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C Bloodgood 
Claude Frizzel Bloodgood
Number of games in database: 63
Years covered: 1955 to 1976
Highest rating achieved in database: 2250
Overall record: +53 -5 =5 (88.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (58) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Bloodgood vs B Evans, 1961 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs R Lewis, 1961 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs J Boothe, 1972 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs R W Christy, 1957 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs H Mizesko, 1975 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs W Waymire, 1960 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs Davis, 1973 1-0
   P Sternberg vs C Bloodgood, 1959 0-1
   C Bloodgood vs D Casteen, 1960 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs T Sanderson, 1973 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1 G4!! by Cshatranj
   JP G4 by Firelight
   Hurry and Grob All U Can by fredthebear
   Grob opening by Vavilov
   Kneel before GROB! by sushijunkie

   C Bloodgood vs M Haack, 1975
   C Bloodgood vs R Halley, 1958

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(born Jul-14-1937, died Aug-04-2001, 64 years old) United States of America

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Claude Frizzel Bloodgood (born Klaus Frizzel Bluttgutt III) was born in La Paz, Mexico on July 14, 1937 (some sources say he was born in 1924). He was the author of The Tactical Grob, Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit (1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 d6), and Nimzovich Attack: The Norfolk Gambits. In the late 1950's, he was editor of the Virginia Chess News Roundup and the rating statistician for the Virginia State Chess Association. In 1958, he started the All Service Postal Chess Club (ASPCC). In 1970 he was sentenced to death for strangling his mother to death in 1969, apparently in a fight about an inheritance and bad-check charges. While on death row, he played over 2,000 postal games simultaneously. The postage was paid by the State of Virginia. He was scheduled for execution 6 times, but received a reprieve each time. Then in 1972, the Supreme Court suspended capital punishment in the United States, and Bloodgood's death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. That same year, the state stopped paying postage for correspondence chess. He was allowed to play in chess tournaments outside the prison, accompanied by a guard. In 1974, Bloodgood escaped after he and another chess player (Lewis Capleaner, a murderer inmate) overpowered a guard (George Winslow) who was escorting them to a chess tournament. When Bloodgood was recaptured after several weeks, his correspondence privilege was taken away from him. His escape led to the resignation of Virginia's director of prisons, and the Virginia Penitentiary Chess program was dismantled.

In 1996 he was the 2nd highest USCF ranked player in the country (2702), just behind Gata Kamsky. His actual strength was almost certainly much less, as he is believed to have exploited the rating system by organizing chess tournaments and matches in prison against opponents who could easily be bribed, manipulated, and were at any rate far from top-level competition. From 1993 to 1999, he played 3,174 rated chess games, winning over 91 percent of them.

He participated in the 15th U.S. Correspondence Championship, which began in June, 2000, scoring 3 wins and 9 losses (he died before finishing his last game). He passed away in the hospital of the Powhatan Correctional Center near Richmond, Virginia on August 4, 2001.

Wikipedia article: Claude Bloodgood

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs C Bloodgood 0-121 1955 CausualA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. C Bloodgood vs E Winterfield 1-018 1957 Norfolk, VAA00 Uncommon Opening
3. C Bloodgood vs R W Christy 1-013 1957 Norfolk OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
4. C Bloodgood vs R Halley 1-035 1958 Washington D.C.A00 Uncommon Opening
5. C Bloodgood vs G Trefzer 1-032 1958 VA OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
6. C Bloodgood vs A Acevedo Villalba 1-021 1958 Virginia Open, NorfolkA00 Uncommon Opening
7. C Bloodgood vs A Cacalano 1-019 1959 Eastern Virginia Chess League, NorfolkA00 Uncommon Opening
8. C Bloodgood vs S Branson 1-046 1959 Norfolk USO InvitationalA00 Uncommon Opening
9. P Sternberg vs C Bloodgood 0-121 1959 Norfolk, VAC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. C Bloodgood vs K Amirjahed 1-025 1959 Norfolk Chess Team - DePaul, Board #1A00 Uncommon Opening
11. C Bloodgood vs R McSorely 1-023 1959 Norfolk USO Inv.A00 Uncommon Opening
12. C Bloodgood vs R Porter 1-021 1959 Peninsula Open, Newport News, VAA00 Uncommon Opening
13. C Bloodgood vs A Hall  ½-½26 1959 Norfolk USO Invitational,A00 Uncommon Opening
14. C Bloodgood vs D Casteen 1-037 1960 Norfolk USO InvitationalA00 Uncommon Opening
15. C Bloodgood vs K Stevens 1-030 1960 Eastern Virginia Chess League, NorfolkA00 Uncommon Opening
16. C Bloodgood vs W Waymire 1-018 1960 Norfolk USO Monthly InvitationalsA00 Uncommon Opening
17. C Bloodgood vs W Waymire 1-010 1960 ?A00 Uncommon Opening
18. C Bloodgood vs B Evans 1-021 1961 Norfolk USO Inv.A00 Uncommon Opening
19. C Bloodgood vs R Lewis 1-039 1961 Norfolk, VAA00 Uncommon Opening
20. C Bloodgood vs J McKay 1-022 1961 Norfolk USO InvitationalA00 Uncommon Opening
21. C Bloodgood vs A Cacalano 1-021 1961 Eastern VA Chess LeagueA00 Uncommon Opening
22. C Bloodgood vs L Bostic 1-042 1964 New Castel, Delaware InvitationalA00 Uncommon Opening
23. C Bloodgood vs E Meyerhofer 0-134 1967 New Castle, DelawareA00 Uncommon Opening
24. C Bloodgood vs L Lundy 1-031 1968 New Castle, DelawareA00 Uncommon Opening
25. C Bloodgood vs B Brown 1-018 1969 Richmond, VAA00 Uncommon Opening
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  whiteshark: "Certainly one of the most enigmatic figures in the chess scene, however, took a late notice of him - and the proof that it's certainly better people early introduce to chess, to direct their destructive instincts in a reasonably harmless channels - so it possible only when (wannabe) pro-GM terrorizing their environment with excessive demands, instead of heavier crime.

He became famous course through consistent use of the <Burma-effect>, which you should probably tell him to honor <Bloodgood effect>: the knowledge that all the current rating systems are prone to bias due largely isolated sub-communities. In Bloodgood case you can not even blame him, because he was only forced to play against his fellow inmates ...

If by setting the label should not (rare enough, the deficit is indeed at all on the subject): Perhaps one could even some in memory of his legendary USCF rating of 2702 that professionals who travel through the crossing in the advanced world-class have now reached <Bloodgood status>? Sounds somehow better than ever trite messages about new "Super-GMs" - if you have not can not be entirely."

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  rogl: Maybe Bloodgood and Hitler are analysing the Grob together somewhere
Jul-02-12  arthurp: Unless Claude had white all the time ,what did he play against 1.e4. I'm talking about the date of 1990 and
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  waustad: Bloodgood would be 75 today.
Aug-25-12  Wyatt Gwyon: I wonder if chess is popular in Hell.
Sep-04-12  Pulpofeira: Menudo pájaro...
Jan-18-13  Mudphudder: Am I the only one who is wondering why he played white in almost all of this games on this site???
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  andrewjsacks: You might want to look up my article on him, published a couple of years ago online at

The title is something like "Claude Bloodgood: Chess Werewolf."

Also, of course, there is an enlightening Wiki page on him.

Jul-14-13  DoctorD: The specific URL is :

I must say that I did not like the article. I found the opening tenuous, and the facts contained therein later do not jibe with my own recollection of events, which include the fact that it was Bloodgood who reported this rating inflation to the USCF (the report at Wikipedia seems more honest and unbiased).

In fact I find it much more interesting that it is possible that the unsavory character Bloodgood acted morally in chess matters.

I am not making this critique out of mean-spiritedness and I bet you are normally quite a talented writer. But I just couldn't like this one.

Aug-06-13  GumboGambit: According to Rybka, he should have kept more distance from his relatives. Also, anger management training would have been a sound move.
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  perfidious: If only Rybka and anger management training had existed back in 1969.

Trouble is, he would have been forced to play in the real world and we would have been deprived of another 2700 player.

Everything in life is a tradeoff, I suppose.

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  Phony Benoni: Bloodgood would probably have lost a match to Norman Tweed Whitaker, but there would have been a captive audience.
Sep-03-14  posoo: dis man kind of looks like my father, da Posoo Sr.!
Jan-18-15  Conrad93: Fair to say, killing his mother was the best career move he ever made.
Jan-18-15  john barleycorn: His mother called him "curly Sue"
Jan-18-15  Wyatt Gwyon: <Conrad93: Fair to say, killing his mother was the best career move he ever made.>

Fair to say not having an abortion was the worst life decision your mother ever made.

Jan-20-15  Conrad93: Wyatt, are you normally such a low-life, or is your life so pathetic that you have to insult stranger online?

Get a life, loser.

Jan-20-15  Conrad93: Insulting a stranger over chess of all things...
Jan-20-15  Wyatt Gwyon: I'm not insulting you over chess. I'm insulting you over being the most insufferably obnoxious autist on this otherwise great forum.
Jan-20-15  Conrad93: Wyatt, only an austistic individual would insult a random stranger online over a few comments. Stop being pathetic and get off the internet.

Telling someone they should get aborted is not a place even I would dare go.

You're a loser and probably suck at chess to boot. Not a good mix.

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  offramp: Even if he'd been paroled for the matricide he'd have been rejailed for the ratings fraud.
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  OhioChessFan: Or perhaps regaled.
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  FSR: Claude has the highest winning percentage this side of Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia.
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  tpstar: Also Gioachino Greco

Bloodgood wins the Creepiest Picture hands down.

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  offramp: His middle name is a nickname given to him by Father Seamus Mulcahy.

It is based on the noise he was expected to make in the electric chair.

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