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We Have Witnessed History

We Have Witnessed History

Rodgy
| 13 days ago

Against all odds, against all predictions, Ian Nepomniachtchi has won the 2022 Candidates Chess Tournament and once again, he will be going to the World Championship. Just last year, we saw Nepomniachtchi getting completely outplayed and making ho...

The Dreadful Chess Plateau

The Dreadful Chess Plateau

Rodgy
| Jun 30, 2022

Unless you were born some chess genius, at one point, you're going to hit something called a chess plateau. It could be at any rating, 800, 1400, or 1700, but likely one of the most known plateaus is at the rating of 2000. A chess plateau is when ...

BREAKING: En Passant Removed

BREAKING: En Passant Removed

Rodgy
| Apr 1, 2022

Edited April 2nd: Happy April Fool's! I hope this made you smile. For 461 years, the rules of chess have been somewhat questionable, and most definitely outdated. That last major change was over 150 years ago, although just today, The Internatio...

The Genius & Craze of Bobby Fischer

The Genius & Craze of Bobby Fischer

Rodgy
| Mar 25, 2022

Robert James Fischer (better known as Bobby Fischer) is easily one of the greatest chess players of all time. Go up to any chess player and ask them who the best chess players of all time are, chances are that they have Fischer in their top three....

The Dark Side of OTB Chess

The Dark Side of OTB Chess

Rodgy
| Jan 26, 2022

Anyone who has played an over-the-board chess tournament, knows its an experience like no other, it cannot be compared to online chess since it's so different! Just listen to a few regular tournament players on their thoughts about OTB chess! ...

The Rise Of Alireza Firouzja

The Rise Of Alireza Firouzja

Rodgy
| Dec 25, 2021

Alireza Firouzja has taken the chess world by storm climbing on the world ranking list from 9th to 2nd, becoming the youngest person to reach a rating of 2800, in under 30 days. The French-Iranian 18-year-old had always been predicted to be the ne...

How I Became a USCF Expert

How I Became a USCF Expert

Rodgy
| Nov 24, 2021

Although I am a patzer, recently I was able to achieve a USCF rating above 2000, making myself a USCF Expert. If you've been following my blogs, you'd know that half a year ago, I was just 1600. After 5 years of playing chess, I've finally reached...

Crossing 1900 USCF!

Crossing 1900 USCF!

Rodgy
| Sep 11, 2021

Three tournaments, 100 points. This blog is about my journey from 1814 to 1914. As of writing, I have a USCF rating of 1935! Hopefully, you find the games I show very instructive and can take something away that may help you reach your next rating...

Surpassing 1800 USCF!

Surpassing 1800 USCF!

Rodgy
| Aug 3, 2021

Four tournaments, 111 points. In this blog, I will be discussing how I reached 1800 OTB USCF. As of writing, I have a USCF rating of 1856. Although those games are a blog for another time. I will actually be looking at some games after I reached 1...

Breaking 1700 USCF!

Breaking 1700 USCF!

Rodgy
| May 23, 2021

I had not played any over-the-board (OTB) chess for one year, two months, and 14 days. That was until May 1st of 2021 I got to play an over-the-board tournament. After all of these online games, I could finally play an actual chess game without wo...

The Best Chess Players from A-Z: Part 2 - Letters G to K

The Best Chess Players from A-Z: Part 2 - Letters G to K

Rodgy
| Apr 25, 2021

Welcome to Part 2 of my series "The Best Chess Players from A-Z". If you didn't read Part 1, which can be found here. This series covers the best player's who surnames start from letters A to Z. I will provide a few candidates (or none depending o...

The Dark Side of Online Chess

The Dark Side of Online Chess

Rodgy
| Mar 26, 2021

I've done a blog about the Pros and Cons of Online Chess but today I want to talk about the main problem of online chess, and that's cheating. I know I have briefly covered cheating in chess before but it's getting so bad I want to cover it a bit ...

The Best Chess Players from A-Z: Part 1 - Letters A to F

The Best Chess Players from A-Z: Part 1 - Letters A to F

Rodgy
| Feb 25, 2021

Today is the start of a new blog series, my latest series was The Pros and Cons Series where I covered the pros and cons of three different topics. That was a 3-part series and more blogs may be added to that collection but today is the start of a...

Candidates Tournament: Who Will Challenge Carlsen?

Candidates Tournament: Who Will Challenge Carlsen?

Rodgy
| Feb 15, 2021

On March 17th, 2020, the 1st round of the FIDE Candidates Tournament began. The Coronavirus was rapidly growing and most schools got canceled and went online. I remember each day I would wake up, watch the Candidates Tournament while eating breakf...

My Top 5 Craziest Chess Games

My Top 5 Craziest Chess Games

Rodgy
| Feb 5, 2021

Recently I've done a lot of blogs on other people, my last blog about my OWN games was in December so I've decided to make another blog about myself! Here are my Top 5 Craziest Chess Games along with some of the best tactics from my games. If you ...

Online Chess - Part 3 of The Pros and Cons Series

Online Chess - Part 3 of The Pros and Cons Series

Rodgy
| Jan 29, 2021

With a surge of interest in chess during the pandemic. Online chess has gotten more popular thanks to the combination of everyone being forced to stay home, along with Twitch, and The Queen's Gambit on Netflix. With more chess tournaments going on...

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