Hi I'm Ken Connaughton, the face behind Lapoc. I like to play chess as a hobby and to work on my game. I built this website to map my progress as a chess player. I include all areas of the game.
When I have thoroughly studied a specific topic I publish my findings. I present the information so that it is easy for you to quickly get to the heart of it and absorb it. Hopefully this can shorten your learning curve.
Early on I went broad, figuring out what I needed to know. Later when I was aware of the islands of knowledge I had to explore I started digging deeper into specialized areas.
I bought books on chess strategy. I read them and read them and read them. I absorbed them one by one. I started with a few recommended manuals on general chess strategy. Then I zeroed in on the different phases with a couple of highly rated books on each. After that I researched and found the best books on specific topics within the various phases.
Now I look forward to work every day. At first in those early days it was hard to get going with the chess strategy. I felt overwhelmed with the ocean of information I needed to absorb. I would play through GM games that I would find online. I didn't have a clue what was going on.
I would not have a clue what they were thinking. I didn't know the reasons for their moves. But as time went by I began to lay the foundation for my chess strategy knowledge.
All the while I was analyzing my online games with Chessbase. An excellent piece of software that I bought to build clickable game replayers for the website. It's the industry standard for chess analysis. All the top professionals have it.
When I broke through that barrier of feeling clueless about this great game, my studies took off. The more I learned the more my motivation grew to learn still more. I love nothing more than to open a new book on strategy and devour it. I still have so much to do on the website.
It's great to have that to look forward to. I will register with FIDE in time when I feel like I'm ready. I play on many chess sites online and my strength is climbing steadily. It's important to have goals in life, milestones to strive for. Best of luck with everything and I hope you're enjoying your chess and your life as much as I'm enjoying mine.
All the best