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The Chess Pit

Summary: A weekly podcast where three guys talk about chess… occasionally

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  • Artist: The Chess Pit
  • Copyright: Jon Mackenzie, Phil Makepeace, Robin Sarfas


 S1 Ep38: The Corpse of Mikhail Tal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3202

This week Jon tries to host a dinner party, Chris wonders what Magnus Carlsen will do next, and Phil gets angry with FIDE... again.

 S1 Ep37: Swim in a Straightish Direction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3078

It's time to talk as the guys start a conversation on chess and mental health. But there's still time for the usual nonsense, and does anyone have a bit of... Déjà Hugh?

 S1 Ep36: Cunning of the Cat Genus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2838

Jon takes us back to the days of the speakeasy, Chris exults Norfolk chess legend Johnny Danger, and Phil pays homage to the strongest active nonagenarians.

 S1 Ep35: Ice Is Too Structurally Sound | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3345

This week we discuss the evolutionary prowess of pandas, devote some more time to the mechanisms of adult chess improvement, and cancel some things. And what on earth is the Bongcloud Attack?

 S1 Ep34: You Can't Libel The Dead | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2990

Jon gets hench, Chris gets accused of unsavoury things, and Phil wonders what correspondence chess champions do in their spare time.

 S1 Ep33: Discussing a Fear of Barbers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2618

The guys moan about being plagiarised, but introduce the classic new game 'Chessplayer or Cheese', probably shortly to be stolen.

 S1 Ep32: Every Rabbit is a Winner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2449

FIDE have embarrassed themselves and the game they purport to uphold, so the guys join in and embarrass themselves too.

 S1 Ep31: Okay To Have Dead Air | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3169

The holy triumvirate are reunited for an episode which discusses wolves, a missing persons case, and world currencies. The lads also try to solve the possible oversaturation of elite chess.

 S1 Ep30: Five Books In My Luggage - with special guest WFM Kanwal Bhatia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2187

Kanwal Bhatia has been part of the England Women's chess team since 2008 and has had a career in machine learning. Here she tells Phil about both and they thrash out some potential ways to develop the women's and girls' game.

 S1 Ep29: A Fan Of Surly Magnus - with special guest Thom Lawrence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3524

How does the growing world of chess analytics compare to other sports, and should comparisons even be drawn? Thom Lawrence of StatsBomb joins us for a natter.

 S1 Ep28: I Committed to the Committee - with special guest John Ashworth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1999

We're still on holiday! This week Phil talks to John Ashworth, CEO of Caplin Systems, about his adventures into the chess sponsorship world.

 S1 Ep27: There's A Non-Zero Chance - with special guest Li Wu | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2222

The boys are on holiday so this week Chris interviews Li Wu, who's part of the PokerStars online integrity team.

 S1 Ep26: Tricky To Outrun A Horse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3217

Classism is relevant to a lot of sports, the origins of which can often be murky. The guys brave the depths of such an important topic but also have fun establishing the top speed of a bear.

 S1 Ep25: Paddling in the Barry Burn | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3275

And Smith must score! (Smith didn't score.) The guys challenge the distinct lack of chess commentaries, while also libeling doctors and querying the significance of sitcom actors.

 S1 Ep24: Wheelhouse of the Victorian Gentleman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2767

More thoroughly irresponsible conversation this week as Phil suggests Formula 1 drivers deliberately drive the wrong way, Jon dares to criticise Wycombe Wanderers, and Chris notates his online chess games by hand.


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