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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

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 S1 Ep68: You're Tearing Me Apart, Policer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3282

This week we celebrate chess variants, chess-themed burgers, and ask whether the pandemic will undermine the integrity of the FIDE rating system.

 S1 Ep67: Struggling Down The Back Nine - Candidates roundup special | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3110

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.

 S1 Ep66: Just A Very Bloodthirsty Day - Candidates update special | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1591

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.

 S1 Ep65: About To Hit The Skids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2861

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.

 S1 Ep64: Water Squirts and Towel Action - Candidates preview special | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3408

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.

 S1 Ep63: Funny and Biting and Meaningful - with special guest Grandmaster Jonathan Levitt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2915

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.

 S1 Ep62: The World Of Ageing Sportsmen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2886

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.

 S1 Ep61: Everyone Wants To Be Chandler | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2822

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.

 S1 Ep60: As Noble As The Adversary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2351

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.

 S1 Ep59: Do Laps Around The Board | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3116

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.

 S1 Ep58: Hoover Up The Amoebic Mass | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2763

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.

 S1 Ep57: There is a General Optimism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2925

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.

 S1 Ep56: Play One Move Each Orbit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2679

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'.

 S1 Ep55: He Could Be A Quarterback | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2706

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.

 S1 Ep54: Who's Scared You The Most? - with special guest Ben Johnson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3315

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.

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