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ChessMood Open with $20,000 prize fund!
Dear chess friends!
I’m super excited to announce that on October 4-12 in Armenia there is going to be ChessMood Open tournament with around $20.000 prize fund.

By the way, right after it, we’re going to have “Yerevan Open” tournament (October 13-22) with a similar prize fund. So you can combine them and play two tournaments.
As there are no border problems at the moment, you can easily travel to Armenia.
Looking forward to seeing you soon and drinking something cold together :) 

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The winners of August, 2021

Hello champions and future champions! Hello ChessMood family!

Thank you all for sharing your games. It’s great to see you play some really strong chess! Keeping crushing the same way!

Moving on to the prizes,

The first prize goes to Jaylen Lenear for his Tal-like approach to finish the game.


The second prize goes to Vladimir Bugayev for the way he conducted a crushing attack in the Anti-Sicilian!


The third prize goes to Yuma Okabe for brilliantly handling the initiative after 11...Nxe4! and converting it into a win.


The 4th prize goes to Karl Strohmaier for this brilliant attack in the Accelerated Dragon.


The 5th prize goes to Paul Alejandro Cardones for the picturesque 16.Nce4#!


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

Keep crushing, and keep the #COGRO

See you soon for next month’s contest.

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Chess improving 1400-1800

Hi Chess Moods!

My rating (5 minute blitz) has been 1300-1500 all year, despite me trying hard to improve my chess play. Why? Well I have thought about this today and think I have the answer & sharing it might help others at my level here to improve, hopefully it will! Here goes...

At the start of this year, I remember watching GM Hikaru Nakamura playing on his Twitch chess stream and someone in chat asked how to improve to 1800 rating and he replied to do this by getting better at openings & tactics!  What fine advice!

So, this year, I have studied a ton of chess openings, with my online coach and by myself and now with the excellent Chess Mood repertoires! I now have such broad opening knowledge ! I have to admit though, I have only done a little on tactics practice (limited to a few daily puzzles usually) and I know I should do more (so I will try & do that also!).

However, the point of this post, is to state that at my low level, I have many other chess playing weaknesses and in general, openings and tactics, are not my main specific chess playing problems.

I also firmly believe it is possible to get to 1800 with a good basic understanding and application of basic opening, mid and end game principles.

In fact, most of my games show my opening play is reasonable and that my main specific problems are that I am weak in mid and endgame play, generally and specifically! There is so much general chess advice available online these days, it is impossible to learn from it all and trying to do so can bog & slow you down, when you would be better learning specific knowledge that applies to the strengths & weaknesses of your own game.

So, from now on, I intend to concentrate on understanding, studying and playing a narrower opening repertoire for both colours, with special emphasis on improving the mid and end games that arise from this more refined, narrower opening repertoire! That is my plan to smash my chess improving for next year! If this applies at all or partly with your chess studying and improving, then I hope my post will help you to think about and find your specific strengths & weaknesses and that you can work on improving too (& with me if you want!).

Happy chess play, study and chess improving all!

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Thanks for this secret.


I am glad I know this. I most of the time decline draw offers but I never thought why strong players do draw offers. Now I know the point.

Thanks for wonderful points.

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Kings Indian defence , Black Knights, strange observation

this is a position from middlegame videos .


if you see the position in attached screenshot you will see Black knights are placed on e7 and d7 . Strangely enough the b8 knight came to c6 then e7 and f8 knight went to f6 and then d7 . I can save 2 tempi if I move f8 knight to d7 and c8 knight to e7 . is there any way I can reach similar position with saving tempi , or white will do something else ?

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