Hello ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions!
Happy New Year and welcome to the "Best games of March 2021" 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 February:
1st Arman Shahzamani
2nd Vladimir Bugayev
3rd Abhi Yadav
4th Sean Raasch
5th Vibhush Pusapadi
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You can write, for example,
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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 :)
We're back and just to recap, the position under consideration is the following: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 This continuation for whatever reason is very popular at the 1200 - 1700 level. Now if you have read Parts 1 and 2 you may have come away with the impression that 4...Nxd4 is a very bad and naive move, but truth be told the move is not as bad as it looks provided it is connected with the right idea. If you doubt me and think that 4...Nxd4 isn't worth taking seriously, then just know that Ex -World Champion Boris Spassky has used the move on more than one occasion to defeat strong opposition, and I will show some of those games in the final instalment.
The correct continuation after 4...Nxd4 5.Qxd4 is 5...Ne7 but why? Isn't the f6 square just a better and more active square for the Black Knight, the answer is yes and no. Yes in general Knight's are best placed on f6 and f3 in the opening, controlling more central squares and protecting one's Castled King especially the vulnerable h2 and h7 pawns. However Chess is not a game of generalities, generalities are best used as guidelines not doctrine, Chess is a game foremost of specifics, priorities and problem solving. The problem Black has to solve here is how to dislodge White's dominating Queen without compromising his structure or losing too much time and 5...Ne7 intending 5...Nc6 satisfies those objectives. Curiously a move such as 5...Ne7 would rarely occur to a 1200 - 1700 player because that level hardly thinks in terms of specifics, they just want to attack something immediately or if they must defend it has to be a against a direct threat to one of their pieces or pawns.
Before we delve further into the position after 5...Ne7 I want to mention that in another thread the question was asked 'How to improve calculation' and I commented that this was a very complicated topic with many layers, I will now reveal a secret tool used by strong players to help them calculate better and find the right moves and plans and a given position, are you ready, the secret tool is called "Comparative Thinking" this is when you borrow known ideas from a similar position maybe even another Opening and try to apply them to the position in front of you, this is where your knowledge of Classical Commented Games could come in handy. Now back to 5...Ne7, and a personal experience to illustrate how comparative thinking could work in practise, many years ago I played some Blitz Games with black against the strong Cuban GM Jesus Nogueiras and he crushed me badly with the following line as White: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nxd5 4.Nxd5 Qxd5 5.Ne2 Look familiar :) at the time I was very angry with myself, I mean how could I lose to such a ridiculous move, true Jesus was much stronger than me but still. Jesus had sensed my frustration and after the blitz session had finished he graciously agreed to analyse the above position with me and the lessons learned I can now apply to our Scotch position after 5...Ne7 today and that's pretty much how comparative thinking works, a pattern triggers a déjà vu moment and you use it to help navigate and evaluate the current position before you. This is also why it is so important to analyse your own games, it helps you build a mental rolodex of positions, plans and structures that you will probably meet again and again.
Okay, moving on 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7 I can bet that one reason why this move escapes attention at 1200 - 1700 level is that on the surface the pin 6.Bg5 looks extremely unpleasant now there are two ways to go about solving this problem:
Way 1 is brute force calculation which should lead you to work out that 6...Nc6! is both safe and strong, this is why I emphasise that at 1200 - 1700 level learning to count efficiently is much more important than trying to memorise reams of opening lines, why, because if you cannot figure out over the board that 6...Nc6! is working, then how will you be able to find and play the correct strategic move 5...Ne7 without prior knowledge. The weakness of brute force calculation, at least for humans, is that it costs lots of energy, energy that we would like to conserve for more critical moments later in the game, which brings us to......
Way 2 Pattern recognition that we call up from our mental rolodex, we have seen a similar construction before and intuitively know what tactics to look for and what manoeuvres work best. This approach is used heavily by strong players when evaluating positions, with brute force calculation only coming into play to verify the details.
Let's stop here for today and I will leave you with this question. What are the possible drawbacks of Black's 5...Ne7 to c6 manoeuvre. While you ponder that please check out the following link which is not entirely relevant to our discussion but I enjoyed it alot and thought that you might too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LHDaV5Dih8
Hope to see you soon with Part 4
Hello, I am new here, just joined.
I would like some books recommendations (in English or Russian language) for middle-game and end-game improvement/study. My long-time-control rating (OTB, over-the-board) was probably in the 1900-2000 ELO range (former USSR Cat-1 norm, back in 1977!!) and I want to to aim for ELO 2200 on long-time-control, i.e. USSR Candidate-Master norm. I currently train playing against Stockfish engine version 10/11 on long time controls, over-the-board.
I have read Nimzowitch My System and Romanovsky Middle Game (Plan) books and read also
book by Issac Lipnitsky titledQuestions of Modern Chess Theory.
Looking for more books and also for suitable end-game books for Cat-2+ players of 1800+ ELO.
Dear GM Avetik and Chessmood friends I have a problem:
I love playing the Accelerated Dragon, But I am struggling with the Benko Gambit.
I am considering replacing it by the King's Indian Defense.
What do you think? GM Avetik, you saw the way I play chess. Do you think KID fits my style?
I love the KID and I hate the Benko Gambit !
I do not know if KID would be a good match to the Accelerated Dragon and the rest of Chessmood Black repertoire?!?!?!?!?
Please let me know what you think and let me know if there would be any issue replacing Benko by KID.
Thank you all
Hello everyone! This is my first ever topic in the forum!
I have been making an app yesterday on appsgeyser.com and I found that there is a option to turn a website into an app and its very cool! How good it would be to have our own app and publish it to play store! The website is absolutely free for making such apps. The app can be downloaded by anyone whom the creator sends the link of the app and it is free! But when you will be publishing it to the play store, it will cost 25 dollar.
Let's come to the conclusion:
Creating the app and sharing the link to download is free!
Publishing it to play store costs 25 dollars!
Give your feedbacks and suggestions on this plan and Avetik sir plz also reply sharing your view.
I have two questions about this line:
(1). What should White do if Black chose 4. ... Ne4 rather than Nfd7
(2) What should White do if Black chose an early ...f6 (or even ...f5, which I have faced in some other variations), say, instead of 7. ...Qb6, so 7. ...f6?
Can White gain an advantage anywhere here?