Hello ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions!
Welcome to the "Best games of January 2021" competition.
Under this post, we invite you to post the 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 December 2021:
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 :)
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.
I've played all the White lines for many months now and the Benko. But not the Sicilian, as I've invested too much in the French to just jettison it. I'm interested which specific CM openings you have found the most success with? On Li-Chess my grade oscillates between 2100 and 2200.
For me :--- The Scotch Game -- very big plus score for me. Grand Prix Attack-- win some great attacks but seems easy to neutralise by stronger opponents. Tricky French I have a big plus score. Caro Exchange I rarely get a big king-side attack and also seems easy for well booked opponents . Maybe that is because in my recent experience most Caro ( and Petrov ) players seem to be Russian or East Europeans. I rarely get Pirc/Modern but sometimes get a run of Philidor Defence games and usually do well in these lines. With Black I have a huge plus score with the Benko.
What about you ?
Very little surprises me in the Scotch Game . But an opponent higher graded than me played a move I had not seen before. e4 e5 : Nf3 Nc6 : d4 e/d : Nxd4 Ne5 (?!) Odd-- I intuitively thought about Be2 after Nc3 aiming for a quick f4 . But it can get tricky and the old brain was reeling !! Comments appreciated .
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7
I faced 6.Nde2!? ... Nf6 7.g3 O-O 8.Bg2 d6 9.h3 Bd7 (If Be6 then white can play Nf4) 10. O-O a6 11.a4 with a grip on d5.
What's our strategy as black in this line? It's not easy to trade pieces, break in the center or on the queenside. And it looks like white can launch a kingside attack starting with f4 soon.
I was thinking about what is the more effective way to follow modern games. I was reading an article of Ding in which he said after breakfast he likes to follow latest games on chessabase to see if there is any new idea or interesting positions. I like that but I wanna know what is the most effective way to follow latest games .
From latest ongoing games we find many things like:
1, Trending lines and new ideas in various openings.
2. Many cool middlegames concepts
3. After sometimes instructive endgames.
So, it takes a lot time to follow games as I am an intermediate player not a master. Games are also more than 50 everyday. I also heard once that Tal was following more than 100 games in a day. I forgot where I read but I read it.
My current request is to make an article about it or give nice detailed idea about " How to follow Modern on going Tournaments"
So... I finally decided to bite the bullet and try to make ChessMood openings my repertoire against 1d4/c4 etc, but I'm having some issues with the Benko. Firstly, I gather from some books (e.g. Neil McDonald's 'The Benko Gambit Revealed') that the best move order is supposed to be 5 ...g6 after 5 axb6, and only after 6 Nc3 Bxa6. The idea is that retaining the option of ...Nxa6 dissuades White from posting his Bishop on b2, but the CM course goes 5 ...Bxa6 straight away. I'm sure most players at club level will just play 6 Nc3 anyway and transpose, but supposedly it's an inaccuracy.
Also, after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5 4 cxb5 a6 5 bxa6 Bxa6 6 Nc3 d6 7 g3 g6 8 Bg2 Bg7 9 Nf3 0-0 10 0-0 Nbd7 11 Qc2 Qa5 the course says that 12 b3 is impossible because of 12 ...Nxd5, but in fact after 12 b3 Nxd5 13 Nxd5 Bxa1 14 Bd2, Black is in big trouble; I don't see a better reply than 14 ... Qd8 and after 15 Rxa1, white just has two pieces against a Rook.
I'm creating a file in my Opening Trainer app as I watch the videos, but I'm not sure what to put in here.
Link to lesson (Removing upcoming defender): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylH-FkKUPh4
The tactic I got: https://lichess.org/training/HZn6W
A big note of appreciation and thank you for Chessmood for uploading these instructional daily lesson with GM (not just for this one tactic but for improving my play! :D)
I solved this tactic, but feel free to leave your answers in the comments!
The answer is Nh5, with a nice rook check to follow. The idea seems to be to reach a R+2p vs N+p endgame.
But what if we start with the rook check then play Nh5? Black has several options such as letting White queen and winning the rook, but it seems to me White still has an advantage after queening and capturing the g pawn - reaching a Q+N+2p vs. Q+N endgame.
Hello guys - I thought it will be interesting if everytime we feel that we spot a mistake in the videos we post it here.
This is not with bad intentions! I understand that it is normal that after recording so many hours there can be minor errors in tactical shoots or calculation or simply something that the person recording the video may have missed.
I think this may be useful for 3 reasons:
1- maybe not too strong players may see that there is a 'potential error' and believe that it is not a real error it is only that they are not too strong. OR, it can be that we find something that we think is an error and in reality it is not. So, it opens some debate and room for helping each other.
2- will put us into 'active mood'. This is help us to not watch videos only passively, but being attentive to try to discover some errors, hence keeping us engaged.
3- FInally, although is not the intention. May help to the Chessmood team in case that they want to make some corrections.
Here is an example:
BEnko Gambit video 10 (07:57)
Actually, Nd1 + is impossible due to Rxd1 ;) So better to finde something else in casae of Rc2!
Kc2 Pc3 Bg7
nc7 pb5 pe4 kc4
Black plays e3 and mates in 20 according to the tablebase.
Nd5 draws as White plays the king in front of the pawn and winning the c pawn in return isn't enough since the king aims to get in front of the b-pawn and the bishop attacks the b-pawn from the rear or the knight if the black king tries to step in front.
More an endgame study than a tactical puzzle.
Lomonosov Tablebases app can be downloaded for Android phones from the play store and is free.
Hey Everyone !
Recent I played this line in blitz tournament and I am little confused about assesment this position.
I choosen this variantion because I like sometimes surprise my opponent in opening and whats more importent for me this was played few times by our Coach GM Gabuzyan. So I strongly believe it.
I dont remember all my game but I wanna focus whats we have after opening for sacrifices our pawn.
I see pair of the bishops and very weak pawns in my oponnent side, but how to play positions like this ?