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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. 


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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The winners of October, 2021

Hello ChessMood family!

Thanks for sharing your games. You all have been playing some really strong chess, and we’re happy to see that! 

Here’s the prizes list for October month’s contest -

The first prize goes to Huynh Hoang for this near-perfect game, with a nice finish.

Valerio Carnicelli takes the second prize for this mind-blowing attacking game. (28.Rd7!)

Ayush Shirodkar takes the third prize for the nice forcing finish in the end.

The fourth prize goes to Vladimir Bugayev for this miniature in Anti-Sicilian. https://lichess.org/wRgAWYNp#33

And the 5th prize goes to Avinash 004, showing how to attack in opposite side castling positions.

Congratulations to all of you, and thanks once again for sharing your games! 

See you soon in next month’s contest.
Till then, keep the mood and keep crushing!

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Tactics Ninja course - pin feedback

Having reviewed the pin section, I have the following feedback.

Missing aspects of the pin which probably should have been discussed:
Functional motives rather than solely geometic ones - 'a pinned piece is a paralysed piece' that is it loses it power to defend. There is one example where a forking square is no longer protected because of a pin
Breaking the pin
Which pieces can be pinned - when looking for pins (and skewers and forks) it's worth noting that rooks are vulnerable from the diagonals, bishops from the files/ranks, knights from all directions, pawns all directions except diagonally 1 square forward where they capture (and of course kings can't be pinned since they are the most valuable).
Also to note that the pinning exceptions to the above queen, rooks on the file/rank, bishops on the diagonal, pawns diagonally one square forward can be 'pinned' this way, if it means that capturing the pinning piece would give some other compensation. This may be covered in other sections though since decoy/deflection may be the final motive.

A diagram based handout would be useful, such as the 5x5 boards in Blokh's book, where the themes can be quickly drilled, perhaps as a warm-up exercise.

The examples and test are too easy, except for those unfamiliar with the material. There should be a test with harder examples, as well as a number of examples where the tactic doesn't work, in that case to say why - real chess is also about correctly discarding tactics which do not work.

Also examples from a few model games where it's not all so simple, but the pin plays a part, should be included. This also would help understand how the tactic forms rather than just looking for it puzzle fashion. That would add value for the higher rated player. It's possible to make these sections optional for the lower rated.

Based on this one section alone, I would say the course is for below 1200 Elo. Certainly I was aware of all of this below that rating due to one or two beginners books: the white Faber one's name I can't remember, but the Seirawan Winning Chess Tactics should be appropriate as well. Also Farnsworth's Predator at the Chessboard 1 and 2 is very accessible.  It's true that higher rated players do miss tactics especially in blitz, but this is not down to not knowing the themes.

I would suggest the books Chess Tactics for Advanced Players and Understanding Chess Tactics are more the template needed for the above 1200 category. Perhaps it would be better to focus on this as a lower level course and have a more advanced one bringing in calculation, attack, the link with strategy, formation of tactics, model games, endgame tactical themes, ... aimed at the 1500-2000+ category.

On the positive side, the explanations were really good and clear.

Let's see how it goes.

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