Active in a Passive Way - with special guest Philippe Auclair

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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.

Published 1 year ago

Hooves Clattering on the Tarmac

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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!

Published 1 year ago

Ooh, Foucault, Your Mama Too

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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.

Published 1 year ago

Terrified Of Using Both Hands

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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'.

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Just Hiding In Plain Sight

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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'.

Published 1 year ago

Get Wetter on a Bike

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

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An Out Of Control Lorry

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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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The Corpse of Mikhail Tal

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

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Swim in a Straightish Direction

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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?

Published 1 year ago

Cunning of the Cat Genus

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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.

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Ice Is Too Structurally Sound

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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?

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You Can't Libel The Dead

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

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Discussing a Fear of Barbers

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

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Every Rabbit is a Winner

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

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Okay To Have Dead Air

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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.

Published 1 year ago

Five books In My Luggage - with special guest WFM Kanwal Bhatia

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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.

Published 1 year ago

Tricky To Outrun A Horse

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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.

Published 1 year ago