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Why I didn't play naturally In The Ruy Lopez

Why I didn't play naturally In The Ruy Lopez

BradenLaughlin
| 8 days ago

Hey all!  welcome back to another tournament game of mine, today we're looking at my 7th ever tournament game where I played on the white side of a ruy lopez and struggled to find effective plans and let a win slip! Before we get into the...

Breaking the Center in a Ruy Lopez

Breaking the Center in a Ruy Lopez

BradenLaughlin
| 11 days ago

Hey all! We are back with another tournament game and this one had some important lessons in it, this was played all the way back in 2017 but the lessons learned here are still relevant today! If you are more interested on reading about the game...

A Ruy Lopez Gone Wrong!

A Ruy Lopez Gone Wrong!

BradenLaughlin
| 17 days ago

Hey all!  Welcome back to another post about my tournament games, today i would like to cover a game I had in the Ruy Lopez which felt like I made quite a few mistakes that I would love to discuss today. Before we get started, I would lik...

My First Queen Sacrifice in Tournament Play

My First Queen Sacrifice in Tournament Play

BradenLaughlin
| 18 days ago

Hello everyone! Today I would like to cover my first Queen Sacrifice in a tournament game! This was an interesting one where I had played an inaccurate opening and middle-game and my opponent over-pressed in a better position allowing me to win. ...

My First FIDE Rated Tournament Game!

My First FIDE Rated Tournament Game!

BradenLaughlin
| 20 days ago

Just a fun fact here, this is my 5th tournament game if we also include my national rating in the mix. However, this is my first ever FIDE rated game and it went as well as many would expect (it didn't).  The game started off as a d4 openin...

Don't Play Like This...

Don't Play Like This...

BradenLaughlin
| Jul 6, 2022

Today I would like to discuss my 2nd ever tournament game! This game was a Caro Kann and turned out quite poorly for me. Partly due to my inexperience of the opening and mainly due to my inexperience in chess as a whole. I would like to discuss ...

A Brief Overview Of The Ruy Lopez

A Brief Overview Of The Ruy Lopez

BradenLaughlin
| Jul 1, 2022

The Ruy Lopez has a rich history in the game of chess, it's been played by every range of player and it's themes are extremely deep, but this may sound a bit daunting for new players so in this blog I wish to break down some of the basics of the o...

My First Tournament Game!

My First Tournament Game!

BradenLaughlin
| Jun 29, 2022

Today I would like to take a deeper look into my first ever tournament game. I have already analyzed this one several times in a public manner but would like to take one last look at it as I think it can serve as a form of inspiration for new pl...

The Beginners' Guide to Chess Endgames

The Beginners' Guide to Chess Endgames

BradenLaughlin
| Dec 5, 2021

Endgames are arguably the most important phase of the game for players to study. The reason is in the name. Since endings are the last possible phase of the game, evaluations go from the more nuanced slightly better, slightly worse to the objectiv...

What Is The Longest Possible Game Of Chess?

What Is The Longest Possible Game Of Chess?

BradenLaughlin
| Apr 1, 2020

The longest chess game ever played in an official tournament as of writing this post was Nikolić vs Arsović played in Belgrade in the year 1989, This game lasted 269 moves and took 20 hours to complete! The game ended up being a draw: When I f...

What Are Chess Weaknesses?

What Are Chess Weaknesses?

BradenLaughlin
| Jun 29, 2019

     Chess is a very complex game and because of this it can often become difficult to find a plan. You may notice that many strong players will try to provoke weaknesses from their opponents and squeeze as much of an advantage out ...

Queen Endgames Everyone Should Know!

Queen Endgames Everyone Should Know!

BradenLaughlin
| Jun 24, 2019

     Endgames are undoubtedly a very important part of chess, from understanding how to convert a material advantage to key concepts such as zugzwang or opposition. But how well do you know theoretical endgames? In this blog I would...

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