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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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1.e4 (Best by test)

I would like to say how pleased I am that ChessMood opening white repertoire is based on 1.e4.

I have played chess (badly) for many years and have always liked 1.e4 as my favourite white opening (1.e4 was famously endorsed by GM Bobby Fischer as his favourite white opening also eg "1.e4 best by test", as he stated!).

It is really good to hear GM Avetik Grigoryan explain why ChessMood chose 1.e4 to be the white opening first move of choice (and very nice to go with 1.e4 Scotch opening, yet another favourite opening of mine). I agree with his comment on the potential attacking nature of 1.e4 and I chuckle as I have had 1.d4 players try to tell me how aggressive and attacking 1.d4 opening is for white! Well. of course there are some attacking 1.d4 openings, but I have yet to find one as fast and as aggressive as some of the 1.e4 openings. If anyone knows any, do let me know, as most 1.d4 aggressive openings I know take time to develop (Blackmar Diemer Gambit, BDG, 1.d4 d5 2.e4 is a possible exception, but as it involves 2.e4 as the second move, it doesn't count with me as a true 1.d4 opening?! LOL!).

Continuing my 1.e4 ramble, I started my chess "career(?)" playing the Alapin Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.c3 and then last year I got a chess coach who played Sicilian Accelerated Dragon as Black and I started to learn this too and ended up trying to learn the Sicilian with both colours! However, this centered on the Open Sicilian openings and anti-Sicilian openings (Alapin/Rossolimo etc etc BUT not the Sicilian Closed!).

So, now I am learning the Chess Mood Sicilian Closed opening (1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4...) and the Scotch Potter variation (Nb3) and the French Schlecter (3.Bd3)! BRING IT ON!

(I almost forgot why I started this 1.e4 post! It is because I found x9 GM Bobby Fischer Closed Sicilian games in my Fritz9 DBase (7 white Fischer wins & x2 draws) and this prompted this post. I am not sure if the game Fischer vs Spassky Sicilian Closed 1992 (m 25) is in the "Classical games" Chess Mood list, but I think it could be so I post it to honour a favourite player of mine who was a 1.e4 expert chess player!)

Viva 1.e4 (here endeth my 1.e4 ramble...for the moment. I will not mention Petrovs, Scandinavians,French, Caro Kann, Italians, Spanish, Viennas, Philidors, Owens & Nimzowitsh, Pirc, Moderns  and any other 1.e4 openings...) Happy opening study all and goodluck! ;-)

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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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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 . 




Images taken from this blog are from google images 
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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