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Hi all what do people think about 1 d4 Nf6. 2c4 Nc6??  The 2 knights tango as black?  Thanks Marc


Hey Marc! Interesting, but not very good :) 

Na4 vs Modern Maroczy

I'm not sure if I somehow missed this in the videos but it seems after... A5 in modern maroczy White has Na4 and if Nfd7 then 0-0-0 has been scoring heavily for white in the databases. Is there an improvement after this or perhaps after Na4? 


That variation is not possible against the line given in the course.

Papa, which line? 




Hi again,

What do people think about these lines for black in QGA??

1d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 e3 Bg4! 5 bc4 e6 if 6. Qb3 Bxf3 7. Gxf3 c5! Qxb7 nbd7 9dxc5 Bxc5 10f4 o-o 11Nc3NB6 12Bb3 Nbd5 13 Nxd5 Nxd5 14 Bd2 Rb8 15 qa6 and qf6!?  Keeping tension.

If 6.h3 Bh5 7. Qb3 Bxf3 8. Gxf3 c5 9. Qxb7 Nbd7

If 6nbd2 then a6 7o-o Nc6 8.b3 Bd6 9.Bb2 0-0 10 h3 Bh5 11.Be2 Qe7

To add or as alternative to Benko. You sac material, open lines, active pieces!!!  Same as Benko but less to learn....?

If 1d4 d5 2. C4 dxc4 3. E4!! Nc6! 4. Nf3 Nf6!!

Lines from Delchev and Semkos book Understanding QGA.




Marc, there are lot's of more lines, you should learn in QGA. 
In the mentioned line with Bg4, for white h3, g4 idea is strong with Bf1 back, Bg2 in future. 

Semi Slav?

Hi all, whick to add to Benko?  Semi Slav or grunfeld?  A lot more theory on grunfeld!?!???  And positions ok if miss exact theory in semi slav compared to grunfeld!?!?!

Thank you for time and patience,



In both lots of things to learn... 
Maybe King's Indian will be easier. 

Sicilians i lost and please point out my mistakes

Hi Guys, my sicilian games as black in which i lost, i need your view on pointing out my mistakes


Hi Muizzuddin! 
I am sending you file, where I pointed out the mistakes you did in the openings. 

Here I have 3 notes and recommendations for you. 
1. Please, watch one more time Gabuzyan's course, Sicilian's sidelines, especially the 1st section, Alapin. You mess up there a lot. 
2.When you play Acc dragon, the idea if it's possible to go d5 immediately.
3. And don't mess up acc. dragon with Modern Maroczy.

Rules for when opponent has initiative.

It was a little hard to understand you in today’s lecture about when opponent has the initiative. What were the rules again? I tried to watch the replay but still had some trouble understanding you.

It sounded like you said change game force? I got the exchange pieces.


Did anybody understand the rules? Please explain I didn’t understand. I got keep center closed and exchanging pieces is good.

Quick Question about line in Scotch

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qf6 5. Nf3 Bc5 6. Nc3 Nd4 7. Nd5 Nxf3+ 8. Qxf3 Qxf3

Is what we played. Should I have played 6.Bg5?  

If 6. Bg5 isn’t b2 hanging or is there trap?  

And yes I messed up by not capturing...Nxf3 with pawn on g2. This was not my best game I was a little intemidated by my opponent rating and also ended up playing real-time both I shouldn’t have done.


Hey Brad! 
Check out this one! 

Who is your fav. chess player?

For me it's bobby fischer. There is one similarity between him and me. He only loved chess in his whole life and same with me. I love chess more than anything. Another thing I noticed that he was an introvert personality and same with me. Another thing similar to him and me was study whole day like he did . nowadays I have time issues otherwise when I was beginner I studied 18 hrs a day and gained 120 points in one event after 2 month of prep. 

I just love him.



I am! I enjoy many masters but ultimately I play chess for myself.

Posting games on Facebook

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study partner


hi guys recently crossed 1975 in fide anyone near the rating is interested to analyse game with me ? anyone whose timezone is near indian standard time is better

Invisible Chess Moves

Um I am following latest events in midnight nowadays. I was watching live commentary of singufiled cup 2019. Both Anand  and Magnus missed retreating moves. How is it possible?

I meant they are top players in the world but still why it's hard for them to find a backward piece move?

Yes from the very beginning we learnt to move pieces forward but is there is no solution of this issue about finding backward moves in tactical or strategical positions?

Any book which covers puzzles or strategies based on backward moves?


Well there are many reasons: time control, lack of concentration, misevaluation 

Invisible Chess Move is a book 

top players are human so they make mistake

Opening Advice.

Can anyone suggest a line for white against Benko Gambit?

I know plans from black side but confused which line is fine for white to hold.

I just do not feel comterble with g3 lines bec black's put so much pressure and I cant handle it well.

I like the e4 Bxf1 line now.

I need suggestions as white because I am preparing d4 too.


The most serious line against Benko gambit is the King Walk Variation with 12.a4. 

Hi Abhi

This is Sunny, Pro Member, I am studying the benko gambit as Black. My rating is 2000+ on Would you like to practice if you want to play white d4 move?


Abhi, 12.a4 is the most challenging line!

Benko Gambit Practice

Hi My name is Sunny. A Pro Member in ChessMood

Am watching videos on Benko Gambit. Would like to seek members here to practice together. Anyone would be interested? 



Nice :) Sunny, also post your rating, so people would understand your level. 

I'm interested! 

There's a similar forum 

Hi Sunny,

That's really a good idea and I think there are a lot of people interested in. Unfortunately I suggested that most of them may play with black :-)

Best regards

Martin is rook_snatcher

Good job guys! 
This is the best way to improve - to practice the learned knowledge. 

daily puzzle doubt

hi sir while solving today position I wrote rd4 bc2 kf6 why is it wrong if e2 then rd5 draws


yeah Kf6 is perfectly working but Kh6 is the tricky move. I did Kh6.

sir today puzzle kf6 is better than kh6 because after kh6 there will be a rook and bishop ending it is difficult kf6 is simple gave me incorrect answer to kf6

mee to I lost 500 points as I rely on mood conis for membership because I am finacilly weak

Yeah, true, sorry guys. 
You will get your moodcoins back. 

Looking for opening for black against c4

Is it any best variations against first move 1) c4. (White may not enter the marozy bind line)


Many variations. KID setups, 1...e5. The current main line is the Reversed Dragon with 1...e5, 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5

Yeah, Derek, many things. 1...e5 you can go with Reversed Rossolimo.

Discord Server

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I also made ChessMood an admin on discord so they can control it as they see fit.  Here is the link for anyone interested!



Super Matt! 

ChessMood Pro Discord Server

Matt has created a Discord server for our Pro Members. Using Discord will be a great way to communicate with out blowing up the Messenger channel. It is a free download and is easy to use.

The link to join the server is:



Defending a castled King

Hi Coach and Chessmood family,

     Are there any good ways to practice defending a castled king? I often blunder in situations when my castled King is under heavy pressure, i.e. I move the pawns forward, or move defending pieces on the wrong squares etc. If there are any good tips do let me know. Thanks guys.


Don’t move the pawns in front of your king because that creates weaknesses. Be aware of your opponents threats and solve tactics on

Bobby, one of the great ways, would be exploring commented games of an aggressive player (e.g Alekhine), who was checkmating everyone left and right. 
And see the comments, what was the decisive mistakes of opponents. 
This will help a lot. 

Accelerated Dragon

In the 7.f3 video, eventually it is recommended that black play 9. Rb1 d5! and it is mentioned that it is covered in the advanced sections but I can't seem to find it.  Can anyone direct me to where this is covered specifically? 



Hey Matt! 
Sorry for that, will add it. 

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