Take On Light Or Dark

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

This week the guys discuss talent vs hard work in chess and other sports, the aesthetic of autumn, and the quiz gets all scientific!

Published 2 years ago

Too Busy Cowering And Crying

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

This week Phil is spotty, Jon is fishy, and Robin is masonic. Among other things we preview the FIDE Grand Swiss, and also assess the first artefacts offered to Robin's Organic Bobbin Store!

Published 2 years ago

Must Have A Rhyming Phrase

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

Robin Sarfas joins Jon and Phil as a regular panellist this week, and heartily joins in the nonsense. We cover the current state of chess within the pandemic context, including the FIDE Grand Swiss and the recent British Championship. And we introduce Robin's Organic Bobbins Store!

Published 2 years ago

Between Satan and the Truth

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

The lads get somewhat philosophical this week in the context of adult chess improvement, and Chris reveals just how inspired he is by dishwasher repair folk.

Published 2 years ago

Just Lots of Simpsons Memes

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

More of the usual this week as our decidedly croaky triumvirate deal in spoonerisms, sportswashing and Stephens.

Published 2 years ago

That's An Amazing Cash Grab - Women's Chess Special

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

We are not our normal mirthful selves this week because we have more serious things to discuss. Is it appropriate for FIDE to associate themselves with a breast implant company, and what does the association say about FIDE's attitude to women's chess in general?

Published 2 years ago

To Have That Much Power

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

This week Jon is yawny, Chris is croaky, and Phil is full of football. The guys also discuss opening choices for amateurs, Nona Gaprindashvili's lawsuit against Netflix, and tributes for deceased chess players.

Published 2 years ago

Some Sort Of Feudal King - with special guest Robin Sarfas

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

Phil is absent and everything falls apart without him. Sort of. Chris and Jon are joined by previous Adult Improvement guest Robin Sarfas to cover the return of real-life, over-the-board amateur chess in the UK!

Published 2 years ago

Someone's Talking About Geoff Club

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

This week Chris is surrounded by applause, Jon has the silly question blues, and Phil tells an unbroadcastable joke. Chris also reveals how his FIDE Trainer exam went, and Vladimir Savon's life is examined.

Published 2 years ago

Plumbed the Depths of Worms

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

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 2 years ago

Quite Like Getting Dressed Up

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

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 2 years ago

Brimful of Gad and Asher

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

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

Published 2 years ago

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

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

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 2 years ago

A Hammock in a Volvo

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

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 2 years ago

Bring Down The Feudal System

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

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 2 years ago

Trend On An Upward Path

The Chess Pit By The Chess Pit

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

Published 2 years ago