Here you can find sparring partners.
You can write, for example,
"Hey guys, my name is Bob, I'm from the USA, my rating is 2000 I'm looking for a sparring partner."
Or even more specific like "I just finished the Caro-Kann course and I'm looking someone to play a friendly sparring games".
Hopefully, you'll find good friends too.
Hello ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions!
Welcome to the "Best games of December" competition.
Under this post, we invite you to post your best games that you will play this month.
The Prize fund is 350K Moodcoins which is equal to 350$.
The 1st prize - 150K
The 2nd prize - 100K
The 3rd prize- 50K
The 4th Prize- 30k
The 5th Prize- 20k
Good luck with your games and keep the Right Mood!
#Right Mood - Right Move
Here are the winners of November.
1st- Michael Larsen
2nd- T K
3rd- Abhi Yadav
4th- Piotr Urbanski
5th- Khokan De
Hello champions and welcome to the ChessMood team!
We all are from different countries, different ages, have different professions... But one thing bounds us - the passion for chess.
Champions, we'll grow together and keep a warm relationship in our team.
Please tell a bit about yourself in this post.
Hello ChessMood Family!
Now I'm adding model games in each section of our course, so you have a better understanding of the positions. Some of them, I'll also add in the book, that I'm writing now (later about that.)
Why did I write this post? :)
If you played nice and instructive games with our ChessMood openings - please post here.
I would be happy to add them as well.
The first course, where I'm going to add model games, gonna be the Scotch game. If you want to make a research in your games, start from the Scotch :)
Hey, champions and future champions!
I'm going to record a course which we'll name Abra Cadabra gambits :)
We'll play against all dubious openings after 1.e4, like Latvian and Elephant gambits.
What else would you like me to cover there?
And do you like the name?
"Crushing Abra Cadabra Gambits"
Hello. Some days ago in a game where I played the accelerated dragon with 8...Re8, my opponent played 9.h4 and I wasn't very comfortable with the arising positions. I don't remember 9.h4 being discussed in the Chessmood course. Does anyone please know what to do against 9.h4?
In this line, the course notes:
After 8. gxf3 black is fine, e4 will be met by c6 and e6.
Is it possible to have a couple more moves here, or in particular what to do with the b8 knight in this position if c6 is needed to meet e4, and whether O-O is right after O-O-O.
Simon Williams (the Ginger GM) in his Jobava course gives this line, and notes that after 8... Nc6 (suspicious as a mistake since no c6), now 9. O-O-O O-O 10. e4 += 'comfortable for White, better development, piece placement and control over the centre, with moves such as Kb1 e5 and maybe Bh6'.
Also there is a model game if 8... O-O Navara - Bobras after 9. O-O-O and in the game 9... c5 is played (marked as ? with 10. dxc5 as +=). In the comments 9... c6: 'White is already well on top' and the line 10. e4 b5?! 11. e5 Nfd7 12. e6! fxe6 13, Rg1 is noted Black is in a mess and has lots of weaknesses.
What's the Chessmood suggestion?
Recently there was the blog article on planning using TODO lists to help complete your study.
As I saw an article (below) relating to TODO lists, I thought I'd throw it into the discussion. This offers scheduling (allocating) time instead as an alternative idea for those that find TODO lists have some of the problems mentioned.
Note that I don't believe in either method alone, other than for occasional use or hitting a deadline when there is the need to focus on specific tasks or time-box something. Both can be used together though (i.e. you schedule time for certain tasks on the TODO list). However for trying to work long term, neither works for me. A big part is finding what works which differs between individuals.
As explained in my reply to the TODO article, there are at least two components which scupper the best laid plans of TODO lists and schedules - realism of tasks and motivational hunger. I'm less motivated if there are enough unknowns, or the task is too large and unrealistic or not something I'm good at from past experience. [Note being able to cope here and being a 'can do' person is a great way to get ahead in a career since others will also shy from difficult ill-defined tasks]. Doing too much of something (or something is far more pressing or interesting at this moment) also means tasks won't get completed or we'll feel burned out trying to do them - you can only sprint for so long - small chunks often are usually better that marathon sessions just to get tasks over with. The hare and tortoise can be seen as an allegory for this.
So where does this leave chess. I wish I was saying it as someone who'd made a title and then I could say it with a little bit more authority, but as I'm too a learner at good amateur standard, the best I can do is draw parallels from what I've succeeded in. If you need to organise your time and tasks to get enough work done then by all means do it. Just make sure the tasks aren't trying to accomplish more than one or two small things at once (learning a 25 move variation in an opening you don't really know well when you aren't a strong player, is not that, remembering what options Black has after move 6, and what the rough plan to each, is). Make sure the tasks you are accomplishing are the important ones given the time you have (not missing simple tactics is more important than knowing all the openings even if you could accomplish that). Avoid information overload. Aim to do study often, make a habit of it, than cram for a week or two, get demotivated, forget it all, then try to restart next year. And remembering knowing is one thing, being able to demonstrate it on the board and win is the end goal.
Happy to be corrected by others that have got further than I.
Hello, champions, my dear ChessMood Family!
Many of you have not only joined ChessMood, but also helped me to grow it.
Some of you have shared it with your friends, some of you helped morally and financially...
Some of you just raised your ratings, which is the best compliment for me.
I want to THANK YOU from my whole heart, for everything you have done for me and for ChessMood, at least for your trust.
I wish you happy Thanksgiving!
With best wishes
Just had a call with my favorite personal development coach...
I'm thinking to invest another big sum in myself and join his coaching program.
And I Just figured it out, that I'll cross the 6 figures I've spent on my education during my life.
Do I regret a cent that I've spent?
Yes. Once I bought stupid courses for 1000$ :D
Dear ChessMood Family. Check out this article, if you haven't.https://chessmood.com/blog/the-must-learn-skill-to-skyrocket-your-growth-in-chess
It's your life, it's your chess journey... You decide.
Hi guys I know it's a chess forum but still a question came in my mind. How many of you guys are able to solve Rubic's Cubes and which method do you guys apply in solving?
I am able to solve 3x3 with beginner method but soon I am gonna work on Advanced Methods which every tournament player uses. With that I will be able to solve a cube in less than a minute. World Champs can solve cube in less than 5 seconds. So solving a cube in 1 minute will also be an achievement for me. I do have 4x4 and 5x5 cubes but due to time issues I never learnt them but soon I hope I will try to find an hr daily for cubing practice so I will do okay in cubing.
Website useful for cubing:
You know guys I just love logical things. I am not attracted to any memorization stuffs.. Apart from chess, cubing and computers (once I will reach my chess milestone of 2000 I will do learn ethical hacking so I i will help coach in security of Chessmood.com ) . I only like Fast and Furious series, home alone series and some south indian movies. I do like cartoon because I don't believe that cartoons is only for kids. I like Tom and Jerry, Shinchan, Doremon etc.
Well it's not chess topic but I hope I will find some cubers here. I always have 3x3 in my hand hehehe.
In our caro-kann opening Qc8 line , one of my opponent played 13. ..... Nh5 after below moves order in a game against me.
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6
5. c3 Nf6 6. Bf4 Bg4 7. Qb3 Qc8 8. Nd2 e6
9. Ngf3 Be7 10. O-O Bh5 11. Rae1 Bg6 12. Bxg6 hxg6
13. Qb5 Nh5
what is this move ? is it some engine move or recent theory?
how should I plan my game after 13. .... Nh5?
need your kind comments.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 d6 5. Nc3 Ne7 - Nf6 was covered in the course.
6. Bg5 seems the right idea and tries to gain concessions with f6 or h6, 6... Be6 8. O-O-O f6
And now the tempting 9. Bxf6? gxf6 10. Qxf6 Resigns?? Both of us had overlooked 10... Kd7! and now if 11. Qxh8?? Bh6+ and the queen is lost.
Hi! I played in the Pirc tournament for chessmood members earlier today (amazing by the way, I plan on playing in more).
My opponent played a line that I don’t recall seeing in the opening series videos.
Can you advise on the best plan for white? I prefer the Bf4 setup to the Grand Prix.
the game went:
1. E4 d6
2. D4 g6
3. Nc3 Nd7
I have a few suggestions for Chessmood Events.
1. Streams: Can we have more SLP and WWP streams? In some of my games, I am unable to convert a winning position, especially if it's a complicated, tactical win. By the way, I also love those thematic opening tournaments and the common mistakes stream afterwards.
2. Special Events: Simuls only happen a few times a year and I missed today's one :( So if possible, could we have more simuls? I have already played Coach Avetik, Coach Gabuzyan, and Coach Samvel, but the thrill of playing a GM never leaves! If that's not possible, there are a few more events that happened in the summer which I loved. One-on-one games with Coach Avetik and Coach Gabuzyan were my favorite. Another good one was the Pro members Vote Chess vs Coach Avetik.
3. Courses: I have been watching the new courses and I absolutely love them! My favorites are "In Gabuzyan's Mind" and "Commented Classical Endgames". Keep up the good work!
In the following position from the accelerated dragon, does black just play Nxd4 cd4, Be6 and have a fairly equal game? Or am I misplaying this somehow? This is in the line with ...Qg5 and then white plays c3
FEN: r3r1k1/pp3pbp/2n3p1/3p2q1/3N4/1BP2PBb/PP4PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 2 15