Plumbed the Depths of Worms

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This week Jon brings back the Gregorian chanting first heard in Episode 5, Phil parades his knowledge of Thomas the Tank Engine, and Chris celebrates Mr Philidor.

Published 3 months ago

Quite Like Getting Dressed Up

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This week the boys discuss monkeys at the North Pole, chess dynasties, and pay tribute to Evgeny Sveshnikov. May also contain a special guest for the quiz...

Published 3 months ago

Brimful of Gad and Asher

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The gang's back together as the discussions this week include chess neologisms, psychotropic drugs, and... yep... cheating.

Published 3 months ago

My Table's A Bit Rickety - with special guest IM Lorin D'Costa

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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.

Published 4 months ago

A Hammock in a Volvo

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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.

Published 4 months ago

Bring Down The Feudal System

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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.

Published 5 months ago

Trend On An Upward Path

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This week Phil gets sociable, Jon invokes 55 years of hurt, and Chris resorts to verse.

Published 5 months ago

Never Too Early To Resign - Tournament Guide special

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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!

Published 5 months ago

Confidence was a Huge Factor - Adult Improvement special with FM Rhys Cumming

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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.

Published 5 months ago

You Can't Have Fake Rooks

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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.

Published 6 months ago

X-Rayed in a Local Hospital

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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.

Published 6 months ago

Our Monthly Quota Of Singing

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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.

Published 6 months ago

Flick It Over The Top

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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.

Published 6 months ago

You're Tearing Me Apart, Policer

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

Published 7 months ago