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Time to shake off the rust + May AMA answers

Time to shake off the rust + May AMA answers

DanielGuel
| 15 days ago

Alrighty guys! So where are we? I just finished Pan Ams... which was January 9th, this tournament was played on March 12th, so I had a two month gap in between tournaments. And, I'm writing this on May 9th, which means I'm very behind on tournamen...

May 2022 AMA!

May 2022 AMA!

DanielGuel
| 29 days ago

Hi friends. It's been over six months since I last did this!  But it's that time again. In case you are unfamiliar, AMA stands for "ask me anything", and this is an invitation to do... well, just that!  Feel f...

PAN AMS Day 3

PAN AMS Day 3

DanielGuel
| Apr 20, 2022

WELCOME!!!!!  OK, an energetic introduction for absolutely no reason. Day three of Pan Ams was not fun.   If you don't know what I'm talking about, I started a series in which I made a non-binding agreement...

PAN AMS Day 2

PAN AMS Day 2

DanielGuel
| Apr 4, 2022

Hi, friends... been too long! Well, this is Pan Ams day two. If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, and need some backstory, check out my most recent post. So far, Baylor is 0-1, having lost to Harvard 3.5-0.5. On to round t...

PAN AMS Day 1

PAN AMS Day 1

DanielGuel
| Mar 8, 2022

Hi, everyone!  I know I've been relatively inactive from posting. The event I am referring to in this post happened two months ago. I think I got a little burnt out from posting, as well as very busy with school. I might talk about that ...

I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!

I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!

DanielGuel
| Dec 28, 2021

Well, maybe this is more exciting for me personally than my readers... nevertheless, I still plan to write about this experience, which you will hopefully enjoy! So what's the exciting news? Let's get straight to it. My collegiate ch...

I learned my lesson

I learned my lesson

DanielGuel
| Nov 20, 2021

If you read my most recent forum post, I'm back at tournament chess! I signed up for the November Chess Flurry (as the tournament is named) in Houston. Honestly, this tournament was more of an excuse for me to see family in Houston during Thanksg...

I have to be honest with y'all...

I have to be honest with y'all...

DanielGuel
| Nov 4, 2021

Hi, chess friends! So yes, there is something I need to be honest about. My posts the past year or so have been consistently about my (attempt of) improvement. I do think it paid off in a lot of ways. I got my USCF rating up to 1836, and I also wa...

I Lost My Blue Pen! :(

I Lost My Blue Pen! :(

DanielGuel
| Oct 18, 2021

Huh? I'm sure you're asking. What is the big deal?  I brought this pen to write notation during my most recent tournament, the Arlington Chess Club Open #58. This post is about the games, not the pen. But what was so special abo...

My Next OTB Tournament (and AMA answers)

My Next OTB Tournament (and AMA answers)

DanielGuel
| Oct 1, 2021

Hi everyone! First, here is my most recent AMA (ask me anything) video. I had a second video prepared for a specific question about how to improve at OTB, but I wish I had structured it better, so I'm probably going to rerecord it hopefully this ...

September AMA Announcement

September AMA Announcement

DanielGuel
| Sep 25, 2021

Hi, everyone! Time for September AMA (ask me anything)! It's simple. Ask me any question in the comments section, something you'd be interested in hearing an answer from me, and I will answer in video format!  One note -- I get...

August AMA Announcement

August AMA Announcement

DanielGuel
| Aug 26, 2021

Hi, friends! My August AMA (ask me anything) is available! As usual, simply write any questions (chess or non-chess related) in the comments section below, and I'll answer them the best I can in video format! I'm expecting to releas...

Back to 1800 USCF!

Back to 1800 USCF!

DanielGuel
| Aug 18, 2021

Hi, friends, I'm back with another post! Since my last post, I have participated in a couple of tournaments, and (as the title suggests) with some success. If I hadn't (re)broken 1800 USCF, an alternative title would have been "My r...

My First National Event

My First National Event

DanielGuel
| Aug 13, 2021

OK, please don't be mislead by the title, or the thumbnail for that matter. All of my chess tournaments have been played in the USA. So what is a National Event? Honestly, I'm not sure the best way to describe it. I'm pretty sure it's one where na...

July AMA Answers + Update!

July AMA Answers + Update!

DanielGuel
| Jul 23, 2021

Hi, friends! I've attached the video I used to answer AMA (ask me anything) questions. Thank you for the very interesting submissions, and I'm looking forward to doing this monthly!  --------------------------------------------...

July AMA  Announcement!

July AMA Announcement!

DanielGuel
| Jul 18, 2021

Hi, everyone! It's time for this month's edition of AMA (ask me anything)!  In case you don't know the drill, drop any question you like into the comments section (ask as many as you want, and whatever you want, doesn't even need t...

More Strong Tournament Competition

More Strong Tournament Competition

DanielGuel
| Jul 16, 2021

Welcome to my blog! I appreciate all of the support in the comments section of my most recent post about losing those points (and for 1K views, lol). Since then, I've played a tournament in Fort Worth, and hopefully, it'll be a better experience! ...

I was honestly too embarrassed to write this...

I was honestly too embarrassed to write this...

DanielGuel
| Jul 13, 2021

Or I simply made excuses to put off writing this... honestly, if I had the tournament of my life, I'd write something within 12 hours or so. But that's chess, peaking one month, then disaster the next. And what exactly happened? Normally, I go thr...

Possible Video Content

Possible Video Content

DanielGuel
| Jul 5, 2021

Hi, everyone! Most of my content by far has been on my blog. And I'm truly grateful, not only for the readers but for the engagement, people who complement my work, etc. It's really humbling. Actually, next week will be my 4-year an...

AMA Announcement and Thematic Endgame Tournaments!

AMA Announcement and Thematic Endgame Tournaments!

DanielGuel
| Jun 20, 2021

Hi, readers. Happy to announce this month's AMA (ask me anything!). Any questions you have (can be about chess, but I'll also talk about other stuff as well!), please write them in the comments, and I'll answer them in a video format! You all have...

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess: An Overview

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess: An Overview

DanielGuel
| Jun 18, 2021

Hi, everyone. Happy Friday! It's been a while since I actually posted this series, lol. Welcome to my blog! As many of you know, I've been using my blog as a platform to update the community on my chess practice, as well as my tournament progress!...

May AMA  Answers!

May AMA Answers!

DanielGuel
| Jun 5, 2021

Welcome to my May AMA (ask me anything) answers! Yes, I know it's June, but hey! These questions were asked and answered in May! And sorry in advance for my... ehh, 5 minute or so rant on scholastic chess cheating... but it ha...

Time To Refocus!

Time To Refocus!

DanielGuel
| May 31, 2021

Howdy, time for another tournament recap! You might be wondering about the title... it's because I struggled in this most recent tournament I played in. Having gone off a career-high of 1836, and dropping a little since, it's a great time for me t...

Road To My Peak #2: Back Over The Hump

Road To My Peak #2: Back Over The Hump

DanielGuel
| May 5, 2021

Hi, and welcome back to my blog! So as I've mentioned a few days ago, we're back over our peak USCF rating, hence the blog title! On a serious note, as I've mentioned, peaking is great and all, but there is still a lot o...

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