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ChessMood Open with $20,000 prize fund!
Dear chess friends!
I’m super excited to announce that on October 4-12 in Armenia there is going to be ChessMood Open tournament with around $20.000 prize fund.

By the way, right after it, we’re going to have “Yerevan Open” tournament (October 13-22) with a similar prize fund. So you can combine them and play two tournaments.
As there are no border problems at the moment, you can easily travel to Armenia.
Looking forward to seeing you soon and drinking something cold together :) 

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The winners of August, 2021

Hello champions and future champions! Hello ChessMood family!

Thank you all for sharing your games. It’s great to see you play some really strong chess! Keeping crushing the same way!

Moving on to the prizes,

The first prize goes to Jaylen Lenear for his Tal-like approach to finish the game.


The second prize goes to Vladimir Bugayev for the way he conducted a crushing attack in the Anti-Sicilian!


The third prize goes to Yuma Okabe for brilliantly handling the initiative after 11...Nxe4! and converting it into a win.


The 4th prize goes to Karl Strohmaier for this brilliant attack in the Accelerated Dragon.


The 5th prize goes to Paul Alejandro Cardones for the picturesque 16.Nce4#!


Congratulations to all of you, and thank you once again everybody for sharing your games! 

Keep crushing, and keep the #COGRO

See you soon for next month’s contest.

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Stream From 1600 to 2400 on chess.com - Index/links to the youtube videos

Hi ChessMood-Family and newer PRO-Members.

I find this series very helpful to foster and to challenge my understanding of the ChessMood-openings. Having finished almost all courses and having prepared my pgn-files, I do now watch this series (there is also an older one starting at 800 level).

All parts of the series can be found in the Events-section (quite at the end). But I thought this index could make this ChessMood pearl a bit easier and more likely to  be used.

Enjoy! Nils


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Webinar - Most instructive Moments - Part 1

Webinar - Most instructive Moments - Part 2

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An important question

Now a days we are living in modern world in which there are many commentaries, podcast of gms, youtube channels and a lot online companies like Chessmood. Do you guys think we should blindly trust what super gms recommend ?

Without even analyzing your level do you think it's good to listen what Fabi and Magnus said about books? 

I see so many people listens to podcast , commentaries and unknown gms and just blindly follow the path they shared. 

I think this is not good way to improve in chess. You should understand your level and then pick books or courses which suits your level. 

When I had one on one with Coach Avetik. He shared me so many valuable advice  which I am sharing in bottom.

1. For tactics he said use chesstempo but as I love books so I said I will go for books and he said okay.

2. For endgame he said that it's good to do simple books but not Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual and his reasoning was that you wont fully take advantage from the book. It's not like you cant understand concept but in case of solving you will miss so many hidden resources because it's designed for 2000+ elo players. I have a nice friend who is currently 2200 FIDE and he even told me same. He tried to solve this book with his teammate who is 2300 FIDE but both struggled even in pawn endgame. So now you can understand the level of the book. I also tried it once but I did failed to see so many hidden points.  So conclusion is that why choose a book if you cant fully see all the hidden resources .So I left that book and I am doing from simple ones and learning faster too.

3. For middlegames he suggested me to go through cm courses on middlegames and he suggested me not to pick Tal, Kasparov, Fischer in the beginning of my study because they will be more complex and I may miss critical things. So I followed his advice and now after one year now I think I am able to go to Fischer's games atleast. 

There are so many things he shared too in one on one. I followed all the things and I see difference in my game and level of understanding too.

So , guys share your opinions . Is it good to blindly listen what popular IM, GM said or listen to those who are successful and connected with you also. 

I learnt a cool thing in past from a book called " Copycat Marketing" In the book author said that if you want to become successful then just copy what the successful person did. With this you can easily stay away from the mistakes which he did in his journey you get success faster. I apply this idea in my work also and I feel difference. My teammate who is 2200 is so connected guy so whenever I listen to his advice I see difference in my play. 

Do you guys have teammate? 

Do you guys listens to podcasts and blindly trust them?

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Building a strong chess foundation

Continuing a discussion about endgame studying from another channel...

I appreciate some younger players have a lot of time on their hands to put into their chess study, but what's the best way of getting to be a stronger player. Of course I can only give advice up to about the 2000 level because I've not travelled beyond, though I have a lot of understanding of learning mechanisms. Would be interesting to hear from the 2300+ players.

A common analogy of learning a skill is building a house. Let's say you have almost unlimited time and resources.. Most builders would clear the land, put in foundations, and build the structure from the ground up, only then adding in features like windows, doors and interiors. Would it be a wise move to plant part of the foundation, but then work on a single wall, get it to near finished before working on another? Or move from one wall to another, never finishing getting the basic structure up?

What I'm getting at is how your chess skill builds itself physically inside your head. Young players (probably) have a big advantage here as not so much is mapped out (more free space), and can spend lots of time really developing the area devoted to chess (like building a purpose built housing estate that functions as a whole and is well connected), where as adults who have less time and are already well developed can not make so much new development and it is spread out (they have to build the houses around what is already set there as well as compete with others putting up their houses). The memories and skills located close to one another will stimulate and work with each other, where as ones spread throughout will not as much. That's my theory at least.

On a practical level though, let's say you could know 100 (for arguments sake) chess things that are automatic and available to you when you play (going back to the analogy let's say that's the house estate site where you are locating houses that can accommodate 100). You'll use these things with almost perfect intuition and insight. Other stuff won't be so automatic, you'll need to think, and the chance of missing stuff/blundering is much greater. Now which 100 would you select? Would it be some interesting but probably not so practical endgame study, you might see something similar 1 in 500 games or less, or the real fundamentals that come up more frequently?

In other words I believe that spending lots of time on things that come up time and time again, or those that are foundations for the more complex will lead to greater improvements and most likely increase the ultimate ceiling rating than less important things (even spotting blunders very quickly or just taking full account of what changed due to the opponent's move almost every time without fail is worth so many points).

It was said once (and I did a crude survey that roughly agreed) that most players don't improve significantly after playing (seriously) for about 8 years. Maybe this is part of the reason.

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