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Daily Game 64 "Opposite Castles Attack"

 White to move in both positions. How to attack? 


In the first diagram I wanted to play Ne5 followed by g4 Bxf6 and g5, but after looking at the second diagram it looks like 1. Bxf6, Nxf6 2. g4, Bd6 3. g5 Ne4, 4. h5 Qe7. Or maybe a slightly different move order.

Second diagram: Well my first thought is all of our aggressiveness has not caused black to create a weakness around his king, so I need to force a weakness there. 1. g6 is met with fxg6 hxg6 and h6 locking the king side and 1. h6 gets g6 as a response and neither looks to lead to anything. 

So that led me to 1. Bxh7, Kxh7 2. g6+ Kg8 3. h6 crushing the whole king side 

I can see you made a response, but can not see what the response was. nor could I see my reply when I replied from my post

New Antisicilian Course

I have a question on the new 2..g6 course. I used to play this line as well with white and in the final position of the dxe5 line, in the endgame after Qd4 Nxc6 Qxa4.. i used to play with Be3. Are you sure that Bd2 is better? To me Be3 feels much more natural, controlling the c5 square and with the idea of going somewhere b3 and c4.
Can you give a little more insight in the position? Thanks!


Hey Nicolo.
Yeah, Be3 is fine too, but it's more important to put it on a5 and control the d8 square. 
Also with that, you leave e half-open line for your R on e1. 

Daily Game 65 - How to start the attack?

1. White to move, how to start the attack?
2. To go with Queen somewhere, or not to do? That's the question.
3. Can we play Re5? What do you think about pawn endgame? 

Feel free to share your thoughts. 


July Challenge WINNERS!

Dear friends, the July Challenge has ended and here are the winners

1. "The Champion of July" award goes to ChessMood PRO Member Nicolò Pasini who raised 223 points in the last month!

The prize - 1 Month Membership

Congratulations, Champion!

2. "The Best Game of July" award wins Hasmik Kochinyan and gets 1 Month Membership
Her game got 10 points by ChessMood Family Members. 
Congratulations, Hasmik!

3. "The Hero of July" award wins Jay Garrison
In spite of working hard for developing his chess skills, he found time to help our other members. 
The Prize - 1 Month Membership 
Congratulations, Hero!

4. "The Best Positional Game" award goes to Derek Lye for his game, where he crushed French defense with 3.Bd3 line.
The prize - 1 Month Membership
Congratulations, Derek!

5. "The Best Endgame" award goes to Kevin Ho
The Prize - 1 Month Membership 
Congratulations Kevin, you had more than one good game this month!

As we announced, we have also surprises!
Here we go! 

 "The best game by ChessMood Openings" award goes to Jeffrey Cobb for his fantastic game with French 3.Bd3 
The Prize - Our traditional "Right Mood" T-shirt 
Congratulations, Jeff!

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Congratulations to all the Winners!



Game 67 "Long Term Compensation"

White to move, the knight is attacked, where to go? 


My first thought was to play e5 and counter attack his knight, but after looking at a few lines, it didnt work out well for me. So I started looking at knight moves. Retreating the knightto a2 or b1  looks bad. e2 hangs the e4 pawn. So then I looked at b5, but after axb5, Nxb5 Qc6 giving my opponent full compensation for my sacrifice :/...

So through process of elimination, I looked at Nd5! 1. Nd5, exd5 2. exd5+, Be7 3. Nf5 and thing might get uncomfortable for my opponents king.

Full disclosure: I have heard in the past Nd5 is an idea used against the Najdorf and other Sicilian set ups, so I didnt spend long on the other moves. 

The champion of July and the Prize

ChessMood Family!
The one who raises his rating most in this month will join our PRO Members team for 1 month for FREE!

It can be online and offline (but not the rating of tactics).
To participate you should screenshot your rating the moment you read this post and add it here.

At the end of the month, who raised his rating most - he wins! 


My online ratings are

My current USCF rating is 2003!

This is my stats. My current FIDE RATING (July) is 

Not rated

My current rating is 1800. (file attached) and my current USCF is 1803.

I have not been focused on my rating for a few weeks, as I have been more focused on just gaining better and deeper knowledge, knowing the rating will have to follow my understanding (Learned this from Coach!) but I also like to compete, so here we go!

I also just like to compete with my fellow members, so when I win, I will donate my prize to second place :)  Good luck everyone! And keep the right mood while playing!

my fide rapid rating is 1522 and for online 2107 rating

FIDE 1853
Stats on attached

I think we should have different challenge for live and online rating 

At the moment this is my rating on Lichess and


Bullet: 1440

Blitz: 1663

Rapid: 1804

Classical: 1817

Bullett: 1257

Blitz: 1459

This is my ratings

sir last month I increased 250 points is that counted?

Hi all!

I have joined the ChessMood family today, so I might be a bit late to the party.

Does Bullet Rating count as well? I have increased 216 rating points on in bullet (though my blitz rating has suffered a lot during this time as I focused mainly on bullet chess).

Hey Champions! 
Who is the champion of July?
Who claims that he raised rating? 

Please attach your screenshots, the winner will be the one, who raised his ELO the most :) 

My rating has grown tremendously. I'm currently the number 1 ranked player just ahead of Caruana. 

I attached my after screenshot to the same post as my original screenshot

Growth for this month! from 2080 to 2303!

The Hero of July and the Prize

ChessMood Family!
As we have a very tight-knit community, and many of you help each other, anytime you get help from someone, you can send nice words to that person here.

At the end of the month together we will vote to find the person who had the most impact on your success (you can't vote for our instructors ? )

The Hero of the month will join our PRO Members team for 1 month for Free!


@GM_Avetik_Grigoryan how can I vote?

Jay Garrison gets the award from me. He hops online and takes time out of his schedule to help talk me through games and he also helped me understand Chessbase. Adarsh Tripathi also reached out to help me with Chessbase. I love my chess family!

I vote for Jay as well!

jay and k h

Thank you guys! 
It seems, Jay Garrison is the Hero of July :) 

Game 63

In the first position, white played f5.
What are the pros and cons of this move? 

In the 2nd position, white to move, what to play? 


Pro, has created a nice outpost for the knight

Con, has activated Black's dark squared bishop

Game 63.

1) Pros : Limiting the activity of Bc8... Opening the c1/h6 diagonal for our bishop... Allowing exchange of dark squares bishops via f4... Allowing a rook lift on h3... Weakening e6 square if Black plays a plan like ...c5-...b5-...Bb7... Allowing a pawn on g4, without playing h3, which doesn't permit rook's lift... Cons : Weakening e4 and e5 squares on a semi-open file (important positional factor)... Opening the b8/h2 diagonal on the White King... Losing the advantage of majority 4 vs 3 on the Kingside in the famous King endgame of Ruy Lopez exchange variation...

2) I believe White's idea is to obtain a passed pawn on the e-file, so I begin with 1.g5. If Black doesn't take I can continue with h4-h5-h6 to open lines on Black King.

Game 62

White to move. How to continue? 


Game 62.

Kings are on opposite sides, so it's important de take initiative on the opponent"s king. Nh6 is badly placed and can't defend on the queenside. A plan like 1.Na4-2.Qc3(tempo)-3.Nc5-4.Qb4 is interesting... If 1.Na4 b5 simply 2.Nc3 (2.Qc3!?!) the black king is even more weak. 1.b4 is also interesting to open lines on the Black King 1.b4 Bf3 2.Rf3 Qb4 3.Rb1 but I believe Black can defend with 3...Qa5. 


Hi coach and everyone!!,

Is Grunfeld better to learn then modern Benoni if I don't play Benko?




Marc, did you check the webinar I have sent you the link?
Grunfeld is also fine. 

Best Games of July and Prizes!

ChessMood Family!
Under this post, I invite you to post your best games that you will play in July.
At the end of the month, we will vote to find the winners in these 3 nominations.

1. The most beautiful game
2. The best positional game
3. The best endgame

The winners will join our PRO Members team for 1 month for FREE! 


This game was played yesterday against a 1720 USCF rated opponent. 

Nice moments: 

13.c4 - Closing the position and neutralizing my opponent's two bishops advantage. Blockades the opponent's doubled pawns. "Restrain, Blockade, Destroy" - Nimzowitwch

22. h4  - Preventing opponent's counterplay on the kingside so taking no risks. 

After that I decided to bring my pieces to the best possible positions due to my opponent's lack of counterplay. Example: Move 26-29 (Bringing my king to the queenside in order to help support my rook and prevent any possible infiltration along the d-file. 

32.Ne1 - My knight is headed to d3 where it will increase the pressure on the c5-pawn. My opponent only has 3 pieces that can defend the pawn while I have four. That was the downside of having the two bishops advantage. (They control opposite colored squares). This move also provokes ...g5 which is my opponent's only source of counterplay otherwise it would be a slow painful death. However ...g5 creates another weakness on the kingside leading to Black having two weaknesses. (Maybe 3 if you consider the d-file. 

[Event "kitt 2019 gm tournament"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.06.04"]
[Round "6.74"]
[White "arnav"]
[Black "alekhya mukhopadhyay, west bengal"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D78"]
[WhiteElo "1847"]
[BlackElo "1661"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[SourceVersionDate "2017.10.01"]
1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 c6 6. d4 d5 7. Nd2 Bf5 8. Ngf3
Na6 9. O-O Nc7 10. Re1 Ne4 11. e3 Re8 12. Nh4 Nxd2 13. Qxd2 Be6 14. Bf1 f5 15.
Nf3 Qd7 16. a4 Reb8 17. Reb1 Qe8 18. c5 Bd7 19. Bc3 Bf6 20. Bd3 g5 21. b4 g4
22. Ne1 e6 23. Qe2 b5 24. cxb6 axb6 25. Ng2 c5 26. b5 c4 27. Bc2 Kf7 28. Nf4
Bg5 29. h3 Bxf4 30. exf4 h5 31. hxg4 hxg4 32. Kg2 Qg8 33. Rh1 Qg7 34. Rae1 Re8
35. Bb4 Rac8 36. Bd6 Qg6 37. Be5 Rg8 38. Rh4 Ke7 39. Reh1 Ne8 40. Rh7+ Ng7 41.
R1h6 Qf7 42. Bf6+ Kf8 43. Qe5 1-0

[Event "senior state 2019"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.04.26"]
[Round "2.37"]
[White "anantha sai, coimbatore"]
[Black "arnav"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "14"]
[BlackElo "1847"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[SourceVersionDate "2017.10.01"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. O-O h6 7. Re1 e5 8. c3 Nge7
9. Be3 b6 10. d4 Qc7 11. Na3 O-O 12. d5 Nd8 13. Nd2 a6 14. f4 f6 15. Nf3 Nf7
16. Rc1 Kh7 17. b4 f5 18. bxc5 bxc5 19. Nd2 fxe4 20. Nxe4 Bb7 21. fxe5 Bxe5 22.
Nf2 Nf5 23. Nc4 Nxe3 24. Rxe3 Rae8 25. Ng4 Bg7 26. Rxe8 Rxe8 27. Qf3 Rf8 28.
Nf6+ Kh8 29. Ng4 Bc8 30. Qe2 Qd8 31. Rf1 Bxc3 32. Kh1 Bg7 33. Qd3 Bxg4 34. Qxg6
Qg5 35. Be4 Qxg6 36. Bxg6 Be2 37. Nxd6 Nxd6 0-1

Here is a Game that is crushing with ChessMood openings and is in July!

And another quick knock out!

Gonna be tough competition!

It's just 1+0 game:) But it was a nice attack :)

Event: Marshall Chess Club Weekend Open, Round 1
White: William Yen (2160)
Black : Joshua Ethan Chong (1889)

Time Control: G/90 +30

1. e4 e6 2. Qe2 Be7 3. d3 d5 4. g3 Nf6

5. Bg2 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O O-O 8. e5 Nd7

9. c4 d4 10. h4 Qc7 11. Re1 a6 12. Nbd2 Rb8

13. b3 b5 14. Nf1 bxc4 15. bxc4 Nb6 16. N1h2 Na4

17. Ng5 Nc3 18. Qh5 Bxg5 19. hxg5 Nb4 20. Ng4 Bb7

21. Nf6+ gxf6 22. exf6 Kh8 23. Bf4 Qc8 24. Be5 Nxd3

25. g6 Ne2+ 26. Rxe2 fxg6 27. f7+ Nxe5 28. Qxe5#

Not the most precise and technical game, but I think the ending is aesthetically pleasing :)

[Event "5th Int.Chess Festival "Batumi Municipa"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.07.05"]
[Round "4"]
[White "WFM Khachatryan, Anna"]
[Black "WFM Kusluvan , Yekaterina"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D90"]
[WhiteElo "2027"]
[BlackElo "2155"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[SourceDate "2019.07.08"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qb3 Nb6 6. d4 Bg7 7. e4 Bg4 8.
Bb5+ c6 9. Ng5 O-O 10. Be2 Bc8 11. h4 Qxd4 12. Be3 Qd6 13. h5 N8d7 14. Nxh7
Kxh7 15. hxg6+ Kg8 16. gxf7+ Rxf7 17. Bh5 Ne5 18. Bxf7+ Nxf7 19. Rd1 Qg6 20.
Rd8+ Bf8 21. Rh6 Qg7 22. Rxc8 Rxc8 23. Rh5 Qxg2 24. Rg5+ Qxg5 25. Bxg5 Rc7 26.
Qe6 Rd7 27. Bf4 Bg7 28. Nd1 Kf8 29. b3 Rd4 30. Ne3 Bf6 31. Nf5 Rd3 32. Nh6 Nxh6
33. Bxh6+ Ke8 34. e5 1-0


Nice Attacking Game + Exchange Sacrifice 

[Event "2019 World Open"][Site "?"][Date "2019.07.04"][Round "3"][White "Rivers, Ryan"][Black "Kevin"][Result "0-1"][ECO "A57"][WhiteElo "1871"][BlackElo "2003"][Annotator "klhoc"][PlyCount "72"][SourceVersionDate "2018.12.22"]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. e3 e6 6. Nc3 exd5 7. Nxd5 Bb7 8. Nc3Be7 9. e4 Bxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qa4 (11. Qd5 Qa5+ 12. Ke2 Qxb5+ 13. Kf3 Qxf1)11... Nf6 12. Bf4 O-O 13. O-O-O Qb6 14. Nf3 axb5 15. Qxa8 Na6 16. Bc7 Nxc7 17.Qa3 Ra8 18. Qe3 Ncd5 19. Qg5 Nb4 20. a3 Nc6 21. Ne5 h6 22. Qe3 Nxe5 23. Qxe5Bf8 24. h4 b4 25. Rh3 d5 26. Rg3 Kh8 27. Be2 Bd6 28. Qe3 Bxg3 29. fxg3 bxa3 30.bxa3 Rb8 31. Kd2 Qa5+ 32. Kc1 c4 33. Bf3 Rb3 34. Rxd5 Qxa3+ 35. Kd2 Rxe3 36.Rd8+ Kh7 0-1

Punish your opponents

This is one of my best game to crush French defense with Bd3 line.  I trade off my dark square bishop (bad bishop), then start a kingside attack.

[Event "2019 World Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.07.07"]
[Round "9"]
[White ""]
[Black "Kevin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B35"]
[WhiteElo "1969"]
[BlackElo "2003"]
[Annotator "klhoc"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[SourceVersionDate "2018.12.22"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8.
Bb3 Re8 9. f3 e6 10. Qd2 d5 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. c3 a5
15. Bc2 Qc7 16. O-O Rb8 17. Rab1 Ba6 18. Bd3 Bc4 19. Bxc4 Qxc4 {Black's plan
is to pressurize White's queenside pawns in order to force White to defend.}
20. Ra1 Rec8 (20... Rb7 21. Rfc1 (21. Rfb1 $2 Reb8) 21... a4 $17) 21. Rfc1 a4 {
Preventing b3} 22. Bd4 e5 23. Bf2 h5 {Trying to improve the position.} 24. Re1
Re8 25. Reb1 $2 {The rook should stay on the e-file to prevent ...e4.} (25. a3
Rb5 {There are too many weaknesses in White's position.}) 25... Rb5 $6 (25...
e4 {Creating a passed pawn} 26. fxe4 dxe4) 26. Rc1 Kh7 27. Be3 Reb8 28. Rc2 Rc8
29. Rcc1 f5 30. f4 e4 (30... exf4 31. Bxf4 d4 $1 (31... a3 32. b3 Qc5+ 33. Kf1
Bxc3 $17) 32. cxd4 Qxd4+ 33. Qxd4 Bxd4+ 34. Kh1 Rxc1+ 35. Rxc1 Rxb2) 31. Bd4
Bxd4+ 32. cxd4 Qd3 $2 (32... Qb4 {Same idea as ...Qd3 without weakening
Black's pawn structure} 33. Qxb4 Rxc1+ 34. Rxc1 Rxb4) 33. Rd1 $2 (33. Qxd3
Rxc1+ 34. Rxc1 exd3 35. b3 axb3 36. axb3 Rxb3 37. Rd1 $15) 33... Rc2 34. Qe1 (
34. Qxd3 exd3 35. b3 axb3 36. axb3 Rxb3 37. Ra7+ Kh6 38. Re1 {During the game,
I misevaluated the position and thought that White could get counterplay with
R1e7 so Black must play Rb2 and perpetual check.} d2 $1) 34... Qc4 (34... Qe2
35. Qxe2 Rxe2 36. b3 axb3 37. axb3 Rxb3 $19) 35. b3 axb3 36. axb3 Qxb3 (36...
Rxb3 37. Ra7+ Kh6 38. Qh4 {During the game, I thought White would be able to
get counterplay after ...Rxb3.} Qxd4+ $1 39. Rxd4 Rb1+ 40. Rd1 Rxd1+ 41. Qe1
Rxe1#) 37. Ra7+ Rb7 38. Rda1 Qb2 $2 (38... Rxa7 39. Rxa7+ Kh6 $19) 39. Rxb7+
Qxb7 40. Rb1 Rb2 41. Rc1 (41. Rxb2 Qxb2 42. Qe3 {This is probably White's best
chances of survival because it is a queen endgame. However this position is
still lost because Black is up a pawn and White's position is passive.}) 41...
Qb4 42. Qxb4 Rxb4 43. Rd1 Rb2 44. Kf1 h4 45. Kg1 Kh6 46. Kf1 g5 47. fxg5+ Kxg5
48. Kg1 f4 49. Kf1 Kf5 50. Kg1 e3 51. h3 Ke4 52. Kh2 Rd2 53. Re1 Kxd4 54. Ra1
Ke4 55. Ra4+ d4 56. Ra1 0-1

[Event "CCC Bastille Plus-Score #42"][Site "?"][Date "2019.07.14"][Round "2"][White "?"][Black "Kevin"][Result "0-1"][ECO "A58"][WhiteElo "1936"][BlackElo "1989"][PlyCount "46"][SourceVersionDate "2018.12.22"]1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 c5 4. d5 b5 5. cxb5 a6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. bxa6 Bxa6 8. g3O-O 9. Bg2 d6 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Re1 Qa5 12. Qc2 Nb6 13. e4 Nfd7 14. Bd2 Nc4 15.Bg5 Nxb2 16. Bxe7 Rfe8 17. Bxd6 Bxc3 18. Re3 Bg7 19. Bh3 Nc4 20. Bxd7 Nxe3 21.fxe3 Bxa1 22. Bxe8 Rxe8 23. Qxc5 Qxa2 0-1

Correction, this is a Closed Sicilian Crush

Accelerated Dragon breathing fire!

Another Accelerated Dragon

Punishing our opponents

I will also put my game :) :)  

Stepan Avagyan Memorial 2019 

Game 4


Hasmik Kochinyan-Sergeev Nikita

1 e4-e6 2 d4-d5 3 Bd3-Nf6 4 e5-Nd7       5 Ne2-c5 6 c3-Nc6 7 a3-Qb6 8 b4-cd        9 cd-a6 10 Be3-Be7 11 o-o o-o 12 Nf4-Rc8 13 Qh5-Nf8 14 Rd1-Ng6 15 Nc3-Bd7 16 Nce2-Bf8 17 Nh3-Ne7 18 Ng5-h6 19 Nf7-Kf7 20 Nf4-Rc8 21 Ng6-Be8 22 Qf3-Nf5 23 Bf5-ef 24 Qf5-Kg8          25 Qf8-Kh7 26 Ne7-Qe6 27 Nc8-Rc8   28 Rc1 


Punished by death! Or Checkmate, whichever you prefer :)

[Event ""]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.09.21"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Me"]
[Black "Opponent"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B00"]
[WhiteElo "1266"]
[BlackElo "1631"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[SourceDate "2018.09.21"]
[SourceVersionDate "2018.09.21"]

1. e4 b6 2. Nc3 Bb7 3. Bc4 e6 4. Qe2 Bb4 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. O-O Qf6 7. a3 Bd6 8. Rd1
Ne5 9. Nxe5 Bxe5 10. d4 Bxd4 11. Nb5 Be5 12. f4 Bd6 13. Rxd6 cxd6 14. Nxd6+ Kf8
15. e5 Qd8 16. Nxb7 Qc7 17. Nd6 Ne7 18. Qe4 Rd8 19. Bd2 Qc6 20. Qd3 g6 21. Bb5
Qd5 22. Qe2 Qd4+ 23. Be3 Qxb2 24. Qd1 Nf5 

Recently played this game. 

Tushar Kuwar 1-0 Harshal Walde, Maharashtra State U25, 2019.07.13
[Event "Maharashtra State U25"]
[Site "Jalna, Maharashtra"]
[Date "2019.07.13"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Tushar Kuwar"]
[Black "Harshal Walde"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1557"]
[BlackElo "1451"]
[ECO "A45"]
[TimeControl "90+30"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Qd2 O-O 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O-O Bg4 8. 
Qe3 d5 9. e5 Ne4 10. Nxe4 dxe4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. gxf3 exf3 13. d5 Nb4 14. Qb3 a5 
15. a3 Na6 16. Qxf3 Qd7 17. h4 h5 18. Qe3 b5 19. Bh3 Qe8 20. Rhg1 b4 21. e6 Kh7 
22. Bf5 bxa3 23. exf7 axb2+ 24. Kd2 Qb5 25. Bxg6+ Kh8 26. Rg5 Qb4+ 27. Ke2 Bf6 
28. Rxh5+ Kg7 29. Rh7+ Kxg6 30. Qd3+ 1-0

[Event "Olympiad-43"]
[Site "Batumi"]
[Date "2018.09.30"]
[Round "6.15"]
[White "Mohammad Fahad, Rahman"]
[Black "Salinas Herrera, Pablo Patricio"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B53"]
[WhiteElo "2263"]
[BlackElo "2486"]
[PlyCount "129"]
[EventDate "2018.09.24"]
[EventType "team-swiss"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[WhiteTeam "Bangladesh"]
[BlackTeam "Chile"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "BAN"]
[BlackTeamCountry "CHI"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Qe3 Nf6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. h3
O-O 9. Rd1 Qc7 10. c4 b6 11. Nc3 a6 12. b3 Ne5 13. Ba3 Ng6 14. Na4 Nd7 15. h4
Rb8 16. h5 Nge5 17. Nxe5 Nxe5 18. f4 Nc6 19. Nc3 Re8 20. Rac1 Na5 21. h6 gxh6
22. Qg3+ Kh8 23. Bh5 Rf8 24. f5 Rg8 25. Qh2 Bf8 26. Kh1 Nb7 27. Qf4 Bg7 28. f6
Bf8 29. Qe3 Rg5 30. Bf3 Nc5 31. Ne2 Bb7 32. Nf4 Nd7 33. Nh3 Rg6 34. Bh5 Rxf6
35. Rf1 Bg7 36. Bxf7 Rxf1+ 37. Rxf1 Nc5 38. Bxc5 Qxc5 39. Qxc5 dxc5 40. Bxe6
Bxe4 41. Re1 Bc2 42. Nf4 Bd4 43. Re2 Bb1 44. Bd5 Bf5 45. Be6 Bb1 46. Bd5 Rf8
47. g3 Bf5 48. Kg2 Bf6 49. Ne6 Bg4 50. Re4 Bxe6 51. Rxe6 Bd4 52. a4 Rb8 53.
Rxh6 Be3 54. Re6 Bg5 55. Kh3 Kg7 56. Kg4 Bf6 57. Rc6 Be5 58. Re6 Bf6 59. Rd6
Be7 60. Rc6 Bf6 61. Kh5 Be5 62. g4 Bf4 63. g5 a5 64. Rf6 Be5 65. Rf7+ 1-0

Very good attacking game by me.

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2019.07.26"]
[Round "?"]
[White "aleshka1990"]
[Black "FahadRahman"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C25"]
[WhiteElo "2440"]
[BlackElo "2520"]
[TimeControl "180"]
[EndTime "0:11:37 PDT"]
[Termination "FahadRahman won by resignation"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Bc5 5. Nge2 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. h3 a6 8. d3 h6
9. Kh2 Nd4 10. f4 Be6 11. f5 Bd7 12. g4 Nh7 13. Nxd4 exd4 14. Ne2 Re8 15. Qe1
Bc6 16. Qg3 d5 17. e5 Rxe5 18. Rf2 Bd6 19. Bf4 Re3 20. Bf3 Ng5 21. Nxd4 Qf6 22.
Bxd6 Qxd4 23. Bf4 Nxf3+ 24. Rxf3 Re2+ 25. Kh1 Rae8 26. Raf1 Qxb2 27. f6 g5 28.
Bxc7 d4 29. h4 Qxc2 30. hxg5 R8e3 31. g6 Rxf3 32. gxf7+ Kxf7 33. Rxf3 Re1+ 34.
Qxe1 Bxf3+ 0-1


Fun attack, sacrificing a rook!

New York International 
G90 +30
White: Djurabek Khamrakulov (2506)
Black: William Yen (1987)
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 cxd4 8. cxd4
f6 9. exf6 Nxf6 10. Nf3 Bd6 11. O-O Qc7 12. Nc3 a6 13. Bg5 O-O 14. Bh4 Nh5 15.
Re1 g6 16. a3 Qg7 17. Bc2 h6 18. Ne5 Bxe5 19. dxe5 Nxe5 20. Na4 a5 21. f3 b5
22. Nb6 Ra6 23. Bf2 Nc4 24. Nxc8 Rxc8 25. b3 Nxa3 26. Bd4 Qe7 27. Bxg6 Nf4 28.
Bd3 Qg5 29. Ra2 Rac6 30. Qd2 Rc1 31. Kf1 Rxe1+ 32. Qxe1 Rc2 33. Rxc2 Nxc2 34.
Qf2 Nxd4 35. Qxd4 Qxg2+ 36. Ke1 Qxf3 37. Bxb5 Ng2+ 38. Kd2 Qf4+ 39. Qxf4 Nxf4
40. Kc3 e5 41. Kb2 d4 42. Bc6 Kf7 43. Ka3 Ke6 44. Ka4 d3 45. Kxa5 Nd5 46. b4 e4
47. Bb5 Nc3 48. Bc4+ Kd6 49. b5 d2 50. Bb3 d1=Q 51. Bxd1 Nxd1 52. b6 Nc3 53.
Ka6 Nd5  *

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Game 60

White to move. What plan to choose? 


Either Qg3 or Ng3, if Qg3 white can play bh7, or Ng3, nf5 pressuring the g7 pawn and bringing in the queen??

Another forced mate lost :(

I put my Queen on e8 giving it to Blacks eager Rook :(  see if you can solve the mate. I did it when I looked at it without any pressure. I wanted to cry.


Many mates! 

1.Rf8 Bxf8 2. Qf7 Kh8 3.Qxf8

1. Qf7 followed by Qxf8

Brad, just solve a lots of puzzles in

Sicilian Line

Ok so I experienced something new and I went and looked at the course and maybe I missed the answer but I don’t think so.  1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nc6 3.d4? How should I respond to this? I was taking my time thinking and my opponent got impatient and wanted to abort the game. I aborted I didn’t want to give White the middle. Thanks in advance. I tried to post this under an all ready created forum question for this but it wouldn’t let me add to the questions topic.


Hey Brad! 
It's Alapin variation - The 1st section of "Crushing Sicilian" by GM Gabuzyan - 1st section.
He offered 2...Nf6, as white played 2.c3 and can't play Nc3 anymore.
So the plan is to attack the center. 

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HI sir

My name is Varun i am from rating is 2251 since last four to improve my chess aim is to become an IM till next year.what books do you recommend to many hours should i practice daily to reach my goal. 


Hey Varun! 
Welcome to our team. 
Yesterday I saw, you are quite good! :) 
Please take a seat for a 1-1 call with GM in, there we will discuss everything. 
Before that check out our page for books. 

Typing in pgn format.

Ok my question is if I was typing this how would I type time control? Would I type where it said variant? Or would I type it some other way?

[Event "FICS"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.07.30"]
[Round "?"]
[White "PROLONG"]
[Black "Spirochete”]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "-"]
[BlackElo "-"]
[Variant ""]
[PlyCount "91"]


You don't or you can put it in the game notation using text before move 

there are two ways to do this

1. you can do ctrl a for writing the text after move can do ctrl shift a for writing text before move

The Biker dude chess adventure... 20 + years in the making

 Hello my chess mood family .  I wanted to share my return to the chess tournament scene  with you all from the perspective of a 20 year plus lag in between the last one .   And what better way to do it then through Facebook and live  broadcast .   This brought together a lot of different aspects that were  not expected by me , such as more than slight case of the nerves because everyone I felt was better than I was .  And I tried to prepare using the teachings from the coach ,As to play his openings and put my learning to the test .  I wanted to thank you all for joining me on this, and that if you haven’t had a chance to looked at it, and don’t mind wasting a little bit of your time you go to my page on the Facebook and see some of the videos . it’s not long but it is after reviewing it rather silly,  my wife says that I can’t keep what’s  in my heart .  The outcome was not what I had hoped for but the experience was worth more than I expected .  Other observations would be that you just can’t prepare for everything,  the  Qc2  response in the Benko was unexpected and one of the lines that I did not review or could remember about and get into a position that I just wasn’t as comfortable .  The last game the one in which I won in round four is a perfect example of the coaches saying that when they play something that is weird or in your opinion not good that you should punish it I had the opportunity to do so and it turned out well .  I Gotta figure out how to put the games and here I will try to attach the PGN and you can go over them . probably nothing that’s worth seeing I did not play to my best . I’m going to write that off as very nervous and did not concentrate well but thank goodness the round four was better .   So  to those of you my brothers who are like me and if you’re older like myself you can get better with the coaches most valuable instruction .  It works I am a living witness to that .  I want to also add that my competition in this section of the tournament was just about everyone was at least 200- 400 ELO points rated higher than me. Wow,  talk about trial by fire OMG!  But still when I asked them how did you rate my play everyone said I played very well ... that was such a welcome surprise .  Will post the games in the next entry .   So my brothers keep the right mood and always look for the right move ! this is your brother the old biker dude after the next just event .


Thanks for sharing.. Watched a few of the clips that Avetik shared on fb. Was fun to see the enthusiasma and comraderie with your fellow chessplayers! Always hard to come back after some inactivity/chess rust. Once you start gaining more experience in the chessmood openings for sure your results will keep improving! 

Way to go Eric! I was able to watch a couple of the clips! That was great! I look forward to your upcoming events and I hope our paths cross in St Louis in Sept!

Here is the pgn.



Awesome work! 

Great Job, Mr. Ortega! 
I feel you fully lived that day, with 100%! :) 

St. Louis Premier and Amateur adventure

As I mentioned in the FB chat, this weekend I played in the St. Louis Premier and Amateur tournament (amateur section based on feedback from the community).  Overall, I would say it was an awesome experience. I had only joined this site a few days prior to the tournament so I don't actually play any of the openings recommended, but I don't have a large chess community/system to share the experience with so I thought I would post on here.  

I was rated about 1480ish and first round they had me as "unrated" so I played a 1506. I played 1.e4 and he played the Caro-Kann, and I played the two knights variation. I was able to get a large advantage in the opening, but typical for me I ended up losing some of the advantage. I got into an endgame and was able to convert, thankfully.  

Second round I played a 1715 and he played 1.e4 and I responded with my 1...c5. I wanted to practice the Najdorf, but unfortunately he played 2.c4.  The game wasn't that eventful, and it eventually dwindled down to a rook and pawn drawn endgame.  

Third round I played one of the top seeds who was rated 1930ish.  I have always been told against higher rated players you should strive for complicated/imbalanced positions, so I played the Ruy Lopez and through the course of the game I gave up two minors for a rook and two pawns. I thought I could generate some dynamic play, but in the end I lost. I am excited to learn the Scotch though! 

Fourth round I played a 1630ish who was about 12 years old (super intimidating) and he played 1.e4 and I finally got to practice my Najdorf! I really enjoyed the game, and at one point sacrificed my rook for a knight and pawn and dynamic play. I thought I had a great attack going, but eventually it ended in a draw as well. 

Fifth round I played a lower rated player around 1240 who was having a decent tournament (I think he beat a 1550ish player) and we had a decent game. I opted for a KIA set up since I didn't want to go into Sicilian theory (not really comfortable playing the open yet) and I was able to solidify my kingside and then switch to a queenside attack. I won an exchange and basically carried that to a winning endgame. 

I have a ton to learn from these games, but overall I really enjoyed the tournament experience and I am excited to play more.  Hopefully I can improve and convert some of these draws to wins! 


Hey Matt! 
Nice posts :) 
Scotch and Anti-Sicilian with Nc3 will be your strongest weapons soon :)
And GM Gabuzyan now is preparing a course for Najdorf :) 

Right Mood - Right Move! 

Way to go Matt! I look forward to seeing all your future successes! 

Yes, that’s they way to do it. Pulling for ya! The old Biker Chess dude

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