The Chess Pit
Summary: A weekly podcast where three guys talk about chess… occasionally
This week we celebrate chess variants, chess-themed burgers, and ask whether the pandemic will undermine the integrity of the FIDE rating system.
This week the guys round up the Candidates, discuss Nepo’s chances in the title match, and wonder what the Candidates field will look like in 2023.
It's been a big day for chess in Yekaterinburg so Jon and Phil recap Rounds 10-12 of the Candidates and preview what's left to come.
The Candidates has resumed, so we give our initial impressions on Rounds 8-10. We also mark the brief distraction of the European Super League by discussing the Professional Chess Assocation and the twin World Chess Championships from 1993-2006.
The Candidates resumes on Monday so naturally the boys ask which of the chess elite would be favourite in a cage match. May also include sofa fury.
This week Jon and Phil are joined by Grandmaster Jonathan Levitt who has a book out! Hear the guys discuss the holy trinity of 'c' words: comedy, cricket, and chess.
This week we discuss which chess grandmaster has eight legs, which member of the world elite looks like Bob Ross, and celebrate longevity in all its forms.
The murky underworld of social media and British intelligence services get a hearty airing this week. We also ask for your opinions on chess servers, and want your chess five-a-side teams.
This week Jon hates mornings, Chris stretches the concept of a chess anniversary to its breaking point, and Phil offers some textual healing. May also contain long walks.
This week we mark International Women's Day by celebrating Koneru Humpy and Vera Menchik while bemoaning the lack of equivalent opportunities for contemporary British female chess players. Otherwise, Jon is svelte, Phil is triumphant, and Chris is silent.
This week Chris's dog is pining, Jon has a heavy visitor, and Phil has a problem with carbs. May also include actual white hot chess content.
This week the guys discuss the effect PogChamps might have on the future of chess, and try to inflict the world's largest roundabout on the Isle of Man.
This week we ponder chess in a velodrome, celebrate South American Grandmasters, and ask whether the Dubai World Championship match is just another case of 'sportwashing'.
The unholy trio of Chris, Jon & Phil are reunited for a waltz through the latest happenings in the chess world, but not before they've solved naming Chris's dog and the age-old question of how many elite players you can fit in a Mini.
Everything gets a bit meta this week as we have Ben Johnson of the Perpetual Chess Podcast round for tea. Hear about his life and career, and his favourite moments from hosting.