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My Tournament Hiatus is OVER

My Tournament Hiatus is OVER

DanielGuel
| 11 days ago

Welcome to my blog, and to the three month anniversary (plus some days) of me not posting! I assume that my blog just naturally dies and goes extinct without anyone noticing... but... I realized that's not the case as I entered a tournament today,...

Chess Is Heartbreaking - Pan Ams Day 2

Chess Is Heartbreaking - Pan Ams Day 2

DanielGuel
| Feb 20, 2023

Welcome to my blog! In case you're new, I participated in the 2023 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship, where my college team (Baylor) gets to play other schools around the nation. The post is designed not only to go through the games...

I tilted... then I recovered

I tilted... then I recovered

DanielGuel
| Jan 4, 2023

Hi friends! Welcome back to my blog. As I've been preparing for Pan Ams, I played some rapid to try and get some warmup. Yes, playing 10|0 to train for a 90|30 tournament is a genius idea, right? Anywhoo, when I was playing, I experienced several ...

Pan Ams Prep #1

Pan Ams Prep #1

DanielGuel
| Dec 28, 2022

Hi everyone, and welcome back to my blog! I am excited to be back, and I missed you all! I appreciate the questions and concerns about my blog, where I've been, etc. Unfortunately, I don't have a concrete answer. Other than that I was busy (no ki...

TEAM MAGNUS OR TEAM HANS?

TEAM MAGNUS OR TEAM HANS?

DanielGuel
| Oct 18, 2022

If you don't know about the chess cheating scandal going on... then... uhhh... there's a freaking Wikipedia article about it... which means it's a pretty big deal. I was hoping that this post I wrote would be the last and only time I'd mak...

Explaining My *Temporary* Profile Pic

Explaining My *Temporary* Profile Pic

DanielGuel
| Sep 22, 2022

Before you click here, you might read this and realize, "Wait, is Daniel just trying to promote his Youtube channel?". To which I answer "yes," so you don't have to click here if you don't want to!   So what's up with my stupid ...

September AMA Announcement (WITH A TWIST)

September AMA Announcement (WITH A TWIST)

DanielGuel
| Sep 7, 2022

Howdy, chess friends!   Time for AMA! AMA stands for "ask me anything"... and it's just that!  Submit any questions you have for me (can be about how to improve at chess, my chess story, games, my opinion on c...

Chess world, we need to talk

Chess world, we need to talk

DanielGuel
| Sep 5, 2022

So there was some drama today Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup. It is extremely rare for a player to withdraw from a closed round-robin top-level event like that. The only reason this happens in recent times is due to health reaso...

MY CHESS TOURNAMENT COMEBACK!

MY CHESS TOURNAMENT COMEBACK!

DanielGuel
| Sep 4, 2022

Hello, chess friends! This weekend, I participated in a chess tournament. It's pretty significant because it was my first chess tournament in over three months. This does beg the question, why wasn't I in the tournament scene all summer? The defau...

Graduate From "Club-Level" Status!

Graduate From "Club-Level" Status!

DanielGuel
| Jul 30, 2022

"Club-level player" is always a term I struggled with. It seems like an arbitrary skill level we designate for players who know what their doing over the chess board, but also they're not considered "advanced" players... especially in a tournament...

I Scored 2.5/3 Against Titled Players Today!

I Scored 2.5/3 Against Titled Players Today!

DanielGuel
| Jul 11, 2022

Hi, chess friends! Well, time to brag about myself. No, the title is not clickbait, today, on Monday, July 11th, 2022 AD, I scored 2.5/3 (two wins, one draw, zero losses) against titled players (one NM who I rematched, and a CM).  ...

Breaking Down a Puzzle Step By Step #4

Breaking Down a Puzzle Step By Step #4

DanielGuel
| Jul 10, 2022

Hi, chess friends! Today, I will continue my series on breaking down a puzzle that I solved, and how I ultimately came to the solution. My goal is for this to be instructive content for my readers as to how to approach tactical positions, which ca...

Breaking Down a Puzzle Step By Step #3

Breaking Down a Puzzle Step By Step #3

DanielGuel
| Jul 4, 2022

Hi, friends! In 2019, I started a series where I dedicated a whole post to analyzing a puzzle from Chess.com. The point is to explain my thought process to getting the puzzle right, and hopefully, this will be helpful for readers to understand tac...

An Update + Chess PODCAST?!

An Update + Chess PODCAST?!

DanielGuel
| May 27, 2022

Hi, chess friends! It's been a little while, and I want to update my readers on what's going on in my little world.  First of all, I am excited to announce that my friend and I are launching a chess podcast!! We named it Chess B...

Time to shake off the rust + May AMA answers

Time to shake off the rust + May AMA answers

DanielGuel
| May 9, 2022

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
| Apr 26, 2022

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...

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