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20/20 vision

Hello to all my ChessMood brothers and sisters!

This is the time of the year many of us reflect on how the last year went and plan for the year to come. I do this every year, not to fundamentally change myself every 12 months, but to remind myself how far I have come towards my goals, and to correct my course if I have gone too far astray from the destination I wish to reach. 

This morning I took an hour or so to sit quietly and review how my 2019 progressed. For me, this was a year of finally making the decision to follow my passion and my dreams instead of chasing money and possessions, but I will get to that in a minute.

This year started for me on Jan 1st! I know, it did for everyone, but something life changing happened for me on that very first day. A GM named Avetik Grigoryan sent me a private message thanking me for kind words I spoke in his ChessMood FaceBook group. It sparked a friendship that I will cherish for the rest of my life, no matter what ever happens on the chess board. This is a man that not only shows how to be a good chess player, but also how to be a great person. He is always giving freely of his time and truly wants to help everyone that will let him. I am personally learning as much about myself as I am learning about chess from GM Avetik. Right Mood, Right Move!

In February I became a Pro Member in ChessMood and received the opportunity to have a 1 on 1 lesson with Coach Avetik. I learned a very powerful lesson that day, and it wasnt even on the chess board. The lesson I learned was to know "why" I wanted to do something, whether it was learning to be an expert chess player, or even 'why' I would choose the job I was working. It made me start asking myself 'why' for everything I was doing at the time.

I spent the next few months evaluating everything I wanted from life, but more importantly, what I wanted to give back. I knew at that point chess will be forever at the center of my life, with only my family and my faith coming before it. In May I booked another 1 on 1 with Coach Avetik, and I spoke to him about my conclusions, and asked him if he could help me become a GM. 

His answer will stick with me for all my days. He didnt ask me if I was crazy. He didnt dismiss me by saying that no one at my age has ever accomplished such a feat. No, Coach Avetik looked me in the eye over Skype and asked me 1 simple question in 1 word: Why?! 

And while I had not tried to put it in words previous to that, it was suddenly abundantly clear to me that it was what I was meant to do. I articulated it to Coach Avetik as best I could in words, but I think he saw in my eyes and in my heart, that I knew why I was going to do it, and he agreed by answering me, "Let's make history."

Since June, I have left my sales career of over 22 years, started teaching beginners how to play chess at the local chess club, and have focused most of my time to learning everything I can about chess, with the guidance of Coach Avetik. (I am not recommending everyone make this drastic of a change, I was in a situation I could do this, and it was best for ME to be able to be the best me I can be)

Looking at the end of the year, I realize I became very relaxed in my routine over the last coupe of months, and stopped completing all my daily tasks each day, and worked on the areas I liked most and ignored the areas I was struggling in. This has caused my progression to slow over the last couple months. (And this is EXACTLY why we should reflect on our year, the same way we review a game, so we can correct what we are doing wrong!)

So looking forward towards 2020, I am first going to refocus on finishing ALL my daily activities to improve my game. A very wise man also told me I should write down my goals and share them with the world so I will hold myself accountable to those goals, but MOST importantly, I am reminding myself 'WHY' I am going to accomplish all my goals this year. 

The following is a list of chess goals I will complete in 2020:

1. I will reach 2200+ FIDE rating in 2020

2. I will play 200+ tournament chess games in 2020

3. I will teach 100+ new people to play chess in 2020

4. I will share ChessMood with 1000+ people in 2020

5. I will beat Coach Avetik in a game of chess in 2020

2020 will be a great year for everyone who knows 'WHY' they are pursuing their goals. If you dont already have your vision for 2020, I pray for you to find it, and if you do have your vision for 2020, then I pray for your achievements! Let's all have 20/20 Vision!

Thank you Coach Avetik for your vision in forming ChessMood and bringing us all together! Because of you, I have found my life's vision as well.

With love to all my ChessMood brothers and sisters. Right Mood, Right Move!

Jay

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tournament

hello guys who are interested to play games . I have my club https://www.chess.com/club/serious-chess-club-for-champions where we organize daily tournaments and play games believe my by playing games I had recently increased 120 points in online chess. I am not sure whether it is right to advertise here but I want to play against strong players[chess mood players] to improve my game

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Opening repo with d4

Hi guys I hope you all are doing well in chess. I have a question regarding some lines. So I need some suggestions.

 I am a positional player but I do play e4. I am a alapin player against Sicilian and my score is quite +80%. 

Today  I decided to switch to d4  because I wanna learn more pawn formations and d4 is both tactical and positional I think.

I need suggestions about which setup to choose against

1. Nimzo Indian ( I like to the games of  f3 e3 line played in recent top chess ) is it okay for me?

2. Against direct f5 on move one. ( I played Nc3 against direct f5) Is it fine approach? My point is to get e4 as fast as I can. 

3. King's Indian ( I never studied any games of this lines so pure beginner in this field. I need a promising positional setup not super sharp because I am still on the way to improve my calculation level and due to lack of time I think I can focus on positional chess first and when I will get more time after my future job I will start focus on calculation.

4. Against slav or semi slav ( I normally play exchange queen's gambit )  and my ideas are clear about the pawn formations and pawn levers and typical ideas.

5. Against Gruenfeld? ( I never studied this line but I like the games of Russian System) I do not know plans but I like my pawn center and then passed d pawn . Any suggestions about it?

6. I am a benko gambit player from black's side and I do not know which setup is fine for white against benko. I prefer to play the e4 Bxf1 Kxf1 g3 Kg2 Nf3 Re1 Re2 lines. but still thinks it's passive so I need an idea against it. I also do not like to play passive positions like legendary Kramnik can . I meant g3 Bg2 ideas I do not like because I can not play e4 and another thing is sometimes black's pressure along a6-f1 is tremendous and force white to play e4 and then he black attacks the d3 square and so on. So that's all I know.


I do not know if there are more lines still left against d4  .I seriously need help because I have bunch of books but I need promising ideas. All the variations which I like above is because of the lastest GM's games except against dutch I learnt the idea of rapid e4 from some nice positional lessons of Varuzhan Akobian.

Thanks for all the future suggestions. I am happy to be the part of this family.

Another crutial thing is that I am only 1465 FIDE rated and another thing is online I am above 2000.I do not play events due to lack of time but preparing at home and hoping to come back to events one day and also there is no club near to my home. Nearest club is 200 miles from my home. So this bothers my level .



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