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Journey to NM - Am I stuck?

Journey to NM - Am I stuck?

Lightning
| 12 days ago

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning reports! This post is my latest update on my journey to NM, which will cover 2 tournaments, 8 games, and 6 French Defenses. Good stuff, right? Right. If that sounds good to you, read on. JULY 16TH -DAY OF ...

Reviewing The Candidates

Reviewing The Candidates

Lightning
| Jul 4, 2022

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today I’ll be reviewing the 2022 Fide Candidates tournament as I look at how each individual player fared in the event and see how far off my predictions were. As a reminder, I predicted that ...

Why I'm Not NM Yet

Why I'm Not NM Yet

Lightning
| Jun 20, 2022

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today we return to my Journey to NM series. Having failed my initial goal of becoming a National Master by May 21st, I am now aiming to get the NM title by the end of 2022, which is a much more reason...

Previewing The Candidates

Previewing The Candidates

Lightning
| May 26, 2022

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today I'll be previewing the upcoming 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament and giving you my take on it. Why am I doing this? Because why not. The event starts in a few weeks, I believe on June 17th, so it...

Journey to NM - Georgia State Championship

Journey to NM - Georgia State Championship

Lightning
| May 20, 2022

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today we return to my Journey to NM series. If you are new here, or if you have forgotten, I have set a goal for myself to become a National Master before I graduate highschool on May 21st. If you've ...

Questioning Non-Chess Players Part 2

Questioning Non-Chess Players Part 2

Lightning
| May 13, 2022

Hello there, and welcome to the Lightning Reports. Back in January, I introduced a new blog idea when I questioned several non-chess players about chess for the first time. 4 months later, I've brought you a part 2 to my Questioning NCPs series! Y...

Journey to NM - Falcon Invitational

Journey to NM - Falcon Invitational

Lightning
| Apr 26, 2022

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today we return to my Journey to NM series. If you are new here, I have set a goal for myself to become a National Master before I graduate highschool on May 21st. This has been my goal for years, and...

Why I'm Quitting Chess

Why I'm Quitting Chess

Lightning
| Apr 1, 2022

Hello, people. Welcome to the Lightning Reports. I have decided to officially quit chess. It's quite sad and it brings me to tears, knowing I am quitting chess, but it's for the best. It is with great difficulty that I am writing this blog, but yo...

Beginner Reacts to Stalemate

Beginner Reacts to Stalemate

Lightning
| Mar 26, 2022

Hello there, and welcome to the Lightning Reports! Two months ago, I questioned 3 NCPs (Non-Chess Players) about chess because I thought it'd be funny (and it was). Why is that relevant, you ask? Well, one of those NCPs, who is also one of my...

Journey to NM - Denker Bound

Journey to NM - Denker Bound

Lightning
| Mar 20, 2022

Why hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Last week, I competed in the 2022 Alabama State Scholastic Individual Chess Championship, as well as the 2022 Alabama State Scholastic Team Chess Championship. Both events are very important to my...

Journey to NM - Every Point Matters

Journey to NM - Every Point Matters

Lightning
| Feb 26, 2022

Hey, y'all, welcome to the Lightning Reports! This is the second post of my Journey to NM series. I hope you enjoy it! Yesterday, on February 26th, I competed in the 8th Annual Tom Nard Memorial chess tournament, as I continued my journey to NM....

Journey to NM - Back on the OTB Chess Grind

Journey to NM - Back on the OTB Chess Grind

Lightning
| Feb 9, 2022

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the Lighting Reports! For the first time since September, I competed in an OTB chess tournament. Now, I know you have some very important questions regarding the thumbnail. "What's with the cards?"  "Why is he hol...

Questioning Non-Chess Players About Chess

Questioning Non-Chess Players About Chess

Lightning
| Jan 15, 2022

Hello there, and welcome to the Lightning Reports. Today I'm doing something a bit different, but I think you'll find it enjoyable. I created a google form with 19 chess-related questions on it and sent the form to 2 of my friends and 1 sibling. N...

Top 5 Chess Moments Of 2021

Top 5 Chess Moments Of 2021

Lightning
| Dec 30, 2021

Hi, everyone, and Happy New Year! We are at the end of 2021, and it's been another big year for chess. 2020 was the year of the chess boom, and it was always gonna be tough to top. But, 2021 may have just done that. There were a lot of great chess...

The Gift of Chess

The Gift of Chess

Lightning
| Dec 25, 2021

Hello there, and, if it's December 25th for you, Merry Christmas! If you are reading this and it isn't December 25th... well, this is awkward. Happy holidays? Yeah, let's go with that. Happy holidays! Even if you don't celebrate this holiday, I st...

5 Chess-Related Things To Be Thankful For

5 Chess-Related Things To Be Thankful For

Lightning
| Nov 25, 2021

Hey y'all, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying this holiday! Today I'll be discussing with y'all 5 chess-related things to be thankful for, in my opinion. Why chess-related, you ask? Well, simply put, this is a chess blog, so I'm gonna sta...

World Chess Championship 2021 Preview

World Chess Championship 2021 Preview

Lightning
| Nov 10, 2021

Why hello there, welcome to my blog! In this post, I will be previewing the upcoming World Chess Championship match between the challenger GM Ian Nepomniachtchi and the defending champion GM Magnus Carlsen. We've been waiting for what seems like y...

Lightning Reports - 2021 Alabama State Championship

Lightning Reports - 2021 Alabama State Championship

Lightning
| Oct 1, 2021

Two weeks ago, September 18th-19th, I competed in the 2021 Alabama State Championship hoping to become the state champion for the first time ever. Could this be my year? I had already won the Alabama Quick Chess Championship twice before, the Alab...

Lightning Reports - 2021 US Open

Lightning Reports - 2021 US Open

Lightning
| Sep 23, 2021

Hey, guys! First, I must apologize for how long it took me to post this report, it took way too long and I will do better to post future reports on time. Second, I've gotta thank Chess.com for making me a Top Blogger, this is awesome! And finally,...

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