Paddling on the Barry Burn

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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.

Published 1 year ago

Wheelhouse of the Victorian Gentleman

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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.

Published 1 year ago

Get the Bomb Squad in

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Chris decides he's had enough of chess and wants to learn shogi, Phil recounts his childhood in a warzone, and Jon is disparaging about Formula 1.

Published 1 year ago

Wild Gesticulations Towards The Future

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Chess tournaments are dangerous. Everyone knows this. Find out how, as the guys put themselves in peril for your benefit and your benefit alone.

Published 1 year ago

When Does Space Become Space?

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The boys visit space and pretend to be birds of prey. It's a long old way down to swoop upon the conversational gambits on offer this week...

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A Lifetime on the Lips

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Increments, the longest-running chess column, codebreaking, and how to teach kids appear this week. Some might say this is far too many topics for one episode, but the boys are brave souls.

Published 1 year ago

The Hypotenuse of a Church

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What came first: showjumping or chess? This and other mysteries are unraveled and reraveled in earnest as the guys' lockdown mania starts to bite.

Published 1 year ago

Four Packets of Pork Scratchings

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Tales of coffeehouse legends, psyching out machines, and being infamous for losing make the grade this week.

Published 1 year ago

Reveal Your Innermost, Darkest Secrets

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The guys attend therapy as Scandinavian crime dramas, Formula 1, and powerful writing implements get a hearty airing.

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Chuck Him Back In Jail

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No kinkshaming allowed this week as online cheating, communists and pies get a thorough outing.

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I'm Not Mates With Einstein

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This week the guys travel the world, visit the high street, and hobble James Caan (again).

Published 1 year ago

This Could Be Your War

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The boys preview the Carlsen Invitational and invoke the history of the Cricket World Cup

Published 1 year ago

Lots of Grandmasters Warming Benches

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This week the boys manage to shoehorn goalkeepers, synesthesia and some actual chess chat into forty minutes.

Published 1 year ago

Mountain Goats Just Run Wild

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Donkeys, goats and toddlers, y'say? Chris, Jon and Phil take up a stance against all three.

Published 1 year ago

The Kids Were Clotheslining Me

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Despite rumours of self-isolation, the guys are here to talk about the Candidates, six-year-olds beating International Masters, and... wrestling?

Published 1 year ago

Dabbing is Good for Pandemics

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Jon reinvents pawns, Chris revisits the years 1862 and 2000, and Phil narrowly escapes his car being scrapped.

Published 1 year ago