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The Chess Pit

Summary: A weekly podcast where three guys talk about chess… occasionally

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  • Copyright: Jon Mackenzie, Phil Makepeace, Robin Sarfas


 S3 Ep11: Because It Requires Such Vigilance - with special guest WGM Jennifer Shahade | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3350

When we heard that Jennifer Shahade would be in London to promote her new book 'Chess Queens', we jumped at the opportunity to get the whole gang in the studio to record an episode with her. So here it is!

 S3 Ep10: Thickness of a Cigarette Paper | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2779

The guys are still on a high from their first studio outing since March 2020 so please forgive the higher quality of chat than usual this week. The Belgrade Grand Prix is nearing its conclusion and we also set a rating metric which is superior to Elo.

 S3 Ep9: Being Suspended from the Ceiling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2670

We have a completely new combination of humans this week as Chris, Phil & Robin get together to solve all the world's problems. Shining brightly from the gloom we discuss the futility of an easy win, the Belgrade Grand Prix, and topless panellists.

 S3 Ep8: The Law of Large Numbers - Young Talents special | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3052

Chris Russell, formerly of this parish, is back! He joins Phil for a look at their parallel chess careers from age 7 onwards within the English junior infrastructure and beyond. What went right? What went wrong?

 S3 Ep7: Advice on How to Dress | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2528

The guys sound croaky this week. But it’s February, what do you expect? We go through our mailbag from two weeks ago, cover the ongoing Grand Prix, and Robin updates us on his over-the-board exploits.

 S3 Ep6: Can't Hide From The Truth - with special guest Nate Solon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3703

This week Jon and Robin are joined by chess data baron Nate Solon for a chat about analytics, analysis, AI and probably some other words beginning with a.

 S3 Ep5: What's Your Favourite Western Intervention? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2964

How can a world governing body claim to support women when its track record and people with contemporary influence don't? Once again we ask how chess has embarrassed itself this week, and we do a preview of the upcoming Grand Prix series.

 S3 Ep4: Peanut Butter and Banoffee Cheesecake | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2768

This week we largely discuss the mask and default controversy at the ongoing Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee. In addition, Phil is full of Beatles trivia, Robin is full of war, and Jon is full of decrepitude.

 S3 Ep3: The Svidler on the Roof | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3502

We're a bit more free-flowing this week as we invoke all manner of allegories to continue our chess training methods episode from last week. Also includes a feature on the ongoing Tata Steel Masters at Wijk aan Zee.

 S3 Ep2: Unknown Tomb of Queen Nefertiti | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3655

This episode is specifically about chess training methods. And Wem, Shropshire. Okay, mainly about training methods. Hear the guys discuss the various technologies available, and how you can make your existing regime more efficient and effective.

 S3 Ep1: It Was An Open Goal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3097

The guys are back with a brand new series in a brand new format in a brand new year! The new format will be launched in earnest next week but for now, have a review of 2021 in chess, and a small preview of 2022.

 S2 Ep21: World Rapid & Blitz Recap - Blitz Day Two | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2268

It's our final show of 2021! Thank you for all your support, particularly through our World Championships coverage over the last six weeks. We conclude with a review of the World Blitz which ended yesterday.

 S2 Ep20: World Rapid & Blitz Recap - Blitz Day One | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1381

Levon Aronian leads on 10/12 going into Day Two of the World Blitz, but there are host of big names including Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura trailing in his wake. Can they catch him?

 S2 Ep19: World Rapid & Blitz Recap - Rapid Day Three | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1461

The chess world has a new star in the shape of 17-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov. Find out how he won the World Rapid and how Phil and Jon felt the event went as a whole.

 S2 Ep18: World Rapid & Blitz Recap - Rapid Day Two | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1079

Magnus Carlsen is half a point clear going into the final day of the World Rapid but, as you'd expect, he has a host of top names on his tail. Phil and Robin round up Day Two from Warsaw and also respond to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave's complaints about the event.


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