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Journey to NM - One Point at a Time...

Journey to NM - One Point at a Time...

Lightning
| May 31, 2024

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Surprise, surprise, I got to play otb chess again. Last weekend there was a local tournament on the schedule, and when I saw the list of pre-registered players, featuring a GM, two NMs, two 2100s, and...

A New Peak

A New Peak

Lightning
| Apr 30, 2024

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Y'all know how it is... if I play otb chess, y'all get a blog. That's the deal. Indeed I did receive the opportunity recently to play in an amazing and fierce event in which the average rating of all ...

I Forgot How To Chess...

I Forgot How To Chess...

Lightning
| Mar 2, 2024

Why hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Wow, it has been a minute, hasn't it? I'm not even sure if y'all remember me and my quirky blogs. Am I a has-been in the blogging world now?  Apologies to the people who enjoy my blogs for ...

Journey to NM - Becoming a Champion

Journey to NM - Becoming a Champion

Lightning
| Sep 11, 2023

That hurts. That really hurts. It wasn't so much the fact that I lost, but the fact that I was thoroughly embarrassed, with the state championship on the line. The game barely lasted an hour! I made one dumb move and my position was falling apar...

My Return to OTB Chess

My Return to OTB Chess

Lightning
| Jul 23, 2023

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! It's been a minute since you last heard from me. Now, as some of you following my journey know, I am doing my best to avoid playing in local Alabama tournaments, cause they aren't ideal for me. I eith...

2023 Falcon Invitational

2023 Falcon Invitational

Lightning
| Apr 30, 2023

*Technically posted just before April ended for me, so I still met my one post per month goal....* Yeah sorry, I just remembered I was supposed to finish this before the month ended, so this is very rushed... Hello there, welcome to the Lightn...

The Openings Of All Time

The Openings Of All Time

Lightning
| Mar 31, 2023

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Surprise, surprise, I’m posting a blog several weeks sooner than expected. I sincerely apologize for being early. Shame on me. I should do better next time. Anyway, today I’m going to show...

Questioning Non-Chess Players About Chess (4.0)

Questioning Non-Chess Players About Chess (4.0)

Lightning
| Mar 23, 2023

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Ask and you will receive... I've had a surprising number of people persistently reminding me that I owe y'all another Questioning Non-Chess Players About Chess blog. Basically I asked 3 people (with t...

Journey to NM - I'm Still Stuck

Journey to NM - I'm Still Stuck

Lightning
| Feb 25, 2023

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! 3 weeks ago I played in the 2023 Queen of Hearts tournament hoping to compete against some of Alabama's strongest players. Wait, 3 weeks ago? Why am I just now posting this, you wonder? Uh. I have a t...

2023 Charlotte Open

2023 Charlotte Open

Lightning
| Jan 23, 2023

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Last week I played in the 2023 Charlotte Open to compete against much stronger players and attempt to steal their rating points. Going into the event I am rated 2127 USCF, and I have been stuck for ab...

My Final Tournament Of 2022

My Final Tournament Of 2022

Lightning
| Dec 23, 2022

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Last weekend, on December 17th, I competed in a local otb tournament. I wasn't going to at first, but then I was told an NM would be there, so I figured I'd play as well to try to beat the NM. Yes, I ...

What Have I Been Up To?

What Have I Been Up To?

Lightning
| Nov 30, 2022

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! It’s been a hot minute since you’ve heard from me. For most of this year, I’ve posted twice a month, but it has now been over a month since my last post. And my last post was the onl...

Hans Niemann - Innocent or Guilty?

Hans Niemann - Innocent or Guilty?

Lightning
| Oct 16, 2022

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today I’ll be doing an opinion blog, which is exactly what it sounds like. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Oh no, Lightning is giving his opinion on something? That's a terrible i...

Questioning Non-Chess Players (3.0)

Questioning Non-Chess Players (3.0)

Lightning
| Sep 30, 2022

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Way 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 did it again. And now, given how many people have asked ...

Journey to NM - Alabama State Championship

Journey to NM - Alabama State Championship

Lightning
| Sep 15, 2022

Hello there, welcome to the Lightning Reports! Surprise, surprise, I played otb again, nearly 2 weeks ago. It was Alabama's state championship, and I really wanted to win. "This is my year" is what I told myself. And I believed it. I thought I had...

2022 US Open

2022 US Open

Lightning
| Aug 27, 2022

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning Reports! Today I will recap my experience at the 2022 US Open. I honestly played in this because I was already in California for the Denker, which I talked about in my previous blog, so I figured I might as we...

My Last Denker

My Last Denker

Lightning
| Aug 18, 2022

Hello there. Welcome to the Lightning reports! Today I will recap my experience at the 2022 Denker Tournament or Highschool Champions. If you don't know what the Denker is, it is essentially the national highschool chess championship, but why call...

Journey to NM - Am I stuck?

Journey to NM - Am I stuck?

Lightning
| Jul 28, 2022

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...

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