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Claude Frizzel Bloodgood
C 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 in the database.

With the White pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Bloodgood vs B Evans, 1961 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs J Boothe, 1972 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs Davis, 1973 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs R W Christy, 1957 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs B Brown, 1969 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs R Lewis, 1961 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs H Mizesko, 1975 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs T Sanderson, 1973 1-0
   C Bloodgood vs W Waymire, 1960 1-0
   P Sternberg vs C Bloodgood, 1959 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Good, Bad, Grob and the Ugly by fredthebear
   1 G4!! by Cshatranj
   JP G4 by Firelight
   Grob opening by Vavilov
   Kneel before GROB! by sushijunkie
   Grob Trap by iamlam

   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 A Hall  ½-½26 1959 Norfolk USO Invitational,A00 Uncommon Opening
9. P Sternberg vs C Bloodgood 0-121 1959 Norfolk, VAC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. C Bloodgood vs S Branson 1-046 1959 Norfolk USO InvitationalA00 Uncommon Opening
11. C Bloodgood vs K Amirjahed 1-025 1959 Norfolk Chess Team - DePaul, Board #1A00 Uncommon Opening
12. C Bloodgood vs R McSorely 1-023 1959 Norfolk USO Inv.A00 Uncommon Opening
13. C Bloodgood vs R Porter 1-021 1959 Peninsula Open, Newport News, VAA00 Uncommon Opening
14. C Bloodgood vs D Casteen 1-037 1960 Norfolk USO InvitationalA00 Uncommon Opening
15. C Bloodgood vs W Waymire 1-010 1960 ?A00 Uncommon Opening
16. C Bloodgood vs K Stevens 1-030 1960 Eastern Virginia Chess League, NorfolkA00 Uncommon Opening
17. C Bloodgood vs W Waymire 1-018 1960 Norfolk USO Monthly InvitationalsA00 Uncommon Opening
18. C Bloodgood vs J McKay 1-022 1961 Norfolk USO InvitationalA00 Uncommon Opening
19. C Bloodgood vs A Cacalano 1-021 1961 Eastern VA Chess LeagueA00 Uncommon Opening
20. C Bloodgood vs B Evans 1-021 1961 Norfolk USO Inv.A00 Uncommon Opening
21. C Bloodgood vs R Lewis 1-039 1961 Norfolk, VAA00 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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  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.

Jul-27-15  thegoodanarchist: I boosted my gameknot rating by playing mostly lower-rated players. I got my gameknot rating about 100 points higher than my USCF rating.

Then the fun wore off and I stopped. But I am not stuck in prison, I can go out and do other stuff.

Jul-27-15  andrewjsacks: <FSR> And this side of Jude Acers in his rated matches. Know that story?
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  FSR: <andrewjsacks> Not exactly. I vaguely recall hearing allegations that Acers padded his rating in that manner.
Jul-28-15  andrewjsacks: <FSR> Scandalous it was. Caused the USCF to make rule changes. Do a little research, perhaps.
Jul-28-15  thegoodanarchist: <andrewjsacks: <FSR> Scandalous it was. Caused the USCF to make rule changes. Do a little research, perhaps.>

I posted some info that I found on the Jude Acers page a few years back.

Jul-28-15  Howard: Inside Chess ran an article about Bloodgood's artificially (to put it mildly !) high rating (which at the time made him one of the "top 20" players in the U.S.) back in 1996.

Still recall it rather well. How his rating got so ridiculously high had more to do with his playing in a closed pool of other players, rather than agreeing with other inmates to "fix" his games.

Jul-28-15  john barleycorn: <Howard> was not Bloodgood rated US #2 behind Kamsky in 1996?
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  zanzibar: I only found this one post by <thegoodanarchist> in the Acer forum, quoting the wiki article:

Jude Frazer Acers (kibitz #163)

I can see a big problem in any rating system that allows you to collect rating points off of unrated players. Similarly, for losing points to unrated players.

Not really Acers' problem, per se. On the other hand, after getting his rating frozen at 2399 he didn't play a rated tournament until 2007 (when he was ~63).

There, he proved a capable fellow:

<Acers' recent result at the 17th World Senior Chess Championship, with a FIDE performance of 2289, should help to confirm his playing strength.>

Jul-29-15  andrewjsacks: <Zanzibar> "Not really Acers' problem, per se." Interesting take on it. No, not his "problem," that there was a glitch in the rating system that permitted unethical use of it. His only "problem" was that he did so to such an almost incredible extent that the USCF had to modify several rules.
Jul-29-15  Howard: John Barlaycorn....according to Inside Chess, Bloodgood was ranked around 12th or 13th place (roughly).

But he certainly wasn't #2 !

Jul-29-15  Howard: Zanzibar's point was basically made in that Inside Chess article. Bloodgood was exploiting an anomaly when it came to playing unrated players in a CLOSED rating pool. That's how his rating got so ridiculously high.
Jul-29-15  john barleycorn: <Howard> I read it in a German chess magazine (SM64 2/97) which referred to Chess Life & Review, January 1997 and gave:


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  zanzibar: RE: Acers

<andrewjsacks> I'd have to learn much more about the details before I'd feel comfortable drawing that conclusion.

You might be right, that he was deliberately exploiting the rating system.

But, my understanding is that he really was a very strong player (> 2289 in his prime presumably), and that he just played local, match games.

So, was he deliberately milking the system, or was he just playing his "style" of chess?

And if he was deliberately running up his rating, was he doing so to expose the problem, or to exploit it?

I guess I think, ultimately, the USCF rating system needed modifying, either way.

So in the end, it was a positive.

Jul-29-15  john barleycorn: <Howard> and according to that article the key weakness in the USCF rating system was that (other than in the FIDE rating) your rating would increase always if you would beat the same weak players a hundred times and more.
Jul-29-15  andrewjsacks: <Zanzibar> RE Acers

Well, not much I can say to your response, extremely generous as it is to him. I do suggest you attempt to research it, for example an article, easy to access, by Sam Sloan. There are others too. Anyway, you are a gentleman to attempt to exonerate Mr. Acers. We can respectfully disagree on the point.

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  zanzibar: <andrewjsacks> Yes, I readily admit to an initial presumption of innocent generally. And especially when I don't know the full story.

I also readily admit that you might be completely correct in your considered statements on the matter.

I'll try to do a little more research in the matter at some point in the future. And possibly report back - but maybe in Acers' forum instead of this one.

Thanks for your comments in the exchange.

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  diceman: <tpstar:

Bloodgood wins the Creepiest Picture hands down.>

...he has that Uncle Fester charm.

Jul-30-15  andrewjsacks: <zanzibar> Good man. This is the type of professional, polite, and gentlemanly exchange--despite differences of opinion--that should be the rule here, not the exception.
Jul-31-15  sakredkow: I hope I can remember never to click on this guy's name again.
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  offramp: <andrewjsacks> This is a good page for your Frankenstein's-Monster avatar.

They go together: Bloodgood fire bad.

Aug-01-15  andrewjsacks: <offramp> Good one!
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