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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 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.
https://lichess.org/YPEeT3g7

Valerio Carnicelli takes the second prize for this mind-blowing attacking game. (28.Rd7!)
https://www.chess.com/game/live/29142606935

Ayush Shirodkar takes the third prize for the nice forcing finish in the end.
https://lichess.org/LmR5FtpD/white#20

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.
https://lichess.org/hqtEQGgN/white

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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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. 

MAY HAVE 

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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