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Notation Memorization Help.

I find myself lost and cutting squares often when trying to follow notation and record my own games.

does anyone have any suggestions to help speed up my “Notation Location” knowledge?


Save, record your chess moves notation to PGN files. We can organize this easy next. 

Thanks. has a feature about that.You can use it.

Next world champion

Who do you think will be the next world chess champion? 

In my opinion, Magnus will stay in his place for a long time, but if he loses as a proud Armenian, I hope he loses to Levon Aronian :)


I want it to be Levon. I don't like Caruana. I like Levon from 2017 when he started making h4 as trend at top level. Super ideas with h4. I also remembered how creative he played in the year 2017. So I miss his form and I wish he will come back soon like he was in past.

Take a look at this game. I was watching live this game but yeah if I check the commentary now then I understand more ideas in depth but that time it was so amazing to learn from this game.,thought%20his%20moves%20were%20blunders.

It’s early to talk about that :D 

Alireza Firouzja

Magnus will stay in his place for a long time, and will loose to Alireza eventually. 

How do you like it ? 2 Games with CHESSMOOD OPENINGS

Hey Champs! How are you doing today?

I was playing knockout system rapid tournament yesterday and managed to win 2 very exciting games in our CHESSMOOD openings against 2550 GM! 

Here are the links: 

You are welcome to leave your thoughts and share comments guys!


In the Benko, you explained all the ideas of b4 setup! :) 

@GM_Hovhannes_Gabuzyan, in your words, how can you explain WHY did you exchange the queens in the Scotch game? 21.Qb5 

It seems a very instructive moment. 

Dear friends,
I've recorded and added the Benko game in our courses.

Check it out, if you're a PRO Member here:​​ 

Anti-Benoni/Benko (Kasparov's Gambit) vs Maroczy for Black

Hi GM Avetik, GM Gabuzyan, and Chessmood friends,

Some White players avoid Benoni/Benko with Cf3: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 Nf3

We can reach the same position via 1.c4, 1.d4 or 1.Cf3. 


A) Which of the following systems is better for Black? and Why? :

1- Anti-Benoni/Benko Gambit with 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 Nf3 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d5 6.cxd5 Bc5

2- Maroczy

The first line (Kasparov's Gambit) is very dynamic, and sharper than Maroczy. I am wondering why we go for Maroczy in Chessmood's Black repertoire? Is there any problem with Kasparov's Gambit?  If yes, what is it? What is the main reason we accept passive Maroczy over dynamic Kasparov's Gambit as Black?

B) If I play as White against Anti-Benoni/Benko (Kasparov's Gambit), what would be the best plan for me to get the most out of opening? 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 Nf3 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d5 6.cxd5 Bc5,  what would be the best continuation for Whit? : 






Thank you


Kourosh, the gambit is very complicated and with correct play White gets advantage in a few ways. 
Why don't you keep with Maroczy. 
About 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 we'll upload a course this month. 

I would say, cause it is easier, as you also play maroczy vs 1.e4

The Kasparov Gambit seems more or less sound, if you like dynamic play, go for it, no one will know how to handle it

Study Partner!

  • . I am currently working on 3 classics book with 2 training partner and I am glad they are super serious about learning and improving their skills to the next level and everyday they are thirsty to learn something new and grasp new ideas. I want to work on books which I shared in the bottom of  For improving positional skills and Endgame If you have burning desire and are serious about learning something new from classics analysis then don't miss to join my study training. But I hate excuses, yeah if they are genuine then it's ok. I don't wanna lazy partner. Only serious and strong players can contact me. The reason behind joining strong player so that I can also learn from them. Another thing is that I just started working on analysis of classics so I need supportive partner who can help me to see the lines well.

    About me:

    I am Abhishek Yadav. I am an Indian. I have 1465 FIDE rating and online is around 2100 on lichess new account and old account had 2180. I have burning desire to learn something that's why I am here to learn from Chessmood Family. Hope to see you soon!

    Right now I am working on:

    1) Morphy Move by Move book with Devansh

    2) Petrosian Move by Move with Devansh.

    3) Capablanca’s Best Chess Endings” by Irving Chernev  with Jay Garrison

    For improving positional skills and Endgame

Rubinstein’s Chess Masterpieces: 100 Selected Games” by Hans Kmoch

Grandmaster Chess Strategy: What Amateurs Can Learn from Ulf Andersson’s Positional Masterpieces”by Jurgen Kaufeld and Guido Kern

Anatoly Karpov’s Best Games by Anatoly Karpov


Benko Gambit Main Line

Where I made mistake? I could not figure it out.I think I almost played opening correctly and even the plans. Can anyone help me out?


I didn’t look at the whole game but 39 . . . c4 looks like you just blundered the pawn.  Maybe Rc8 first and then c4.  Rooks belong behind passed pawns! :-)

I think 16.... not Ne5 because the knight very important for black maybe 16... c4 idea Nc5 andthen black have idea to play Nd3

I agree with Sengon. c4 Nc5 looks good! 
Mainly in Benko's position, if after c4 White can't play Nd4 with Nc6, c4 with idea Nc5 becomes strong. 

Later in the endgame, starting from move 22, the typical move is f5!  - weakening the d5 pawn or e4. 

Caruana joined ChessMood

Yesterday Caruana played 5.g4! - Pasini variation - a very rare one, which we recently added in the Modern Pirc course. 

He did all the ideas in the game, shown in the course... 

Now I'm thinking, is he a secret PRO Member of ChessMood? :) Are any of his coaches secret ChessMood PRO Members? :) 

Or is it just a coincidence?  
What do you think? :) 


I think it's possible he could be a member, or more likely one of his seconds. Whatever the truth is one thing is for certain, Caruana's adoption of our g4 plan confirms how powerful the variation is, as even by elite standards  Caruana is considered a monster theoretician.

Very cool indeed.

Partner to play Scotch

Good Morning

I just learned Scotch repertoire and look for a training partner.

I am 1500 FIDE, about 1800 Lichess Classic, living in Uruguay (UTC-3).

If somebody is interesed, let me know.

Best Regards


keep COGRO !!!


abhi_mary_1997 lichess 


add me for better conversation and training 

Hey i just learnt scotch also

Buffyslayer_openings on lichess. Add me to practice training 

Crazy KID

As you know guys I am working on KID pawn formations so today my training partner Devansh Shah showed me this game for fun and I was like what? Super complex KID.


sicilian najdorf tips

any tips for black in sicilian najdorf?


e3 Benko question. (5. ...e6 seems to have some problems)

I really wanted to try 5. ...e6 against the e3 Benko line but I ran into some issues due to the same e4 ideas as the ones Avetik presented in the Blumenfeld countergambit comparison. Could you please take a look at the pgn below and let me know what you think?

[Event "Black opening prep: Chapter 1"]

[Site ""]

[Result "*"]

[UTCDate "2020.09.15"]

[UTCTime "20:36:33"]

[Variant "Standard"]

[ECO "A57"]

[Opening "Benko Gambit Accepted, Modern Variation"]

[Annotator ""]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. e3 e6 6. dxe6 fxe6 7. Nc3 (7. Nf3 d5 8. Nc3 Bd6 { What Avetik played in his blitz game. } 9. Be2 { was the move played in the blitz game that Avetik played but } (9. e4 { is far more challenging. So 8. ...Bd6 is likely to be wrong. } 9... dxe4 10. Ng5 O-O 11. Be3 $16 { [%cal Gf1c4] }) 9... O-O 10. O-O Bb7 11. bxa6 (11. a4 { Bhakti, Kulkarni - Holm, Kristian Stuvik, 1-0, Budapest FS05 IM, 2011, } 11... axb5 12. Nxb5 { and white is more than comfortable here. } { [%csl Gd6] } 12... Be7 13. b3 { [%cal Gc1b2] }) 11... Nxa6 { Kazakovskiy, Valeriy - Kovalev, Vl, 0-1, 84th ch-BLR 2018, } { This was also how Avetik's game went. }) 7... d5 8. Nf3 *


Hey Vishnu! 
Good question. This problem was posted by our PRO Member Nicolo. 
As we said earlier in the posts, now we're re-recording the Benko Gambit course. 

Beginner French questions


I am a low intermediate player, not sure my otb rating at this point tend to be around 1500 online. 

I like playing the French defense, but I frequently get opponents that play slightly unusual or inaccurate move orders. 

The one if face most often is 1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 which usually goes into exchange French 

and another is 1. e4 e6 2. e5 which usually transposes into advance variation. I was wondering if there is anything to do against these weird move orders to spice things up a bit. 

I get tired of playing the exchange so I could transpose into a Sicilian in the first example but don’t play that opening, so I’m not sure what variation that would be called. 



If you want to play the French and play for a win, you need to deal with the Exchange Variation.  After all, white can play it on  move 3 no matter what.  

Play over the Winter-Alekhine (Game 8) in the classical games section and study it very carefully.  Then play it over again.  It’s an excellent but subtle template for how to beat the exchange variation.  Good luck, comrade.

Yeah, i see that the exchange variation is drawish.But if our opponent wants a draw, they will  fight for a draw so they won't play aggressive move.If you want to win, there are some rules

-Castle in the opposite side of the white king

-Try to exchange their light square bishop via f5

-Play f6 to cover e5, then follow with g5,h5 and a pawn storm

I would buy giris french course, it is super sound and covers more or less everything

How to practice CHESS STRATEGY?

How to practice CHESS STRATEGY in best way?

Thank's a lot.


Daily Puzzle link in page footer

The daily puzzle links to an old puzzle -

It'd be great if you'd fix it so I could get my daily fix with just one click!  By the way, I finally solved one today.



will all the courses which are only for PRO would be eligible to be bought by Moodcoins in the Near future?


Yes, it is! 

Can We Buy Membership With Mood Coins


how to play against caro cann

how to play against caro cann defense ? 


There is a course for white against the Caro kann with exchange variation

It's a very reliable and practical way to gain the upper hand

Yes @Devansh_Shah is right. But I also suggest that after watching the course then try to work on Carlsbad pawn formation. White gets better Carlsbad in this Caro Kann Exchange Variation.  So I strongly suggest to learn Carlsbad ideas if you wanna master caro exchange ideas in depth!!!

If you are a pro member tou can access the course or if not I suggest you to buy it with moodcoins. I have completed the course and now I am playing 2 result games against the Carro Kan.

I definitely recommend the Advance Variation with Shirov’s g4! I believe it is perfect for dynamic and modern chess player.If you wanted to learn this variation, I will give you some tips and typical ideas, but it is a bit long to write everything here.You can email me at or message me in account is banhgiahuy2606.Skype is possible with that email, too

Tactics from day 2 of FIDE olympiad 2020

Yesterday I have posted tactics from day 1 olympiad.

Here you will get tactics from day 2 of fide olympiad -

if you haven't checked day 1 yet -



Today 11/8/2020 Puzzle

after 1.Bf5 h1Q 2.c8R+ Bc8 3.Be4+ Qe4 Stalemate or after Bb7 Bh8 and then wrong side rook passed pawn so it should be a draw but after 2.c8R the position shows wrong to me but in the 2nd time after 2.c8Q it shows me correct,but both are drawing.


I totally agree!!!

Where are my Moodcoins!!!

Haha :))) 
Are you serious guys? :) 
You want us to spend time on development, so you don't trick the system, or we concentrate on producing more courses. 
We created this puzzles to help you to keep your head fresh, and not try to find bugs in the system. 
I hope this was just a joke))) 

Idea: Events on Weekends

Hey there :) 

Was wondering if events on weekends is something that could happen in the future?

The reason behind it: I have a full time job and can't join the events live on weekdays because I am usually at home around 6-7pm (events start at 5pm my time). Maybe other chessmood pro members have the same problem.

All the best!


Hi, welcome to Chessmood, you can still watch the recordings of all the pro members events. If you have any questions about any position which you cant understand during you see recordings then let us know. Thanks

Hi Jonas! 
For sure. 
As much our ChessMood Family grows, we'll be able to reinvest in ChessMood more, hiring more GMs and to add more events. 

Starter course: Winning with white - pgn file?

Would it be possible to add a supporting pgn file to the this course?


Hey Petter. 
We'll add after we finish the start course, which is still under construction. 

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