Here you can find sparring partners.
You can write, for example,
"Hey guys, my name is Bob, I'm from the USA, my rating is 2000 I'm looking for a sparring partner."
Or even more specific like "I just finished the Caro-Kann course and I'm looking someone to play a friendly sparring games".
Hopefully, you'll find good friends too.
Hello ChessMood Family!
Now I'm adding model games in each section of our course, so you have a better understanding of the positions. Some of them, I'll also add in the book, that I'm writing now (later about that.)
Why did I write this post? :)
If you played nice and instructive games with our ChessMood openings - please post here.
I would be happy to add them as well.
The first course, where I'm going to add model games, gonna be the Scotch game. If you want to make a research in your games, start from the Scotch :)
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Welcome to the "Best games of January 2021" competition.
Under this post, we invite you to post the best games that you will play this month.
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The 5th Prize- 20k
Good luck with your games and keep the Right Mood!
#Right Mood - Right Move
Here are the winners of December 2021:
Hello champions and welcome to the ChessMood team!
We all are from different countries, different ages, have different professions... But one thing bounds us - the passion for chess.
Champions, we'll grow together and keep a warm relationship in our team.
Please tell a bit about yourself in this post.
I'm getting the e3 variation more than anything! It's interesting to note that not always can we go for the Blumfeld-style e6 move as white can sort of move-order us out of this. I just got:
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 c5. 4. d5 b5 5. cxb5 a6 6. e3, after which black has already commited to a king's side fianchetto. All in all an interesting game, though with a few major mistakes (blitz game!), so I'm sharing it with the team.
This hoodie blunder is from the recent Chess Mood arena training, on the power of the bishop pair and played by my opponent (only rated 732 higher than me, which might confirm that rating has little relation to chess play, or not and that hoodie blunders can strike anyone at anytime for any reason, but that is a deep and possibly meaningless discussion, so I will not continue it.)
Sadly, I have not taken the power of the bishop course yet, but I look forward to doing so.
Anyway, here (as seen in the image), Black makes a bad move with Nh4 (knight on the rim is dim) and follows it up with the hoodie blunder move, Ke7...oooops!
This makes this a fine contender and entrant for Chess Mood Hoodie Blunder of the Month. Mind you some of my hoodie blunders this month might be considered at least equal to this!? Lol
May these hoodie blunders strike anywhere but our Chess Mood games, and happy play & training to all!
This post relates to video #66, 1:29
6. d4 Be7 7. Bd3 0-0 8. 0-0 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bg5 h6? 12. Rxe7! Rxe7 13. Bxf6 gxf6 14. Nd5 Re8 15. Qd2 Bxf3
16. Qxh6 does work (and wins much faster)
16. ... Bxd5 17. Bh7+ Kh8 18. Bf5 (this move is missed in the video) Kg8 19. Qh7+ Kf8 20. Qh8+ Ke7 21. Re1+ (the lst piece is joining the attack) Be6 22. Rxe6+
I just played white against the French and followed the few moves I could remember (I had prepped for the Sicilian; he wanted to try something new against much-lower-rated me). I got to this position and wanted to trade my dsb but Stockfish hated it - https://lichess.org/5LBQQLrj/black#19 I eventually got a crushing advantage (!) but gave it back and ultimately lost. Was my thinking correct that my dsb was bad, but my execution off?
The rematch was my horrible attempt to defend against 1.d4. I got to this position where I thought it would be good to defend my K with my lsb and trade if he wanted to - https://lichess.org/HntdT6lm/black#18 Again, the computer evaluation was horrible in my opponent's favor, and got much worse with that move. What was wrong with my thinking? His thinking turned bad a bit later when he blundered the initiative and I found the win. :-)
I understand that the two-bishop advantage exists. Should I not have been thinking of exchanges in these games?
We know that many of our PRO Members have never played against a GM, and we decided to host a bonus event for you.
On the 1st of October, we'll have a simul game.
GM Avetik will try to play on 20 boards against you and stream it.
NOTE: Anyone who wins me, he'll be out from ChessMood team!
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Also, we've added a Webinar on the topic "Prophylaxis in chess" on the 17th of September.
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Continuing from a previous post.
Can we not just start this up anyway. Lichess' existing one is someone's own repertoire (since it repeats the same things), none of which really interests me, with no indication of a schedule to know when something might cross over into mine, except checking what is input as upcoming on the day.
The format is for example:
12:00-12:27 Caro Kann bullet arena (1 0)
13:00-13:57 Caro Kann superblitz arena (3 0)
14:00-14:57 Caro Kann blitz arena (3 2)
This format takes place twice a day with different openings.
While we can argue about what the best controls would be, keeping it inside an hour is good. Without experience, I would suggest the format above (if it had a gap between the last two tournaments) might work well. Yes bullet isn't really good chess, but by increasing the controls like this, you could analyse your games to work out what you forgot, then be ready to play it better in the next one, the earlier ones test your reactions/defaults (arguably). This could be done by leaving an extra 30 mins between the 2nd and 3rd tournament.
Initially it could be done without Chessmood being mentioned at all. If Chessmood then give their blessing and want to take oversight/control in the management later, then fine. At that point it could also be a used to advertise Chessmood as the place to come and prepare for the tournament since that repertoire is the one it will be based on. By being open to everyone, it is then going to get the numbers needed to make it viable.
A few questions remain:
Can anyone add tournaments into the lichess calendar or does it need sign off from lichess for that - without it being in the calendar it will be difficult to promote it
If it does need sign off from lichess, is it still possible to affiliate it with (or promote) Chessmood later?
How can the schedule for events, at least for the next few weeks, be publicised?
Do we have a few members that would be interested in running it and updating what is upcoming?
Yesterday I played in OTB tournament, and here's an instructive pawn endgame I wanted to share. On the surface it looks equal and with little time I misjudged the winning idea and played h5, to which white could have made a draw. During this game I remembered Rubinstein's endgame with Kh3, having watched some classical endgames on this site and couple more examples, so they gave me the breakthrough idea. But it's interesting that first h5 with later g5 is only a draw with correct play from white, cause black runs out of tempi. Anyway, cheers!
It seems the demise of this variation (changing the theory) is a little premature.
After 8... Nd4 9. Nxd4 cxd4 10. Nb5 Ng4 (video 8) is marked as ?
After 11. h3, 11... a6! is not considered. Now it's not so clear and it could be that Black is slightly better but it's close to equal.
After 12. Na3, my opponent played the bad Ne3 (this is probably the move that deserves the ?), but Nf6 instead is quite unclear and the engine just isn't sure.
If instead 12. Nxd6, Qxd6 (now possible as no Bd7 blocking as in other lines that were considered) 13. hxg4 Bxg4 and again the engine seems unsure giving White advantage one moment and Black (or equality) the next.
I usually have an idea how to solve the puzzle, but today's puzzle was impossible to solve.
Position: white Pa2, Pe2, Nc1, Rh1, Ke1 Black: Pb2, Pb6 Kd5 (white to play)
I tried my first idea which was Rh5+, then I tried Kd1, then I tried a couple of other moves and still couldn't find the solution! I usually find the solution even if I don't get it right the first time.
Would you mind posting the solution? I would really love to see it!
An idea about themes just got in my mind. I thought it will be so fun if you cover themes which comes in CM openings, For example maneuvers such as QB6-Rfc8- Qd8. in maroczy, f4 f5 attack in grand prix, e6 then e5 in grand prix by white. Something like this. Also an idea such as Bb2 Ba3 Bc5 in maroczy.
Like this f you also make some videos of common themes in cm lines then may be it will be useful for everyone.
You can do it apart from model games sections. You can call it may be typical themes sections. It can be endgames or middlegame themes or openings themes