The Bloodgood Gambit

Quick, sleazy, & cheap: a former Virginia death row inmate lied and scammed his way to the top of the chess world

Dale M. Brumfield
Apr 20 · 10 min read
Claude Bloodgood, 2000

LAUDE FRIZZELL BLOODGOOD III (aka Klaus Frizzel Bluttgutt III) appeared gaunt, pale, and exhausted in 2000 as he sat in a wheelchair at Powhatan Correctional Facility, chatting with a Washington Post reporter about the death penalty in…