Rook Endgames Are Not Won Until They Are Won

Rook Endgames Are Not Won Until They Are Won

DanielGuel
| 2 hrs ago

Sometimes, Rook endgames are very tricky. Yet, they are so prevalent. Why is that? My theory is that Rooks are the most likely piece to remain on the board because they start out in the corner. So naturally, they are the last pieces to "get out th...

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess #5

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess #5

DanielGuel
| 9 days ago

Hi guys, let's get this show on the road!  I'm excited to share with you my progress, my chess goals for March, and my upcoming OTB tournaments next month! Without further ado, let's dive into my progress: Progress ...

Calculation Training #1

Calculation Training #1

DanielGuel
| 12 days ago

Hi, everyone! Welcome to a short post of mine, I am going to give you two calculation exercises, and you are welcome to try and solve them! Or, you can just enjoy the answers if you prefer As a chess player, calculation is criticall...

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess #4

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess #4

DanielGuel
| 15 days ago

Howdy! I am back for another installment of this series. My primary goal for this post is to outline what has been going on with my chess, how I'm going to continue to practice, and what I want to accomplish. If you are new, this is a series about...

Just Two 10|0 Rapid Games :)

Just Two 10|0 Rapid Games :)

DanielGuel
| 20 days ago

Hi, chess friends! I kind of want to get a post out lol ... I tried out a couple of 10-minute rapid games on Chess.com (which is unusual for me, because I either play blitz, or 15|10). It was a very interesting experience, as I appeared to have pl...

My First OTB Withdrawal??

My First OTB Withdrawal??

DanielGuel
| Jan 17, 2021

Howdy, chess fans. I just got back from my first big OTB tournament since the lockdown! It feels great to once again do these tournament recaps, and hopefully, some more coming in the future!  And yes, the title was correct, I d...

Some Good News, And Some Bad News (my ratings)

Some Good News, And Some Bad News (my ratings)

DanielGuel
| Jan 13, 2021

Hey, everyone! It's 11:40-ish PM here in Central Texas, so we will make this brief.  I have some good news and some bad news about my ratings. No, it's not my 1339 daily rating, but I'm glad you asked! Do you take the good news, or the bad ne...

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess #3

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess #3

DanielGuel
| Jan 3, 2021

Hi, everyone! Here it is. It has been a drowsy Sunday night for me, so I will try to get this written as quickly as possible... but that generally means this turns into a long detailed post. So enjoy! I went through the first set of...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

DanielGuel
| Dec 31, 2020

Happy New Year, fellow readers! Thank you a lot for following my blog. I know sometimes I take a hiatus, then get back to it. I really appreciate seeing you in the comments section, old readers, new readers, titled players, or beginning players! I...

Pressuring A 2100 -- The Ultimate Practice Game

Pressuring A 2100 -- The Ultimate Practice Game

DanielGuel
| Dec 29, 2020

Hello, everyone! Sorry I haven't continued my "Getting Better At Chess" series ... because no one has come up with a title!!!  Just joking, that's not the reason, I will come up with a good series title if I need to. This will be a shorter po...

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess #2

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess #2

DanielGuel
| Dec 13, 2020

Hi everyone!  Oh, the same title again? Well A) my last post got quite a bit of views! And B) No one has recommended a good title for these entries. So, if you think you can come up with a better title for my series, I am open to suggestions!...

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess

My Journey To Getting Better At Chess

DanielGuel
| Dec 6, 2020

I know, I know, the title is generic, so I will need to come up with a better one! Welcome to my blog!  I used to use this blog primarily to document my study plan with the goal of getting better at chess. I halted it awhile ago, but I think ...

My Game vs. Hikaru Nakamura

My Game vs. Hikaru Nakamura

DanielGuel
| Oct 31, 2020

Yes, the title gave it away! Normally, I'd continue on my series about my experience at the Chess.com Club's League. It did happen, but I was not able to play in the rapid portion (the games I commentate on)... because I got to play GM Hikaru Naka...

A Subtle Miss

A Subtle Miss

DanielGuel
| Aug 16, 2020

Hi everyone, and welcome to my new post!  Here is the position we will be analyzing today. Black to play, White just played Rg4-Rg6. We are in trouble. We're down one pawn, and probably will be more, and I will be...

What Playing Chess Distracted Can Do To You!

What Playing Chess Distracted Can Do To You!

DanielGuel
| Aug 11, 2020

Hi chess players and readers!  Now let me tell you something before we get into the meat and potatoes of this chess content. I am not one to make excuses for losing chess games. If there was drama on the board next to me, I needed to focus an...

Deep Strategy: Color Complex

Deep Strategy: Color Complex

DanielGuel
| Aug 5, 2020

Hi guys, hope it's going well! Sorry I haven't made a post in awhile, but here we are!  The position you see below is from a 15|10 game I played last night. Black to move. This is not a tactic, and it's highly unlikely that an engine will hel...

Twitch Stream Attempt Tonight @ 6:30 PM CT

Twitch Stream Attempt Tonight @ 6:30 PM CT

DanielGuel
| Jun 12, 2020

Hi everyone! I'm going to be attempting a Twitch stream (cause all of the cool kids do it these days!) on my Twitch channel, twitch.tv/danielguel! The stream won't be very high quality, but I will be doing my best using the reso...