Round 2: 5.5 – Moses Outside Canaan – A glimpse of the Promised Land.

After the first game between Brandon and a titled player, as we saw recently, he made a speculative queen sacrifice in the early middle game, which was not the best of moves. Though he got an initiative from the sacrifice, a queen for a knight and bishop, he would later miss a number of chances after equalizing by move 28. In the end, he missed a final tactic, another sacrifice, one he looked at but talked himself out of playing.

The next game in which he would face a titled player saw him in a familiar position, a position he will find himself in twice before seeing his goal of beating a titled player would be realized. This video will be the endpoint of that, but in the interim, two games against titled players – an IM and CM respectively, which are available here:

Game 2 saw Brandon playing a CM, with the black pieces, and he had chances to get a winning position – and again, he talked himself out of the move. It would be an opportunity he would pass on, and a move he would regret.

The following position was before him, and Brandon considered the obvious move —

In the following position, the only move that gives black advantage is Rxc3. The pawn can’t take because of the pin, and the rooks are going to double; white has problems Brandon planed this move, after the previous move, the bishop check, but he thought he could win the opponent’s queen — and so he blundered.

Yes, he would win the queen, but he would fight out the rest of the game in an equal position with a queen against two rooks and, in the end, the players agreed to a draw. Though he had chances to get an advantage, he blew it; by choosing not to do what he was so known for as an up-and-coming player.

The rest of the game can be seen by following it here:



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Brandon K. Nobles

Brandon is an author, poet and head writer for Sir Swag on YouTube. With 630k subscribers. Since February 2021 he has written for the most important and popular series, News Without the Bulls%!t and the least popular work on the channel, History Abridged. Brandon joined the channel in late January, since then his work has been featured every month in News and History. His novels and works of fiction have also been well received, and he continues to be a proficient and professional chess player. In his spare time he like to catch up on work.

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