The Chess Pit
Summary: A weekly podcast where three guys talk about chess… occasionally
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.
The gang's back together as the discussions this week include chess neologisms, psychotropic drugs, and... yep... cheating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week Phil gets sociable, Jon invokes 55 years of hurt, and Chris resorts to verse.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.