Hello ChessMood Family!
Welcome to the Best Games of May contest.
Under this post, we invite you to post your best games that you will play in May.
The Prize fund is 650K Moodcoins which is equal to 650$.
The 1st prize - 200k
The 2nd prize -150k
The 3rd prize- 120k
The 4th prize - 100k
The 5th prize - 75k
The winners of April's contest are:
1st place - Keok Woltek
2nd place- Dark Lord
3rd place - Abhi Yadav
4rd place- Fahad Rahman
5th place - Sriram M
Good luck with your games and keep the Right Mood!
#Right Mood - Right Move
I confess - I spend too much time looking at openings. I study one opening - play it at the club and when I lose I switch to something else, and then another,and another, and after a long time I still haven't picked a repertoire.
Is there a simple, bare-bones repertoire for a club player where I can sit at the board with some confidence, some preparation - not even an advantage - and just play chess?
I'm in the chess opening rabbit hole and need a commitment to something that isn't overwhelming.
Thanks for any input.
- These are my notes from the "Ask me Anything" webinar. I only took notes on the questions that I thought were most useful to me. To get the full webinar, feel free to go to the recording.
How much do you study per day?
- depends on your goal
- slowly improve: ~1 hour
- a lot of time (5+ hours) to improve a lot
- be productive, rest if needed
- try to study as much as you can
What do you recommend against Rossolimo?
- System with ...g6 where Black recaptures with ...dxc6 after Bxc6
- Check Carlsen's games on how he handles the Rossolimo
What did you do to become GM?
- have a burning desire, hard work, and determination
- find people that will help you on your journey
- understand why I wanted to become GM
How to properly use engine?
- engine is not always right, don't blindly trust it
- check only blunders with engine
- don't work strategical/positional positions with engine
What to do for crucial games? When you have to win?
- don't panic and don't relax at the same time
What is the optimal training environment?
- environment where you can grow and enjoy
- use trustworthy sources
- surround yourself with people that have already achieved what you want to achieve
- important but overestimated
- much more important to have a database of games in your mind
- good for calculation
Time spent studying v. Time spent playing
- if you play a lot, spend more time studying vice versa
- learn knowledge followed by playing
- turn off worries, take out the "trash"
- forbidden to watch other's games when playing
- 100% concentration
- don't go on social media before the tournament because that will only increase "trash"
- turn off everything and focus before the game
- motivate yourself
- watch a lot of games and understand ideas etc.
- the number of games you play for blitz should be equivalent to the number of rounds in your usual tournament
- around 1 hour of tactics/puzzle
- find books where the author played the games or used the Recommended Page to see what books GM Avetik recommends
- find sparring partners around your level
Sir ..i was rated around 1850 in lichess....i couldn't afford a coach so i tried working hard online watching videos...and surfing...thing around...i seriously want to improve my ratings...i dont know what is my original rating...as i had not attended any tournaments...i can do any thing to improve my chess career....please help me to reach 2500......??.....just tell me what should i do...i can work hard on anything.....thx
Hey guys I need some practice ! Hi guys this is Eric the old biker dude eating a little bit of practice on the board. Not sure what the rating is now but at one time 30 years ago I made it to 1800 I’m sure it’s a lot lower . I work very strange hours so getting games in is a little bit of a challenge . If you feel that you have some time to spare send me a message I would love to go over this fine instruction that I’m trying to learn here . Thanks Brothers for all your kind attention and stay free in the wind ! as I go take my motorcycle for a ride !
Derek JY , Raf De Coninck , Kavin Nattavutthisit Wallace Howard , Mark Knerr, Anu
Welcome to our team ?
Here you can find about our teammates:
Would be cool, if you also introduce yourself.
Warm welcome, guys ?
I am very excited to announce that from the 1st of June we start a new project for PRO Members!
As many of you have problems in the middlegame, I will analyze and upload 1 classical game each day explaining ideas, plans, what and why.
This will help you a lot with middlegame, as you will see so many new ideas, which will grow your chess understanding and your chess level.
With best wishes,
The Accelerated Dragon is a very solid and sound opening, but as the title suggests it is exteremely difficult to generate any winning chances against the acid test, that being the Maroczy Bind. To make matters worse for Black some aggresive new ideas have recently surfaced that make the Bind even more potent than before. Below are a couple of illustrative games to highlight how White can cut across two popular plans Black typically employs:
Fier,A (2561) - Ahmad,Al Khatib (2336) [B36]
25th Abu Dhabi Masters Abu Dhabi UAE (7.23), 13.08.2018
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.f3! Bg7 9.Be3 0-0 10.Qd2 a5 11.Na4 Nd7 12.0-0-0! Relatively rare but very strong b6 13.h4 Ba6 14.Kb1 Nc5 15.Nc3 f5 16.h5 fxe4 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 19.Qd5+ Rf7 20.Qxe4 Qc8 21.Bd3 Rf6 22.Qd5+ e6 23.Qxd6 Bxc4 24.Be4 Rb8 25.Rc1 b5 26.b3 Qe8 27.Bg5 Rf8 28.Qh2 Rf5 29.Qh7+ Kf7 30.Bh6 Qf8 31.Bxg7 Qxg7 32.Qxg7+ 1-0 My conclusion is that 12.0-0-0 closes the chapter on 11...Nd7, but perhaps 11...Be6 deserves deeper investigation.
Sousa,Andre Ventura (2373) - Pintor,S (2040) [B38]
6th Famalicao Open 2018 Vila Nova de Famalicao POR (4.6), 31.07.2018
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be2 d6 9.f3! Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Bd7 11.Qd2 a5 12.h4! h5 13.0-0-0! Very strong a4 14.g4 e5 15.Be3 hxg4 16.Bg5 gxf3 17.Bxf3 Qc8 18.h5 Nxh5 19.Bxh5 gxh5 20.Bh6 f6 21.Rdg1 Rf7 22.Rxh5 Qc5 23.Qg2 a3 24.Bxg7 Qe3+ 25.Kc2 Qxg1 26.Rh8# 1-0 Again this 0-0-0 idea poses serious problems for Black, and forces him to consider his early move order and typical plans very carefully. Who knew that this Yugoslav Attack style play that we see in the regular Dragon would also prove effective in Maroczy Bind as well.
So ChessMood family I welcome your thoughts an ideas on how to generate some winning chances against the dreaded Bind.