Dear Chessmood family;
Reference to the daily puzzle, the system is giving an error in case one decided to repeat some moves (before threefold repetition). In this situation, if we just re-play 1. Rf5+, the system gives "wrong"; whereas, you can still go to the winning situation (will not reveal it for the sake of authenticity).
Hence, the system shall have the flexibility of repeating some moves. If the player does a threefold repetition, then it should provide the error :) !
From GM Noël Studer, a friend of Chessmood:
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I loved the sentence: playing non-focused Blitz games ! This is what many of us do! Remember to read the post by Avetik about how to play blitz correctly: https://chessmood.com/blog/golden-method-to-increase-rating-in-chess
Kc2 Pc3 Bg7
nc7 pb5 pe4 kc4
Black plays e3 and mates in 20 according to the tablebase.
Nd5 draws as White plays the king in front of the pawn and winning the c pawn in return isn't enough since the king aims to get in front of the b-pawn and the bishop attacks the b-pawn from the rear or the knight if the black king tries to step in front.
More an endgame study than a tactical puzzle.
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Hey Everyone !
Recent I played this line in blitz tournament and I am little confused about assesment this position.
I choosen this variantion because I like sometimes surprise my opponent in opening and whats more importent for me this was played few times by our Coach GM Gabuzyan. So I strongly believe it.
I dont remember all my game but I wanna focus whats we have after opening for sacrifices our pawn.
I see pair of the bishops and very weak pawns in my oponnent side, but how to play positions like this ?
Maybe I just missed where the section on Benko Gambit sidelines is. Like for example if they don't push on d5. Or take on B5 after they pushed. I was just wondering if I am not seeing this section or it doesn't exist yet.
Thanks for your answers.
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.
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.
After a couple of weeks of chessmood and audience trying to solve these puzzles (worth catching up on those webinars if you weren't there), it's interesting to watch Nakamura do the same in his recent streams uploaded to Youtube. Although he gets further than the we did it's interesting to note that even around 50 he's saying:
I really don't know here
I can't see what this puzzle is about
I'm sure it's this or this (and then sometimes change one of the 50-50 to another move)
I'm guessing / relying on intuition/instinct here
This tells us a lot, and it makes me feel a lot better about my level of skill. Sure he can calculate better and faster, but it's not that he's seeing really deep and quickly, and is also running into exactly the same problems I'm seeing when trying to solve puzzles. A lot of the getting it right seems to be based on elimination of what it can't be, and on intuition about what looks like a winning position rather than blitzing out a solution that makes you wonder if he's even human. Some of it is just educated guesswork and taking it move by move.
Several hours worth spread across multiple videos but enlightening on how he thinks about puzzles (and perhaps one of the gems in the large number of 'comfort food' videos that he streams).
Continuing from a previous post.
Can we not just start this up anyway. Lichess' existing one is someone's own repertoire (since it repeats the same things), none of which really interests me, with no indication of a schedule to know when something might cross over into mine, except checking what is input as upcoming on the day.
The format is for example:
12:00-12:27 Caro Kann bullet arena (1 0)
13:00-13:57 Caro Kann superblitz arena (3 0)
14:00-14:57 Caro Kann blitz arena (3 2)
This format takes place twice a day with different openings.
While we can argue about what the best controls would be, keeping it inside an hour is good. Without experience, I would suggest the format above (if it had a gap between the last two tournaments) might work well. Yes bullet isn't really good chess, but by increasing the controls like this, you could analyse your games to work out what you forgot, then be ready to play it better in the next one, the earlier ones test your reactions/defaults (arguably). This could be done by leaving an extra 30 mins between the 2nd and 3rd tournament.
Initially it could be done without Chessmood being mentioned at all. If Chessmood then give their blessing and want to take oversight/control in the management later, then fine. At that point it could also be a used to advertise Chessmood as the place to come and prepare for the tournament since that repertoire is the one it will be based on. By being open to everyone, it is then going to get the numbers needed to make it viable.
A few questions remain:
Can anyone add tournaments into the lichess calendar or does it need sign off from lichess for that - without it being in the calendar it will be difficult to promote it
If it does need sign off from lichess, is it still possible to affiliate it with (or promote) Chessmood later?
How can the schedule for events, at least for the next few weeks, be publicised?
Do we have a few members that would be interested in running it and updating what is upcoming?
Are there going to be webinars for the theme tournaments? It adds so much values, more so than a GM playing. Or maybe a record a course on how to play these material situations and use the some of the games as examples?
I think without the webinar you can be playing wrong, score well and learn nothing. The the only one to help you is the engine, and we know what disdain that is given (not that I think the engine is that useful here anyway).
2 questions. First: Is it better to win one officer than to win one quality?
In variation 34, 9-c5 (1.49 into video) 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 white plays Qd1 to win blacks Night on h5. But he could also play 11.Bb5 axb5 12.Qxa8 Bd8 13.Qa7 escaping. But this is my question!
Also in variation 24 (00.38 into video) black plays Qa5+, Nc3 then why not Ne4? Is it because of white playing 0-0? and if -Nxc3 then what? bxc3 givng a pawn? or...?
Thinking of entering.
5x45 15 games over this weekend (bye available if Friday's game is too late) - quite sparse in the open/under 2000 sections and no one particularly strong yet, so players of ~2000 FIDE are good contenders to win, though the prizes with the current number of entries is more beer / (juice?) money. Good chance to try out chessmood openings in long play settings. Anyone interested?
Entry is £7.50 +£5 (non-ECF) (credit card/paypal)
NM Braeden Hart vs. Me:
(sorry I don't know how to embed games into forum.)
1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5 3. e4 d6 4. c4 Be7 5. Nc3 Bg5 6. Nf3 Bxc1 7. Rxc1 Nf6 8. h3 Nbd7 9. a3 Qa5 10. Qd2 Nf8 11. Nb5 Qxd2+ 12. Nxd2 Ke7 13. b4 a6 14. Nc3 b6 15. Bd3 Ng6 16. O-O Bd7 17. Rb1 Rab8 18. b5 a5 19. Na4 h5 20. Kh2 h4 21. Rfe1 Nf4 22. Bf1 g5 23. f3 N6h5 24. Be2 Ng3 25. Bd1 Rhg8 26. Nf1 Nd3 27. Nxg3 hxg3+ 0- 1
What do you guys think?