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 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
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 :)
Interesting game, but was worse for a fair bit of it and blundered at the end as time got low.
I remembered the theory and plan to get to play d4 and Qxd4 at the cost of B for N.
Opponent deviated by playing the dubious 5... Nf6, which 6. e5 is the only move that makes sense.
At move 8, considered c4, overlooking that after Nf4 d4 Ng2 Kf1 the knight is trapped, wasn't so happy with Nc3.
9. bxc3 was wrong, but at that point it's hard to see it. The aim was to either use the open b-file or a4 Ba3. The pawns resembles the Winawer French, but Black has the two bishops, so trying to keep one of them bad. The computer notes dxc3 is better, and while that does give better chances to the bishop, I was worried that Black's two bishops would find that position easier. Any suggestions here on the right way of thinking here?
11. a4 was an attempt to keep the light-squared bishop out of the game, and maybe give Ba3. The computer seems to want to play exd6 and dxc5 and swap queens, but I thought the pawns being on an
open file and the two bishops would be far better for Black.
13. Qc1 was trying to get rid of the bishop, but it wasn't going to work because Bg5 f6 would favour Black. 16. f4 makes the Bishop worse, but what is the alternative. Nd3 (computer suggestion just look s bad here).
21. Nd3 would have equalised, but I thought the N was needed to defend c2.
28... Bh3 should have cost the opponent the game. I was lucky (didn't see it beforehand that I had Ng2 as a resource).
31. c3 was an outright blunder in low time which loses the game. I need help to arrange my thinking so blunders like this don't happen. With more time I would have consider plans for my opponent. I think the thought process that goes wrong is thinking c3 will have to played without considering what options it gives the opponent (in this case a forced win). 31. Rb1 wins, but I had though Qc7 was okay for Black. However, it now gives Nf4 and Rxf4 is no longer playable.
So to recap, I played the opening well given inexperience, but didn't look further after Nxg2 in the c4 line else I would have played it. Should have played dxc3 rather than bxc3 but didn't see the reasoning behind it at that stage. Finally I need to be able to think in a way that avoids blunders under pressure.
We all feel attracted to some chess players in our life and we wish that I wish I were married to him or her or make them besties. Do you have any chess crush?
For me, Yes I have but I am super young hehehe. When I was new in chess the first game which I saw was Judit Polgar's and I showed that video to my mom and I said may be one day I will play like her and meet her and we can be great friends and I felt loved. But soon I realized oops she is old. But yeah still my hope is to meet Judit one day because I really love one thing about her. She crushed every top player and proved that if girls want then they can also become strong and beat elites. I wish she will be my future friend!
This was the video which I saw and I felt loved!
I've had 2... c6 played against me a few times in blitz, sometimes with the offer of the b7 pawn as well. It's like a Danish and needs some care. How best to deal with it, since the course doesn't cover this one. Also there are even rarer e6/e5 gambits - are there any tricks here, or is it just a free pawn?
This morning myself and 2 partners (Abhi and Edwin) were analyzing a classic game that ended in the position In the diagram below.
My question to you: Is white winning? And how do you achieve the victory.
OR Can black find a draw? How would you achieve it?
Please dont use an engine, as this is an exercise for our minds.
Leave your answers in the comments, and I look forward to seeing them!
With out further ado: Black to move.
Hi, guys I hope you are alright and doing superb in chess. Today a funny thing happened when I was analizing game 34th of Capablanca's Best Endings with Jay Garrison. We got a position in which Capablanca isolated Bogolyubov's piece on h7 but in our commented classical game he isolated Winter's piece on h2. In the book, Winter's Capablanca is game 29th. So it's funny that Capablanca isolated two pieces and pieces were bishops, and also opposite bishops and on same side of the board hehehe.
In the introduction, it mentions that non-Nd4 moves g6/e6/d6 end up in a better Rossolimo for White after d3 f4 Nf3. However, there is no guide to show what the plan is in these lines is, so that the advantage can be used. I imagine a lot of players (weaker especially) aren't going to play Nd4. Is it possible to have some model games added?
Hey everyone! I was curious if people have specific “playing chess” playlists on Spotify? Like similar to like a work out playlist for the gym do you have stuff you specifically like to listen to while you’re playing? I have a few different moods I can be in but sometimes I don’t want anything with any lyrics and I’ll listen to the Amelie soundtrack. Other times more hip hop or like classic rock. But I’m thinking about making a chess playing playlist and thought I’d see if others do this! Just curious
I'm rated in the 1500s lichess classical and the response I get to 1.e4 c5 second-most (after 2.Nf3) is 2.d4. I don't see anything in the video courses addressing this. If I missed it please provide the link, otherwise, what's the chessmood response?
There are plenty of people who (like IM Esserman) think this is a playable response to the Sicilian. I like playing it, too. :)
Hope everyone is doing well. I was wondering if you have any tips/strategies to approach the study of classical games. The 3 courses are amazing (Commented Classical Games, Classical Attacking Games, Instructional Classical Endgames) and I'm enjoying them greatly but sometimes I feel I don't quite know what to do with them afterwards, I watch the videos and I do pause when requested and try to think of the answer for myself, but I'm wondering if you guys have a strategy to sort of process the content of a game.
Do you try to play the game afterwards move by move or something like that? Do you try to memorize positions? Do you try to analyze the game *before* watching the video? I found that to be helpful when I'm reading a book, but I tried that with the courses and I think watching the video directly is more useful since there are questions to answer and the key positions are so clearly identified. Anyway, any tips/ideas will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks and have a good one!