Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Watch In Awe As I Present A Mediocre Game Of Mine As Pretentiously As PossibleHello, I'm a USCF national master and one of the very best players in the history of southwest Arcata.  Did I mention that I'm a national master?  I did?  Oh, OK.  Because I am.  As you might imagine, in my storied chess career I've played q...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/please-watch-in-awe-as-i-present-a-mediocre-game-of-mine-as-pretentiously-as-possibleFri, 29 Aug 2014 05:40:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/please-watch-in-awe-as-i-present-a-mediocre-game-of-mine-as-pretentiously-as-possibleThe Final Round of the Tromso Olympiad Looms (EDIT: It's Over! Congrats to China, Hungary and India)Hello everyone!  The final round of the 2014 Tromso Olympiad is tomorrow, and it's been a topsy-turvy affair.  China has almost sewn up the gold, but the other medals are very much still in play with Hungary currently sitting on silver and a hos...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/final-round-of-the-tromso-olympiadWed, 13 Aug 2014 20:01:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/final-round-of-the-tromso-olympiadSeveral Puzzles From Saturday's SimulLast Saturday I did an eleven board simul for the Dan Heisman Learning Center.  It was fun, and the whole thing can be seen via my twitch channel at http://www.twitch.tv/zugaddict/c/4754890 I'll probably go over some of the games in depth later...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/several-puzzles-from-saturdays-simulTue, 29 Jul 2014 19:42:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/several-puzzles-from-saturdays-simulResults of the World's First "Gargle-Simul"Hello!  My first official chess.com simul (broadcast at http://www.twitch.tv/zugaddict) was a great success for all involved except, well, me.  The final tally was +4 =2 -4 in spite of several opponents being overcome by pity and offering eithe...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/results-of-the-worlds-first-quotgargle-simulquotFri, 04 Jul 2014 22:38:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/results-of-the-worlds-first-quotgargle-simulquotBehold, a New Live Chess Activity: The Gargle-SimulHello everyone.  It's summer, I've a bit of free time for the next few weeks and have decided to squander some of it by giving official simultaneous exhibitions in the live chess area every other day or so.  These will be for roughly a dozen pla...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/behold-a-new-live-chess-activity-the-gargle-simulSun, 29 Jun 2014 10:58:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/behold-a-new-live-chess-activity-the-gargle-simulChess, InterruptedHello - this is just a quick note to all following this blog that I'm still around, more or less, though less in chess than formerly due to school and other things. That said, my hope is to start a series of articles on the great Saint Petersburg...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/chess-interruptedSun, 01 Jun 2014 06:06:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/chess-interruptedGargleBlaster Strikes Back Hello, and welcome to the final episode of "How to Make Master In Three Hundred Difficult Steps". In previous chapters I've relived some of my more unfortunate losses, including roughly a half dozen disasters whilst on the brink on 2200 USCF. In...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/gargleblaster-strikes-backSun, 09 Mar 2014 23:59:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/gargleblaster-strikes-backOregon FailHello, and welcome to the second to last installment of my increasingly epic saga of one man trying to somehow eek his way to 2200 USCF in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.  In this episode I detail my experiences at the Oregon Summer Open of 2...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/oregon-failSun, 02 Mar 2014 13:29:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/oregon-failWorst. Tournament. Ever."Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make people want to shoot themselves." - GargleBlaster *** Hello again, and welcome to the, er... actually,  I've lost count of how many blogs/articles (blogicles?) I've now written on my...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/worst-tournament-everSat, 15 Feb 2014 09:44:14 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/worst-tournament-everAuuuuuuuughTo those following the ups and downs of Nakamura's often colorful chess career, yesterday's collapse in Zurich against Carlsen was without question the most painful of the American's now numerable reverals against the World Champion. With three mo...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/auuuuuuuughSun, 02 Feb 2014 14:13:32 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/auuuuuuuughGargleBlaster's Guide to Chess Mastery: Purgatory in PortlandHello.  This blog entry is dedicated to all those out there above 2100 without a title.   Let me say first and foremost that such players are treated with nowhere near the respect they should command.  In general their ideas are scorned, opini...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/how-not-to-make-master-in-eight-incredibly-frustrating-stepsTue, 21 Jan 2014 10:10:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/how-not-to-make-master-in-eight-incredibly-frustrating-stepsMagnus Carlsen has yet to solve this Chess Puzzle. Can you?!To be fair, the reason Magnus Carlsen has yet to solve this chess puzzle is because he hasn't seen it yet.  That said, "fair" is not really a term I'd used to describe this ridiculously difficult study. "Insane", perhaps, "cruel and unusual" migh...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/magnus-carlsen-has-yet-to-solve-this-chess-puzzle-can-youThu, 09 Jan 2014 09:06:30 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/magnus-carlsen-has-yet-to-solve-this-chess-puzzle-can-youGargleBlaster's Year in Review2013 was an eventful year in chess.  Carlsen won the World Championship, Kramnik won the World Cup, Gelfand won the Tal and Alekhine Memorials, Karjakin won that thing in Norway, Kamsky won the U.S. Championship, a 9-year old made National Master...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/gargleblasters-year-in-reviewTue, 31 Dec 2013 13:27:47 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/gargleblasters-year-in-reviewGargleBlaster's Guide to Chess Mastery: Reinfelding in the RedwoodsHello, chess.com readers!  In the previous two blogs about my 3000 day trek/slog/stumble to the USCF Master title I detailed some untoward experiences of mine in Baltimore and Philadelphia.  This chapter deals with my move to the uttermost regio...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/gargleblasters-guide-to-chess-mastery-chapter-four-chess-in-the-middle-of-nowhereThu, 26 Dec 2013 15:02:35 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/gargleblasters-guide-to-chess-mastery-chapter-four-chess-in-the-middle-of-nowhereGargleBlaster's Guide to Chess Mastery: Blundering in BaltimoreIn the previous episode of "How to Make Master in Three Hundred Blunders or Less", I detailed some of my experiences in the city of brotherly love, like sleeping under a piano and being bad at chess.  In this chapter things take a turn for the sa...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/master-chess-in-3000-days-chapter-three-quotbaltimore-is-scaryquotSat, 21 Dec 2013 12:28:11 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/master-chess-in-3000-days-chapter-three-quotbaltimore-is-scaryquotHow To Make Master in Three Hundred Blunders or LessHello, chess.com readers.  The article or, rather, series of articles you are about to read is unlikely to improve your chess in any way ­- it is merely a story about how to get to 2200 USCF, attain a National Master's title, and reap the endles...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/how-to-make-master-in-three-hundred-difficult-stepsWed, 18 Dec 2013 09:36:07 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/how-to-make-master-in-three-hundred-difficult-steps2200, somehowWill write more about this and how it came to be over the last several years.  For now, here's the first of my ten games played at the just recently concluded American Open where this quasi-quixotic accomplishment occured. http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/hey-im-somehow-a-national-master-nowWed, 04 Dec 2013 10:46:04 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/hey-im-somehow-a-national-master-nowI'm officially a "Candidate Master". Yay, I guessI played five games up in Portland last weekend and, while it was mostly just/yet another Sisyphean exercise in chess futility, I did manage a fifth and final Candidate Master norm.  Anyhow, I'll spare the gory details, as I think basically two p...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/hey-im-a-candidate-master-now-yay-i-guessFri, 08 Nov 2013 10:39:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/hey-im-a-candidate-master-now-yay-i-guessParallel Universe Matches: Fischer-Karpov, Part IIAs detailed in my previous blog, these are the games from the 1975 Fischer-Karpov match that didn't actually occur in our present timeline and therefore had to be dragged out of a nearby parallel universe for your enjoyment. Game 3: Fischer reve...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/parallel-universe-matches-fischer-karpov-part-iiWed, 24 Jul 2013 10:39:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/parallel-universe-matches-fischer-karpov-part-iiHow the Fischer - Karpov World Championship Match Might Have GoneGreetings chess.com readers!  I come from the future, or rather, the past.  Well, sort of both, really.  Allow me to explain - in the year 2055 humanity first discovers trans-dimensional travel, whereby parallel universes become accessable to o...http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/how-the-fischer---karpov-world-championship-match-would-have-goneSun, 21 Jul 2013 19:34:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/GargleBlaster/how-the-fischer---karpov-world-championship-match-would-have-gone