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Game 55

How do you access the position? What plan to choose?


Game 55)

A difficult one ! White is better :  weak King in g7 (statically speaking), two White Bishops are better than Black, Nd4 is a strong piece, White has an advantage in space on the Kingside... There is no direct win, but so far so good. Black can threaten the pseudo weakness on a4, but in this case, White can manage... 1.Qf4 to defend a4 tactically, to penetrate on h6 if Black's Rook is moving, and preparing Rook lift Re3-Rf3... 1...Qe8 2.Re3 Na4? 3.Ba4 Ba4 4.Ra4 Qa4 5.Ne6 +-. Obviously, Black will not fall into this trap, but the pressure on f7 will bother him. If Black is waiting, maybe White can imagine to play b4-b5-Kf1-Ke2-Rg1-g4

Game54 Torre Attack

Position 1 - How to start the attack?
Position 2- How to crush black's position? 


Game 54)

1. It seems Black had castled too early again. It's possible to start with 1.h4 as Tigran Peterosian did   against Liublinsky. This move allows to open h-file attacking h7, and the rook lift Rh3-g3 if necessary... 1.h4 helps Nd2 to come to g5. 

2. 1.Nh7 is crushing 1...Kh7 2.hg6 fg6 3.Ng6 Bg6 4.Rg6 Kh8 5.Be5 threatening 6.Qh5... 1...Nh7 2.hg6 fg6 3.Ng6 Bg6 4.Rg6 Kh8 (4...Kf7 5.Qh5) 5.Be5 (5.Qh5 Rf4 6.Re6 Rh4) ...Bf6 (5...Nf6 6.Qh5 mate) (5...Rf6 6.Rh6 xh7) 6.Rf6 Rf6 (6...Nf6 7.Qh5 Kg8 8.Qg6 Kh8 9.Qh7 mate) 7.Qh5 with the ideas 8.Qh7 and 8.Bf6 +-

Next Games...

Next games... May we please use lichess next time. I have nothing but trouble with my challenge requests never go through. It drops my connection when they do. I never even see the resign option. I really don’t understand the site it’s so screwy.


It never allows me to follow current games being played to observe as well.

Sure, Brad! No problem 

Rossolimo 4. 0-0

Great video series on the Rossolimo against 4. Bc6. What do you recommend if white plays 4. 0-0 instead? 

IM Christof Sielecki in his book Keep it simple 1.e4 recommended 4. 0-0 and after 4...Bg7 he recommends 5. Re1. 

I have been getting this variation over the board much more frequently than 4. Bc6 against 1900+ players and I am not sure what to do with black.


hi john can you say which move you are saying after 1.e4 c5 2.nf3 nc6 3.bb5

Hi John, I will add soon it in the course. We will play with Nf6. 

1-1 Blitz Games with GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes

Hey Champions! 
We have good news for you!

Tomorrow, on July 24, you can play 1-1 blitz games with GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes!
If you want to participate in this event, in the comment section, please write your nickname of and your preferred time control (5+0, 3+0 or 3+2).

First come,  first served :) Who comments the 1st - he plays the 1st game :)  


Jayzorac - 5+0

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What time will this take place? I don't want to sign up if I'll be working  :) 

Superren 5+0 username: caterpillargang

preference: 3+2

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London System

What do you recommend against the London? 

In a recent game, my opponent played 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 and as Black I got a bad position out of the opening. What do you recommend here?


I will add soon it at d4 sidelines! is an earlier post on this topic.

I play the King's Indian a lot and when I face the Accelerated London move order my prefered lines are as follows: 

 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 [Also interesting is 2...c5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 e5! Exploiting the Bishop placement on f4 and leading to a very reliable game for Black.] 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.h4!? [The most challenging option and the one recommended most by authors] 0-0 [Also possible is 5...h5!? 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Be2 c5 with good counterplay] 6.h5 c5! 7.hxg6 hxg6 Black is fine in the coming complications.

The London system has become incredibly popular at all levels and many acceptable ways have been found for Black to meet it, however, for King's Indian, Benko and Benoni fans the above lines seem the most appealing in my humble opinion. You can see this post all trending lines are covered here. 

The variation you are talking about is tricky.  I will recommend setup with d5 and c5 with a kingside fianchetto.  although it is a double edge, black gets good play in this line. As I play London most of the times, I think it is a good line for black. Note:- I suggest this setup because you prefer KID setup. 

Learning new Tricks with the Benko

Out of my Comfort Zone with the Benko. Showing ya this old Biker is learning new tricks!


Biker dude is amazing!!! :) 

Previous streams ...

I love your streams, especially the previous ones also. But it seems that isn't easy to view it, so please could you provide an own category/list or something else to view it in a much easier way.

Thanks a lot.

Best regards from the sunny Berlin



Hi Martin! 
Thanks for your nice words!
Can you clarify please, what you mean "it's not easy to view it"? 
Do you mean, it's not easy to find an event from page ?  

Game 53 IronMan

This game is played by Tigran Petrosian aka Iron Tigran :) 
1 - White to move (not easy question)
2-  How to win? :) (this is very nice) 


Game 53)

1. 1.h4 with the idea Nf3-Ng5-Qh5 is the classical plan to attack the Black King and take advantage of the space in the Kingside. g4 to open the diagonal for the White Bd3 and the g-line are additional ideas. 1.h4 is a move to attack, and it's a prophylactic one, to take care of the Bishop of dark squares and the pawn on e5 too.

2. 1.Rh8 Kg7 (1...Bh8 2.Qh7 mate) 2.Qh6 Kf6 3.g7 Ke7 4.gf8=Q 1-0

Game55 "Take off opponent's counter chances"

How to continue for white?
Find a plan 


Daily games

Hey Champions! 
In order to keep everything compact, I will post all questions about upcoming games here.   


The first position is very similar to game 9 :)
What to do?

2nd position- What's the plan for winning the game?  

Again good job Mr. Pascual! 

Game 11 !:) 
White to move. 

Mr. Pascual will find the right move. 
Who can else? :) 

Yesterday we saw how Rubinstein won against Schlechter so easily.
Today we'll see a nice game by Schlechter. 

What to do for black?

Mr. Pascual if you solve the 1st one again, it will be absolutely amazing))) 

Game 13 :) 
White to move in both positions. 

Game 14 :) 
How to create another weakness? 

Game 15. 
A very interesting topic- the dilemma of two open lines. 
Which line is more important? 
C or E? Why? 

Game 16 - Karpov's game! 
1st position- what plan to choose?
2nd - What is more important? C line or 7th Rank? 

Game 17, again Karpov!
White to move. 

Game 18 - Benko style.
In both positions black to move! 

Game 19.
Punishing Opponents mistakes in the opening! 
In all positions black to move! 

Game 20 
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4? 
How to punish? (2 weeks ago someone played it against me, do you remember how to punish?)

Game 21.
The classic game Lasker-Capablanca 

1. What do you think about f4 move in the 1st position?
2. What plan to choose?
3. How to crush it? 

Game 22 
1. How do you evaluate the position?
2. Black wants to play e5. What to do?
3. How to crush the position? 

1. White to move
2. Black to move. What to do?
3. What plan to choose to crush Black's position?  

Game 24
What do you think about this pawn endgame? 

Game 24 and 25 

These 2 games are about the same structure, so I post the questions together. 

1st- White wants to play Ng3 and e4. Can Black prevent it? 
2nd - Famous position that you could see in different books. If you haven't seen it yet - try to find the crushing attack! 
3rd - Can white play e4?
4rd - Black to move 
5th - How to manage to play e4? 
6th - Black to move 
7th - White wants to play Rfe1 and e4. What to do? 

Game 27
The opening part white played very badly. 
How to punish him? 

Game 28 
1. Black to move
2. Find the crushing combination
3. Homework - White to move

Game 29 
We have very strong bishops on c3 and d3. 
How to continue? 

Game 30 
What plan to choose for Black and for White? 

1st Black to move. Nd4 or d6? Why? 
2nd Black to move. a.Qe7 b.Qc7 c.Rd7 Which one?
3rd Black to move, what to do win this unpleasant pin? 

Game 33
Everywhere white to move 

Game 34 
White to move in both position. How to use d5 weak square  

How to continue for white? 

Game 36 
1. White to move
2. White to move
3. Nd5 or h4? 
4. How to continue the attack? 

Game 37 
1. What is white's threat and what to do? 
2 and 3 What plan to choose. 
4. Black to move 

Game38 Kings Indian Attack! 
In all positions black to move! 

Love to Kings Indian starts from here :) 

Game 47 
1 - Black to move
2 - How to access the position? What plan should choose both sides? 

Game 48
What plan to choose for black? 

Game 49 
White to Move. To take on e6 or not? 

Game 50 
White to move. 
Should we keep the rooks? Or we should change the rooks? 
Should we try to keep all of them? Just 1 pair? 
What are your thoughts? 
White to move. 


Game 51 
1 - What plan to choose for Black?
2 - What plan to choose for White? 

How to get 2000 Rating

Hey Champions!
What do you think, what skills every chess player needs to have to get 2000 Level?

If you are 2000 above, what advice would you give? 


i am 1966 and I think good opening preparation and good tactics is important. analysing classical game should not be missed . this is what I think waiting for suggestions

I remember when I was young (20) in 1977, (two years in chess around 1800) A friend (2100) told me " study these books, and you will be 2000". I have studied these 2 books by Alexander Kotov and Alexander Koblents : in french "l'école des échecs" meaning the school of chess. It's all about combinations. there are lessons and exercises...You have just to do what the authors ask for ! But Warning ! it's not an easy task, sometimes they ask you to solve a problem blindly... At the end of one year studying (I had also a work), I was 2050.

I am just 1465 but I have my own suggestions correct me if I write something wrong.



First of all I think tactics are very important in order to visualise positions well. I prefer these books.

!, Chess tactics for champions by Susen Polgar. This books covers normally all the basic tactical ideas for example fork, skewer etc.

2. The complete chess workout by Richard Palisher. After you understand the basics of all tactical pattern you can now move to the next level of solving some more difficult puzzles. So this book will help you.

The method which i use in solving puzzles is notbook method and recently I found that it's also written in Woodpeeker method. I use notebook to write all the moves and variations of all the puzzles which i solved and with time. For example I solved one book in 40 hours then I took break from that book and then I try to solve it again after few months and then i apply the same idea. This time I am sure your time of solving same puzzles will reduce too and also your pattern recognition will improve too.

Positional chess:

I frankly never studied any book on positional chess. I only did studied the chapter one from this book. It''s useful in case of pawn structures.

  In Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide he presents 140 examples, including full games and fragments, classified by pawn structure in an attempt to guide the reader to learning how these specific positions should be conducted.

Attacking Chess.:

I like kasparov's predisors. I only did 1 volume 3rd one of it 2 years ago and I got my rating 2100 in just 10 days from 1700 on

My 60 memorable games is also one of my fav. book.


I know GM sir recommended the Devoretsky's Endgame Manual. Which is best in case of endgame manual  but I also like Silman's endgame manual and he teaches basics of endgames in cool and simple way and it will be easier for a player of below 1500 to understand his points.


I frankly do not like to memorize opening variations. My point is very simple is case of opening play. Choose attacking lines against positional players and choose positional lines against attacking players. For example we all knows that players who play sicilians love to attack. So according to my point choose positional lines against c5 so I love to play alapin. I have 5 dvds on alapin which covers all the lines with nice ideas. So i always turns Sicilian players into positional play. I know some may argue that alapin is so drawish but if you do not know anything by heart then do not make such conclusions. Alapin is yeah drawish if black is also well prepared but if your opponent do not know key moves and key positions he will fall into dangerous positional attacks and will lose the game in the early stage. For more information try to look online the games of evgeny svechnikov in order to see the power of Alapin.

So my approach-

Positional player --- play attacking opening.

Attacking player ---- play positional lines.

How to prepare openings: 

I think if you want to prepare any openings then there are few points you have to consider which I am writing in the bottom.

1. Classics of that openings. Find classic players who played that opening with success.

2. Key squares:

Every openings have some key squares which you must have to know in order to play the middle game well. So try to understand them. For example in case of advance french we alll know that d4 square in so important for white to defend and if he wont be able to defend it he will mostly lose. Another example is about the e5 square in Caro kann exchange. E5 square control is key for white in caro kann  exchange lines. Sometimes white place his pawn on e5 then he hopes for attack in kingside and on the other hand black hopes for counter play in the queen side by minority attack.

3. Important middle game positions:

You also have to know some middle game key positions which often arise in your opening so it will save your time in tournament play and you will be able to make plans faster too.

4. Important endgame positions and exchanges schemes:

I think I studied in past some ruy lopez positions in which I saw that sometimes wrong trades lead to defect in endgames. So I think it's useful for us to know which kind of trades favour us in endgame and which are bad.

Dedication and consistency:

I think it's most important factor which we have to apply by heart. It's useful to study 20 mins and day instead of 6 hr on weekend. So improve your consistency too. For me my dedication level is extreme. I love to study chess even though mostly I fail but fail itself says 'first attempt in learning' . So never feel down even if you fail in something. Keep the above quote of fail in mind and improve your dedication power.

Correct me if my thinking about improvement is wrong and sorry for my English.

how to improve your rating from 1000 to 1800 with a coach

from 1000-1400 solve tactics most of the time , do yusupov build up your series 1,2,3 , silman endgame book

from 1400-1800 solve much harder tactics , solve studies do yusupov boost up your series 1,2,3 take any old classical book according to your style 


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what do you mean? with coach or with out coach?

i am sorry to say that the book reading order which you have suggested is wrong.

there are 9book series of artur Yusupov

build up your chess-vol 1,2,&3

boost your chess-vol 1,2&3

chess evolution-vol 1,2&3

the reading order is

1000-1400 1st volume of all the 3 books( Orange colour book cover is there for all the three books )

1400-1800 2nd volume of all the 3 books (Blue colour book cover is there for all the three books)

1800-2200 3rd volume of the 3 books (Green colour book cover is there for all the three books)

Daily Game 50 "Winning Fast"

Hey Champions!
This game I'll comment tomorrow, changing a places with a game 50. 
Here are the questions.
1. Where to develop the light square bishop?
a. e2 b. d3 c. b5 

2. I know that from this position you can guess, that Bb5, but maybe in the game was a wrong move :) :) 
Question - How to continue? White to move.

3. White to move. What about Ng7?  

Feel free to share your thoughts :) 


Game 50/

1) I Like 1.Bb5 because it threatens 2.Bc6 and if 1...Bb7, our Bishop can return to the b1/h7 diagonal via a4-c2, it's not possible for Black to play a plan like ...Re8-...Nf8-...g6 and ...Bf5 to exchange the Bishop c8 who is always a problem in QGD. After 1.Bb5 ...Re8 is more than dubious too ! 1.Bd3 can interfere on the d-line : the Queen doesn't attack on d5 and Black can play ...c5. 1.Be2 is too passive and doesn't bother Black development...

2) 1.Bd7! Nd7 (1...Qd7 2.dc5 bc5 (2...Bc5 3.Bf6) 3.Bf6 Bf6 4.Ne4 and c5 is lost) 2.Be7 Qe7 3.dc5 Qc5 (...bc5 4.Nd5) 4.Nd4 gives a good version of isolated pawn for White. We have exchanged pieces and the Bb7 is weak.

3) 1.Ng7 d4! (1...Kg7 2.Qg4 Kh8 3.Qd7) a) 2.Qd4 Qd4 3.ed4 Kg7 -+ b) 2.ed4 Qg5 xg2 xg7 -+ c1) 2.Ne4 Qc1 3.Qc1 Rc1 4.Rc1 de4 5.Rc7 Rc8-+  c2) 2.Ne4 Qc1 3.Qd4 Qc4 -+ c3) 1.Ne4 Qc1 2.Qg4 de4 -+ d) 2.Qg4 dc3 3.Rc3 Qd5 -+ 

Chess players who didn't manage to become World Champion

ChessMood Family, what do you think who were the players who played very strong chess in their time, but failed to become a World Champion and why?
For example, Morphy, Rubinstein, Keres, Leko...  


Avetik Grigroyan, because he turned to coaching. haha jokes... Yes I think the names many mention are Keres, Korchnoi, and Rubinstein. Bronstein and Leko were on the cusp... very close in their matches. As to why, I am not knowledgeable enough to say whether it was something in their chess, mentality, circumstances etc. Interestingly, it seems Geller has a plus score against many of the world champions individually.. but of course this is different than going through the world champ cycle and matches.

The first player that comes to mind is Korchnoi. Soon after that are the ones you mentioned: Keres and Rubinstein. I think we can add Pillsbury to this list as well.

Stop Blunders!

Hey ChessMood Family!
We have talked about blunders, concentration and Right Mood a lot.

What do you think, what are the reasons that most of the blunders happen and what you should do to make them less.


I think mainly due to concentration and not keeping right mood (either getting too excited and losing objectivity or feeling down about turn of events etc). Also forgetting to check opponent's ideas.

I think this is the biggest problem in my game currently. I have done many things to try to get myself to stop blundering, but it keeps coming back in my games.

As a recognized weakness in my game I have started to really look into ways to fix this. When I asked you, you said as I play more I will recognize better when my pieces are hanging. This is true to an extent, but I am still having long streaks of games with blatant hanging of pieces. I also noticed I blunder more when I am playing too fast. I plan my move on my opponents time, and instead of asking myself why he made his move, I instantly make my reply. I have been working the last week on reminding myself to slow down and look first. 

I was talking to GM Lenderman last week about it as well. After a few minutes of him asking me questions, we figured out I get lazy with my calculations. I dont check for my opponents best reply in all the lines. I will see the move I chose works in a couple lines and I stop looking at the possibilities my opponent has. GM Lenderman said to help fix it, "You need to work as hard for your opponents ideas as you do your own." This really struck me hard and had an impact on me. So now at the chess board I keep reminding myself to not be lazy at the chess board.

So to sum up, to combat my blunders, I am slowing down and reminding myself to ask myself what my opponent is doing with his move and reminding myself to not be lazy at the chess board. If you have any other suggestions to help me not throw away games in one move, I am open to your feedback!

Thanks Coach!

KID Nbd7

I've been struggling lately with the kings indian Nbd7 line. After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 0-0 5. Be2 d6 6. Nf3 e5 7. 0-0 Nbd7 here is the critical point where i am searching for a plan for white. If u have a suggestion Avetik or someone who plays d4 let me know. Tx guys have a great day!


Jony, Re1 with Bf1 is strong. 

Accelerated Dragon

Hello Coach and Chessmood family, I find it very difficult to utilise my light square  bishop in accelerated Dragon line. I develop my pieces including tv concept so my g7 bishop is active, shuffle my my pieces around so they are doing a job, but my light square bishop isnt doing much. Its either on c8 or blocked by a knight. How can I make use of my light square bishop? Thank you.


Hi Robert ,

The Accelerated Dragon is primarily a Dark Squared Opening, the  light squared Bishop usually plays a lesser more defensive role such as controlling d5 and often preparing to exchange itself there for a Knight.  That it is often desirable to exchange the light squared Bishop in the Maroczy Bind structure, is one of the strategic secrets of the opening that even strong computer engines many times fail to grasp. Now you  can use this knowledge to your advantage.

Good luck.

won two tournament

hi I won two tournaments of rapid and blitz with a score in both 7.5  thanks for the support by chess mood team


Super! Congratulations, young bro! 

Tournament in italy, looking for 2600+ GMs

We're still looking for 2600+ GM for the upcoming event in northern italy, for infos about conditions you can contact me directly on facebook ( Nicolò Pasini, i'm in the chessmood and chessmood pro group as well). I'll post the flyer here!


I nominate GM Igors Rausis!? 

LOL :)

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