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Under this post, we invite you to post your best games that you will play this month.
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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 :)
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An interesting move in the 8.. Bg4 is 10.. Ne5!
Turns out typical 11. Rh3 doesn't work out here. Black manages to block the h file and gain (temporary but important) control over the d4 square, potentially forcing the white king to the f file. Instead, white should go back with the rook to f1.
Another very instructive section as usual. But please allow me to bring to your attention two important omissions from the update, that I would like to see covered soon. The missing lines related to our repertoire are 6.Nh3 and 7.Nh3.
See diagrams below for details:
I played a game against an FM using the Chess Mood French. I think I got a good position out of the opening, but don't recall seeing this specific variation in the 3.. Nf6 video. Can you confirm the correct move?
Here's the game, I was white.
1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5
3. Bd3 Nf6
4. e5 Nd7
5. Ne2 c5
6. c3 Nc6
7. a3 cxd4
8. cxd4 f6
Here's where I had to think for a bit and I played 9. f4. Is this the correct plan here? Thank you so much.
In the minor lines 8.f4 video you give 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6
5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2 O-O 8. f4 d6
9. O-O Qb6 10. Kh1 Nxe4 11. Nxc6 Qxe3?
11...Qxe3 is indeed kind of equal but after 12.Nxe7 white wins back the pawn and the position is unclear. 11...Qxc6! gives black a big advantage.
I think 6... Rb8 was recommended before the update, followed by ...b5 and ...Nd4
However, in the latest update, 6...e5 is recommended.
6...e5 seems more in line with our repertoire, but I really liked 6...Rb8 an the resulting middlegame.
What are the differences, advantages and disadvantages between 6...Rb8 and 6...e5? Should I swap from 6...Rb8 to 6...e5?
The course is uploaded and 3 sections are ready, others are on their way.
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If you have any questions about the course - put them in the comments of this post.
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I am preparing for the next round of our club championship (60+30) and I do expect 4. f4 in the Alapin with 3. d3, which is not covered in the course (the course covers 4. Nf3).
In the minor line 1. e4 c5 2. f4 GM Gabuzyan recommends 2. ... d5 (Section 3, Video #2)
Would 4. ... d5 be the recommendation here, too?
According to the databases among 2600+-Level this move is played as well as 4. ... d6.
PS. My current repertoire against 1. e4 is 1. ... e5. I have just started with the Sicilian Sidelines in advance of the closed tournament re 1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 and thought why not try 1. ... c5 since my upcoming opponent almost always plays 1. e4 c5 2. c3 (and if not he plays the Smith Morra, that should transpose to the lines covered in Section 1).
At 32:45 GM Gabuyzan answers Nils' question:
After 1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d3 d5 6. Bb5 Bd7 (line in response to my question at 29:56), Nils asked what if 7. e5 here, and the response was Ng8-e7 is fine.
Looking at the computer, it's about equal, but here, 7... d4 is even better giving Black an advantage as if Nc3 moves, Qa5 is coming. 8. exf6 dxc3 9. bxc3 (9. fxg7 Bxg7) a6 10. Bc4 Qxf6 - Note: Avinash suggests d4 in the chat.
Note the French advance style trap, 7... Nxe5 doesn't work here: 8. Nxe5 Bxb5 9. Nxb5 Qa5+ 10. Nc3 d4 11. Nc4 and the queen has to give up the pin.
Dear ChessMood Family:
ChessMood’s Accelerated Dragon repertoire calls for the move order: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6. Why doesn’t ChessMood recommend 2…g6, which avoids the Rossolimo altogether and saves you the trouble of learning that entire line? In other words, why is 2…g6 bad? I’ve only heard two arguments:
1. If you play 2…g6, you have to be prepared for 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4. I don’t think this is a good argument. In my experience, 4. Qxd4 is no big deal and comfortably met by 4…Nf6 5. e5 Nc3, which is much easier to learn than the Rossolimo. Granted, I’m a lower-level player…and maybe 4. Qxd4 is more dangerous at higher levels.
2. If you play 2…g6, you can be forced out of the ChessMood repertoire if your opponent plays as Christof Sielecki recommends in “Keep it Simple 1. e4.” Sielecki calls for: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. c3. Now Black is forced out of the ChessMood repertoire because in the Alapin, ChessMood calls for: 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6. In other words, in the Alapin, ChessMood never recommends …g6. I think this is a better argument, but should one go to the trouble of learning the Rossolimo just to avoid Sielecki’s line?
What do you guys think? Am I missing something more? What’s better, 2…Nc6 or 2…g6? I appreciate any insight you can share. Thank you.
I propose to the ChessMood team that they once per month create a video with analysis of the best games selected.
I would like to hear what did you like, and what not. What could be played differently / better. And finally, what was the main reason the game was selected.
I believe that for many ChessMood members having their game analyzed would be more rewarding that getting a bag of ChessMood coins :)
And to the ChessMood family, do you support initiative?
Wanted to get some thoughts from the chessmood family. I've noticed that I tend to have a lot of trouble with our anti-sicilian lines, but other openings (Benko/Scotch/Dragon) I have great results with. I suspect part of it is that the Sicilian lines can transpose to each other quite often and I tend to lose the thread of which approach I should take, so I'm going to be going over all the courses again with lots of attention to where the positions can be similar, and also looking for any Sicilian-themed webinars, but I wanted to get any other suggestions people might have. COGRO!