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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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'.

Published 3 years ago

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 3 years 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?

Published 3 years ago

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.

Published 3 years ago

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.

Published 3 years ago

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 3 years 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.

Published 3 years ago

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?

Published 3 years ago