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My first Scotch Game


Played fine but full of mistakes from my side too.

But I will do my best in attacking 

It's a new skill I am learning 

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Some questions about ChessMood opening courses

Hi! I am the guy who wrote some questions and wishes in Russian in a sentence for the last webinar, so I would like to duplicate them here in English.

1) In the course about the closed Sicilian, some principal options from the black side were not considered. My blitz rating on chess.com is about 2150 points and very often opponents rank their pieces against me as follows: 1.е4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 and here black instead of 3...d5 may go 3...Nc6 and after 4 Nf3 a6 (the same after 3...a6 4.Nf3 Nc6) we have a hybrid position from different systems 2...Nc6, 2 ...e6, 2...a6 against which I do not quite understand how White needs to be set up, because after 5.g3 Black can go right now 5...d5 without turning the pawn on b5, after which it is not so easy for White to put problems before Black. Of course, I could go here to the Taimanov system after 5.d4, but that would not correspond to the spirit of the closed Sicilian... Also in line 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 instead of 4... g6 Black can go 4...e6 after which again a kind of hybrid position arises, in which Black subsequently plays 5...Nf6 6...Be7 7...0-0 8...Rb8 and 9...b5 without losing a tempo with a6... So I would like to hear from you some recommendations on playing for white in these positions.

2) In the course of “Crushing the Pirc”, do you plan to consider for Black the possibilities associated with the transition to the following systems: (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 !?), (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6 !?), (1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 and after some white move here Black will not go 4...Nf6 but will make for example 4...a6 or 4...c6)?

3) In the course "Crushing All the Sicilian's Sidelines" GM Gabuzyan didn't covered the moves 2. a3!? (a pretty intresting Vadim Zvyagintsev's move) and 2.c4?!(it's quite dubious move but still it's not so easy to disprove for black), and of course the 2.d3!? and 2.Bc4 moves. Also some players play the system with b3 through the following move order: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b3 (the same line about b4 gambit and a pretty nasty line 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4!? ), so I think it's worth to be considered to :) 

4) In the course "Crushing d4 Sidelines" in section "London System" it seems like you forgot to consider for White the opportunity to go the c-pawn on c3 or c4 squares on the fifth and sixth move, White will not rush to develop a white-winged bishop and will look after Black's plans, this does not seem like a really bad idea...

5) Finally in Benko gambit course in e3 line after the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. e3 e6 6. dxe6 fxe6 7.Nc3 d5 8. Nf3 you suggested to play 8... Bd6, but after 9. e4 my engine show on 40th dept, that white is clearly better (advantage around 1,5 pawn). I understand, what move 9.e4 is not so obvious for human and my laptop is not too powerful, but still white's advantage is pretty rough.. Maybe the move 8...c4!? which was played in the game between Karpov-Edouard is objectyvly stronger, I analyse some positions after 8...c4 and they are pretty intresting, what do you think? :)

PS. Sorry for my bad English, I hope you can understand everything that I wrote :)

PSS. Holy moly, I killed three hours of my life to formulate all of this questions. I definitely need some rest :)

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My favorite complex endgame books
In this blog I will talk about My favorite complex endgame books . You will find 4 books in this blog that are really interesting to study . 3 of which are written by Mikhail Shereshevsky and 1 is by Andrian Mikhalchishin . If you find this blog useful then please let me know in comment section below . 

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1. Endgame Strategy by Mikhail Shereshevsky 
This book is published by Everyman Chess in 1981 . author of this book Mr shereshevsky is well known author . The book covers 13 chapters in which positions and analysis given . I found this book without any mistake and many GMs have suggested this book for study . I especially liked chapters Do not hurry and complex endings . Selection of positions are excellently done by Shereshevsky. If you are reading from India you can get this book at less than 6 USD
2. Mastering Complex Endgames by Andrian Mikhalchishin and Oleg Stetsko
This book is published by Thinkers Publication in 2017. Both author is soviet national team coach and Andrian is coach of former world champion Anatoly karpov. This book cover high class material for any chess player in search of the needed endgame fitness . This book covers 11 chapters in which positions with analysis given . This book is also suggested by GM Aleksander Beliavsky. 
3.  Mastering Chess Endgame by Mikhail Shereshevsky and Slutsky
This book is published in 2 volumes part 1 and part 2 by cadogan publications .You will find connection between opening and endgames from this books . The material is arranged not by a formal opening classification , but mainly according to the type of pawn formation and the central strategy adopted by black . Lets see one by one 

A- volume - 1
This book is for positions that come from 1st move E4 . i.e positions coming from open and semi open games . This covers plans and playing methods in endings arising from the Sicilian Defense , Ruy Lopez , French Defense and other open and semi open games .

B - Volume 2 
This book is for positions that come from 1st move D4 i.e. positions from closed games. This covers the plans and playing methods in endings arising from the Queens Gambit , Indian Defense , English opening and other closed games. 

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"Crushing the Scandinavian" course

Hey Champions! 
The course is uploaded and 3 sections are ready, others are on their way.

I hope you'll enjoy it and start crushing Scandinavian players.
If you have any questions about the course - put them in the comments of this post.

With best wishes,
GM Avetik 


Hey everyone! I wanted to let you know a good way to train your openings is using the website https://www.chessable.com and building your own book with the lines the coaches teach. If you have a hard time remembering from only watching video, this is a great way to build your database and train against it. It also allows you to train on your phone or whatever if you have down time. 

Just thought I would share :) 


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