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Happy New Year and welcome to the "Best games of March 2021" competition.
Under this post, we invite you to post your best games that you will play this month.
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#Right Mood - Right Move
Here are the winners of February:
1st Arman Shahzamani
2nd Vladimir Bugayev
3rd Abhi Yadav
4th Sean Raasch
5th Vibhush Pusapadi
I'd like to know if the King's Indian Attack could be a viable opening repertoire for White?
I'm the kind of people who prefer to play with ideas/middlegame plans instead of knowing a lots of line to crush my opponent and I am a KID player with black.
I know there are a lots of titled players here so I'd like to know if you think someone with this kind of repertoire (King's Indian Attack or Botvinnik System with White) could achieve at least the FM title with an opening repertoire like that, if we assume he is reading and working really hard on chess at the same time?
I know GM Gabuzyan played KIA a lots (also Botvinnik system I think?) when he was younger but I don't know if he was playing that exclusively until a certain level or not? It would be nice to know if it was his main weapon or not to have an idea.
Thank you :)
In the Bg4 Qb3 line, I liked the Ng5 idea. I tried it against my sparring partner and won a good game. When analyzing, he suggested 14...Qd8!? with the idea Ng5 Nh5. I guess this is a novelty and an interesting one ?
The next game he played it, I answered 15.Bg5 but was not convinced. Maybe 15.h3 a6 16.a4 is better ? Then I studied 15.h4 a6 16.g3, in the spirit of the ChessMood course, which is the most promising I guess. The critical line looks like 16...b5 17.a3 Qb6 18.Ng5.
What do you think ?
Thanks a lot,
I am new and looking to understand how best to proceed.
I see there is a Starter course that covers the Scotch as well as there is another course called, "Attach with Scotch Game". Which should I start with?
I also have no experience manipulating/editing a PGN file, how do I do this please.
Don't know about you, but I really loved the new course vs the Latvian Gambit. I thought it might be a good idea for members to post what annoying dubious openings ('Abracadabra Gambits', as GM Avetik calls them) we're having trouble against, maybe as a guide to what we'd like to see covered.
So my question is: which dodgy openings do you wish you felt more confident against?
For example, recently at fast time controls, I've had a good few people try the Stafford Gambit against me (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 Nc6?!), and this is doubtless because of all the YouTube videos where some high-rated player is 'demolished' with this secret weapon. Personally, I'm happy if my opponent plays this, because it's basically losing by force if you know what to do. If it's giving you trouble, I recommend Daniel Naroditsky's video on how to meet it.
But recently, I tried out the website openingtree.com, which allows you to analyse your results by opening move, and I found that I'd lost an embarrassing number of games against the Grob (1 g4?!). So for me, that's my request. I guess it's not played so often, so probably this can't be a priority, but I'd love to have some ChessMood repertoire against 1 g4.
What do you think? If you could request a ChessMood Abracadabra Antidote, what would it be?
Hi -- I've been having quite a lot of success using the Chess Mood lines on Li-Chess. But a higher graded opponent made me struggle as White in the d3 line. The game went as follows __
e4 : e6 - d4 : d5 -Bd3 : dxe - Bxe4 : Nf6 -- Bf3 :c5-- Ne2 : Nc6 -- Be3 : Bd7 -- dxc5 : Qa5 + -- Nc3
It was his Bd7 that fazed me ! Maybe dxc5 was wrong as Qa5 seems good though Stockfish gives Qd2. Eventually I found myself in a rather lifeless position where he had the two bishops and a strong edge. I've looked through the materials but cannot find what is best ref Bd7.
I'd appreciate some quick guidance ? Thanks Keven
Even better for Black seems to be delaying 5....Nbd7 and going for 5...c6 6.Bg2 (6.a4 a5 and ...Na6 with counterplay) b5 7.a3 Nbd7 8.h3 h5 when 9.b3 doesn't seem to be working. Is there a solution for this moveorder, as the line seems to be good for Black?
Best regards, Arnim!
Without having to go into a summary of a memory course, one of the most important ways to learn is repetition. It's very easy to view courses once or twice, and then go on to something else and a couple of months later to have forgotten most of it that you've not used in games. One of the problems of revising is keeping things convenient that it's quick and easy to review when you need it. The other thing is managing what you need to review (things you forgot should be look at more than ones you remember). Again this is spaced repetition and other tricks to help here.
One system to do this is the flashcard system. It's described in the book 'Chess Master At Any Age' which has some neat ideas in it (although the flashcards are the best), but the main point is a symbol system (he trademarked it) that makes it easy to draw positions. Alternatively it's possible to get stamps of the pieces which correspondence players would have used, but symbols are way quicker.
Here is a link to an image showing the symbols: https://i.imgur.com/7HBqF5g.jpg
Note you don't have to use filled / unfilled, I use red pen and blue (felt-tip) pen which stands out over a printed board (you could also hand draw a board as in the image, but printing looks neater).
The cards themselves, should have a title, the position and who is to move, and some comment, possibly some analysis or the line (but too much and it defeats the purpose of a quick review). You can make them small to carry in a deck, but I prefer large and in a folder (although maybe I'll print some smaller ones for things I need to review often0. I used to use this as a method to review things long ago before I moved to a database (PGNs), but I feel databases aren't so useful for learning from and are hard to review and you need your computer..
I've attached a pdf of the paper I'm printing to make flashcards from the chessmood openings. It has a main board, and 3 smaller boards. I use the main board for the main position of the (sub) line and the 3 boards for further moves or analysis. This works well so far, but the real proof [of the pudding] will come when I start trying to revise from the format - so how good it is to help remember chessmood openings I am yet to see. However feel free to try it and see if it works for you.
Also you can use the same thing to take notes from the other courses for review later rather than having to find them again in the videos.
I've just finished my OTB tournament (Armenian women's championship) and I've practiced our Chessmood openings and faced one problem in the Caro-Kann g6 line 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. Bf4 g6 and she played this position without Bf5, so the game was continued 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. O-O O-O, here I've played Nbd2 normal move and after unpleasant Nh5 move, I didn't know how to continue :(
Maybe I shouldn't play Nbd2 in this position?
Hi Chessmood colleagues,
In my online games I often encounter the following line in the Scotch ...Bc5:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Qe2 Nge7 8.Be3 and now instead of 8...0-0 as given in the course, Black stays flexible with his king and goes for 8...Be6 9.0-0-0 Qd7.
Any opinion on this?
I'm new to playing 1.e4 openings with White. In an online game my opponent played 4...Qh4 against the Scotch. I replied with 5.Nb5 as recommended in the Chessmood course, but was surprised by 5...Bb4+ which isn't in the course (maybe in the Advanced section?) and didn't react well.
After 5...Qxe4+ 6.Be2 Bb4 we play 7.N1c3, but I suppose after 5...Bb4+ it is better not to play 6.N1c3 Ba5.
Any thoughts on this move order?