", with some typical strategic/tactical errors which are usually committed by less experienced players when putting the variations into practice.
For example, this morning I was playing a 10+5 game online in the 4...Bc5 Scotch and I managed to get an excellent attacking position in the less common 6...Qf6 line. As I was storming the kingside, I decided to sacrifice my g-pawn in order to open the column for my heavy pieces, but apparently if Black takes the g-pawn with the queen it is possible that the black queen itself can halt the attack by blocking the h2-pawn, and surprisingly it is not so easy to remove the blockader.
It might be instructive to have short clips explaining little motifs like this which may happen with some frequency, and maybe give them a fancy name (e.g. "the blocking queen"). It does not need to be from our personal online practice, but maybe from games in the streams where the GMs may find interesting motifs to explain.
It is just some thoughts, what do you think?
I have just watched Classical Attacking Game #4 (Knorre vs Chigorin)
My question is:
Do you think Chigorin calculated until the end all the variations that GM Avetiks shows us or do you think that he calculated just the most important ones and he trusted in his intuition?
In these attacking games with early sacrifices I always wonder how much is calculation and how much is intuition based on experience and acquired patterns
I know there are a lot ways to improve visualization. What was your method to improve your visualization?
1. By Ian Anderson's Visualization Course one. I am now able to see 10 ply depth so easily.
2. I am doing blindfold piece training and soon gonna play blindfold games online.
I was wondering whether White could im improve and play 13. Qc2 instead of Qe2 keeping control over b3 and avoiding the exchange of queens with ... Qa6. I found this idea in the classical main line 11 ... Nbd7 12. a4 Qb6 13. Qc2 in the game L'Ami-Hertneck, 2019. As far as I can see this has not been testet against Qb6/Na6.
Hi GM Avetik, and Chessmood friends,
I am adding the Ruy Lopez opening to my White epertoire:
I need your help to find out the best resources on it.
A) What is the best resource (Book, or Video course) to learn the Ruy Lopez for White?
There are many books and videos out there. I am seeking for the best, and the most reliable.
B) Do you have any idea/suggestion about the following video series?
Which one is the best and the most reliable:
1- Complete Ruy Lopez Repertoire, by GM Marian Petrov
2- Navigating the Ruy Lopez Vol.1-3, by Fabiano Caruana
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
I am doing well with chessmood courses. here and there i am getting few good result with our chessmood opening as well as . And now one question arise in my mind which is bothering me (may be this the resistance?? ) past couple of days.
My question is is it ok to spending so much time in opening where most of the great player suggested to spend time in so called pure chess like middle game strategy, endgames study, solving studies? because many believe that only knowing the opening principle one can get good results?
I am glad that that i have chess mood family to express such questions.
I've seen top players mention this, and presumably studying chess is mainly solitary (For me it is, anyway). Is this an issue?
Obviously this is a philosophical question, I've also read that loneliness occurs because we're not totally focused.
What do you think?
hello everybody! I have a question regarding our repertoire against the karo- kann main line after black's 7Qb6 then 8Qb6 ab6 9 h3! Bh5 10Na3 e6 11Nb5 then black just plays Kd7 and apparently is completely safe! I struggle everytime to find a plan! Any suggestions?
Hello Avetic. Did I get it right, that you are adding some more material on this line in the advanced section? If so, when? From what I read it seems that 5. e3 is one of the most critical lines. And one approach seems to be to play 7. Nf3 followed by b3 und Bb2. Maybe you could give some ideas for responding to this kind of setup?!
Hi I just lost a blitz game which started 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 and Black just went back immediately with 3...Qd8!? and later played ...c6 / ...Bg4 / ...e6 and I got nowhere and got quickly outplayed by an opponent rated around 2300.
Any tips on now to combat such opening play will be most welcome.