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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 Ep53: The Great British Wijk Off | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2869

This week Jon is a polyglot, Chris celebrates an important British player from the 19th century, and Phil wonders whether Tony the Tiger is Catholic.

 S1 Ep52: The Board Next To Him - Adult Improvement special with Robin Sarfas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3319

Phil's moving house so this week Jon and Chris are joined by Robin Sarfas, an adult who's made some big strides with his game of late.

 S1 Ep51: Gotta Do The Obligatory Hanson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2716

This week Phil gets dusty, Christory isn't historical, and Jon dares to ask more than one silly question.

 S1 Ep50: They'll Cut Out Our Lungs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2784

The boys are back and raring to go in 2021. Chris espouses robes, Phil gets Augustinian, and Jon once again hates the quiz.

 S1 Ep49: Maybe Men Are Too Proud - with special guest Rachel Syme | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3422

To close out 2020 we're joined by New Yorker columnist and everyone's best friend on Twitter, Rachel Syme! Rachel has a unique chess ancestry and has also just started taking chess lessons. Her story is not to be missed.

 S1 Ep48: You Two Are Fogeys Anyway - Christmas special | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3238

Are you ready for puns? We have puns, damned puns, and statistics this week for our Christmas special! But you like puns. Right?

 S1 Ep47: Suddenly It Would Go Silent - with special guest Stephanie Alys | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2992

This week we're joined by Stephanie Alys, an entrepreneur perhaps best known for her pioneering sextech work with MysteryVibe. Stephanie expounds on her junior chess career and how she's seen chess progress from the outside.

 S1 Ep46: What's In This For Anyone? - with special guest Chris T-T | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2872

Retired musician, current poet and DJ, and all-round lovely human Chris T-T joins us for a romp through the chess enthusiast's mind, and creative processing in general.

 S1 Ep45: Active in a Passive Way - with special guest Philippe Auclair | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3250

The musician, football writer and Mikhail Tal superfan Philippe Auclair joins the boys for the first instalment of our December interview season! Philippe shares his own chess experiences, and offers a critical view of aesthetics within the modern game and across chess history.

 S1 Ep44: Hooves Clattering on the Tarmac | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3002

There’s a glut of The Simpsons references this week, but don’t let that put you off. We salute Magnus Carlsen’s sportsmanship, celebrate inspirational junior coaches, and invent our own novelty chess set!

 S1 Ep43: Ooh, Foucault, Your Mama Too | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3073

A chess boom is on and 'The Queen's Gambit' is to blame! Do the guys have enough energy for it? And how long will it last? May also contain turtles. Again.

 S1 Ep42: Terrified Of Using Both Hands | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2985

This week Phil celebrates early-90s dramas, Chris covers the history of the humble combover, and Jon is still enamoured with 'The Queen's Gambit'.

 S1 Ep41: Just Hiding In Plain Sight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2987

The guys have been up all night watching CNN and there's a somewhat political slant to this week's offering. But there's still room for bad Hungarian pronunciations, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a full analysis of the Netflix sensation 'The Queen's Gambit'.

 S1 Ep40: Get Wetter on a Bike | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2528

This week the guys critique the Netflix sensation 'The Queen's Gambit', reminisce about rainy days, and contemplate what makes a city a... city?

 S1 Ep39: An Out Of Control Lorry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2767

Bonkers BBC drama plots, potentially good Netflix plots, and World Chess Championship breakaway plots all feature this week. Lots of plotting. Yes.


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