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
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 :)
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.
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.
1. Make a new menu option with list of best games of the month.
2. Stream with GM Gabuzyan, I would ask Gabuzyan to play less games (max 3 games) per session but each game would be analysed afterwards, preferably in the style of Daniel Naroditsky's Speedrun.
3. Make a possibility to tag the games submitted by members with ChessMood tags related to courses, so that games could be linked from the course page. I would only tag the games of some value --> that would require that ChessMood team would tag the games. (one of the tags could be best-game, which would solve point 1 as well).
4. Make a possibility to submit important games related to ChessMood courses from current and past tournaments . Also require to submit pgn's so that they can be viewed immediately instead of links, that would drive people to other websites.
Hi CM team!
I recently had a game that started like this:
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 e6 4. Nf3 Nf6
At this point I figured there's no choice but to decide on the development of the f1 bishop, andthe game continued:
5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bxd7 Nxd7 7. 0-0 Be7 8. d3 0-0 9. Qe1 a6 10. a4 Qc7 and here I continued with 10. Qh4, figuring that the discovery on the queen is not imminent as the e7 bishop hangs, and I could always put the queen on h3 if needed.
A few questions:
1. Do you recommend going 5. Bb5+ and exchanging on d7 in this case?
2. Do you still recommend going for the d3 setup in this position or perhaps betting to go d2-d5?!
3. What about the king's side attack and what to do with the queen?
In one of the early streams, GM Avetik plays the From Gambit (e5 d6). I used to play this, and if White avoids the traps and plays sensibly (as 1700+ would), it didn't seem Black got enough for the pawn. Is this still the suggestion, or is d5 preferred (maybe even c5 since e4 d5 transposes)?
This is something I need to do more of. I was watching one of the old streams in early 2019 about improvement suggestions for PRO members (hint would be nice to have another one of those events). I like the bit about 'become a wild animal' as soon as the opponent makes a mistake :) I guess better to be too aggressive and overdo it (and learn what can be done) than too timid and never try.
I'm wondering if people have the same experience I do - I go through periods of streaks and slumps and I can't really figure out why. Some of it is definitely my day-to-day mood (right mood right move!) but it's not all of it.
There are days when chess almost feels easy for me - my pieces all work together and everything flows seamlessly. But there are also days when I can't make the right move at all. As an example: last week over 3 days I won 4 games and lost 13 on lichess. But then, over the last 4 days I won 22, lost 7 and drew 4.
It's like night and day. I really think if I could figure out the root cause it would make a huge difference. Does this happen to anyone else? If so, have you been able to figure out the reason/ways to combat it?
I was playing a strong player rated 2500 in chess.com and I played the Sicilian Rossolimo which was recommanded in the course. My opponent played the interesting a4 move and play two game which give me some trouble in this line.
The first game, he played a4 and I reply with a5 to stop the advancement of pawn. But he reply with an interesting maneuver Bd2 and Bc3, Na3 and Nc4 that put big pressure on my e5 pawn.
The second game, I tried to avoid playing e5 but he instead played e5 himself. I was not sure how should I continue the game. I tried to check what if I meet his a4 move with a5, but he has an interesting idea of Ra2 after Nf8 Bd2 Be6 and b3. Where he still prepare Bc3 to exchange my bishop on g7.
Hello ChessMood Family,
I am happy to inform you guys that I crossed my goals in both rapid and blitz on Lichess. I crossed 2300 in Rapid and 2200, nearing 2250 in Blitz.
I couldn't have done it without the ChessMood coaches! Thank You very much ChessMood community. As Coach Gabuzyan said in his article, online chess ratings indicate if your overall skill is improving, and I feel it is.
As this hasn't been announced yet and isn't a regular event.
There is a SLP (saving lost positions) stream on Tuesday 16th Feb at 3pm GMT. If you've watched old streams before (or been a member that long), a piece will be given away in a very obvious manner to a strong player and then will be systematically punished for having the audacity to take it. It also appears that hippo style positions get adopted (pawns to 3rd rank, Ns to second rank, with a fianchetto) so is also a lesson on the dangers playing against of such positions.
There was talk of a theme tournament on this basis at some point so would be good prep if that arises.
There are daily spam forum posts from bots, and it'll be 'whack-a-mole' until there is a better registration system.
Don't click on any links in posts unless it looks like a bonafide post about chess from a regular member as tempting as the description of the link may be. Even then be wary. Some of the links may well try to install malware on your system.
They'll post in the main channel at least as they won't be pro members.
Another solution (with a moderator) would be only release main channel posts to the forum when they have been vetted. This would be a little slower for non-pro members, but as most of the posters are pro and the only benefits of non-pro outside of special unlock days are seeing the free courses, as long as they do get approved is unlikely to be much of a problem. Most main channel posts from non-pro members would be about the site and membership so a moderator might be a good person for an initial answer anyway.
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. Qd2 O-O 6. O-O-O c6 7. Bh6 b5 8. f3 Qa5 9. h4 b4 10. Nb1 Qxa2 11. Bxg7 11. h5 Nbd7 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. Qh6+ Kf7 15. Nh3 Ke8 16. e5 dxe5 17. Ng5 Nb6 18. dxe5 Nfd5 19. Nxh7 was suggested and it is a mistake and after rg8 and it is slightly better for black and 19. qg7 is the best move
For Be2 two options are given - option 1 7... g5 is equal after 8. Nfd2 and 9. exf4
Option 2 is given with 7... c5, however after 8. c3 g5 only 9. Nfd2 is covered. Better is 9. Bg3 and now the plan in option 1 of responding e6 is not possible as White now has dxc5. After 9... Nxg3 10. hxg3, cxd4 can be answered by cxd4, which wasn't possible in the option 2 8. O-O line since c3 has been played. Now the Bg7 isn't so useful. This perhaps why option 1 is more frequent.
In Win With the London System, not much space is devoted to the d6 variation, and it gives Option 1, 8. Nfd2, 10... c5, but now considered 11. d5, however the analysis breaks down at move 18, where 18... Kf8 gives an equal position instead of the stated inferior Nxd4.
I see that many of you have problems with memorizing variations.
There are different solutions, like Chessbase trainer, lichess or chessable move trainer.
We decided to create ours. Some kind of dream software.
The head of the technical department assured me, that whatever I want, they can create.
Now, I would like to hear your thoughts.
What kind of options you would love to have?
What options from other Softwares you like?
Any option, that comes to your mind, just tell us.
We are going to build something super useful for you guys.
Looking forward to seeing your thoughts.