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Must Read! "Improvement and comfort zone"

Hey Champions! 
This gonna be a long post, but very important!

Are you learning the courses now? Are you going to learn or you have finished already? 
In all cases, you may have problems AT FIRST. 

MAY HAVE 

The thing is when you learn these courses, you learn lots of new stuff, very often you learn some openings that you have never played, you are getting out of COMFORT ZONE.
But we grow only when we are uncomfort.  

At first, you may have problems. Don't stop. 

One of my students was playing 1.Nf3,g3... all his life. We switched to e4 and to aggressive chess! 
He dropped his online rating from 2300 to 2200. 
We knew that it would happen, and guess what? After a few weeks, he got 2300 back, and then 2400 and after a month 2500 !!! 

I warn you, it may happen. Don't worry and don't come back to your old openings, thinking that it's not working. Play them a lot. After you get in comfort with your new weapons, you will start to crush everyone! 

@Jay Garrison, tell your story. The same happened to you, right? 

This may happen to anyone of us.

Don't afraid guys, please. The downswing will be just temporary and then it will be a big upswing. 

Victor Korchnoi said - "The fastest way to grow in chess is to learn new openings." 
You learn new openings, you see lots of new ideas, you get out of comfort zone, you implement those ideas, they become yours... And WooW!!! Now you are much stronger than before. 

I am not going to teach you easy openings, traps, that will give you good results at first, but what then? 

So, please, please, please, don't afraid of getting out of comfort Zone. Your results may become worse. But it will be just at first and will be very temporary. After that, its gonna be explosive growth. 

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Dear Friends, Dear Pro Members! 
Welcome to the team! 
Below you can find information about our team members, would be cool, if you write a few words about yourself too! 


Brad Pevehouse My name is Brad I apologize in advance for Spirochete as my name but it is my chess handle on all chess sites except chess.com where I do not like to play. My rating is very different according to site. Lichess Elo 1422. FICS ELP 1347. Last, to my heart ache ICC ELO 929. I don’t know what my chess goals should be. I am self-taught and want to improve as much as possible. I would like to reach a rating of over 2000 and be able to complete at that level consistently but I do not know if this is possible. I am very glad to be here so thanks in advance.



Nicolò Pasini Hi! Really looking forward to starting! I'm a national master in Italy, my ELO is 2223 Fide for this month. I started to play 7 years ago at my school and my main goal in chess would be to be able to become a professional. I really love this game and wouldn't be able to imagine my future life in a different world. For the end of the year, I'd like to be able to get FM title. I used to only study openings (that's what brought me to where I am) and I never had many chess lessons until 3 months ago.


Artrosman Djangologic Hi Everyone! My name is Pascal Depyl from France, but my nickname is Art Rosman. I am 61 years old. I play chess since 1976. I was Normandy champion in 1980. I get my first Fide rating in 1992 (2205). I play regularly till 2007 (teams championships and 2 or 3 tournaments per year). I stop playing chess for 12 years (because of work and poker too!) Now I am back in the business...I'll be happy to learn a lot and to share too! Sorry for my poor English…


Metha Jeeradit  Hello Avetik GM Grigoryan and all, thank you for the warm welcome! I just picked up chess again this January after my friend Robert Tea asked me to play a game with him and then got hooked on playing chess again. I also joined here on his recommendation as I’m looking to take chess more seriously. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot here!


Patrick B. Miller My name is Patrick and I come from St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. I currently live in Ohio, play actively in tournaments and volunteer at scholastic chess events. I am a veteran of 1 Chess Olympiad, the one in Yerevan, Armenia in 1996 where just due to the sheer lack of chess talent where I came from, I qualified for the Olympic Team and proceeded to get destroyed in every game I played at the event. 23 years later, I am a much stronger player, but not quite where I want to be with my abilities. It's time to get to work!


Bhabatosh Chowdhury Hello everyone, this is Bhabatosh Chowdhury from Chicago. I am originally from Kolkata, India. I learnt chess more or less myself at some point, I never had a coach. Back in my college days I played a lot and represented my University in the national championship and scored 7/9. Since 2001 I am more or less working as a software engineer and very much inactive in chess. During a brief period in 2007, I played chess in a few club tournaments in the Chicago area and had a rating of 2016 when again I stopped playing. The year 2018 at some point when I am already a father of 2 felt that I can start my main chess journey now with my kids. Last 7-8 months have been intense chess practice, I have never been more motivated than before and I have no plans to stop the game abruptly anymore. Once my kids play regularly in tournaments and get used to the setup then I will start participating in open section of the tournaments. Right now playing in Chicago Industrial chess league for a club, its format suits my lifestyle now, one classical chess game every 2-3 weeks. I love Caro Kan, Benko openings with Black, for white Scotch, Sicilian Grand Prix and Reti opening. I do take tactics trainer in chess.com very seriously and have tactics trainer rating of 3050+. I am not a fast player and my rating performance is inversely proportional to time. My chess.com handle is bchowdhury and lichess handle is deisler25. You can find a lot of my chess secrets there. I hope to play some of you soon.



Jay Garrison Hi! My name is Jay Garrison. I have been playing chess for over 40 years having learned the game at the age of 5. For most of my life it was just a game I played once in a while as a hobby. I tried to learn more about the game in my early 20s and played a few tournaments but career and family became my focus and I set chess aside. I tried a few times over the years to learn more and have bought well over 100 books on chess, but I soon found out that while teaching yourself from books will help you improve, it isn’t very quick and reached a peak rating of just over 1800 USCF. I have seen lots of programs, talked with lots of chess players, and none of the compare with the community I have found here at Chessmood! Thank you Avetik GM Grigoryan and the entire team of GMs who have made this possible and rekindled my dream of learning this amazing game at a deeper level!


Theko Khanyapa Hello everyone! My name is Theko Khanyapa and I'm from Butha-Bothe, Lesotho(The kingdom in the sky). I'm very glad to have joined the ChessmoodPro. My FIDE rating is 1776 and I'm planning on getting it over 2000 by December this year. Also, I want to become an International Master by March 2020. I believe I'm at the right place, at the right time with the right mood and hopefully, the results will be amazing. Thank you!!


Thanadon Kulpruethanon Hi! My name is Thanadon, from Thailand. I'm a FIDE Master and 3 time Thailand Champion. My ELO is 2260. I really love chess and I will try to go as far as I can. I'm glad we have ChessMood community. My next goal is to become an International Master!


Ryu Prasitsoonthorn Hello! My name is Teerachoti, but you can call me Ryu. I am from Thailand and I am 16 years old. My FIDE ELO is 1851 and I have played for Thailand in the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Georgia. My goal is to reach 2000 ELO by the end of this year and after that work to become an FM. I am looking forward to improving my chess with all of you!


Jeffrey Cobb Hi Everybody. Happy to be here in ChessMood Pro and hoping to max out my game. Started playing chess during the Fisher frenzy as a high schooler, gives you a general idea of my age. Currently sporting a USCF rating around 1860, I maxed out at 2013 before leaving tournament play in the '90s to devote more time to children and family. The children have been gone for several years now, and I've been playing tournaments for the last three years. Tournaments have changed a lot since I last played in the '90s. Many more children playing now, some pretty good! I had a hard time getting back into tournament state of mind and gave up many rating points before finally leveling off a little lower than my current rating. I took lessons for a while and at first they seemed to help although I wasn't really seeing it in my results, I felt like I was playing better. However, eventually realized my coach was basically analyzing my games with an engine, saying I should've made this move here, or that move there. Well, nothing wrong with game analysis, but it got to the point where I wasn't getting much from the sessions and stopped.

My chess goal for the year is to get back to 2000. My first tournament this year didn't do anything to help. I had a draw against a master level player, but it was all downhill after that. By the last round, I should've just withdrawn because I certainly wasn't in the Right Mood to compete. Anyhoo, I play on Lichess and chess.com. Handle on Lichess is Fianchettoed. Handle on chess.com is cobb452. If anybody wants to play a slow time control game let me know. Openings I play as white are Catalan, Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (occasionally), sometimes I eschew the fianchetto and play a straight QGD or QGA. Black openings include, but are not restricted to Caro-Kann, Nimzovitch Defence, and Pirc defense against e-pawns and Grunfeld, or Chigorin defense against d-pawns. That's all I have for now.


Sarven çakmak Hi, my name is Sarven. I'm from Turkey - Istanbul. I play chess for 23 years. My peak ELO was 2021 but my ELO is 1784 now. I work as a chess teacher in schools in Istanbul. I work with kids. I can play only in summer tournaments. I'm the captain and a member of Sisli Sports Club. We play in the Turkish 2nd League. I like to study chess very much. My goal is to improve my understanding. Thank you to all ChessMood family.


Eric Ortega Hello and thank you for the add. I just want to let you know that I have been playing chess on and off for the past 40 years. But, now I want to get serious with my improvement. I. Have tried a few sites but, this one has struck a chord with me. I'm looking forward to seeing my games get stronger as I learn from you. Not sure what I can take advantage of as I pursue this. But, I will just defer to your wisdom on this. Thanks again so much. 


Muizzuddin Yaqeen Hi everyone, I am Muizzuddin Yaqeen, from Afghanistan but currently living in Uganda. My Fide rating is 1620, and chess.com is the same. Have been training for the last two years, but honestly, there has not been much improvement. However, I managed to encourage my kids to start playing chess and they started three of them they rating of 1100-1300. I am still keen on development and am aiming at reaching 2000 this year. I joined ChessMood family to bring a change in my chess!


Badreddine Ouali Good evening. I am 55. I played chess until my 17 and then stopped. I love chess and would like to play again. And also to understand GM games. I am may be between 1600 and 1800, but I am not sure. I dream of becoming a master. I’m looking forward to learning and enjoying thru your coaching. All the best. 


Jonathan Turcotte Hi my name is Jonathan Turcotte I am from Montreal Canada I have been playing slow chess tournament for 16 years now my rating in Quebec Canada is about 2100 and my Fide rating around 1986. I love chess and try to improve all the time I read over 30 chess books and I listen to a lot of chess videos. I really enjoy to be of the ChessMood family hopefully we can help each other. I would really like to become a master but I need to sharpen my tactical abilities and my dynamic skills. I started taking lessons with Avetik for one month and it's great 🙂 I play d4 with white and I defend with the caro-kann and the semi-slav. If someone wants to play semi-rapid games or study openings I can meet people on skype and talk chess🙂 Have a great day guys!


Robert Tea  Hello All, my name is Bobby Tsang aka Robert Tea. I'm from London, United Kingdom, currently living in Phuket, Thailand. I'm useless at Chess because I always blunder at the end game, so that's why I joined ChessMood to try and improve as a player. I have an after-school Chess Club at my school every week where I help kids learn the basics and I used to play when I was young whilst growing up in London. I have recently rediscovered my passion for it and hungry to improve. Nice meeting you all.


Gerardo Gracia  Hello everyone, My name is Gerardo Gracia from México. I ́m 21 years old. My Fide rating is 2232 and I have the FM title. I really like to play chess and share my knowledge with the people, for this reason, I give online lessons and play a lot in different apps. My goal is to get the IM title as soon as possible and I see this page very useful for all the people. I can play with everyone and practice the lines. Thank you to all ChessMood family.


Roger Rein Hi folks. I am Roger from Norway. In these days, from March to 20th of April I am living here in Yerevan. For studies. Not mainly chess, but when you have the pleasure of living in a chess country like Armenia, and you love chess, you can't miss the opportunity to join the chess community here. I am 59 years old, married to Hege and together we have seven kids and three grandchildren. I have played chess since I was 10, at school and in a local club until I was 15 years old. I had a short visit from 22 to 24 years old. Then I had a 30-year break from chess, but started again when I changed my life (new job, new wife, new town). I am a club player. My Fide rating is 1250, 1465 (blitz) and 1516 (rapid). I love chess, the play, the history and the atmosphere. My goal is to improve so I can beat some more of my friends in the local club, and like Robert above I often blunder in the endgames. I had the pleasure, yesterday evening, to meet Avetik in his office/flat here in Jerevan. I can tell you he is really nice and friendly guy, and he will take good care of us. I am sure. Look forward to a part of this team with chessfriends from all over the world. That's alone is a good thing.


Hardik Mehta Hello Everyone. My name is Hardik Mehta. I am from India (Mumbai). My ELO rating is 2030 and I was actively participating in every rating tournament until 2009 and then started a job in ICICI bank but my love for chess brought me back to chess in 2017 as a coach 😍 I have been coaching from last 2 years but now I wish to start playing again and become an IM before December 2021. I joined ChessMood family to improve my opening skills 🙂


Surendranath Konatham Hello everyone this Snehil Konatham I am from India I have been playing chess since the last 5 years my ELO is 1666. I am wishing to increase it I wish chessMood family will help so.


Adarsh Tripathi Hello everyone! I am Adarsh Tripathi, A-14-year old player with the rating of 1952. I have been playing chess for 6 years now and I have been stuck at 1800 for quite a few (2-3) years now and am working to increase it to 2200+ My main weapons for quite a long time have been: Grand Prix, Spanish, Colle and Colle Zukertot and London system for white whereas the Benko and the dragon as the main weapon for black. I have enjoyed the material provided by ChessMoodPRO and I hope I will continue to do so!


Kavin Nattavutthisit Hello I am Kavin Nattavutthisit, 185x fide rated from Chiang Mai Thailand. My goal is to reach 2xxx by the end of this year.


Pop S'arocha Hello My name is Sarocha Chuemsakul. I'm 15 years old from Chiang Mai Thailand. My fide rating is1650.


Máté Jánosik Hello I'm Máté Jánosik. I'm 15 years old, from Hungary. I'm 1550 fide, I didn't play in any tournament for one and a half years, now back to chess, 1950 on chess.com. My goal for this year is at least 18xx maybe 20xx rating, if I play in more tournaments.


Derek JY Hello, I am Lye Jiun Yin, you can call me Derek, from Malaysia, 25 years old. I`m 1550 Fide rating (standard). My goal is to increase rating +100 (cumulative) in this year, get FM or NM in 2023 year (target year).

Modern Maroczy -Section 3 - " We have a nice tactic! "

Reference Section : https://chessmood.com/course/modern-maroczy-bind/episode/496

In the diagram position you said Black is doing great as it wins one of the white piece . But if White simply captures Bxe4 then Black a8 rook is hanging and will be down material . Not sure what I am missing here , could you please check  ? 


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