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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


 S1 Ep83: An Argument With Some Vicars - with special guest Michael Meadows | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2331

Chris and Phil are joined by our webmaster, Michael Meadows, for a romp through cuttlefish, bad chess websites, and theology. Jon also makes a pleasing guest appearance.

 S1 Ep82: Brimful of Gad and Asher | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2398

The gang's back together as the discussions this week include chess neologisms, psychotropic drugs, and... yep... cheating.

 S1 Ep81: Drag People Onto Your Territory - with special guest Benji Portheault | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2496

This week Jon and Phil are joined by London club player Benji Portheault, who happily mucks in with the regular nonsense, but also brings news of a recent visit to a legendary French player.

 S1 Ep80: My Table's A Bit Rickety - with special guest IM Lorin D'Costa | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3034

Chris and Phil are joined by International Master Lorin D'Costa, who is well placed as founder of She Plays To Win and captain of the England Women's Team to discuss the current and future state of girls' chess.

 S1 Ep79: Welcoming and Enthusiastic and Active - with special guest Jenny Long | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2626

Jon and Phil are joined by Jenny Long, who is bursting with chess and was one of the organisers of the ChessFest satellite event in Liverpool.

 S1 Ep78: A Positive Message In It - ChessFest preview with FM Tim Wall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2689

Jon & Phil are joined by FM Tim Wall, who not only plugs this weekend's ChessFest but also reveals his prowess, or otherwise, at sheep rituals.

 S1 Ep77: A Hammock in a Volvo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2937

Fresh from football almost coming home, the guys are here for a twilight recording. Phil gets boisterous, Jon gets sleepy, and Chris celebrates underwhelming headlines.

 S1 Ep76: Bring Down The Feudal System | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2160

England are doing well at football, so the boys decide to bring chess home instead. They also set up a Lonely Hearts Chess Agency and celebrate Ulf Andersson.

 S1 Ep75: Trend On An Upward Path | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2904

This week Phil gets sociable, Jon invokes 55 years of hurt, and Chris resorts to verse.

 S1 Ep74: Never Too Early To Resign - Tournament Guide special | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3704

This week the special treat comes right at the end. But along the way Phil, Chris and Jon give an impassioned introduction to chess tournament play. Many people who learned during lockdown will soon be playing their first serious games and the boys would like to help!

 S1 Ep73: Confidence was a Huge Factor - Adult Improvement special with FM Rhys Cumming | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2929

In 2015, at age 21, Rhys Cumming was rated 2115 but gained only 40 points over the next three years. He has since reached 2360, gained the FM title and his first IM norm. Rhys's approach to chess improvement is very much his own but is equally applicable to anyone looking to make serious strides.

 S1 Ep72: You Can't Have Fake Rooks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3154

A late night recording sees the guys go full rabbit hole as topics as diverse as clay court tennis players, chess pieces eating themselves, and the logistics of hybrid chess tournaments get attacked.

 S1 Ep71: X-Rayed in a Local Hospital | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2817

The boys are back with their latest witterings, including but not limited to the 1978 World Chess Championship, distracting one's opponent, and centrist dads.

 S1 Ep70: Our Monthly Quota Of Singing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2985

This week we ponder how successful a 3-1-0 scoring system would be in chess tournaments, celebrate Cuban footballers not being recognised, and wonder how much room there is in the chess world for commercial interests.

 S1 Ep69: Flick It Over The Top | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3160

This week we wonder which items of clothing should be thrown at professional chess players, consider how England's ageing Olympiad team can regenerate, and evoke 80s TV shows in the quiz.


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