About To Hit The Skids

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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.

Published 7 months ago

The World Of Ageing Sportsmen

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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.

Published 8 months ago

Everyone Wants To Be Chandler

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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.

Published 8 months ago

As Noble As The Adversary

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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.

Published 8 months ago

Do Laps Around The Board

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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.

Published 8 months ago

Hoover Up The amoebic Mass

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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.

Published 9 months ago

There is a General Optimism

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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.

Published 9 months ago

Play One Move Each Orbit

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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'.

Published 9 months ago

He Could Be A Quarterback

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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.

Published 9 months ago

The Great British Wijk Off

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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.

Published 10 months ago

Gotta Do The Obligatory Hanson

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

Published 10 months ago

They'll Cut Out Our Lungs

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

Published 10 months ago

Maybe Men Are Too Proud - with special guest Rachel Syme

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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.

Published 11 months ago

Suddenly It Would Go silent - with special guest Stephanie Alys

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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.

Published 11 months ago