Staunton Throws

Staunton Throws

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Jun 10, 2019

Dear Readers, Imagine the scene.  The year is 1843, the place is London, and you are Howard Staunton, the greatest player in the world, a player so great that people hundreds of years from now will demand to play only on sets named after yo...

Several Puzzles From Saturday's Simul

Several Puzzles From Saturday's Simul

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Jul 29, 2014

Last 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 o...

Results of the World's First "Gargle-Simul"

Results of the World's First "Gargle-Simul"

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Jul 4, 2014

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 either d...

GargleBlaster Strikes Back

GargleBlaster Strikes Back

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Mar 9, 2014

  Hello, and welcome to the final episode of “How to Make Master In Three Hundred Blunders or More”. In previous chapters I’ve relived some of my more unfortunate losses, including roughly a half dozen disasters whilst on ...

Oregon Fail

Oregon Fail

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Mar 2, 2014

Hello, 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 ...

Worst. Tournament. Ever.

Worst. Tournament. Ever.

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Feb 15, 2014

“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/arti...

Auuuuuuuugh

Auuuuuuuugh

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Feb 2, 2014

To 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 reversals against the World Cham...

GargleBlaster's Year in Review

GargleBlaster's Year in Review

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Dec 31, 2013

2013 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,...

The Bumpy Road to Chess Mastery

The Bumpy Road to Chess Mastery

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Dec 18, 2013

Hello, 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...

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