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Accelerated Dragon 7.Nxc6 Bd4 idea

1. e4 c5 2. nf3 nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. nxd4 g6 5. nc3 bg7 6. be3 nf6 7. nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 ng8 9. bd4


What do you recommend against it?

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Qa5 is strong! I will make videos and add in the advanced courses in the upcoming week. 

What is my best move?

Hi Chessmood family,

     What is my best move here? I had the black pieces (Qxb2)???

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Yes Bobby, after Qxb2 both white knights are hanging and the one on c3 is with check, and after that capture, the rook on a1 will also be hanging

Cool Bobby! You play Acc Dragon!! 

Thanks to everyone.

I wrote this for all those who are helping me here in chess. I am very very lucky to have a nice online community like Chessmood. I live in a small town where no one play chess and no one want to learn because they are scared of books and also in my town the internet speed is not so high but still I try my best to study online.

I can't afford pro membership now but next year I will definately get one. After I joined chessmood I improved a lot in various part of my game especially my biggest issue of studying in right direction is solved now. 

Now I know how to solve my calculation issues and how to study books properly. I only have one or two hours daily for chess studies because I am preparing for job but my love and craziness for chess is never go down. I am always charged to study chess.

Thanks for all those who advised me. Especially Avetik sir.

Sorry if my english confused you.


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You are welcome Abhi and thank you for your nice post! 

Interesting Moment's of Today's Stream

In the 1st position, I missed here a nice tactic during the stream...
Can you see it? 

In the 2nd - Be8 was really working! :) 

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1....e3 2. Rxe3 Rxc4 3. bc4 Qxe3 4. fe3 Rf1#
1....e3 2. fxe3 Rxc4 3. bc4 Qxe3+ 4. Rxe3 Rf1#

Chessmood app.

Chessmood app exists or not?

I like apps so it's easier to get notifications faster.

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Will be in future. 

Pump Up game 2.

Help me.

This is second game from Pump up your chess.

Do you think I understood the game well?

I only knew that i have to try to control d5 square but I do not think white played well in the game.

I meant look at the game and variations which I saw

I am just 1465 FIDE.

Please provide me some useful suggestions 

Here is the game link,

https://www.chess.com/blog/Abhi_Mary_1997/sicilian

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If you feel like you understood the game, then sure. If not, go through the game again.

Simple endgame positions?

How to understand these simple positions?

I can only understand few things about this position.

For white side:

Queen side pawn majority so he can only get a passed pawn in the queen side.

For black-

Kingisde majority so he can only get passed pawn in kingside.

Both players have active pieces?

How to make plans in these kinds of equal positions?

Here ideas are not forced so is it good to make solid moves like trading queens so we will be able to activate our kings and hope for passed pawn?



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In my non GM opinion, this position is far from equal. White pieces are far more active then blacks pieces(The Bishops are a great example of this). White also has a large space advantage. White should not be looking to trade pieces here, that will only help black defend. If I was playing white, I would be looking to control the c5 square to prevent the black c pawn from advancing, I would start by moving the knight from f2 to d3 . I dont mind black capturing the b pawn leaving himself a permanent weakness in the d pawn.

I am sure there is a ton to learn from this position. Being mindful of your endgame advantages/disadvantages is always a good thing, but being aware doesn't mean you should always be looking to trade down. Use it as an ace in the hole so to speak.

I hope this helps, and please if anyone else has a different opinion, please help me fix mine!

Jay

Edit: The picture has changed and my comments are no longer relevant. 

If it was White to move, I would play Qxf7 and checkmate Black's king. However, that is probably not the case. In this position, if Black decides to trades the queens, this will only favor White in the endgame because White has the queenside pawn majority allowing White to create a passed pawn. The kingside pawn majority is not so important because the kings are on the kingside. However, the rook endgame is probably a draw with the most accurate play. 


If the endgame becomes a queen endgame, the position will become very drawish as White cannot shelter his king from oncoming checks and Black cannot create a passed pawn on the queenside. 

If the endgame becomes a pawn endgame, this should favor White due to being able to create a passed pawn on the queenside which can act as a decoy as White brings the king to the kingside to capture all the pawns. However with accurate play, Black can neutralize White's play in the endgame into a draw 

So in these types of endgames, it is important to improve the position and wait until the right time to trade pieces. Trying to transpose into a favorable endgame. 

Basically ultimate plan is to create a passed pawn using our queenside majority. Black also has a majority but the problem is if he pushes it, the K becomes exposed. The most important factor in major piece endgame is King safety. So it will be much easier for white to use his majority. We can say white has advantage here for this reason. Also there is pressure  F line and current backrank weaknesses.

At least this is my understanding of it.. 

Ruy Lopez

Hello Coach, will there ever be a course on the Ruy Lopez in the future?

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Probably not until  convincing answers to the Berlin and Marshall are found. :)

Hey Bobby! 
Ruy Lopez is great but too much positional! 
It's a super opening, but I think not the best for crushing 2400 below players :) 
Scotch is great because you learn to play aggressive and to crush your opponents right in the opening! 
That is in important skill to learn. 

Do you like Czech Pirc?

How many of you tried Czech Pirc?

The move order is e4 d6 d4 Nf6 Nc3 c6

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It’s pretty passive and sort of allows White to gain a nice position out of the opening. I would not recommend it. Perhaps it can be played U2000 or as a surprise but I prefer the Accelerated Dragon.

It is playable, but a bit passive. The good thing is that is little known, and few players will know how to get an advantage on the opening, but the moment you meet strong players, you are likely to suffer a lot...

But, if you like it, and are willing to study lot of time to improve its weak points, you will have a good weapon for your repertoire.

Game of the day

Normally strong players do not like to play against lower rated like me.

https://www.chess.com/live/game/3854488305?username=praveensagar

Lost by shots hehehe

played bad.



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Endgame studies.

What you guys think about the domination in chess endgame studies by Kasparian?

 I was reading an article and that article covered the same problem of calculation and vision which I am facing now.

So is it useful to solve endgame studies before middle game studies or other books.

Because my problem is lack of ability to read the middle game books in depth and I miss many plans in middle game books.

Any advice. I personally like two books Pump up your chess and domination in endgames and I do not know how to study the Devorestsky's Endgame Manual.

Any suggestions?


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I'd recommend you to study (not just reading through, I mean studying it so you can apply what you learned) only one book at a time. I think Pump up your rating would be great to study because the author and the readers had success with it.

I don't know that Kasparian book you mentioned, but solving studies regularly will improve your vision and calculation.

I have heard that endgame studies are extremely important in developing imagination and calculation abilities.They force you to think out side of the box. I haven’t heard of the book but any book with a collection of studies should be fine.

I do focus on one or two book at a time. I also like endgames study because of few pieces on board so a bit easier than middlegame. In middle game we have to focus on many things. but in endgame less pieces will improve vision and calculation power.

So thanks .I have already 1000s of books and 200+ dvds but I need proper advice to study. 

Study in right path with right mood matters instead of material.

Seems like you have too much material! Just study the book and reap the results.

Time Management?

How do you guys manage your time during you study?

I meant do you study openings, middle games and endgames or endgames studies daily?

I am only focused on one thing which is calculation so I am doing Pump up your Chess and domination in chess endgames.

Time management advice is important for me.


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For doing studies, some might be so hard it takes you over an hour of hard work. 


As for time management during the game, we had a webinar on this issue a month a go. The recording is there for PRO members. 

Time management during study isn’t that important as long as you don’t spend that much on openings unless over 2300.

Useful Leningrad or Useless?

Is it good to play the Leningrad dutch ?

I loved that opening in past a lot wins against titled players online in blitz.

But is it cool to play it in classical 

I think in past I had issue in h4 line. 

Is it possible for us to avoid that line?

All suggestions are welcome. I love the leningrad but need some support.


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Hi Abhi! 
Leningrad is ok but not great.
To avoid h4, you can play 1...f5 2...Nf6 3...d6 instead of g6. 

Rossolimo with Qc1

My coach plays this rossolimo for white and when I said him about your courses he again find a very interesting idea white doesnt play Qd2 white plays Qc1 it is against f5 and then he plays a3 Na4 b3 c3 Nb2 and when I chekched it with engine it was 0.08 but when I started blitz games in chess.com i understood that it is very hard to play with black...  So what we must plays with Qc1 and after some moves a3 and then b4?

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Suren jan can you clarify a few things please. Does he play with 0-0 or without it? 
Qc1 is against f5. Yeah Be3 will not be trapped, but we still can go f5 right? 
Can you create a short PGN file and send us here, so I can give you a more detailed answer? 

Welcome to PRO Members Team!

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Planning and calculations issues

Recently I started a book Pump up your chess.  I am studying it alone because I do not have any real life good friends who live in my own city

When I switched to the game one of the book I applied the same idea which Avetik Grigoryan sir suggested in his amazing video.

I found it amazing but the problem is I can see the plans but I have issues in follow ups of those plans .

I am posting the game link in he bottom which I tried to analise alone.  I faced many planning issues,

https://www.chess.com/blog/Abhi_Mary_1997/my-calculation-and-planning-issue

Of possible Kindly give me a suitable advice for improvement. Or suggest me a book which I can read alone. I frankly liked the topics on this book. But your all suggestions matters to me.

Thanks in advance.


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Just make another plan when one plan is other. 

https://chessmood.com/we-recommend

What matters grabbing knowledge or skill ?

Now I have an hr daily for chess studies even after work. So, for this purpose I chose to start a book which will teach me how to think properly because when I think I face vision issues in some positions and also blindspot. I head of ( Pump up your rating ) this book from many other players so I thought to give it a try. But the starting of this book is making me super confused about  improvement in chess.

This para is bottom confused me. If absorbing knowledge is not matter that how can one improve in chess? I am going to read this book completely no matter how many month it will take but I also need some suggestions about improvement. Before this book I already finished ( The complete chess workout by Richard Palisher) this book. I can't afford coaching so I prefer self study programme. I also do not have good internet so I can't watch free lessons on this web or on youtube. 

many ambitious players is that they focus on knowledge.

A good chess player is not someone with well-defined knowledge, but rather one with great

skills


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Hail! Skill does not matter and it is not about grabbing knowledge. What matters is experience.

I never heard about that book. 
What he has done in chess? Is he a GM or IM? 
If he had success- read that. 
If no he is just theoretic, be suspicious.

I am confused, how many amateurs are teaching how to become a GM, I saw IMs who are having a blog how to become a GM or people who are living poor life but teaching how to become a Millionaire. 

My advice- always learn from someone, who has did already what you want to achieve. 
If you want 2000 Level, ask advice for people who has 2000+. 
If you want IM- ask someone who is IM already. 

Applying the knowledge you learn

I'd say they go hand in hand. Obviously one cannot master chess without various knowledge - knowledge of typical patterns, how to play against IQP, knowledge of classical games and plans, knowlege of fundamental endgame theory. On the other hand, without core skills such as assessing and evaluating correctly, ability to see combinations and tactics, calculation, decision making, then you will not be able to properly use the knowledge.

Benko 12. a4 with Bd2, Nd1, a5 plan

Hi GM Avetik!

I recently checked Kornev's d4 repertoire series for what he is giving against Benko. He also agrees that in the 12. a4 main line with Bg5 it is not easy to show advantage for White. So he gives plan of Bd2, Nd1, and a5 as in Nakamura - Bologan. In your opinion is this a concern? Bologan played Qa6 to trade Qs and then played thematic ...f5. He lost but we are not all playing against Nakamura :) The next year a 2600 GM played ...Qb3 plan I guess to stop Nd1. I am wondering what your opinion on best/simplest plan for Black?

Thanks in advance and keep up the excellent work. IMO the Pro membership is tremenmdous value as it is evident you are not holding any secrets back! It is like having a personal second :)

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Hey Papa Tactics :) 
A very deep question.
I will check it out tomorrow with a fresh head and let you know :) 

Thank you for your nice words! 
"It's like having a second"! :) Love it! 

Okkay. 
Eric, first of all, a great question! 
I spent lots of time to find the best answer :) 

1. You are absolutely right- not every day we play against Nakamura. 
2. In the game, I feel Bologan was ok. The problem was playing against Nakamura :)
After ef5 he could also play gf5 with the very unclear endgame. 
3. My recommended move 11...Qb6 is great. Now if 12.Qe2 we will play 12...Qa6 13.Nb5 Ne4! 
And if after 11...Qb6 we already go Na6 with Nc7! 

Guys, before you get GM level, Benko is absolutely fine! When you get there, I will teach a few more openings :) 

Accelerated Dragon v. Dragon

Why is Dragon not a "right" opening for chess development? 


If it is, why did you choose to recommend Accelerated Dragon rather than Dragon?

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Hey Kevin! 
Good question. 
The theory of Dragon is developed a lot. 
I saw my Grandmaster friend analyses they are crushing it with Server engine analyses. 
Below 2000 level is fine. But you may have big problems if your opponents are prepared or he has a gm coach. He may win you without doing a single move himself.  

How to punish opponent's bad game in the opening

Hello Champions! 
In this topic let's post our games when we punish the opponent's bad play in the opening. 

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https://www.chess.com/live/game/3812743248

https://www.chess.com/live/game/3793465633 

Nice checkmate! :) 
https://www.chess.com/live/game/3833575555 

Someone is attacking you? Open the center! 

https://www.chess.com/live/game/3838939307 
https://www.chess.com/live/game/3838927932 

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