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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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The Legal Doping in Chess

Hey Champions!
We have an interesting article on our Blog.
If you have any questions, comments or you just liked it, feel free to share your thoughts here :) 

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How to Handle Painful Blunders

Hey Champions! 
We have this topic in our Blog.
If you have any questions, comments or you just liked it, feel free to share your thoughts here :) 

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The Webinar with ChessMood PRO Members

Hey Champions! 
Here is the link of study -> 
Also, if you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording in the events section.

P.S Don't forget to be here, after tomorrow, we have a Simul game with GM Melkumyan! 

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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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