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
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 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 :)
Hi - did anyone solve today's puzzle (11/21)? After 1. Nc7, Qc7, I couldn't decide between a4 or c4. The puzzle likes 2. a4 and after Ka6, 3. a8(Q) Kb6, I could not figure out the rest of the solution? I imagine the solutions is connected with why 2. a4 is necessary instead of 2. c4, but I am still stuck :)
I've played this person before and want to be prepared if I get a similar line to what he's/we've played before. I've attached the study (gamelink - https://lichess.org/uFFcw1Wh/white) and have a few questions:
1. Is it correct to play 4.Nf3 and hope it transposes back to the ChessMood line?
2. Was 5.Bb5 better than 5.Bc4? My thoughts are that the B can't help attack on the king-side from there, but can take the N on c6.
3. Was 7.d4 forgiveable? I don't think so, but the engine's analysis isn't horrible if I had recaptured with the Q.
Hi. I am just curious how the more experienced members manage the differences between their old opening repertoires and the chessmood repertoires.
For instance as Black I play the Leningrad Dutch and the Slav against 1 d4 and against 1e4 I play the French and the Sveshnikov. With White I play 1 e4 but the only place where my old repertoire and the chessmood repertoire meet is against the Philidor and the Petroff.
I don't feel like giving up my old repertoire but learning a completely new repertoire at my age while also being busy with things like family and work is a bit difficult.
I do like the thematic tournaments but one week preparation is a bit too short for me. I try to watch the videos at higher speed (1.5x or 1.75x) once before the tournament but that is most of what I can manage.
So here are my questions:
1) For chessmood staff. Would it be possible to learn the thematic tournament schedule a bit earlier. Then I could prepare properly for fewer tournaments rather than the haphazard preparation I do now.
2) For the experienced (older) pro members. How do you mange your old repertoire and the chessmood repertoire.
In the stream yesterday I asked GM Gabuzyan about how to avoid blunders (particularly thinking about my game in the thread below when I played the dreadful c3 and should have considered what I would do as the opponent, but rushed it: I thought it was a move that needed to be played and my time was getting low). The response was about having heightened concentration and feeling part of the board/game etc (hope I got that right). What seemed to be described was what sports players refer to being 'in the zone' or psychologists refer as being in a flow state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)
Obviously experience and practice contribute to this a lot, but how should one look at developing that state and enter/maintain it as one starts to play?
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Bc4 was mentioned in the philidor video course by GM Grigoryan (https://chessmood.com/course/philidor-defense/episode/1168 time 0:49s) but i couldn't find the section where a full analysis was given . All the analysis looks to be for 3.d4 followed by 4.Nge2. I would like to play the 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Bc4 line, can anyone help point me to the correct section? i've seen its in the pirc course but that's different as g6 is played.
Thank you chess friends
I believe it was recommended that after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.ed cd 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3, if 5...e6, 6.f4 first, and after 6...Nf6, 7.Qe2 to prevent the ...Ne4, ...f5 idea.
However if Black instead plays 4...Nf6 5.c3 e6, it seems our plan doesn't work if we continue 6.f4 Ne4, as 7...f5 is coming next and we don't have time for Qe2 to pressure e4.
So what do we do here?
(Admittedly, it does seem a little strange for Black to move a piece twice in the opening, but still...)
I'm happy to tell you that we uploaded a new course "English opening, 1.c4".
I'm going to show you a very practical opening repertoire - how to play against it.
If you have any questions, please post here.
I was reading the thoughts of Colin Powell and I'm thinking how we can implement this idea in chess.
"One of the greatest barriers to quick decision-making is the ever-present feeling that we don’t have enough information to make the “right” decision. Colin Powell, former secretary of the USA, addresses this with his 40/70 rule.6 His rule is to never make a decision with less than 40 percent of the information you are likely to get, and to gather no more than 70 percent of the information available. According to Powell, anything less than 40 percent and you’re just guessing. Anything more than 70 percent and you’re stalling over making the decision. Of course, this means you need to be comfortable with the possibility that you’re going to be wrong, which is necessary in any case."
I have my own thoughts but would love to hear yours first.
Would you want your child to play chess professionally?
I have not children, but I don't know why this question comes to my mind very often :D
I know many strong chess players who don't want to hear about that, but I don't know why.
Maybe because they should be a coach without a salary? :D
On Lichess, my opponents often choose a setup: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5
It prevents 4.Bf4 variation suggested in the course. I have tried 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 with limited success.
Looking at the games in my chessbase mega database the more common way of playing is: 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. a4.
However this is not at all described in the course. What are your suggestion?
Of course, one of the possibilities is to play Grand-Prix setup against the Pirc.
We all wanna become Universal in chess in order to play overall chess positions well. But still we have our own love about different styles. So in this post share what kind of positions you like the most and what's your strengths and where you feel most comf even against strong players?
For me I like positional play a lot. My love for positional play came when I first saw llessons on Carlsbad Structure. I saw many Karpov games which inspired me to work on positional play and I felt more happy when positional positions come on the board.