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Let the giants fall!

I am winning games against much higher rated players! This is my best on so far! Will we get a course to fight the Scandinavian defense soon?



I checked your game.Your opponent blundered few times,in scandinavian defence I prefer to play with c4 and Nc3(in general)instead of c3 Nbd2.Hope soon we will have scandinavian defence video course.

Best Regards GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan!

How to Crush the Polish Opening

Have an upcoming game against player who always plays 1.Nf3, any 2. b4. I have my own ideas, of course, but am curious what others think. One idea I have is to play 1. Nf3, c5 taking away a free 2. b4.  Yes, 2.b4 can still be played, but I think challenging a confirmed Polish in such a manner might be disconcerting for him. 

Other ideas?


If your opponent wants to play the Polish, you should not be looking for ways to avoid it but rather welcome it.

1.b4 is well met with 1...e5 or 1...d5, while 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b4 is still well met by 2...e5!. Remember that Flank Attacks or Flank Openings, all things being equal, are best countered by taking the center, that's strategy 101. Check your Database or an Online Database for games played by strong Black players in the above lines to get a flavor for how play develops, you will see that Black often wins with mating attacks.

Scotch Game

Here is a game against a strong opponent on This game shows how quickly black can go wrong in this opening. This was a daily game with a 3 day/move time limit. I hope it will open in this format. Enjoy the game


A very nice game Jeff! 
A typical crush with Scotch! 
Did you learn Scotch game here or you played it before joining our PRO team? 

Our Goals

Dear Friends, dear Pro Members! 
Let's put some certain goals and keep track on them!  

On what level you are now? How much is your rating, what is the next goal? 


I am a coach, and all my goals are related to my students.
But I also put a personal goal, so we all grow together motivating each other, and I hope on my personal experience to motivate you :) 

Now my online rating in is around 2700. 
My next goal is to get 2800. 

I know it's gonna be tough, on that lever are playing Grandmasters who work on themselves every day!
I am retired, and I am a coach, but I'll do that! 
I believe in the Right Mindset, Right Mood, and the power of our Openings! 

Till the end of the year, I'll try to get 2900.
The next goal is 2800. 

Right Mood - Right Move! 

My rating over the board is around 1200-1300. I'd like to reach 1600 within the next 12-18 months then hopefully one day, I can reach 1800-2000 :)

Rossolimo 17.Bh4

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2019.05.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rossolimo 4.Bxc6"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B31"]
[Annotator "klhoc"]
[PlyCount "35"]
[SourceVersionDate "2018.12.23"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. h3 {Most flexible move.
Prevents ...Bg4} Nf6 7. Nc3 Nd7 8. Be3 e5 9. Qd2 h6 10. O-O b6 11. Nh2 Nf8 12.
f4 exf4 13. Bxf4 Ne6 14. Bg3 Qg5 15. Qe1 Nd4 16. Qf2 O-O 17. Bh4 Qe5 18. Rae1 *
You forgot to mention why 17.Bh4 for White. Thanks!


Hey Kevin! 
Sorry, will add the 2nd difference. 
And thank you!:)

Kevin, the 2nd difference is updated! 

How should you study and play?

Is it better to study a little and play in the same day? Or is it better to study say 3 days and on the 4th play a lot of games?


Not sure it really matters as long as you get work done. I heard its better to study 2 hours a day for a week. Rather than 14 hours one day and no hours for the rest of the week.

First and formost I think it is important to be enjoying what you are doing. If you have been studying for an hour and you are no longer enjoying it, you are less likely to retain what you are learning. 

That being said, I think you should be doing a mix of each every day. When you are playing well, play more and study second. When you feel you are not playing well, play a few games and study more. 

Keep in mind there are tons of ways to be studying too. So if doing puzzles is making your brain hurt today, go play through a few master games. You can also study your openings, or endings, or watch your favorite player stream. 

Enjoy the process, and the learning wont be work. And play along the way! 

I hope this helps

English, Reti and Pirc help!!!!

Hello ChessMood family,

       a 2000 rated player coming to my Chess club to play against me tomorrow. I need some opening preparation against Reti Opening, English Opening and the Pirc Defense for black. Any help would be great. I think he is too strong for me, but I want to give him as much headache as possible. Hope you guys can help. Thanks!!!! Here are his games, his name is Jeroen Wismeijer.


I would like to suggest the Symmetrical English 1...c5 against both The English and the Reti but that depends on whether you have the Sicilian in your Rep, if not it's not to late to view the Accelerated Dragon courses offered  here.

Hey Bobby! 
1 day is absolutely not enough for learning 1 new opening, especially 3! :) 
If it is some exact line, exact move in some position- it's cool to prepare.
But to learn a whole opening from 0- no. It will be even worse bro, you will mess it up everything. 

Better just go to the game with fresh head. 

Whoo Hoo!

[Event "Rated Classical game"]
[Site Lichess
[Date "2019.05.16"]
[Round "-"]
[White "aghalarov1"]
[Black "Spirochete"]
[Result "0-1"]
[UTCDate "2019.05.16"]
[UTCTime "05:36:40"]
[WhiteElo "1757"]
[BlackElo "1351"]
[WhiteRatingDiff "-35"]
[BlackRatingDiff "+31"]
[Variant "Standard"]
[TimeControl "1200+15"]
[ECO "B20"]
[Opening "Sicilian Defense: Bowdler Attack"]
[Termination "Normal"]
[Annotator ""]
1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 { B20 Sicilian Defense: Bowdler Attack } Nc6 3. Nf3 d6 4. Ng5 Be6 5. Bxe6 fxe6 6. Qf3 Nf6 7.
d3 Qc7 8. c3 O-O-O 9. b3 Ne5 10. Qe3 d5 11. d4 cxd4 12. Qxd4 dxe4 13. Qa4 Nd3+ 14. Kd1 Nb2+ 15. Kc2 Nxa4
16. bxa4 { White resigns. } 0-1
Computer analysis
Move times


Feedback and ideas about forum

Dear PRO Members! Welcome to our Forum! Our technical team worked a lot on this to make it very comfortable for you! 
Any feedback, ideas on how to make our forum better - WELCOMED! :) 
Feel free to share your ideas below this post :) 


I like the options lichess have under tools section . You can upload a pgn and then analyze . it will be easy if our forum have similar options . If we upload a pgn and then view it here in browser with the annotations and input from GM's it will be great . So I should be able to create a question 2 ways 

  1. I have my own pgn file ( annotated or just game ) , then I upload it here and ask question , lets say I will specifify in move so and so I am not sure what to do . you can view the game  right here in browser and dont have to download the pgn in your desktop software , add your comments and upload it here . 
  2. I can launch an analysis board like lichess and play through the moves to reach the position I want to be answered , so I dont have to have a chessbase like tool to create pgn for asking questions . You should be able to view the position and add your analysis , comments if you think .

All these time these Analysis board should have option for download the content as pgn , basically export option . So that I can take your answer as pgn and include in my database quickly .

I like the options under tools in lichess . see if you can integrate these lichess stuff in your forum than to invent the wheel one more time . 



Maybe you could provide homework! :)

How to fight against Rossolimo! The new video course is updated

Dear Friends, dear Pro Members! 
In this video course, I explain the main ideas of fighting against Rossolimo and show the lines why Caruana stopped playing Rossolimo during the World Championship match.

The material was made by me and GM Melkumyan, just because he is an active player, I recorded the videos.
Enjoy ♥


Awesome! Thank you!


Another lost position saved! 


I guess I should include the game LOL

Thinking system/discipline

Hello ChessMood family,

    Can you help me with my thinking system? I find I lose games because I reacted too quickly after my opponent's move and lose the game because of it. How can I maintain the discipline throughout the entire match? I feel rushed when playing blitz but I feel much more at home with 90 min classical format. How does somebody keep the same level of analysis,thought process and ability to anticipate dangers early. Any help would be great. Thank you.


Robert, This is a great question! 

The first thing to realize is you can not maintain the same level of analysis in 5 minute chess as in 90 minute chess. But that is ok! Neither can your opponent! 

There are 3 things that jump to my mind that can make things better for you in blitz. 1. Get very familiar with your openings. Not just memorizing lines, but knowing the different plans that arise, so you don't have to spend a lot of time looking for the right way to proceed. 2. Spend time studying tactics puzzles. It will help you detect patterns more quickly in your games, also saving you time. 3. Jusy play. You will start recognizing your blunders before they happen and avoiding them.

I am sure Coach and the rest of the ChessMood family will have additional words of wisdom! 

You got this my friend! 

Thank you Coach Avetik and everyone.

Oppent blundered a piece on move 7 how to win

How do I win as white after my opponent blundered a piece on move 7 in the Evan's gambit


If you up a piece or even up an exchange just trade of pieces to enter the winning endgame

The 1st rule in the winning positions - Don't relax until he didn't resign and shake your hand :) 

ChessMood Family, Welcome to our Forum!

Dear friends, dear chess lover, welcome to our forum! 
This is the first forum in the chess world, where your questions will be directly answered by Grandmasters! 

In our chessmood family, we have cool members, who take value and help others as well the same time! 
We will reward such cool people! 
Ane time your answer to any questions gets 5 "likes", or "best answer" by any of our Grandmaster- you'll be rewarded with 1000 MoodCoins! 

Let's keep constant growing! 
Right Mood - Right Move! 




In chess during each game the player must be prepared psychologically. After chess training this is in the main place! Not right??

We must punish our opponents!

I was told by Coach I need to start punishing my opponents when they make bad moves in the opening. Do you think this is what he meant?


Punish harder bro)) The last move Qg5 was checkmate :D 


What do you recommend for a 2000 USCF player to get to master level (2200 USCF)?


Here are the 3 important steps! 


1 Why you want that? Have a definite answer to that question. You should have a very strong answer!  

2 Burning desire to do that! 

3 Massive, determined action 


3a- If you are a PRO Member- you have already a big advantage, you know the direction, you have mentors. 
a1 Watch the courses, watch the streams and put in practice. Don't afraid to get out of the comfort zone. We grow only when we are not in the comfort zone! 
a2 Explore chess books from
a3 Solve puzzles minimum of 30 minutes a day! 

You'll see big progress in a few months! 


3b- If you are not our PRO Member 

b1- Find good sources to learn - Good FB groups, good youtube channels, if you can't afford to have a coach - find friends who can help you or you can grow helping each other. 
The rest is the same. Explore chess books, solve puzzles. Of course, having a coach or mentor - is a big shortcut- but if you can't afford it - That's the way. 
You will find good resources here:

A video link about how effectively explore chess books 

Friends, and don't forget about the Right Mood! Right Mood generates Right Moves! 

#SLP Winners never quit and quitters never win!

I had no business winning this game. It was just bad on my part...very bad... But we are not quitters here! Keep applying pressure and they run low on time trying to figure out what you are doing, even if you are doing nothing! #SLP!!


Nice SLP!:) 

How to win after your oppent blunders a piece on move 7

My oppent blundered his piece in the Evan's gambit accepted where after my advancement in the middle he out me in check with his dark square bishop. I block wih my bishop. He moves pawn to d4. I take his bishop. He takes with his knight. I take my queen out him in check and fork his knight. How do I win after this


When a player is up in material, there are two easy methods to winning. 

1. Trade all the pieces into a winning endgame 

2. Start an attack because you have a bigger army 

- It's also important to prevent opponent counterplay. 

New course- d4 sidelines

Dear Freinds, dear PRO Members!
I saw that many of you have troubles when your opponent plays 1.d4 and then don't play c4 - allowing you to play your favorite Benko Gambit :) 

So I started a video course about d4 sidelines, where I'll cover all systems for white.
The 1st section - Trompowsky attack is ready!

Enjoy ♥ 

With best wishes,
GM Avetik


I love this course! More variety against d4!!! 

Happy Birthday, Raf!

Dear friends, dear PRO Members! 
Today is the birthday of our PRO Member and our new team member Raf De Coninck! 

Happy birthday, brother! I wish you lots of energy to realise all your chess and life dreams! :) 


Thank you! :-)

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