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Perpetual Chess Podcast

Perpetual Chess features weekly conversations with the chess world's best players, trainers and accomplished amateurs about their careers, current projects, best practices and the latest in chess news. Learn more at PerpetualChessPod.com

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EP 304- Neal Bruce- What We Can Learn from the Studying Classic Game Compilation Books

This week I am joined by longtime friend of the podcast Neal Bruce. Neal learned chess from scratch at the age of 40, and is immersed in a multi-year chess study plan that currently focuses on studying the game collections of some of some of chess? greatest players. As bibliophiles, Neal and I are particularly interested in books featuring legendary games, but one can also study classics through online databases or YouTube serieses. In this podcast, Neal updates us on his study routine, and we rank some of the best ?game collection? books we have come across. We also weigh the importance of studying games. Is it an indispensable part of any chess player's routine? Is there a ?right way? to study them? What will be next for Neal? It is always inspiring to hear of Neal?s commitment to lifelong learning! Please read on for timestamps of topics discussed and books referenced.  Neal Bruce?s prior appearances:  Book Recap #6- Discussing the Woodpecker Method and Rapid Chess Improvement with Neal Bruce .  Book Recap #11- Discussing Winning Chess Strategies with Neal Bruce  Episode 240- ?Pawn Book Championship? How to Chess 04- What to Expect when Attending a Chess Tournament with Neal Bruce  02:00- Why did Neal decide to study a bunch of game collection books? How many games has he played through?  06:00- Why should one study annotated games? What has doing so taught Neal? 17:00- How should one study games? Digital? Board? Two Physical Boards?  Mentioned: Chessable, Forward Chess, New in Chess Book Reader  26:00- What can one expect to gain from going through games?  28:00-   Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 30:00- We review specific books. Starting with ones for newer players  Mentioned: First Book of Morphy, Logical Chess Move by Move, Masters of the Chessboard, Winning Chess Brilliancies, Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking, The Most Instructive Chess Games Ever Played  (Neal?s highest recommendation)  39:00- What intermediate level books has Neal reviewed? What struck him about Alekhines games? Botvinnik?s 100 Selected Games, Understanding Chess Moves by Move, Alekhine?s Chess Games 1902-1946, How I Beat Fischer?s Record by GM Judit Polgar, Karpov?s Strategic Wins by Tibor Karolyi, Karpov Move by Move, Ivanchuk Move by Move 48:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 49:00- How do we approach playing through variations?  Mentioned: Perpetual Chess YouTube Channel  53:00- What are Ben?s favorites out of the 32 books that have been reviewed on the podcast? Mentioned: The Mammoth Book of the World?s Greatest Chess Games, How I Beat Fischer?s Record , Logical Chess Move by Move, Chess Tactics from Scratch  1:02- What is my favorite chess history book that I have reviewed?  Mentioned: Book Recap #20- Korchnoi?s Chess is My Life  1:07:00- What is Neal learning to code at age 53?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-11-08
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EP 303- Adult Improver Kyle Boddy- A Pioneer in Sports Analytics and Peak Performance on His Approach to Chess Improvement

The Adult Improver Series of Perpetual Chess returns with an insightful guest with a passion for openings and tournament chess. Kyle Boddy is the founder of an influential and successful baseball performance training company, Driveline Baseball., which started as a one-man operation, and now boasts 50+ employees and many professional athletes as clients. Having been introduced to chess as a kid, Kyle actually regained his interest in the game in recent years while working in a Major League Baseball clubhouse. In our conversation, Kyle discusses why he loves chess, and compares it to his other competitive interests of poker, Magic the Gathering, and of course, baseball. We also tackle questions such as: How does a sports data expert approach chess data? Why does he love openings? Why does he love tournaments? What does he do to promote chess in his community? This was a fun conversation with an innovative thinker. You can find timestamps below, and links to topics referenced on the podcast webpage. 0:00- Links - Perpetual Chess Linkfest - https://benjohnson.substack.com/ If you would like to join the Perpetual Chess Patreon community, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/perpetualchess 5:00- Kyle Boddy joins the pod and shares his unique chess origin story, which began in his childhood and gained steam when he started playing with a few well known major league baseball players.  7:30- Kyle?s favorite chess content creators  10:00- How did Kyle learn to stop depending too much on the engine?  Mentioned: Kyle?s blog 12:00- What is Kyle?s chess study routine? What tournaments has he played? 15:30- What is Magic the Gathering?  18:00- Kyle?s approach to online chess  19:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 20:00- How does Kyle balance a desire to improve with just wanting to have fun?  22:00- Is MLB star Joey Votto studying chess much?  23:00- Might Kyle be studying openings too much? 26:00- What openings does Kyle play? Why did he choose 1. D4?  31:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 32:00- If you are interested in getting free Chesskid.com premium memberships for any new school chess program you can email Ranae Bartlett at ranae at chesskid.com 34:00: Kyle discusses the community outreach he is doing in Seattle, WA.  38:00- As an innovator in data science, does Kyle see any innovations that could be made in the chess world?  44:00- Does Kyle read many chess books?  46:00- What are Kyle?s long term chess goals?  49:00- Kyle tried bullet chess to help him learn to make quicker decisions OTB, did it help?  53:00- How did Kyle develop strength as in endgames?  55:00- Has Kyle traveled to any huge weekend Swiss tournaments yet?  Mentioned: Hikaru Nakamura on the Lex Fridman podcast, WIM Megan Lee, Larry Hedder   57:00- Patreon mailbag question: How does Kyle deal with ?chess tilt??  1:01:00- Was Kyle?s career impeded by the fact he didn?t finish university?  Mentioned: MLB pitcher Ryan Buchter, Phillies coach Caleb Cotham  1:07:00- Did Kyle see chess in clubhouses aside from the Cincinnati Reds?  1:12:00- Kyle?s World Series Prediction!  1:14:00- Thanks to Kyle for talking chess (and baseball!) with me. Here are links to keep up with him: Twitter- https://twitter.com/drivelinebases?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor His Blog- https://www.kyleboddy.com/2022/02/27/scc-u1200-chess-tournament-report-feb-26-2022/ Driveline Baseball- https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-11-01
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EP 302- Chess Improvement Q & A with IM Andras Toth- One of YouTube's Best Chess Teachers

This week we are joined by one of the best chess online chess teachers in the world, IM Andras Toth. Andras is an Australia-based Chessable author, YouTube presenter and Twitch streamer. Andras? background as a teacher enables him to explain chess strategy very clearly, in a no-nonsense style. It had been a while since Andras and I had talked, so it was doubly fun to catch up with him. In our interview, Andras answers tons of listeners' questions related to chess improvement, discusses some favorite recent chess books, and talks about the ups and downs of the life of a chess content creator. It is always fun and informative to talk chess improvement with IM Andras Toth!  Recorded October 10, 2022  0:00- How does Andras manage to avoid discussing chess drama such as the Carlsen/Niemann controversy?  5:00- What qualities and habits has Andras observed in people who have improved significantly at chess?  7:00- Why do players sometimes struggle to convey their increased skills to better OTB performance?  14:00- If study material is not sticking, should one study it multiple times?  Mentioned: Yusopov Improve Your Chess Series 18:00- Has Andras read any good new chess books? Any suggestions for books about pawn structures?  Mentioned: How to Chess with Andras Toth , Improve Your Chess Calculation by R.B. Ramesh (Now on Chessable), Chess Structures by GM Mauricio Flores Rios (also on Chessable), GM Andy Soltis? Pawn Structure Chess, Winning Chess Middlegames, an Essential Guide to Pawn Structures by GM Ivan Sokolov  28:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 30:00- What would your approach be if you were trying to go from 1700-1900?  Mentioned: Chess Principles Reloaded by IM Andras Toth, GM Magnus Carlsen on the Lex Fridman Podcast  37:00- What was it like to work GM Judit Polgar on a Chessable course?  Mentioned: Master your Chess with Judit and IM Andras Toth  41:00- How can one better learn to play less materialistically?  44:00- Does Andras have recommendations for learning King?s Indian/Benoni structures?   Mentioned: Lifetime Repertoires: Modern Benoni, Chess Structures by GM Mauricio Flores Rios LiChess Opening Explorer 50:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 51:00- How is Andras? YouTube channel doing?  52:00- What videos on his Channel would Andras recommend to someone who has never watched it? Mentioned: The Amateur?s Mind Series 54:00- Does Andras get tempted to do more ?clickbaity? content? What about Twitch clips or videos of him playing blitz?  1:01:00- What is Andras working on now?  1:02:00- Thanks to Andras for joining the pod! Here are links to keep up with him: Twitter-  https://twitter.com/chesscoachandra?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor Chessable- https://www.chessable.com/author/ChesscoachAndras/ YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYZTGsTO5TbCaA1O0wcBzw Twitch- https://www.twitch.tv/chesscoachandras If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here.  https://www.patreon.com/perpetualchess Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-10-25
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Bonus Pod- GM Hans Niemann is suing Magnus, Chess.com and Hikaru Nakamura! Law Professor David Franklin joins to Assess What Might Happen From Here

With the bombshell news that GM Hans Niemann is suing Magnus Carlsen, Chess.com, and Hikaru Nakamura, we brought in a legal expert to help us make sense of the case. I am joined by Professor David Franklin. David is a Constitutional Law Professor and an appellate lawyer, who is also a chess enthusiast who had already been following the Carlsen/Niemann story closely. In our conversation, David answered important questions about the legitimacy of the lawsuit, and which potential scenarios are likely to unfold from here. You can find timestamps of topics discussed below.  0:00- I review a few key points about the Niemann lawsuit.  Mentioned: Here is the Niemann complaint 6:30- Thanks to our chess sponsors, Chessable and AImchess. If you decide to subscribe to Aimchess, use this link or the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  08:00- Professor David Franklin joins the podcast.  9:00- Did he expect a lawsuit? 11:00- Can Magnus be held accountable for damages in the U.S. as a Norwegian citizen.  13:00- Is this writing style in the complaint likely to impact the case?s outcome?  17:00- Is David surprised that collusion is included in the case?  19:00- Should we take the $100 million amount in this seriously?  20:00- Was David surprised that Hikaru is in the lawsuit?  Mentioned: Akiva Cohen Esq. Twitter Thread 23:00- What is the strongest claim in the case?  36:00- What is the timeline for likely events that will be forthcoming in the case?  41:00- What charges or parties might be struck/removed from the case?  44:00- Do any frivolous elements in the case make it less likely the case will succeed?  45:00- What does David think of the ?big picture? issue of OTB cheating?  46:00- Thanks to David for sharing his expertise, you can follow him on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/DFranklinChi If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here. Ben Johnson is creating Perpetual Chess Podcast | Patreon   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-10-22
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EP 301- Computer Science Professor and IM, Dr. Kenneth Regan on the Carlsen/Niemann controversy and the Current State of Cheating in OTB Chess

This week we are rejoined by Dr. Kenneth Regan. Dr. Regan is, as many of you will are already aware, is one of the world?s leading experts at engine cheat detection. He is an IM at chess, and is the rare individual with domain expertise in chess, statistics and computer science. Dr. Regan has degrees in mathematics from Princeton and Oxford and is a Professor in Computational Complexity Theory at the University of Buffalo. As a chess player, Ken was the 1977 US Junior co-champion and once held the record of youngest USCF Master since Bobby Fischer. Dr. Regan joined the podcast to share some of his findings about the Carlsen/Niemann controversy and to discuss chess cheating more generally. More details can be found below. 0:00- This podcast may be best watched via YouTube. You can sub/Watch at the video of this podcast the Perpetual Chess YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/UsEIBzm5msU To subscribe to the Perpetual Chess Linkfest you can submit your email address    at the bottom of the most recent post here: https://benjohnson.substack.com/p/perpetual-chess-linkfest-9-october 02:00- Dr. Regan joins the show. What did Dr. Regan think of the Chess.com Report about GM Hans Niemann?  Mentioned: James Altucher interview with Dr. Regan- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hf-V4WFq2k 2019 Perpetual Chess Interview (Episode 136): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loNQ__09_fE 08:00- Dr. Regan shares some of his data regarding how the amount of time one has impacts chess strength.  17:00- What data was Dr. Regan able to gather from the famous all night bullet match between GMs Alireza Firouzja and Daniel Naroditsky during the 2022 FIDE Candidates tournament.  19:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 20:00- What does Dr. Regan think of Chessbase?s ?Let?s Check? as a cheat detection measure?  24:00- Dr. Regan discussing these blog posts: https://rjlipton.wpcomstaging.com/2022/09/21/cheating-at-chess-not-again/ https://rjlipton.wpcomstaging.com/2016/11/30/when-data-serves-turkey/ 32:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. 32:30- Dr. Regan shares and discusses some of his data on GM Hans Niemann  41:00- Dr. Regan discusses his research and post called ?Pandemic Lag? as well as a few other informative articles  https://rjlipton.wpcomstaging.com/2021/07/30/pandemic-lag/ Chessbase article by Frederic Friedel regarding typical prodigy progress  https://en.chessbase.com/post/tracking-a-player-s-progress FM Nate Solon?s look at GM Hans Niemann?s centipawn losses https://zwischenzug.substack.com/p/did-hans-niemann-cheat 55:00- Patreon mailbag question: What did Dr. Regan think of GM Fabiano Caruana?s comments regarding the efficacy of his model?  Mentioned: C Squared Podcast  1:03:00- Patreon mailbag question: How can Dr. Regan?s model catch cheaters if it is only looking at a sample size of one game?  1:07:00- Patreon mailbag question: Why does Dr. Regan?s model exclude chess knowledge?  1:10:00- Patreon mailbag question: Would it be harder to catch cheating if done only a few times per game?  1:13:00- Patreon mailbag question: What precautions can clubs and organizers take to help prevent cheat?  1:18:00- Dr. Regan discusses his post ?Measuring Fidelity to a Computer Agent? https://cse.buffalo.edu/~regan/chess/fidelity/ 1:20:00- Does Dr. Regan?s data even hint at Hans Niemann cheating OTB? 1:26:00- How would Dr. Regan use his data for chess improvement?  1:30:00- Thanks to Dr.Regan for joining us and sharing his research! You can keep up with his research via his blog (co-authored with Richard J. Lipton): https://rjlipton.wpcomstaging.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-10-18
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EP 300- Swedish Chess Legend, GM Ulf Andersson on his Encounters with Kasparov, Karpov and Fischer and How he Keeps up With Chess Today.

This week we are joined by a legend of the game, one of the best players in the world in the 1970s and 1980s, Swedish champion, and legendary positional player, GM Ulf Andersson. Ulf doesn?t play as much as he did at his peak, but he still exudes passion for chess, and has accumulated a litany of stories about his games with fellow legends. Ulf regales us with stories about his clashes with Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer, Viktor Korchnoi, Bent Larsen, and so many others. At the age of 71, his memory for these encounters is quite impressive! Ulf also discusses his favorite modern players and games, and describes his daily life today. Ulf splits time between Germany and Sweden. It was quite an honor to hear a lifetime?s worth of chess stories. Timestamps of people and topics discussed can be found below. 0:03- Ulf joined me from his part-time home near Cologne, Germany, how did he end up there?  0:05- How does Ulf keep up with the chess world? How did he approach chess improvement in his earlier years?  0:09- Question from Chess Historian and Blogger Douglas Griffin: Does Ullf think that faster time controls have decreased the quality of endgame play? How have increments affected chess overall?  13:30- Who are GM Ulf Andersson?s favorite modern players? 15:30- What did Ulf think of Magnus? decision not to defend his title?  16:45- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 18:00- What are Ulf?s memories of GM Mikhail Tal?  22:00- Ulf mentions that he finds tournament chess more stressful than he used to it? When did he start to feel this way? 24:00- What was it like to play Fischer at the peak of his power?    28:00- What were GM Ulf Andersson?s impressions of Korchnoi? 32:00- Ulf describes his matches with legendary Danish GM Bent Larsen.  37:00- What were Ulf?s interactions with Kasparov like? What was the difference between Kasparov and Karpov in personality?  43:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 44:00- What was it like to meet and play Soviet legend GM David Bronstein? What about his friend GM Jan Timman?  48:00- Ulf discusses an infamous loss of his against IM Michael Basman, sometimes called, ?The Immortal Waiting Game.? 50:00- Ulf discusses the 15 hour, 300 plus board simul he played in 1996.  57:00- Uf gives his perspective on the epic clash between Gukesh and Abdussatorov at this year?s Olympiad.  59:00- Ulf discusses some of the top current Swedish player?s approaches to maintaining their nerves and playing fighting chess.  1:09:00- Ulf discusses his interactions with GM Viswanathan Anand  1:13:00- Shirov?s famous move Bh3! Wwas inspired by a game Alexei played against Ulf. Does Ulf know this story?  1:16:00- How did Ulf achieve his peak rating in his 40s? Ulf also discusses the differences between open and closed tournaments.  1:20:00- Ulf discusses his correspondence chess career. 1:28:00- Ulf describes his life in Germany, and also back in Arboga, Sweden, where he does not even have a computer! Mentioned: GM Robert Hungaski, GM Sandra Mareco 1:35:00- Ulf discusses coaching the Argentinian Olympiad team in 2014.  1:41:00- Does Ulf do any coaching? 1:47:00- Ulf?s favorite games 1:51:00- What are Ulf?s favorite chess memories?  1:55:00- Kasparov-Karpov Seville 1987 1:56:00- Thanks so much to Ulf for sharing his passion to a lifetime devoted to chess!    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-10-11
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Bonus Pod- FM Nate Solon joins to Discuss Chess.Com's Report about the Carlsen/Niemann Controversy

Perpetual Chess is back with another bonus pod, as the Carlsen/Niemann story continues to see new developments. This week?s major news is that Chess.com has issued a report with a full accounting of their actions around the Hans Niemann story. Joining me to discuss it is FM Nate Solon. Nate is a data scientist, 2018 Massachussets State Chess Champion, an Author, and a blogger who has recently been writing about the controversy, There was tons to discuss from this report, so I was happy to have Nate help me do so. Notes and brief timestamps can be found below.   CORRECTION- There were a couple of times I misspoke in this pod in distinguishing between online and OTB cheating.I want to clarify that I was not disputing whether Hans cheated online, and any time I mentioned questions about whether Hans cheated it was only in relation to whether he cheated OTB. My apologies- Ben 0:00- What are the major conclusions from the Chess.com report?  Mentioned: Chess.com report link here:  https://www.chess.com/blog/CHESScom/hans-niemann-report Hans? Most Recent Chess.com Account https://www.chess.com/member/hansontwitch 15:00 - Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ We discuss the data Nate laid out in his Monday post, Did Hans Nieman Cheat 22:00- Back to the report. We discuss the analysis within Chess.com?s report of Hans? OTB results.  41:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 42:00- We answer some listener questions related to the scandal.  Mentioned: David Smerdon?s thoughts on the report here: https://twitter.com/dsmerdon/status/1577490212342870022?s=20&t=SSwdxc-1W8b1Ot9qukkx8w Episode 271 with GM Hans Niemann  1:13:00- Thanks to Nate for joining me and sharing his insights. Here are links to keep up with him:  Twitter Substack Blog  Evaluate Like a GM Website  If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-10-06
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EP 299- Chess Blogger and Trainer FM Dennis Monokroussos on Lessons from Tal and Petrosian, how 'Toiletgate' compared to the Current Chess Scandal, and the Importance of Playing with Different Styles

This week?s guest on Perpetual Chess is FM Dennis Monokroussos. Dennis is a chess trainer who is a frequent presenter for Chesslecture.com and has been the state champion of both Nevada (where he grew up)  and Indiana. Dennis has been blogging about chess on his excellent blog, The Chess Mind, since 2005. In our conversation, we discuss how the chess world, and the blogging platforms have changed since 2005. Dennis also shares plenty of useful chess improvement advice and tells some funny stories about his most memorable games and his chess travels. It was fun and informative to finally chat with someone whose writing I have enjoyed for many years. More details and timestamps are below.    2:00- Dennis started chess blogging in 2005. What was the chess world like then?  10:00- How does the current Carlsen/Niemann scandal compare to Kramnik/Topalov ?toiletgate?? 13:00- Why does Dennis often annotate top games in addition to recapping them on his blog?  17:00- Why did Dennis move his blog to a platform called Substack?  20:00- Dennis discusses his open letter to Dr. Kenneth Regan, and Dr. Regan?s response. 24:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 26:00- Dennis discusses his climb up the chess rating ladder and shares improvement advice  Mentioned: Chess Book Collectors Facebook Group  42:00- What do GM Mikhail Tal and GM Tigran Petrosian have in common? What was it like to play Tal in a simul?  48:00- Does Dennis agree that one should do lots of tactics?  49:00- What can we expect in the 2022 US Championship, which is essentially an invitational super-tournament these days?  56:00- Patreon mailbag question- What is the story behind the amazing sacrificial game Dennis played in 1999 (link below) ? https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1531040 1:03:00- Dennis discusses another memorable sacrificial game, his win over top US GM, Leonid Yudasin. https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1531057 1:06:00- Dennis attended 2 World Championships, the 1995 and the 2007 World Championship tournament in Mexico City, What was it like?  1:15:00-  Thanks to Dennis for sharing his chess experiences! You can subscribe to his blog and reach him about lessons or Ashland University scholarship inquiries via his blog: https://thechessmind.substack.com/ The Perpetual Chess linkfest signup is here:  https://benjohnson.substack.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-10-04
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Book Recap #29- Discussing The Longest Game by GM Jan Timman a Great Book which Tells the Story of the Kasparov-Karpov matches

Perpetual Chess is back with another book review, discussing GM Jan Timman?s excellent book, The Longest Game. It is part game collection and part historic guide to GM Garry Kasparov and GM Anatoly Karpov?s series of 6 World Championship Matches between 1984 and 1990. While the 2023 World Championship looks unlikely to feature the #1 player in the world, fans in the late 1980s got to repeatedly see the clear #1 and clear #2 battle in long matches! These battles resulted in some timeless, tense chess games, and plenty of far-fatched but true stories related to the behind the scenes machinations of the matches. Joining me to discuss it all, is Marko Bulatovic, who selected this book because he is both a chess and history aficionado. Please read on for timestamps of topics discussed.  0:00- Background on my co-host, Marko Bulatovic and why he chose the book The Longest Game  14:00- Does the +2 overall record of Kasparov in the 6 World Championship matches misrepresent how close the matches were?  17:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 19:00- We briefly discuss GM Jan Timman?s bio, and the formats the book is available in.  Mentioned: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1jQxTXneIGjf24eXkLKFwb?si=03f82d8088644b67 New in Chess Ebook- https://www.newinchess.com/the-longest-game Amazon/Kindle- The Longest Game: The Five KasparovKarpov Matches for the World Chess Championship: Timman, Jan: 9789056918118: Amazon.com: Books 23:00- We go through the most epic match of all, the 48 game 1984 match. Was the match really suspended to protect Karpov? 35:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 36:00- We share and discuss a few of our favorite quotes.  1:02:00- Final thoughts on the book!  If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: Ben Johnson is creating Perpetual Chess Podcast | Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-10-03
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Bonus Pod- GM Jonathan Rowson and GM David Smerdon discuss the Carlsen/Niemann Saga

Perpetual Chess is back with another bonus pod discussing the ongoing Magnus Carlsen/Hans Niemann controversy. The major news of the week was that GM Magnus Carlsen issued a statement on Monday confirming that he suspects GM Hans Niemann of cheating. To discuss the story, I am honored to be joined by 2 Grandmaster guests who offer significant domain expertise beyond the chess world. First up is GM Jonathan Rowson, a renowned author and philosopher and the 3 time British Chess Champion. My conversation with Jonathan is centered around the human element of this story, and how we can hope to avoid biases in our interpretation of the information at hand. Following GM Rowson, I am joined by Dr. David Smerdon. GM Smerdon is a 7 time Chess Olympian for his native Australia, and an award winning chess author. David has worked with both Dr. Kenneth Regan and also the Chess.com cheat detection team. David?s primary field is development economics, but he has a statistical background and devotes significant time to chess-related research. As we discuss, in addition to chess cheating, David has published a paper related to gender issues in chess. I found it helpful to hear the grounded perspective of 2 of the chess world?s most insightful thinkers. As always, timestamps of topics discussed can be found below.  0:00- Intro and review of recent events: Sub to Perpetual Chess Linkfest 5:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 6:00- GM Jonathan Rowson joins (recorded September 28) 6:00- 3 key questions to ask ourselves 19:00- Should we draw a distinction between cheating in online and OTB chess?  29:00- Are we likely to get a resolution to this case?   32:00- What are sensible anti-cheating measures?  35:00- Jonathan reflects on his recent return to OTB competitive chess  39:00- What behavioral biases should we be alert for as we evaluate the information presented?  48:00- What opinions has Jonathan heard from his GM peers?  Mentioned:  Carlsen-Niemann 2022 Mishra-Niemann 2022 53:00- Thanks to Jonathan for joining the show! Here are links to keep up with him.  Twitter  The Moves that Matter His website His Chessable Courses  You can hear our prior interview here. (Episode 150)  56:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 57:00- GM David Smerdon joins (recorded September 27) 58:00- What does David?s research suggest about why people cheat at chess?  1:08:00- David has seen Chess.com?s list of banned players, obviously he can?t reveal names, but is there anything he can say about it?  1:13:00- David discusses some of GM Fabiano Caruana?s comments on the controversy from the C Squared podcast 1:20:00- David discusses the Let?s Check feature on Chessbase. We are referring to video?s such as this one by FM Yosha Iglesias, which makes a good-faith attempt to analyze Han?s games with data.  Mentioned: IM Ken Regan interview with James Altucher  1:30:00- Does David have a personal opinion about whether Hans cheated OTB?  1:33:00- Could one be termed "guilty" of cheating OTB based on data alone?  1:40:00- David discusses his fun and useful statistical tool, the Fighting Chess Index (FCI).  1:45:00- David discusses his research on gender and chess.  Mentioned: BBC News: Chess Commentator Sacked for Sexist Remark 1:57:00- Thanks to David for sharing his insights! Here are some of the ways to keep up with him: Twitter: https://twitter.com/dsmerdon David?s Chess Blog:  https://www.davidsmerdon.com/ Award Winning Book The Complete Chess Swindler  You can hear our prior interview here. (Episode 30) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-28
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EP 298- Adult Improver Hans Henning on Why he Loves Studying Openings, and How Chess Helps Give Him Purpose

The Perpetual Chess Adult Improver Series returns for another detailed conversation with a very dedicated amateur. 35 year old Hans Henning is a Dublin based chess enthusiast, who has a demanding job in tech sales, but is also spending multiple hours per day studying chess. Hans first gained interest in chess through Ludwig Ahgren and Pogchamps and since then has made steady progress up to a LiChess blitz rating of around 1900. In our conversation, Hans shares some personal details about why he finds chess so motivating, and why he has a particular love for studying openings. Hans also shares some great recommendations for books, courses, and study methods. As always, more info to topics referenced and timestamps can be found below.  Be sure to subscribe to my free weekly chess news roundup, the Perpetual Chess Linkfest, you can do so here: https://benjohnson.substack.com/ 0:00- What motivates Hans to spend tons of time studying chess?  Mentioned: Checkmate Pattern Manual, Common Chess Patterns  7:30- How in Hans? opinion, should one train chess?  11:00- How did Hans pull himself out of a depressive period? 14:00- Does Hans worry that he could be fighting an uphill battle by trying to improve at chess in his 30s and beyond?  16:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 17:00- Why does Hans love openings and choose to emphasize opening study?  Mentioned: CT-Art, ChessDojo 30:00- What did Hans learn about managing opening files from GM Sam Shankland and Killer Chess Training?  34:00- Does Hans worry about spending so much money on chess improvement?  38:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 39:00- Welcome to the Chess dot bomb! Karen discusses her favorite Chess.com premium features, which includes GM Johan Hellsten?s ?Lessons feature?, I also discussed the ?Play Like ?? feature. If you decide to upgrade to a premium membership at Chess.com, you can help support the pod by signing up using this link (https://go.chess.com/Perpetual). 41:00- What was it like to get lessons with renowned trainer, GM Johan Hellsten? After working with Johan and other trainers why did he ultimately decide to work on his own?   48:00- Hans describes his OTB chess experiences  53:00- Hans shares some book and resource recommendations!  Move First Think Later, How To Study Chess on Your Own, Think Like a Super GM, Understanding Chess Move by Move, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, The Silicon Road to Chess Improvement, Van Perlo?s Endgame Tactics, Endgame Strategy 1:00:00- Thanks to Hans for joining us! You can follow him on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/IamHansHenning If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here:  Ben Johnson is creating Perpetual Chess Podcast | Patreon   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-27
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Bonus Pod- GM Alex Fishbein and IM Greg Shahade share their thoughts on the latest developments in the Carlsen/Niemann Sinquefield Cup Controversy

We are back with another bonus pod discussing the ongoing controversy involving GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Hans Niemann. This week there have been significant new events and information brought to light, and I am joined by 2 separate guests to review the developments and help sort it out. After reviewing the key events and quotes, I am joined by GM Alex Fishbein (9:00) and then IM Greg Shahade (1:11:00). The interview with Alex was recorded Wednesday night, September 21, and Greg?s interview was recorded Tuesday September 20. Thanks to them both for sharing their insights!  0:00- Links from Intro:  Be sure to subscribe to my free weekly chess news roundup, the Perpetual Chess Linkfest, you can do so here: https://benjohnson.substack.com/ Fabiano/Cristian Chirila C Squared Podcast:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCFB_rNGTaw&feature=youtu.be Sinquefield Cup Arbiter statement: https://twitter.com/ChrisBirdIA/status/1572615484654358529?s=20&t=so_SVkkCpU_B6vw1AJfTyw 8:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 9:00- GM Alex Fishbein joins the show 9:00- Was there anything unusual in Alex?s 3 OTB games against Hans?  15:00- How likely does Alex think the ?prep leak theory" is?  24:00- Does Alex agree with GM Jacob Aagaard?s shoplifting/bank robbing analogy from last week?s bonus pod?  33:00- The crux of the issue is that chess has always been played partially based on an honor system  41:00- Is it true that its easier to cheat online than live?  46:00- How likely is one to encounter cheating in a typical OTB tournament?  1:00:00- Alex sums up his thoughts about what may have happened in St. Louis  1:10:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 1:11:00- IM Greg Shahade joins the show  Thanks to my guests for joining the show! If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: Donate ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-22
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EP 297- IM Carissa Yip on her love for the King?s Indian Defense, Why Levon Aronian is her favorite player and the ups and downs of her first Chess Olympiad.

This week we are joined by the 2021 US Women?s Champion and one of the top junior female players in the world, IM Carissa Yip. I talked with Carissa in  early September, at an interesting juncture in her life- she had just concluded her first Chess Olympiad, and was setting out for California, soon to begin her freshman year at Stanford University. This gave Carissa an opportunity to reflect on her past and future in chess and beyond. We discussed the following questions: What went right (and wrong) for Carissa and the US Women?s Olympiad Team? Why does she love the King?s Indian Defense? How did she get to her current chess level, and what would she need to do to advance even more? How does she plan to balance academics and chess? Plus Carissa told some fun stories involving interactions with GM Levon Aronian, GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Garry Kasparov, and others. Timestamps of topics discussed can be found below. Perpetual Chess Link Fest Sign Up- https://benjohnson.substack.com/ 0:01-  Carissa discusses her day-to-day as she was on the verge of beginning life as a Stanford University freshman.  4:30- How did Carissa prepare for the Women?s Chess Olympiad, where the U.S. team finished tied for third place? How was the event?  Mentioned: GM Melih Khachiyan, GM Alejandro Ramirez  14:00- How did she interact with the team? Mentioned: Levon Trolling, Carissa Yip (Note this is a Chess.com not Chessbase India video (as I said). My mistake):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxqiTZBAWFM 18:00- Carissa discusses her critical win over IM Tania Sachdev in the last round  and her love for the King?s Indian defense.  Mentioned: Sachdev-Yip 2022,    22:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 23:00- What parts of her game is Carissa trying to work on?  Mentioned: Carissa?s Ladies Knight podcast appearance, The Giant Chess Puzzle Book 32:00- Patreon mailbag question: Who are Carissa?s favorite players of the past and the present?  36:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 37:00-  Patreon mailbag question: How does Carissa plan to balance academics and chess?  43:00- What is the real story behind GM Andrew Tang?s photo, taken with GM Magnus Carlsen?  Mentioned: Episode 241 with GM Andrew Tang, Andrew Tang blog post   50:00- Thanks to Carissa for joining the pod!  You can keep up with her: Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/carissayipchess Instagram https://www.instagram.com/carissayip/?hl=en Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-20
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Bonus Pod- GM Jacob Aagaard joins for an update on the Sinquefield Cup Controversy

We are back with another bonus pod to discuss the Sinquefield Cup controversy with Tuesday?s guest, GM Jacob Aagaard. Jacob has worked with Hans personally, and like the rest of the chess world has been following this story very closely. There has been no statement from GM Magnus Carlsen, but there have still been many developments worth discussing in the past week. Timestamps of topics discussed are below, thanks to Jacob for rejoining us!  Be sure to subscribe to my free weekly chess news roundup, the Perpetual Chess Linkfest, you can do so here: https://benjohnson.substack.com/ 0:00- What are the key events of the last week? What does Jacob think of the cheating theories? Mentioned:  St. Louis Chess Club Arbiter?s Statement: https://grandchesstour.org/blog/2022-sinquefield-cup-chief-arbiter%E2%80%99s-statement James Altucher Podcast with IM Kenneth Regan  GM Jacob Aagaard Blog post about his experience working with GM Hans Niemann  https://forum.killerchesstraining.com/t/paranoia-and-insanity-by-jacob-aagaard/856 20:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 21:00- We discuss a couple other of the videos and posts regarding whether Hans potentially cheated OTB before the Sinquefield Cup.  Mentioned: Atlanta Kings Research Todd Bryant?s Response to above research  Nikos Ntirlis? Additional Response (Not mentioned on the podcast) 29:00- Why does Jacob think that Hans is ?the perfect test to expose the fallibility? of our current anti-cheating measures?  35:00- Jacob?s discusses the statement issued by Chess.com Mentioned: Chess.com statement  https://twitter.com/chesscom/status/1568010971616100352?s=20&t=lM603tHenLUdoXSKjm4aBQ 42:00- Patreon mailbag question: Even as a recreational player, it is frustrating to get emails that you played online cheaters. Should online cheaters be punished more harshly?  49:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 50:00- Why hasn?t Magnus issued a statement? What does Jacob think about his handling of the World Championship announcement?  Mentioned: GM Ben Finegold Video 59:00- Jacob discusses IM Ken Regan?s recent interview on The James Altucher podcast  Mentioned: Carlsen-Niemann 2022, Video Version of Altucher Ken Regan Podcast, Background on the 2010 French Olimpiad cheating case here Thanks to Jacob for hopping back on and sharing his thoughts!  Book- A Matter of Endgame Technique Quality Chess- http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ Killer Chess Training Facebook- 365 Chess Academy / Killer Chess Training | Facebook GM Jacob Aagaard?s Twitter- https://twitter.com/GMJacobAagaard?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here.: Ben Johnson is creating Perpetual Chess Podcast | Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-16
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EP 296- Award Winning Author/Trainer, GM Jacob Aagaard on Endgame "Rules of Thumb", the Wave of Young Phenoms, and the World Championship Format

This week on Perpetual Chess we are joined by award winning chess author and renowned trainer, GM Jacob Aagaard. It has been more than 2 years since our last long-form interview, and we had tons of topics to cover. We discussed topics including the rise of the top young talents in the chess world, potential World Championship format chances, and chess business news. There was also plenty of talk about chess training and improvement. Our talk about improvement was particularly focused on endgames, because Jacob has recently released an ambitious and highly informative new book, A Matter of Endgame Technique. This book is nearly 900 pages in length and is packed with practical tips and illustrations of moments at which Grandmasters have gone wrong in endgames. Although Perpetual Chess is an audio only format, we tried to extract a few lessons that listeners can apply to their own games. GM Aagaard is never hesitant to share his opinions, and I always learn a lot from speaking with him. You can find timestamps of the topics discussed, as well as links for topics referenced below.  0:01-  Perpetual Chess Link Fest Sign Up- https://benjohnson.substack.com/ GM Jacob Aagaard Blog post about his experience working with GM Hans Niemann  https://forum.killerchesstraining.com/t/paranoia-and-insanity-by-jacob-aagaard/856 0:02- Jacob discusses the ?tidal wave? of young chess talents emerging from India and elsewhere. In 10 years, how many of the top 20 players in the world does he predict will be from India? 13:00- Which young players does Aagaard consider most likely to someday be World Champions? Mentioned: Gukesh-Abdussatorov 2022, IM Levy Rozman Gukesh Interview  21:00- What in particular precipitates Jacob?s suggestion that IM Vaishali R may someday be Woman?s World Champion? 24:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 25:00- What was Jacob?s reaction to the news that Chess.com is acquiring The Play Magnus Group?  35:00- Patreon Mailbag Question- ?What does Jacob think of potential changes to the World Championship Format??  51:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 53:00- What chess lessons can we learn from Jacob?s great new book A Matter of Endgame Technique?  Mentioned: Think Like a Super GM, Under the Surface, Chess Tactics from Scratch, Positional Decision Making in Chess, Thinking Inside the Box  1:05:00- What is ?The Steinitz Rule?? 1:11:00- What is ?The Shankland Rule?? 1:16:00- Patreon Mailbag Question- ?What books similar to Thinking Inside the Box does Jacob recommend?  Mentioned: Chess Structures, GM Johan Hellsten, The Seven Deadly Chess Sins, The Road to Chess Improvement  1:20:00- What does Jacob think of GM Firouzja?s game? 1:24:00- Patreon Mailbag Question- ?Does Jacob think it is important for trainers to occasionally play??  Mentioned: Charlotte Chess Center, IM Kassa Korley  1:30:00- Jacob discusses his pending emigration back to his native country, Denmark  1:33:00- What is the structure of Jacob?s training academy, Killer Chess Training?  Mentioned: GM RB Ramesh 1:41:00- Thanks to GM Aagaard for joining us! Links below: Book- A Matter of Endgame Technique Quality Chess- http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ Killer Chess Training Facebook- 365 Chess Academy / Killer Chess Training | Facebook GM Jacob Aagaard?s Twitter- https://twitter.com/GMJacobAagaard?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: Donate ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-13
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Bonus Pod- Chess World in Turmoil as Magnus Carlsen Suddenly withdraws from Sinquefield Cup Amid Speculation that GM Hans Niemann used Engine Assistance

The chess world has been rocked this week by the sudden withdrawal of GM Magnus Carlsen in the early rounds of the Sinquefield Cup. Although only explained by a cryptic tweet, this unprecedented action has been widely interpreted as an allegation of foul play by GM Hans Niemann, who had defeated Magnus in the prior round.. This has been a complex story with tentacles reaching all over the chess world and making headlines beyond it. In this podcast I briefly attempt to catch listeners up on the key events, and then welcome IM Greg Shahade to try to provide a bit of clarity about what we know right now. Greg is the founder of the Pro Chess League and the US Chess School and in the latter role has observed Hans' chess talent as he has risen up the ranks. Greg shares his perspective of Hans' personality, and of the overall story. Links to the important topics referenced can be found below 0:00- I go through the timeline of events and share a few thoughts.  18:00- IM Greg Shahade joins to discuss the news A few quick notes and links Perpetual Chess Link Fest Sign Up- https://benjohnson.substack.com/ Chess Reddit Megathread https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/x7igg5/megathread_hans_niemann_allegations/ Hans Niemann Round 5 interview-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=CJZuT-_kij0 GM Jacob Aagaard Blog post about his experience working with GM Hans Niemann  https://forum.killerchesstraining.com/t/paranoia-and-insanity-by-jacob-aagaard/856 Chess.com statement  https://twitter.com/chesscom/status/1568010971616100352?s=20&t=lM603tHenLUdoXSKjm4aBQ My March 2022 Interview with GM Hans Niemann https://open.spotify.com/episode/6SNm7UTFwTtzEnabV1p2in?si=6d79b33cdeaf4a5d Thanks to our sponsors Chessable.com and Aimchess!  Chessable- https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ Aimchess- https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-09
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Episode 295- GM Gregory Kaidanov- One of the US? top players and trainers on Maintaining Motivation, Imparting Lessons to Students, and his Long Journey from the USSR to the US.

This week our guest is a renowned trainer, and one of the most accomplished players on the American Chess circuit, GM Gregory Kaidanov. GM Kaidanov was ranked as high as top 20 in the world, and has accumulated a wealth of chess wisdom and memorable stories from his decades in the game. In our interview, Gregory takes us through his famously difficult journey from the former Soviet Union to Kentucky, and shares great chess advice based on his observations while coaching many scholastic champions and future GMs as well as adult chess enthusiasts. Speaking of adult chess enthusiasts, Gregory himself remains active as a chess player and recently qualified for one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, the FIDE World Cup. Gregory discusses how he stays motivated and how he has adjusted his tournament planning over the years. This is a long, but fun conversation. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Show notes and timestamps of topics discussed can be found below.  0:00- GM Gregory Kaidanov qualified for the FIDE World Cup at 62 years of age! What motivated him to play the qualifier in El Salvador? Mentioned: Episode 149 with GM Robert Hungaski, Episode 280 With GM Ben Finegold, Mike Klein?s 2009 profile of GM Gregory Kaidanov: http://uscf1-nyc1.aodhosting.com/CL-AND-CR-ALL/CL-ALL/2009/2009_All.pdf 9:00- As a full time trainer and occasional player, how does GM Kaidanov choose which tournaments to compete in?  Mentioned: Sitges Spain 2022 11:00- How does GM Kaidanov work on his own game?  Mentioned: IM Greg Shahade, IM John Donaldson  16:00- GM Kaidanov discusses the underrated utility of ?solitaire chess? as a training method, and he shares advice on how to approach it.  Mentioned: GM Bent Larsen, Episode 291 with GM Alex Fishbein 23:00- Who is GM Kaidanov?s favorite player to study via solitaire chess?  25:00- What was it like to play his chess hero, Anatoly Karpov?  Mentioned: GM Dmitry Gurevich, GM Alexander Shabalov  28:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 30:00- Gregory tells the incredible story of his difficult emigration to the USA.  Mentioned: Ken Troutman, GM Alex Fishbein  40:00- How does Gregory describe his journey to GM? 49:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 50:00- Gregory discusses working with some of his students, including GM Maurice Ashley, GM Ray Robson, and IM Josh Waitzkin  1:01:00- What was it like to work with GM Vasyl Ivanchuk? 1:08:00- Does GM Kaidanov follow top tournaments? What has he learned from the games of GM Gukesh and Abdussatorov? 1:14:00- Who is Gregory?s favorite modern player to study? 1:15:00- What was it like to play a young Anand? What was it like to play against 3 of the Zurich 1953 participants from Zurich 1953 in the same tournament? Mentioned: Kaidanov-Anand 1987, Taimanov-Kaidanov 1988, Grischuk-Kaidanov 2018 1:30:00- What does Gregory think of the current crop of Under 21 players rated over 2700? 1:32:00- Gregory?s take on the Magnus announcement 1:34:00- Gregory tells an educational story involving GM Valery Chekhov and the legendary former World Champion Mikhail Tal. 1:41:00- What can chess teach us that can help us in life? 1:45:00- Thanks so much to Gregory for a fantastic conversation!!  You can reach him via his website here: https://kaidanov.org/index1.html If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: Donate ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-06
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Bonus Pod- How to Chess Podcast- GM Johan Hellsten on How to Analyze Your Own Chess Games

With Season 2 of The How to Chess Podcast concluding, we are sharing one more "bonus pod" on this feed. This How to Chess episode features the renowned trainer and author, GM Johan Hellsten. In the interview, Johan shares tips for reviewing your chess games, and shares a few mistakes he commonly encounters from his students. To make sure you don't miss an episode of How to Chess, be sure to subscribe to it separately: You can Subscribe to How to Chess on all of the major podcast Platforms: How To Chess on Apple Podcasts Spotify And here is the Perpetual Chess interview with GM Hellsten which I referenced: Perpetual Chess Podcast: EP 273- GM Johan Hellsten on Chess Improvement, the Inspirations for his "Mastering Chess" Book Series, and his favorite OTB Memories on Apple Podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-09-03
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EP 294- GM Fabiano Caruana on Engines, The Evolution of Chess, the Candidates Tournament, and the World Championship Cycle.

This week we are joined by the third highest rated chess player of all time, GM Fabiano Caruana. Fabiano joined me from the St. Louis Chess Club just days before he was set to begin a string of elite competitions there. This presented the opportunity for Fabiano to reflect on what has been an action packed and noteworthy 2022. Topics include:the 2022 Candidates, the World Championship Cycle, and Magnus? decision to step down, what it feels like to be in a slump, the continued evolution of chess engines, the rise of teen talents and the evolution of chess, and lots more. It was quite an honor to speak with Fabiano, timestamps for topics discussed can be found below.   0:00- To subscribe to receive the Perpetual Chess Linkfest for free in your inbox, you can submit your email address at the bottom of the most recent post here: https://benjohnson.substack.com/p/perpetual-chess-link-fest-2-august Sinquefield Cup info:  https://grandchesstour.org/2022-grand-chess-tour-watch/live World Chess Hall of Fame info https://worldchesshof.org/exhibitions 4:30- Fabiano joins! When did Fabiano find out that Magnus won?t be defending his title? Does that change his perspective about the 2022 Candidates?  11:30- Fabiano discusses his and Team USA?s performance at the Chess Olympiad 15:00- Fabiano has mentioned he didn?t review his World Championship games much. Does he usually review his games?  Mentioned: Peter Doggers interview with GM Fabiano Caruana: https://www.chess.com/news/view/fabiano-caruana-interview-carlsen-nepomniachtchi 20:00- Was it hard to discuss chess openings with his USA teammates since they are often rivals?  22:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out all of their latest offerings here:  24:00- Patreon mailbag question: Did the results of young stars at the Olympiad presage a new chess world order?  Mentioned: GM Arjun Erigaisi  26:00- Fabiano discusses the evolution of engines and the impact on young players.  34:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 36:00- Does Fabiano have the same drive and energy as he did as a teenager? 38:00- What advice would Fabiano to a player like GM Hans Niemann? Has he seen GM Hans Niemann?s interviews? 41:00- What is Fabiano?s chess media consumption like?  43:00- Patreon mailbag question: Did Fabiano enjoy announcing with GM Robert Hess and IM Danny Rensch? Mentioned: Episode 282 FIDE Candidates Preview with GM Robert Hess  46:00- Patreon mailbag question: Does Fabiano think Nepomniatchtchi or Ding is more likely to win their match?  51:00- Would Fabiano be open to making the World Championship a mix of Classical and Rapid?  56:00- Does Fabiano think Magnus should have been more explicit about his World Championship plans prior to the Candidates?  1:00:00- Patreon mailbag question: Does Fabiano think he would have had the same chess success if he was raised somewhere other than New York City?  Thanks so much to Fabiano for joining me! Here is the link to watch him in the Sinquefield Cup starting on September 1.  https://grandchesstour.org/2022-grand-chess-tour-watch/live If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: Ben Johnson is creating Perpetual Chess Podcast | Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-08-30
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EP 293- Olympiad Trip reports with Lula Roberts aka "LulaRobs" and Team USA captain, IM John Donaldson

This week?s double episode features one more look back at the historic 2022 Chess Olympiad. We are joined by two different guests who  just returned to their homes from Chennai. Our first guest is Lula Roberts, a 24 year-old popular Twitch streamer who got the chance to represent her country (Jersey) at the Women?s Olympiad. Lula retells her chess results and her many memorable moments at what she hopes will be her first Olympiad of many.  Speaking of many Olympiads, our second guest is return guest and award winning author and historian, IM John Donaldson. John served as captain of the United States? team for the 14th time, so he was able to draw on his vast knowledge of prior Olympiads to contextualize this one. In addition to discussing the Olympiad, John is a leading scholar of Bobby Fischer, so we discuss John?s latest Fischer research and his upcoming projects later in the interview. It was a lot of fun to get two vastly different perspectives on the Olympiad, and I am already looking forward to the next one in 2024! 0:00- Intro, brief discussion of the results of the Olympiad 4:00- Thanks to our presenting sponsors, Chessable.com, be sure to check out Grind like a Grandmaster, and Levon Aronian?s new course, along with the rest of their huge catalog of chess courses.  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 4:45- Lula Roberts joins the show!  5:00- How did the opportunity for Jersey and Lula to compete in the Olympiad present itself?  Mentioned: Jen Shahade?s book Chess Queens  8:00- Lula discusses the tournament itself, as well as how she spent time in between rounds  24:00- Did she like the team dynamic as opposed to individual tournaments? 26:00- What has Lula?s approach to chess improvement been?  30:00- How did the Reykjavik Open compare to the Olympiad for Lula?   37:00- Thanks to Lula Robert for joining the show! Here is how you can keep up with her: Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/lularobs Linktree: https://linktr.ee/lularobs 38:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 40:00- IM John Donaldson joins the show just after returning home to the U.S. John gives an overview of the tournament from his perspective.  Mentioned: Chessbase Interview with GM Ivan Sokolov, coach of the Uzbek team, Giri vs. Vidit Death Match  1:06:00- What is a typical day like for the captain of the team at the Olympiad?  1:21:00- How will John look back on this tournament?  1:31:00- Patreon mailbag question: Does John have any plans to publish additional Fischer physical books?  1:33:00- Is it true that Fischer liked to yell ?Bobby Kill!? during his blitz games as a teen?  1:34:00- More info on the Spassky-Fischer exhibition in St. Louis is here: https://explorestlouis.com/event/1972-fischer-spassky-the-match-its-origin-and-influence/2022-09-27/ 1:3700- Has John heard anything about the health of GM Boris Spassky recently?  Mentioned: Episode 64 with GM Melih Khachiyan  1:47:00- Thanks, as always to IM John Donaldson for joining the show! If you haven?t already be sure to read Bobby Fischer and his World.  Bobby Fischer and His World Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-08-23
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EP 292- Adult Improver Karen Boyd on What She Learned from a Busy Summer of Tournament Chess, and Why she Always "Plays Up" Against Tougher Competition

Karen Boyd is a 56 year old mother, wife and chess lover with a background in computer programming. She often appears in the videos and streams of her husband, GM Ben Finegold, but she also does a ton of the work behind the scenes, producing Ben?s content. Despite Karen?s busy life, she has been making lots of time for chess study and joined me after a busy summer with plenty of chess tournaments in the United States. Karen assiduously documents her chess study, and has been averaging about 3 hours per day of study when not on the road. She showed some good results in the World Open, and is on the verge of eclipsing her personal high rating of 1421. In our interview, she discussed her background, her study regimen, her goals, her relationship with Ben, and why she thinks she currently finds tournaments more enjoyable than her husband does. I really admire the dedication that Karen is showing to chess and look forward to seeing her continued chess progress. More details, timestamps and relevant links can be found below.   0:00- If you or someone you know is interested in appearing as an adult improver, you can submit their info via the online form here: Interested in Appearing on the Pod as an Adult Improver? ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast 1:00- Karen has been studying chess for 3 hours per day and traveling far and wide to play in many tournaments. Why?  Mentioned: Check out Karen?s study log here: https://atlchessclub.com/ChessLog/ChessStudyLog.pdf 5:00- How does Karen feel about her recent progress, after a busy summer.  10:00- Why does Karen prefer classical chess?  Mentioned: Justin Morrison of Kids Chess Zone  16:00- Karen?s husband, GM Ben Finegold, has said he is retiring from OTB chess. Does Karen think he will change his mind someday?  19:00- What are Karen?s current chess goals?  Mentioned: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, Chessable?s Checkmate Patterns Manual  22:00-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Their new courses include a new one by GM Levon Aronian, and GM Magnus Carlsen and GM David Howell recently released a free lesson, Grind like a GM!  Check out what's new here:  https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 24:30- Karen discusses her chess beginnings.  31:00- Patreon mailbag question: How did Karen and GM Ben Finegold meet?  Mentioned: GM Var Akobian  35:00- Patreon mailbag question: Does Karen think she is treated differently a) because she is a woman? b) because she is married to a GM? 39:00- Welcome to the Chess dot bomb! Karen discusses her favorite Chess.com premium features, which include the tactics trainer.  If you decide to upgrade to a premium membership at Chess.com, you can help support the pod by signing up using this link (https://go.chess.com/Perpetual).   42:00- What was Karen?s inspiration for her study log? 43:00- How do Karen's two coaches, FM Aviv Friedman and NM Spencer Finegold, work with her to improve her chess? 45:00- What is Karen?s approach to openings?  48:00-How would Karen characterize (or describe) her strengths and weaknesses as a ches player? 51:00- Why does Karen ?play up? in higher sections? 53:03- Are there days where Karen doesn?t feel like doing chess? 56:00- Karen?s closing advice  58:00- Thanks so much to Karen for joining the show. Here are some of the ways you can follow her chess progress: Twitter- https://twitter.com/Karen_Chess1 Twitch-  https://www.twitch.tv/karen_chess GM Ben Finegold?s Twitch- https://www.twitch.tv/gmbenjaminfinegold Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-08-16
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Bonus Pod- How to Chess Podcast- How to Approach Studying the Endgame with GM Sahaj Grover

Here is the most recent episode of the How to Chess Podcast. If you enjoy it, please be sure you are subscribed to How to Chess on its own feed. The How to Chess archive features insightful interviews with GM Peter Svidler, GM Vladimir Kramnik, FM Peter Giannatos, with lots more to come. You can Subscribe to How to Chess on these Platforms: How To Chess on Apple Podcasts Spotify Be sure to check out GM Sahaj Grover's course, Timeless Techniques: Strategic Endgames, here: https://www.chessable.com/timeless-technique-strategic-endgames/course/42898/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-08-14
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EP 291- GM Alex Fishbein on Maintaining a Passion for Chess into One's 50s, (Plus great Korchnoi and Tal stories.)

GM Alex Fishbein has been one of the top players in the US for decades and remains a frequent competitor on the American chess circuit. He is a four-time US Championship participant and is the Tennessee state champion. Alex is also a chess writer. His most recent book, The French Exchange Comes to Life, is a uniquely presented and instructive guide to a somewhat misunderstood opening. Alex also has a successful career away from the board. He works as a Director in Fixed Income at TD Securities. In our conversation, we discuss Alex?s storied OTB career. Born in the USSR, Alex has learned from many Soviet-era legends and tells memorable stories about Mikhail Tal and Viktor Korchnoi. Alex also shares tips for staying sharp into one?s 50s and discusses how chess learning has changed. Alex?s dad and son are chess masters as well, so he has had a close-up-view of the evolution of chess learning. This was a really fun conversation.   Notes and timestamps on topics discussed can be found below. 0:00- We begin with a trip report on the Norway Open, which Alex and his son attended and in which they competed. They also witnessed the Norway Invitational featuring Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier Lagrave and many other elite players.  08:30- What advice would Alex give to people frustrated by playing lots of underrated players?  Mentioned: GM Patrick Wolff  15:00- Patreon mailbag question: In the increasingly competitive tournament chess climate, what  kinds of goals does Alex set for himself these days?  Mentioned: GM Dmitri Gurevich  19:00- Which older player did Fishbein consider a role model? Alex goes into great detail about a unique and instructive way that he likes to study great players.  28:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. If you are a pro member be sure to check out NM Bryan Tillis? Olympiad Course: https://www.chessable.com/blog/chess-olympiad-2022/ 29:00- What were Alex?s interactions with Korchnoi like? 34:00- Alex tells some great stories from his chess origins in St. Petersburg. He studied under legendary trainer, Vladimir Zak.  Mentioned: Russian Silhouettes by GM Genna Sosonko  44:00- What did Alex learn from legendary trainer, IM Mark Dvoretsky?  47:00- Tal stories!  54:00-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 56:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?What was it like to play Kasparov in a simul as a teen, as chronicled in the documentary American Gambit??  More on the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qChazvEx_IA https://en.chessbase.com/post/american-gambit-kasparov-vs-us-juniors Fishbein-Kasparov 1988 1:00:00- Alex discusses his career in finance and his decision not to pursue a career in chess.  1:08:00- Alex?s career advice for stronger young chess players.  1:10:00- Alex wrote a great book about the French Exchange, what do people misunderstand about this opening?  1:15:00- How have opening approaches changed over the years? How does Alex?s college- age son prepare?  1:18:00- Alex discusses his column for American Chess Magazine and on the updated versions of the Dvoretsky Endgame Manual with GM Karsten Muller.  1:25:00- Alex shares his thoughts on the Magnus Carlsen news.  1:29:00- Thanks to Alex for a fascinating interview! Here is his contact info: http://www.gmalexfishbein.com/ Or email afish at panix.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-08-09
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Bonus Pod - Dispatches from the Chennai Olympiad with GM Axel Bachmann and Mr. Dodgy of Chessable

I have been enjoying the ongoing Chess Olympiad so much that I wanted to hear first hand from some people on the scene about what its like to be there. I am joined by 2 separate guests to give their impressions from Chennai. GM Axel Bachmann is the first board for Paraguay, a former top 100 player in the world, and a 6 time chess Olimpian. Axel discusses the early notable results, the conditions of the venue, and noteworthy results early in the tournament. Following Axel, I am joined by Michael Duke aka Mr. Dodgy of Chessable. Dodgy discusses the chess fever in India, his role as a coach for the Jersey women's team, and shares a few observations from the fabled Bermuda party. 0:00- Intro Mentioned:  Chessbase India YouTube Channel Chess.com YouTube Channel  Gotham Chess Channel  NM Bryan Tillis? Chessable Olympiad Course Aimchess.com (use code Perpetual30 to save 30% if you subscribe)  6:00- GM Axel Bachmann joins me from Chennai after round 5. Axel discusses what has struck him about India, how this compares to other Olimpiads, and his and Paraguay?s early results.  31:00- The famous Mr. Dodgy aka Michael Duke of Chessable joins to give the fan?s/coaches perspective of the Olimpiad.  Video- Chessbase India: The complete venue tour of the Chess Olympiad Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-08-05
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EP 290- Dutch Trainer and Author IM Jeroen Bosch on How to Build an Opening Repertoire

This week I talk with a top Dutch trainer, chess player, opening theoretician and prolific author, IM Jeroen Bosch. Jeroen is well known for his 14-volume New in Chess series, Secrets of Opening Surprises, and he has recently released a highly instructive new book called How to Out Prepare Your Opponent. The book discusses all aspects of how one should approach the opening, with topics ranging from how to select a repertoire, which openings to play, to GM Magnus Carlsen's unique approach to the opening. Jeroen joined me shortly before heading to the Olympiad as the trainer for the Dutch Women?s Team, so we also talked about how he planned to approach helping the team prepare for such a prestigious event. Lastly, we also discuss Jeroen?s career highlights. As a player, Jeroen has competed in several Dutch National Championships and has beaten 2 players who have been in the top 10 in the World!  Please read on for lots more details and timestamps of topics.  0:00- IM Bosch shares his thoughts about Magnus Carlsen?s decision not to defend his World Championship title, which segues into what we can learn from Magnus Carlsen?s approach to openings.  11:00- Any early opening predictions for a Ding vs. Nepomniatchtchi match? 13:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 16:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?Does Jeroen recommend that club players utilize a narrow or a broad opening repertoire??  28:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?How would Jeroen advise a club player to select a repertoire??  32:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?Is there an ideal repertoire for an older club player?? Mentioned: GM Peter Svidler on the How to Chess Podcast (Episode 14) 44:00-Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Be sure to check out what is new including NM Bryan Tillis? Olimpiad course for Pro Members, as well as their other great new courses.  46:00- Jeroen discusses the opening approach of WIM Lisa Schuut, who utilized a very professional approach to openings.  Mentioned: GM Vladimir Chuchelov  48:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?Can Jeroen suggest how to train openings beyond just applying opening principles? Could he recommend a few Black openings for club players??   56:00- Jeroen?s closing advice on openingsv advice: Actively ask yourself questions when studying openings!  1:00:00- What are Jeroen?s favorite OTB memories? Timman-Bosch 2001, Ljubojevic-Bosch 2006  1:06:00- Jeroen is coaching the Dutch women?s team in the Olympiad.Olimpiad. What are their goals?  Thanks to Jeroen for joining the show!  You can check out a free sample of How To Out-prepare Your Opponent here: https://www.newinchess.com/how-to-out-prepare-your-opponent Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-08-02
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Book Recap #28- Chess Tactics from Scratch by FM Martin Weteschnik- A Great Intermediate Level Tactics Guide

Chess Books Recaptured is back for another review and discussion of a chess book. This month, I am joined by Steve Wollkind, to discuss the excellent book and Chessable course Chess Tactics from Scratch. The title might make you think it is for beginners, but it is actually an intermediate-level book which aims to break down the core elements of various tactics. The book was written by an accomplished adult chess learner, and Steve believes that this is evident in the clear explanations of basic tactics. The book is differentiated by an incredible selection of illustrative positions, making it a great choice for chess students and teachers alike. To learn more about the book please tune in. You can find timestamps of topics discussed and links below.  To apply to be a guest-co host on Chess Books Recaptured please submit an email via this link: Interested in Guest co-hosting Chess Books ReCaptured? ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast 0:00- Steve discusses his background and why he suggested the book/Chessable course, Chess Tactics from Scratch.  10:00- Chess Tactics from Scratch is available on Chessable, in book form, and on Forward Chess  13:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 14:30- We discuss the history behind the 2 editions of the book,which was originally called Understanding Chess Tactics.  22:00- We share a few quotes in which the author breaks down tactical concepts like the pin and  ?The Reloader? 29:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Be sure to check out what is new, including NM Bryan Tillis? Olimpiad course for Pro Members, as well as their other great new courses.  31:00- We share a few favorites quotes and explanations from the book.  Mentioned: The Inner Game of Chess by GM Andy Soltis  42:00- Do we have any quibbles with this book?  Mentioned: Thinking Inside the Box, GM Boris Gelfand?s Books, Chessable?s The Checkmate Patterns Manual 53:00- Thanks so much to Steve for suggesting a great book and helping out. I will be making a donation to The Gift of Chess on his behalf.  Follow Steve on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/stevewollkind And on his chess accounts here: Steve?s Chess.com Steve?s Lichess Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-30
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EP 289- Tony Ballard- A Convicted Felon on How Chess has Changed His Life

This week on Perpetual Chess, Tony Ballard, who is serving a 294-month prison sentence for attempted murder, tells the remarkable story of how chess has changed his life. Tony joined me via phone from a minimum security rehabilitation facility in Wichita, Kansas, where he currently lives. As you will hear Tony discuss, he had a difficult upbringing, and made some very regrettable choices in his early years, but while in prison, a love for chess took hold, and Tony credits the game as a transformative tool in his life. Tony is now working with a non-profit called The Gift of Chess. Their goal is to promote chess as a learning tool both within the prison system, and outside of it. Tony is taking online university classes and hopes to work in youth outreach when he is fully released from prison in 2025. This is a truly inspiring story of the many ways that chess can impact one?s life! Please read on for timestamps and links referenced.  0:00- We discuss Tony?s background, especially as it relates to chess.  3:00- Tony discusses his difficult early childhood, and the events that led to his receiving a 294 month prison sentence. Mentioned: Tony?s Zoom lecture for the non-profit organization, The Gift of Chess, Linktree for more info about The Gift of Chess non-profit, Russell Makofsky of the Impact Coaching Network  14:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can find IM Andras Toth?s new course, IM Irina Bulmaga?s, as well as so many others, here: https://www.chessable.com/courses/ 16:00- Tony describes his passion for chess, which blossomed once Tony was in prison.  23:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?Is Tony able to play chess online within his minimum security facility??  27:00- How is chess perceived in prison? What would it take to grow chess in prisons?  35:00- What are Tony?s favorite openings? What?s his chess style?  38:00- What chess books did Tony read? Mentioned: Chess by Laszlo Polgar  40:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 41:00- Tony discusses why he has been working on his endgames.  https://linktr.ee/thegiftofchess 44:00- What are Tony?s chess plans, and what plans does he have for his life after his full release from prison? His release could happen by 2025?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-26
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Bonus Pod- GM Andrii Baryshpolets on Why He is Running For FIDE President

With a FIDE election coming up on August 7, I am extending the invitation for FIDE Presidential Candidates to share their stories and their reasons to run for FIDE President. Brief timestamps and more information below. 1:00- Why is Andrii running for FIDE President?  9:30- What would Andrii look to accomplish as FIDE President?  15:00- What does Andrii think of Magnus Carlsen?s suggestions of format changes?  21:30- Would Andrii keep his day job if elected?  25:00- Has Andrii heard stories of impropriety in prior FIDE elections? 28:00- Andrii discusses his love for the Yugoslav line of the King?s Indian and his favorite chess memories.  List of voting countries and delegates here- https://congress.fide.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/List-of-FIDE-Member-Federations-having-voting-powers_7-June-2022.pdf More info about Andrii?s candidacy on the Baryshpolets-Nielsen campaign website here: https://fightforchess.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-23
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Breaking News Bonus Pod- Chess24 Reporter Tarjei Svensen on Magnus' Decision not to Defend his Title

GM Magnus Carlsen has officially announced that he will not defend his World Championship title, and we are joined by tireless Chess24 reporter, Tarjei Svensen to get the inside scoop on this decision and to begin to assess the implications. Thanks to Tarjei for joining on short notice!  0:00- Why didn?t the news surprise Tarjei?  Mentioned: Tarjei?s July 18 Chess24 article , The Magnus Effect Podcast  9:00- How was the news received in Norway? 14:00- What was the reaction of other top players? Including GM Ding Liren, who Tarjei spoke with today? 18:00- Thanks to our sponsors, Chessable.com and Aimchess.com, if you sign up for Aimchess.com, use the code ?Perpetual30? or this link to save 30%.  19:00- Is China a likely host for a Nepo-Ding match?  21:00- What really happened in Magnus meeting with FIDE in Madrid?  24:00- Would it have made a difference to Magnus if Hikaru had come in 2nd in the Candidates?  27:00- How likely would Magnus be to return if the format changed?  30:00- What else do we have to look forward to as chess fans? 33:00- Thanks so much to Tarjei for joining us! Be sure to follow him on Twitter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-21
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EP 288- GM Peter Heine Nielsen Takes us Behind the Scenes of the 2012 World Championship Match between Anand and Gelfand

This week?s Perpetual Chess is the 2nd in a series, a special edition, oral history of the 2012 World Championship, brought to you courtesy of GM Peter Heine Nielsen. Peter, of course, is an accomplished Grandmaster and a renowned opening theoretician who has worked as a trainer for 8 World Championship match winners, first with GM Viswanathan Anand, and in recent years with GM Magnus Carlsen. For this podcast, Peter takes us behind team Anand?s mindset and preparation, as they helped Vishy prepare to defend his title against GM Boris Gelfand in May of 2012. This continues a series, as Peter discussed Anand?s 2010 match with GM Veselin Topalov in Episode 177. For a chess history enthusiast like myself it is such a treat to get a blow by blow account of a World Championship match from someone who had a prominent role in the match and a ringside seat. Please read on for timestamps, links to topics referenced can be found on the podcast webpage.  You can review any of the games from the match discussed here:  https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1025310 03:30- Since we are discussing events of 10 years ago, I thought we should ask: Does Peter think that he has a good memory?  11:00- We begin by discussing the 2012 pre match training camp, in Bad Soden, Germany in January of 2012. Peter convened with Anand and fellow team members, GMs Radoslaw Wotjasek, Surya Ganguly, and GM Rustam Kasimzdhanov.  21:00- How did the team feel about Gelfand as an opponent for Vishy?  32:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can find IM Andras Toth?s new course, IM Irina Bulmaga?s, as well as so many others, here: https://www.chessable.com/courses/ 33:30- Does Peter get more nervous as a competitor or a trainer? 36:30- Peter describes the background and mindset once the team arrived in Moscow for the match, in May of 2012.  41:00- What was the team?s method for testing Vishy?s memory on opening lines? What about for Magnus in more recent years?  46:30- The match begins, and Gelfand springs a surprise by playing the Grunfeld defense! (The game ends in a draw) How did the team feel?  50:00- The match takes shape, with 5 more draws before a victory. What was the mood after 6 games? 56:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 57:00- Gelfand strikes first! What was the mood after Game 7?  1:02:00- Patreon mailbag question: Did the team change match approaches after Game 7?  1:06:00- Anand strikes back! How did the team mood alter when Vishy won Game 8? 1:10:00- Anand tried the Nimzo-Indian for the first time in Game 9. How did it go?  1:15:00- Has Peter discussed the World Championship match with Gelfand in recent years? 1:20:00- Peter discusses Game 10  1:22:00- Despite two more draws, Peter shares why he felt the mood started to shift during games 11 and 12.  1:28:00- How did the team feel heading into the rapid playoffs?  1:34:00- Do opening surprises have added value in a faster time control?  1:35:00- What went right for Vishy to prevail in the Rapid playoffs? 1:39:00- After winnig the match did they feel euphoria more or relief?  1:41:00- Since Gelfand was sort of on home turf, were they worried about any Russian subterfuge?  1:44:00- Are non-team members who provide opening advice generally compensated for their assistance?  1:46:00- Did it bother the team that Kasparov was rumored to have offered to help Gelfand.?  1:48:00- How does Peter look back on the match 10 years later? Thanks to Peter for joining the podcast. Links you need below: The Chicken Chess Club on Apple Podcasts https://twitter.com/PHChess Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-19
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EP 287- GM David Howell joins for a FIDE Candidates Wrap Up plus World Championship Match Scuttlebutt, and his 2022 OTB and Commentating Plans

As the dust settles on the FIDE Candidates tournament and its attendant news, three- time British Champion and popular Chess24 commentator GM David Howell joins me to assess the news. As you might expect, we discuss the World Championship plans of David?s friend GM Magnus Carlsen, and we discuss both of the potential World Championship matchups, based on Magnus? decision about whether to retain his title. David also assesses the performances of other notable players including GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Ding Liren, and GM Alireza Firouzja. In the second half of the interview we focus on David?s own career. David will be heading to India soon to represent Great Britain in the Olympiad, and he discusses his recent and upcoming tournaments. Lastly, David discusses his plans for commentating in the coming months and how he balances it with his playing career. I always appreciate David?s insights and modesty, and there is lots to learn from this conversation. Please read on for timestamps, for referenced links go to the podcast webpage here: Listen to Episodes! ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast  Prior appearance: Episode 176 with GM David Howell  02:00- What are David?s thoughts about Magnus Carlsen and the World Championship cycle and any potential format changes ?  12:30- Patreon mailbag question: Is Magnus? memory for chess positions on a par or better than other top players? 17:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 18:00- David shares his thoughts on Nepo?s dominant performance in the FIDE Candidates, as well as his other observations.  25:00- What did David think of the quality of the games in the Candidates? Could Nepo give Carlsen a better match in a rematch?  31:00- What chess improvement lessons can we learn from the Candidates?  35:00- We briefly discuss Firouzja?s disappointing showing in the Candidates.  38:00-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can find IM Andras Toth?s new course, IM Irina Bulmaga?s, as well as so many others, here: https://www.chessable.com/courses/ 40:00- How is David?s OTB game as he prepares to represent Great Britain in the upcoming Chess Olimpiad?  45:00- David discusses his upcoming course with Magnus Carlsen, ?Grind like a Grandmaster?  Mentioned: Chessable Tweet regarding the Course 46:00- British Olimpiad Team  49:00- David discusses playing the 2021 FIDE Grand Swiss, where he was close to qualifying for the 2022 Candidates, but lost a crucial game to GM Alireza Firouzja. 55:00- How is David enjoying work as a Chess24 commentator with WGM Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare?  1:06:00- What does David think about the current trajectory of chess?   1:08:00- How is David enjoying doing the podcast The Late Knight Show?  1:13:00- David reviews his performance in the most recent World Rapid and Blitz tournament 1:16:00- How would David assess a Ding-Nepomniatchtchi match? 1:20:00- Thanks so much to David for sharing his insights! Here is how you can keep up with him: Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidHowellGM Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidhowellchess/?hl=en Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-12
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Book Recap #27 - GM Yasser Seirawan's Play Winning Chess

Chess Books Recaptured returns to discuss the beginner-oriented chess book, Play Winning Chess, by legendary GM, Yasser Seirawan. I am joined by Sam Robinson, who is a 28 year old, Chicago-based chess enthusiast. Sam got into chess in recent years, and this was one of the first chess books that he read. For him, it was the book that really started to demystify the subtler parts of the game. It was also my first time reading Play Winning Chess, and I found it to be a solid choice for newer chess players or for chess trainers looking to sprinkle some good anecdotes and instructive games into their lessons with newer players. Tune in to hear our conversation about the pros and cons of GM Seirawan?s landmark book. Timestamps and links can be found below.  0:00- Sam delves into his background and what got him into chess.  05:00- What resonated with Sam about Play Winning Chess to the extent that he wanted to discuss it?  Mentioned:  Book Recap #11- Yasser Seirawan?s Winning Chess Strategies with Neal Bruce  08:00- Which Formats are Available -  Book- Play Winning Chess (Everyman Chess) Ebook- ttps://everymanchess.com/products/winning-chess-strategies-revised-edtion?variant=17966519943230 Chessable- https://www.chessable.com/play-winning-chess/course/89222/ 09:00- Yasser?s bio and chess origins  11:00- What rating range would find this book most useful?  13:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can check out what?s new from them here: https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/ 15:00- How useful is Yasser?s construct of the four principles of chess: Force, Time, Space and Pawn Structure  19:00- Likes, dislikes and memorable quotes from Play Winning Chess  26:00- Does the difficulty of the material escalate too quickly?  32:00- How useful is Yasser?s concept of a ?space count??  36:00- We briefly discuss some YouTube videos that are great for beginners. Mentioned: IM John Bartholomew?s Chess Fundamentals, Naroditsky?s Speed Run, Hanging Pawns 39:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 40:00- Improvement takeaways from this book 49:00- What grade would we give this book? What similar books might I recommend?  Mentioned: Learn to Play Chess Like a Boss, Winning Chess Strategy for Kids, First Book of Morphy, Chess Steps, Chess by Laszlo Polgar, My First Chess Opening Repertoire  51:00- Thanks so Sam for helping out!  Follow him on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/sam_robs Or on Chess.com here: https://www.chess.com/member/samrobs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-08
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EP 286- Adult Improver Dr. Nicholas Vasquez on How and Why he Finally Got Serious about Chess Improvement

On this month?s Adult Improver Edition of Perpetual Chess I am joined by Dr. Nicholas Vasquez. Dr. Vazquez is a dad and emergency physician who finds chess a welcome escape from a very stressful job. Despite the fact that chess is escapism for him, Dr. Vasquez has recently decided to get serious about chess improvement. He started working with a coach (NM Han Schut), playing tournaments, and working on puzzles from Chess Steps and Chessbase. Nicholas has learned a lot of lessons, and seen significant progress, raising his Chess.Com rapid rating from about 1350 to 1650 over the last couple of years. Dr. Vasquez shared lots of great insights in our interview, and I am confident that you will find this interview helpful and entertaining. You can find more information on all of the topics referenced, as well as timestamps below.  0:00- Be sure to subscribe to How To Chess on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-chess/id1572917817 0:02- After some time away, what event re-interested Nick in chess?  Mentioned: The Chess Steps Method, Episode 142 with Han Schut, Episode 274 with Adult Improver Paul Hedrick, Episode 167 with IM Jop Delemarre, Step 2 Thinking Ahead 09:00- With a hectic life, does Nick ever struggle with finding motivation for chess study?   15:00-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can find IM Andras Toth?s new course, IM Irina Bulmaga?s, as well as so many others, here: https://www.chessable.com/courses/ 16:00- When Nick plays training games, does he use a chess set or a screen?  20:00- Nick shares the training regimen that his coach, Han Schut has devised for him.  25:00- Nick shares what he is learning from competing in the LiChess4545 league.  Mentioned: GM Jesse Kraai?s video ?An Easy System Against the French?  28:00- What does Han?s trainer consider to be the key pillars of his success? What does it mean to ?orient? oneself to a chess position?  32:00- What is Nick?s approach to openings?  34:00- What do Han and Nick prefer Chessbase tactics?  38:00- Which book helped Nick the most? Mentioned: The Improving Chess Thinker by NM Dan Heisman, Think Like a Super GM by GM Michael Adams and Philip Hurtado  41:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 42:00- A few features to be aware of on Chesskid.com:  Summer Clubhouse : https://www.chesskid.com/learn/articles/summer-chess-clubhouse You can check out FunMaster Mike?s videos either on Chesskid itself or on YouTube for kids.   If you decide to sign your kid or your student(s) up for Chesskid, be sure to use this link to save 30% on a Chesskid Membership https://www.chesskid.com/membership/promo/perpetual 46:00- Was Nick surprised by the intensity of OTB chess?  54:00- Nick discusses the importance of feeling part of a community.  Mentioned: ChessDoJo discord 57:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?Is there stuff Nick needs to work on outside of doing the Steps Method??  1:05:00- Thanks so much to Dr. Vazquez for joining the show.  You can play/reach him on Lichess here: https://lichess.org/@/nvasquez Or Chess.com here:  https://www.chess.com/member/nfv1972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-05
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FIDE Candidates Round 12 Update- IM Christof Sielecki on Nepo's Dominance, Alireza's Struggles and the Tight Battle For 2nd Place

Award Winning Author, Chessable Author, and Noted Opening Theoretician, IM Christof Sielecki joins me to discuss the FIDE Candidates Tournament through 12 rounds. Topics include: Nepo's dominance, the important battle for 2nd place, Alireza's struggles, Nakamura's Quick Draw in Round 12, the Quality of Play, and whether Magnus might be enticed to defend his crown if the World Championship format were tweaked. Thanks to our sponsors, Chessable.com and Aimchess.com. Here are a few of the articles, and videos we referenced: Hikaru's Round 12 Recap Click here to Download the Episode Thanks to our sponsors, Chessable.com and Aimchess.com. Here are a few of the articles, and videos we referenced: Chess by the Numbers Updated Probabilities Hikaru's Round 12 Recap MVL's Interview with Chessbase Tarjei Svenson for Chess24 on GM Kramnik's Comments The Games from the Candidates Nepo discussed a letter from FIDE in the postgame interview on Chess.com?s Broadcast GothamChess' Round 3 Recap Check out all of IM Christof Sielecki's Chessable Courses here: https://www.chessable.com/author/Chessexplained/   If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/perpetualchess MVL's Interview with Chessbase Tarjei Svenson for Chess24 on GM Kramnik's Comments The Games from the Candidates GothamChess' Round 3 Recap Check out all of IM Christof Sielecki's Chessable Courses here: https://www.chessable.com/author/Chessexplained/ If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/perpetualchess Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-07-02
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EP 285- IM Irina Bulmaga on her New Chess Training Regimen, the best Open Tournaments in Europe, and her Current Chess Goals

IM Irina Bulmaga is a Chessable Author, a writer, a  5 time chess Olimpian, and the highest rated woman player in Romania, where she now lives. Before emigrating from Moldova, Irina was the 2 time National Woman?s champion in her native country. But as Irina will tell you, she probably spends more time traveling for competitive chess than she spends in any one country.  In fact, she thinks she might be the most active chess professional on the European circuit. Irina joined me on a brief break between tournaments to recap some 2022 tournament successes. We also discussed her upcoming plans for the Olympiad and her lifelong goal of chasing the  Grandmaster title. This was a fun conversation filled with personal reflection, tournament recommendations and chess study tips and plans. Please read on for more details, links, and timestamps.  01:00-  Irina reflects on her recent tournament performances.  Mentioned: Irina?s Chessbase Tournament Report  07:00- Why does Irina think she prefers playing in open tournaments rather than women?s tournaments?  Mentioned: Irina?s Blog 12:00- How has getting a coach for the first time ever helped Irina?s game? What books has she read?  Mentioned: Think Like a Super GM, Seven Deadly Chess Sins, Improve Your Chess Calculation   GM Lubomir Ftacnik  19:00- As a 5 time Olimpiad member, How is the tournament different from others?  27:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 29:00- Does Irina enjoy the life of an itinerant chess professional?  33:00-In Irina?s opinion, how could professional chess be improved?  35:00- What big open tournaments would Irina recommend for chess amateurs? Mentioned: Isle of Man (Chess.com International), Gibraltar International Chess Festival, Sunway Sitges Chess Festival  38:00- What is Irina?s favorite tournament of any type?  European Men?s Championship  41:00- Does Irina think sexism is worse in chess than in other walks of life?  45:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can find IM Andras Toth?s new course, IM Irina Bulmaga?s, as well as so many others here: https://www.chessable.com/courses/ 53:00- What tournaments does Irina have planned in addition to the Olimpiad? How was the experience of playing competitive chess in Cuba?  Mentioned: European Women?s Championship  58:00- How many languages does Irina speak?  1:00- Does Irina still hope to chase the GM title?  1:03:00- Thanks so much to Irina for joining me! Here is how to keep up with her: Chessable course: https://www.chessable.com/the-smyslov-ruy-lopez-3g6/course/114883/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/irinabulmaga?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iribulmaga/?hl=en Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-06-28
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FIDE Candidates Round 6 Update- GM Jonathan Tisdall on the tournament so far

We?ve got 6 rounds in the books and GM Ian Nepomniathchtchi and GM Fabiano Caruana are comfortably in first and 2nd place, respectively. GM Jonathan Tisdall is an American born, Norway based author, journalist and is the 3 time champion of Norway. Jonathan has been covering high level chess for decades, so it was great to get his thoughts on the first 6 rounds of the Candidates. Is he surprised by Nepo?s dominance? What has gone wrong for Firouzja and Ding? Do the current leaders make it less likely that we will see Magnus defend the crown? It has been a fascinating tournament so far, and it was fun to discuss it with GM Tisdall! 03:00- GM Jonathan Tisdall joins the show. Mentioned: Chess by the Numbers Blog 15:15- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Check out GM Anish Giri?s Candidates videos on his YouTube ,and go Pro to get the course here: Learn chess online: openings, tactics & more - Chessable.com 16:00- Will Magnus defend against these guys? 28:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 30:00- Do we like the fact the clocks don?t have increments for this tournament? 39:00- Why does Nepo excel against everyone but Magnus? 45:00- Double blindness! We were referencing this moment in Anand?s game? https://twitter.com/norwaychess/status/1534982377293893633?lang=bg https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=2288820 53:00- When will Jonathan?s next book finally come out? Mentioned: Nick Doody 57:00- We almost forgot to talk about GM Ding Liren! 1:00:00- Thanks to GM Tisdall for joining the show! You can follow him on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/GMjtis?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: Ben Johnson is creating Perpetual Chess Podcast | Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-06-24
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EP 284- GM Eugene Perelshteyn and FM Nate Solon on How to Improve Your Chess Evaluation Skills plus the lessons we can learn from Magnus' blitz games

This week I am joined by two accomplished players, trainers, and co-authors, Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn, and FM Nate Solon. Together, Nathan and Eugene have written the forthcoming book, Evaluate like a Grandmaster. As highly-accomplished players and trainers, Nate and Eugene noticed that there wasn?t a lot of chess literature helping players improve their ability to evaluate positions. They have written a great book to help address this problem. In our conversation, they highlight some of the lessons from the book, including an important discussion of the perils of relying too heavily on numerical engine evaluations. We also discuss some of the standout points and anecdotes from Nate and Eugene?s other work. Nate is a data scientist who writes a great, free chess newsletter called Zwischenzug, and Eugene is a respected opening theoretician who has recently released his first Chessable course, The Grand Prix Attack Reloaded. As always, you can find more details, relevant links, and timestamps below.  Prior Appearances by Eugene and Nate :  Episode 31 with GM Eugene Perelshteyn  Book Recap #17- Zurich 1953 with FM Nate Solon and GM Andy Soltis 02:00- Why write a book on evaluating positions?  09:00- Where do they find the puzzles? For what rating level is the book best suited?  12:00- Why does Nate think that the ?centipawn? evaluation system is flawed? 20:30- Patreon mailbag question: ?When calculating, how can we know when to shift from crunching potential moves to evaluating a position?? 25:00 What did GM Romani Dzindzichashvilli teach Eugene about evaluating positions? 27:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can find the free ?Endgame Strategy? Lesson from GM Sam Shankland here:  https://www.chessable.com/course/115673 28:00- Nate?s takes! What does Nate consider the ?bare essential? chess improvement checklist to hold oneself accountable?  38:00 How well do club level players really know their openings?  52:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 53:00- Eugene tells the story of playing Magnus OTB at Isle of Man Masters in 2017.  1:00:00- What can we learn from Magnus? approach to a recent Titled Tuesday?  1:07:00- How did Eugene find an unexplored move on move 5 in his Chessable Course, The Grand Prix Attack Reloaded? 1:12:00- Eugene shares a few stories about legendary, deceased Grandmaster, Alex Wojtkiewicz 1:17:00- Nate is an accomplished adult improver, he discusses how his background in poker helped his mental game in chess.  1:20:00- Parting book recommendations!  Mentioned: Zurich 1953, Perfect Your Chess, The Questions of Modern Chess Theory, Positional Decision Making in Chess, Dan Heismans books, GM Jacob Aagaard?s books, IM Kostya Kavutskity?s Chessable Course: Endgame Studies 101  Thanks to Nate and Eugene for joining us! Here are the key links to keep up with them: Evaluate like a GM website Nate?s Newsletter: Zwishenzug Eugene?s Chessable Course: The Grand Prix Attack Reloaded Nate?s Twitter Eugene?s Twitter  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-06-21
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EP 283- Top Trainer GM R.B. Ramesh on How to Improve Your Chess Calculation, and the keys to GM Praggnanandhaa?'s success

This week on Perpetual Chess we talk about chess improvement with one of the premier chess trainers in the world! GM R.B. Ramesh has worked with many of India?s top players including GMs Vidit Gujirathi, Harikrishna and Adhiban. I caught up with Ramesh on the night before he would commence a training camp with one of India?s Olimpiad teams. This team included Ramesh?s star student, GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, who is one of the top junior players in the world and recently made headlines by defeating Magnus Carlsen. GM Ramesh is an author, including of the excellent new book, Improve Your Chess Calculation. In our conversation, we discussed Chess in India as it prepares to host the Olimpiad, the keys to Praggnanandhaa?s success, plus Ramesh answers many listener questions related to chess improvement. There is always so much to learn from GM Ramesh, and this conversation is no exception!  Prior Interviews:  Episode 144 with R.B. Ramesh Episode 166 with GM R.B. Ramesh and GM Jacob Aagaard  0:00- GM Ramesh joined me shortly before starting a training camp for one of India?s Olimpiad teams. How does he prepare materials for these phenoms?  08:00- What was it like to work with GM Praggnanandhaa as a younger chess student? 14:00- GM Ramesh has written that training should be more challenging than competing OTB. Is this approach feasible for adult improvers?  16:30- Ramesh shares visualization advice for adult improvers.  23:00- Patreon mailbag question- ?At what rating is it appropriate to begin training with blindfold puzzles??  Mentioned: Visualize series on Chessable  30:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. Or use this link for the same discount: https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12 31:30- GM Ramesh considers Anand a personal hero and now knows him personally, Is he surprised by GM Anand?s success at 2022 Norway Chess? 39:00- How did Ramesh react the first time GM Praggnanandhaa beat GM Magnus Carlsen?  43:00- Patreon mailbag question- ?Will Ramesh do a Chessable course? How many books will be in his series??  45:30- Patreon mailbag question- ?What is Ramesh?s advice for handling tough losses??  52:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?What are some common calculation mistakes that even GMs make??  55:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?What can we learn from the success of another of Ramesh?s students, WGM Divya Deshmukh?  57:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. You can find the free ?Endgame Strategy? Lesson from GM Sam Shankland here:  https://www.chessable.com/course/115673 59:30- Are chess players as a whole getting better at calculation?  Mentioned: Free excerpt of Ramesh?s book here.  Mentioned: GM John Nunn?s Secrets of Practical Chess 1:07:00- How does Ramesh define ?the drawback principle??  1:10:00- What advice can Ramesh share for knowing when to stop calculating within a variation?  1:14:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?What does Ramesh observe from Firouzja?s phenomenal success? Does he have any Candidates predictions?? 1:17:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?Does Ramesh have an opinion on the fact that Indian players can no longer compete in the British Championship? (which Ramesh won in 2002)? 1:19:00- With the Chess Olimpiad set to take place in Chennai in July, Ramesh shares his thoughts on the explosion of chess in India.  1:24:00- In our last interview, Ramesh gave a ton of book recommendations. Is he keeping up with new chess books?  Mentioned: Judit Polgar?s Quality Chess Series, New in Chess Books, Quality Chess Books, Thinker?s Publishing  1:28:00- Thanks so much to Ramesh for sharing some of his chess expertise. Here are links for ways to keep up with him: Improve Your Chess Calculation  ProChessTraining.com  Twitter  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-06-14
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EP 282- 2022 FIDE Candidates Preview Double Episode with GM Robert Hess and Tai Pruce Zimmerman of the Chess by the Numbers Blog

The wait is almost over! With the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament beginning June 17, we present one last deep dive on this chess-history defining tournament. The winner of this tournament is slated to play GM Magnus Carlsen in the 2023 World Championship match if it takes place. I am joined by two separate guests to discuss the players and what we can expect. First up is GM Robert Hess. Robert, of course, is an insightful and popular commentator who will be traveling to Madrid to cover the event live with his Chess.com team. Robert and I discuss each player individually, as Robert shares his reflections on what he has observed from many years of observing these players up close. Robert?s other appearance on the podcast was nearly 5 years ago, so after an hour of FIDE Candidates talk, we spend some time catching up on other chess-related matters. Following Robert, I am joined by Tai Pruce Zimmerman of the ?Chess by the Numbers? blog. I always enjoy getting Tai?s insights, which are primarily derived from an Elo-rating based model. Who is statistically most likely to win? How do Tai?s numerical assessments differ from those of other models and the betting markets? Tune in to hear some fascinating Candidates discussion! You can find brief timestamps below, and more detailed ones on the podcast website here. FIDE Candidates info here 01:00- Intro with details on the Candidates format and Schedule.  Prior GM Robert Hess appearance  05:45- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com you can find the free ?Endgame Strategy? Lesson from GM Sam Shankland here: https://www.chessable.com/course/115673 7:45- How does Candidates prep compare for Robert and his announcing team compare to prep for an event like the World Championship? 13:00- What can Robert share about GM Jan-Krystof Duda?  16:45- GM Teimour Radjabov  20:00- GM Hikaru Nakamura  29:30- GM Ian Nepomniatchtchi  35:00- GM Richard Rapport 41:00- GM Fabiano Caruana  47:15- GM Alireza Firouzja  55:45- GM Ding Liren  1:07:00- How does Robert approach commentating on an event like the ongoing ?I am not a GM? tourney on Chess.com? 1:15:15- Robert?s OTB exploits! How did it feel to draw GM Viswanathan Anand in 2018 and defeating GM Sam Shankland in 2019.  1:24:45- Global Chess Championship more info here  1:26:30- How does Robert work on his commentary? 1:35:30- Robert?s Book Recs: 1:36:30- Does Robert get recognized in public much?  1:42:45- What is Robert looking forward to most about the Candidates? 1:46:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice of how to improve your game. Check it out for free and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  1:48:00- Tai Pruce Zimmerman of the Chess by the Numbers blog joins to give an analytical perspective on the FIDE Candidates. We begin by discussing what differentiates the Candidates from other tournaments.  1:56:15- What do the betting markets and Tai?s model say the probabilities are for each player? Mentioned: BWIN odds here, Smarter Chess Probabilities here  2:06:00- Which player does Tai think the betting market undervalues?  Thanks so much to Tai for joining us again. Be sure to subscribe to his blog and support his work via his website. Follow him on Twitter here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-06-07
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EP 281- Dr. Stuart Margulies tells the story behind the classic, best-selling book, Bobby Fischer Teacher Chess

This week on Perpetual Chess we are joined by Dr. Stuart Margulies, the co-author of the legendary, best-selling chess book, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. First published in 1966, and written along with Donn Mosenfelder and Fischer himself, this book has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and many believe it to be the best selling chess book of all time! Dr. Margulies tells the story of the modest beginnings of the book, and of his first and subsequent encounters with his fellow New Yorker, Bobby Fischer. Stuart is 89 years of age, but has vivid memories of Fischer and many other key New York City chess figures. Stuart worked as an educational psychologist, and also shares his take on the whether playing chess can positively impact reading scores, a subject about which he wrote a paper in the 1990s. It was so much fun to hear Stuart?s reflections on his life in chess! More details and timestamps can be found below.  0:00- Stuart shares his earliest first-hand memories of Bobby Fischer Mentioned: Alan Kaufman, Jack Collins, FM Asa Hoffman  0:08- We discuss the origins of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess Mentioned: Donn Mosenfelder, Leslie Ault, IM Raymond Weinstein, IM Michael Valvo, Shelby Lyman, Episode 250 with FM Asa Hoffman  16:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you by Chessable.com. Check out their latest offerings here: New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels - Chessable.com 17:00- We discuss more about the history of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, including the origins of its title.  Mentioned: Dr. Frank Brady, Fischer-Larsen 1958 28:00- Stuart discusses the one time he beat Fischer in a casual game, and shares more about his personal interactions with Fischer.  Mentioned: The Kevitz defense, Shernaz Kennady 44:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. 45:00- Patreon mailbag question: How did Margulies and his collaborators decide to use a format that had no chess notation?  Mentioned: Secrets of Spectacular Chess  50:00- Stuart discusses his own, and others people?s research into the effect of chess instruction on kids? reading scores.  Mentioned: Margulies? Whitepaper: The Effect of Chess on Reading Scores, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, GM Levon Aronian  58:00- Stuart describes his encounters with GM Nicolas Rossolimo and a young GM Judit Polgar  Mentioned: FM Jude Acers, Abraham Kupchik, Irving Chernev, Al Horowitz, Fred Reinfeld  1:07:00- What was the motivation for writing Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess? 1:13:00- As such a sharp 89 year old, does Stuart have any mental and physical health tips?  Mentioned: New in Chess Magazine, GM Genna Sosonko?s books , A Change of Air by Ivan Gold can be found the compilation Nickel Miseries, Endgame by Dr. Frank Brady   1:21:00- Thanks so much to Stuart for joining the show!  If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: Donate ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-05-31
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Book Recap #26- Discussing Alexei Shirov's Fire on Board with Mitchell Fabian

After a one month hiatus, Chess Books Recaptured returns to discuss another classic chess book- GM Alexei Shirov?s Fire on Board. This 1997 game collection book shows the games of one of the world?s best attacking players at the peak of his powers. Joining me to discuss the book is Mitchell Fabian. Mitch is a 26 year old dad, actuary and avid chess student who suggested this book because he felt that it helped his chess tremendously. In addition to many wild slugfest games and creative ideas, the book covers an interesting time in chess history, when the World Championship Title was disputed by different organizations. We cover all of this in a fun conversation about a challenging, but informative book. More details and timestamps below:  0:00- We welcome Mitch Fabian to the show and he discusses why he chose Shirov?s Fire on Board.  Mentioned: IM Kostya Kavutskiiy  6:00- For what rating is Fire on Board best suited? Mentioned: Seirawan?s Play Winning Chess  12:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you by Chessable.com, the premier chess education website. Check out their latest offerings here: New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels - Chessable.com 13:00- Patreon mailbag question: Any hot takes on the Shirov-Kasparov World Championship match that was supposed to take place in the late 1990's but never did?  Mentioned: Fire on Board 2, Luis Rentero Suarez  24:00- Back to the book! We discuss the book?s structure and share some quotes from a great foreword by GM Jon Speelman  Mentioned: Topalov-Shirov 2004 with 47? Bh3!!! 36:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice of how to improve your game. Check it out for free and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  37:00- We share a few of things that struck us about Fire on Board  Mentioned: Attack with Mikhail Tal, Episode 273 with GM Johan Hellsten, GM Vasilios Kotronios, Lifetime Repertoires: Jan Gustaffson 1. E4 e5 , Everyman Chess ?E Book? of Fire on Board  48:00- Should we be concerned about some errors in the book that modern engines identify?  Mentioned: GM Samuel Sevian, Shirov-Kramnik 1994  51:00- Mitch and I share a few other things we like about Fire on the Board.  Mentioned: Book Recap #1- The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, Chess Structures by GM Mauricio Flores Rios 1:04:00- We wrap the book discussion before segueing to some adult improvement discussion with Mitch. In Mitch?s honor I will be making a modest donation to The US Chess School.  1:05:00- Mitch is quite an accomplished adult improver so before we wrap up he shares some improvement recs.  Mentioned: Chess Dojo Discord, GM Eugene Perelshteyn  1:16:00- Thanks so much to Mitch for joining us! Here is where you can find him: Chess Dojo Discord Twitter Chess.com Lichess   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-05-29
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EP 280- GM Ben Finegold on The FIDE Candidates, Recent Declines in Chess Twitch Viewership, and Why He Thinks he Doesn't Play as Well as he Used to.

This week we are re-joined by the popular and amusing Twitch streamer, YouTube presenter and commentator, GM Ben Finegold. Lots has changed since our last interview! For one thing, there has been lots of discussion recently about a decline in the popularity of chess?. Does Ben think chess is losing popularity? Is he seeing a decline in his viewership on Twitch? What about on his YouTube channel? Other recent developments which we discussed include: Why Ben and his wife Karen sold their chess center in Atlanta, the state of Ben?s OTB chess game in the wake of some recent tourneys, plus some discussion of the Candidates, recent elite tournaments, and a few stories about Ben?s earlier days in the chess world, including Ben Finegold, ?the college years.? Its always fun to catch up with Ben, lots more details and links in the show notes below.   Prior Finegold appearances on Perpetual Chess-  2017- Episode 9 https://open.spotify.com/episode/2o91dlqfOFf2Lwl9hfbrGF?si=b01f64b4f4fe4f8a 2018- Episode 52 https://open.spotify.com/episode/4f3W9CS9Q9nC5JUOYib5cn?si=e97663b0a8eb4879 2021- Episode 228  https://open.spotify.com/episode/2ONlsNPYykFsH3sqM28LWL?si=5c1710b4b2514f79 0:00- Are Ben?s Twitch viewers down? Is the popularity of chess declining? Mentioned: Martin Justesen?s post ?Is the Chess (Twitch) Boom Over?, IM Levy Rozman?s Tweet, GM David Smerdon?s post  13:00- With the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta having been sold, will Ben still be doing his popular chess history lectures?  Mentioned: Kid Chess Atlanta, IM Carlos Perdomo  23:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice of how to improve your game. Check it out for free and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  24:00- Ben has been competing regularly OTB recently, he wonders ?was I always this bad at chess??  Mentioned: Charlotte Chess Center ALTO tournament, Foxwoods Open, GM Alex Shabalov  40:00- Patreon mailbag question: How does Ben define a blunder at different rating levels?  Mentioned: GM Gregory Kaidanov, 2022 Continental Chess Championships in El Salvador 48:00- Which young players impress Ben? What does it take to reach and stay at the top?  Mentioned: GM Sarin, GM Praggnanandhaa, GM Christopher Yoo, GM Hans Niemann, Episode 271 with GM Hans Niemann  56:00- Are there any chess talents that Ben has been surprised to see not to reach their potential?  Mentioned: GM Baadur Jobava, GM Wei Yi, GM Etienne Bacrot, GM David Navara, GM Jeffrey Xiong, GM Sam Shankland  1:02:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you by Chessable.com. Check out their latest offerings here: New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels - Chessable.com  1:03:00- Who does Ben expect to win the 2022 FIDE Candidates tournament?  1:06:00- Did Ben ever meet the recently passed legendary GM Yuri Averbakh?  1:08:00- How does Ben prepare for his chess history lectures?  1:11:00- What was it like for Ben to attend university in his 20s?  Mentioned: Chess Life Magazine Article by Ben Finegold The 40 Year Old GM:  https://t.co/3CozXi7lbC 1:16:00- Ben?s upcoming Twitch and tournament plans!  Here are the links to keep up with Ben.  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/gmbenjaminfinegold YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6EnFbK-P5q0zeaqI5yobKg Twitter: https://twitter.com/ben_finegold?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-05-24
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EP 279- Derek Wilder (Adult Improver Series)- The key lessons that helped an 1800 break through to a USCF 2000 rating.

This week's Adult Improver interview is with Derek Wilder. Derek is a 33 year old Detroit- based Scholastic Chess Coach and Chess Podcaster (host of the Detroit Chess Killers pod). Derek is always working on his game, and he recently leveled up and surpassed the USCF rating of 2000 for the first time. This puts Derek in the 95th percentile of all USCF players. It took Derek years of hard work to break through this plateau, and it was illuminating to hear what he believed to be the keys to his success. Derek was quick to credit lots of friends and trainers with advice and tips that helped his game, and he offered lots of advice for those looking to achieve a similar breakthrough. Please read on for timestamps, resources, and people that were referenced in our interview.  0:00- Derek recently had a breakthrough in his OTB game. How?d he get to that moment?  Mentioned: IM John Brooks, Paul Grams, Chrysler Elementary School 08:00 Growing up in Detroit, Derek was one of the top scholastic players in his state, but he was bullied a bit for playing chess. How did he get through it?  09:30- What influence did FM James Canty and others have on his chess game?  12:00- What adjustments did Derek make when he came to chess in 2016 after a long hiatus?  Mentioned: Nunn?s Chess Openings  14:30- What kind of chess learner is Derek?  Mentioned: NM Mike Zaloznyy, IM Atulya Shetty, Derek?s interview with NM Kofi Tatum  18:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess? algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice of how to improve your game. Check it out for free and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  19:00- In his recent gains, did Derek focus more on strengthening his strengths or on shoring up his weaknesses?  Mentioned: FM Josh Posthuma, NM Gopal Menon, My System, IM Mark Dvoretsky?s books, IM Jeremy Silman, Charisse Woods 26:00- Patreon mailbag question: ?How much did studying theoretical endgames help Derek?s game??  Mentioned: Kameron Tolliver  30:00- -Patreon mailbag question: ?Did Derek?s training method change leading up to his recent breakthrough?? 39:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you by Chessable.com. Check out their latest offerings here: New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels - Chessable.com 40:30- How big was the goal of reaching the USCF expert level for Derek? Do his students follow his chess progress?  43:00- How does Derek approach his openings?  Mentioned: IM Orlando Husbands, IM Richard Leyva Proenza 48:00- How does Derek think about budgeting for chess tournaments?  49:30- Welcome the the Chess dot bomb! On this month?s sponsored segment we discuss the Global Chess Championship and Chess.com?s new verification feature. If you get verified on Chess.com you are eligible to compete in the $1,000,000 Global Chess Championship for free. If you decide to get verified ($15 for initial verification / $10 per year thereafter), please use this link to help support Perpetual Chess.  Chess.com verification:  Verified - Chess.com Global Chess Championship  https://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-global-championship-2022?ref_id=17919348 Premium Membership:  https://go.chess.com/Perpetual 52:30- What does Derek think he needs to do to become a USCF master?  Mentioned: Max Euwe, Tigran Petrosian  55:30- When did Derek start working with coaches? How much do they help him?  58:00- Why is it important to play against tougher competition? Mentioned: FM Ylon Schwartz  1:00:00- Thanks to Derek for joining the pod!  You can check out his podcast, Detroit Chess Killers, here: Detroit Chess Killers Follow Derek on Twitter here:  https://twitter.com/derekewilder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-05-17
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Ep 278- GM Jan Gustafsson- The Popular Chess24 Commentator discusses the World Championships, Chess Openings, The State of his Chess Game, and his new Chess Podcast

GM Jan Gustafsson is a popular and entertaining commentator for Chess24.com, a noted opening theoretician, a Chessable author, and 3 time member of GM Magnus Carlsen?s World Championship preparation team. Jan returned to Perpetual Chess for the fifth time to discuss chess news and the World Championship cycle, catch us up on the state of his chess game and to discuss what else he has been up to. Jan?s new projects include the launch of his own chess podcast, Chicken Chess Club,, where he and his friends, GM Laurent Fressinet and Peter Heine Nielsen give a light hearted rundown of the latest chess news. You can find timestamps below, for more detailed show notes, please go to the podcast webpage here: Listen to Episodes! ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast 0:00- We briefly discuss the origins of Jan?s new podcast, The Chicken Chess Club. 5:30- Jan?s thoughts on the 2022 FIDE Candidates tournament, and whether Magnus will defend his title  Mentioned:  Inside Team Magnus (behind Chess24 Paywall use promo code #Janistan) 12:30- When did Jan find out he would be on Magnus Carlsen?s 2022 World Championship Preparation Team?  17:00- Patreon mailbag question: What does Jan think of IM Lawrence Trent?s new courses on 1? b6 and 1. Nc3. ?  19:00- Patreon mailbag question: What is the stupidest opening idea that works?  20:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you by Chessable.com. Check out their latest offerings here: New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels in all - Chessable.com 21:00- Jan plays in the elite German chess league called the Bundesliga. He discusses how his recent games have gone and the state of his chess game.  32:00- Patreon mailbag question: What is Jan?s advice for creating an opening repertoire?  37:00- What is Jan trying to improve at? 42:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess collects and analyzes your games and gives you actionable tips based on the data it gathers. If you choose to subscribe to Aimchess, please use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  44:00- Any plans for more weekly features on The Chicken Chess Club podcast?  49:00- How is Jan?s daughter?s chess game?  51:00- More Team Magnus and World Championship talk! What was the celebration like when Magnus defended his crown?  59:00- Will Jan do another Chessable course?  1:01:00- Jan reveals his plans for the 2022 Chess Olympiad?  1:03:00- What TV/series/moves has Jan been watching? 1:08:00- Thanks to Jan for joining us! Be sure to subscribe/rate/review the Chicken Chess Club If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-05-10
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EP 277-GM Kirill Shevchenko and WFM Maria Emelianova, a Ukrainian GM and a Russian Chess Streamer, on How the Russian-Ukrainian War Impacts their lives, their Careers and the Chess World

This week on Perpetual Chess we are joined by a Ukrainian and then a Russian guest to discuss the impact that the Russian-Ukrainian war has had on their lives and on the chess world. My first guest is GM Kirill Shevchenko. Kirill is a 19 year old rising star in the chess world, currently ranked #92 in the world, and #6 among juniors. He joined me from Germany, where he is in between tournaments, after leaving Ukraine to pursue his chess career. Kirill spoke very movingly about the devastation Russia?s attacks have wrought on his loved ones and his country, and about how he balances that with his chess career. Kirill continues to compete, and will soon play in his first Grand Chess Tour event.  Following Kirill, I am joined by chess journalist and Twitch streamer, WFM Maria Emelianova. Maria is Russian, but like Kirill, felt compelled to leave her country when news of the attack broke. Maria has been an outspoken critic of the war, and has been working hard to raise funds to support Ukrainians. As Maria explains, this war has divided and scattered her family, an unfortunate situation which is not uncommon in Russia. I found both interviews to be quite enlightening, and I am inspired by the spirit of the chess community in trying circumstances. Please read on for interview timestamps and relevant links. I apologize for the background noise at points in these interviews, if you would like to read an edited transcript while you listen, you can do so here: EP.276-KirillShevchenkoandM... | Public Trint | Trint You can also view a ?read only? lightly edited transcript here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQG2m9fXCK23o0UBTkWzBhhS_dss2ogQneNnTU2Za0GpkSTInIRY-59QzWIl0vEVhm_nVODtvrcuJTr/pub You can donate to Kirill?s charity, Care with Team Hikaru, here: https://events.softgiving.com/donate/Team-Hikaru-CARE-For-Ukraine Or donate directly to Ukrainians in need via WIM Nastya Rakhmangulova here: https://linktr.ee/nastiachess 0:04- Kirill joins the show  42:00- Maria Emelianova joins the show! Follow Kirill on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/chesser_22?lang=en Maria?s Twitch- : https://www.twitch.tv/photochess  Maria?s Instagram-  https://www.instagram.com/photochess/?hl=en Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com and Chessable.com  For full show notes, please go here: Listen to Episodes! ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-05-03
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EP 276- GM Michael Adams- Stories and Lessons from Mickey's decades Among the Chess Elite

GM Michael ?Mickey? Adams is a legend of British chess who has been an elite chess player for the last 30 years. He is a former World Champion finalist, the 7 time champion of Great Britain and has been ranked as highly as #4 in the world. Michael is also an author, most recently of the very original and instructive new book, Think Like a Super GM, with co-author Philip Hurtado. Michael is normally one of the most active players on the tournament circuit, and as Covid subsides he is preparing to resume a busy schedule, beginning with the Tepe Siegman invitational in May. In our fascinating and entertaining conversation, Mickey shares some memorable stories, and discusses whether he has made adjustments to his game as he turns 50. We also discuss Michael?s new book in detail and shared some of its chess improvement takeaways. Please read on for lots more details, timestamps, and links to topics that were referenced.   Brief timestamps are below, for full show notes please go to the podcast website EP 276- GM Michael Adams- Stories and Lessons from Mickey's decades Among the Chess Elite ? The Perpetual Chess Podcast You can read my reviews of Think Like a Super GM on my Lichess blog or Chess.com blog. 0:00- Mickey has a tournament coming soon, how does he prepare especially after the pandemic?  10:00- How has Mickey maintained his chess strength up to age 50?  18:00- What is Mickey?s approach to using engines?  21:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess collects and analyzes your games and gives you actionable tips based on that data. If you choose to subscribe to Aimchess, please use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  22:00- Patreon mailbag question: Who is the most naturally talented player that Mickey has ever played against?  27:00- What was it like to play chess with legends like Spassky and Tal?  30:00- Patreon mailbag question: What is Mickey?s favorite victory over a fellow Super GM? 33:00- Mickey tells a few entertaining stories from his younger years involving Kasparov . Kramnik and GM Joel Lautier.  43:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Check out their latest offerings here:  New Chess Courses  Best of British Chessable Course with GM Simon Williams   44:00- Chess improvement takeaways from Mickey?s new book 57:00- Patreon mailbag question: Will Mickey ever write a games collections book?  1:02:00- Patreon mailbag question: What self-study methods did Mickey use, and which does he recommend?  Mentioned: GM Mark Hebden, GM Keith Arkell 1:07:00- Patreon mailbag question: What is Mickey?s advice for how to approach big open Swiss tournaments?  1:11:00- Patreon mailbag question: Who does Mickey think will win the Candidates tournament? 1:20:00- Patreon mailbag question: What does Mickey think of the possibility that Magnus won?t play the next World Championship match? He also shares some ideas of alternative World Championship formats.  1:30:00- Is it true that Mickey has never had a ?real job? 1:34:00- Does Mickey still have a condo in Florida? 1:36:00- What is Mickey?s favorite chess venu 1:39:00- Thanks so much to Mickey for joining the pod! Here are the best ways to keep up with him.  Mickey's Website Think Like a Super GM (free excerpt here) (Forward Chess version)  Best of British Chessable Course with GM Simon Williams  If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here: Ben Johnson is creating Perpetual Chess Podcast | Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-04-26
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EP 275- IM Ali Mortazavi- A CEO and Successful Stock Investor on how the Challenges of Chess Help Everything Else Seem Easier

IM Ali Mortazavi is a former top British junior player and chess author who has gone on to attain significant success outside of the chess world. Ali has been an active investor in many small biotech companies and is currently the CEO of a publicly traded, UK-based biotech company called, E therapeutics. Despite his busy professional life, Ali frequently plays online blitz, solves endgame studies, and associates with his many chess friends. In our entertaining conversation Ali discusses British chess culture, his chess beginnings, and his encounters with notable chess figures like Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, Demis Hassabas (Creator of Alphazero), and his friend IM Lawrence Trent. Ali also discusses the ways that chess has helped his career and shares what he believes differentiates chess players from other people. You can find timestamps and relevant links for our conversation below.  0:00- Ali tells the story of his early beginnings in chess.  Mentioned: GM Michael Adams , IM Michael Basman, World Youth Chess Championship, GM Matthew Sadler, GM Julian Hodgson, GM David Norwood  10:00- Patreon mailbag question- ?What were Ali?s early encounters against GM Michael Adams like??  13:00- What were Ali?s early encounters with GM Viswanathan Anand like?  15:30- Ali tells stories from some of his early chess travels. 22:00- Does Ali want to become a GM?  GM Noel Studer?s blog  25:00- Ali was a pioneer in his work with chess computer software in the early 1990s. He tells some stories about working with Kasparov in those early days.  28:00- Ali tells the story of how chess helped him get his start in finance.  33:00- What makes chess players mentally tough?  35:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Check out their latest offerings here:  New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels - Chessable.com 38:00- Ali discusses his impressions of and interactions with GM Fabiano Caruana, AlphaZero/DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis, GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Garry Kasparov and IM Lawrence Trent  Mentioned: Magnus Carlsen?s recent Poker Tournament  50:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess collects and analyzes your games and gives you actionable tips based on the data it gathers. If you choose to subscribe to Aimchess, please use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  52:00- What advice would Ali give to talented young chess players?  Mentioned: Episode 271 with GM Hans Niemann  57:00- Does Ali think the chess boom will last?  1:01:01- How many chess books has Ali read? Mentioned: The Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations  1:04:00- Thanks to IM Ali Mortazavi for sharing his chess story. You can keep up with him and reach him via Twitter. https://twitter.com/AAMortazavi?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess you can do so here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-04-19
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EP 274- Paul Hedrick (Adult Improver Series) with guest co-host Han Schut

The Perpetual Chess Adult Improver Series is back, but this time with a twist. We feature a senior guest who is ?more interested in sustainment than improvement?, and we have a guest co-host joining the conversation! Our guest, Paul Hedrick is a 56 year old literature and history teacher based in New Mexico. Paul enjoys listening to Perpetual Chess, but felt that older, less improvement focused chess lovers like himself were underrepresented on the podcast. To help guide the conversation, I enlisted the help of Han Schut. Han is a Chess Steps trainer, a Chessable Author and a frequent contributor to New in Chess magazine. The three of us try to sort out questions such as: Why does Paul study chess daily if his goal is not to improve? How can one know if they should shift their goals from ?Adult Improver? to ?Senior Sustainer?? How should one supplement the curriculum of the Chess Steps method? Both Paul and Han offered great perspectives on the different roles chess study can play in one's life, so I hope you all enjoy the conversation as I did. More details below. 0:00- Interested in appearing or suggesting an adult Improver guest for Perpetual Chess? Please use this form so that I can potentially refer back to it later : Potential Adult Improver Guest  Han Schut?s Prior Appearance- (Episode 142, 2019) Book Review #25- Review and Discussion of the Mammoth Book of the World?s Greatest Chess Games  06:00- Why did Paul volunteer to come on the show?  Mentioned: Episode 272- Positional Puzzle Book Championship with Neal Bruce  11:00- What is Paul?s ?why? for playing chess?  19:00- Paul discusses his chess routine Mentioned: Second Piatgorsky Cup 1966, Ken Smith,  30:00- Patreon mailbag question- Was there a moment where Paul decided to switch from ?improver? to ?sustainer? mode?  33:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess collects and analyzes your games and gives you actionable tips based on the data it gathers. If you choose to subscribe to Aimchess, please use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  35:00-  Patreon mailbag question How can one decide whether to focus on improvement or sustainment?  40:00- Patreon mailbag question: Does Paul prioritize studying things he sounds fun?  42:30- Patreon mailbag question: Does Paul think his study is helping him avoid blunders? 43:30- Han?s advice for mitigating blunders.  46:30- Han describes the Chess Steps method, which you can order here. 47:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com, check out what is new from them here: New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels in all - Chessable.com 48:00- Patreon mailbag question: In the current chess climate, does one need to get better just to keep the same rating?    51:30-  The Chess dot bomb sponsored segment is brought to you by Chess.com! Paul and I discuss the Chess.com Explorer feature, which allows you to learn openings, study master games, your own archive, and to add them to a personal library.  If you decide to upgrade to a premium membership at Chess.com, you can help support the pod by signing up using this link (https://go.chess.com/Perpetual). 54:00- Patreon mailbag question: Does Han think there will be greater adoption of the Steps Method in the US? Mentioned: Episode 167 with IM Jop Delemarre, IM Cor van Wijgerden 1:01:00- Patreon mailbag question: Question for Han: What makes a good compliment to the Chess Steps series?  Mentioned: Lichess Database, Chess Structures by GM Mauricio Flores Rios, Lichess 4545 League 1:14:00- Thanks so much to Paul for joining us! And thanks to Han Schut for guest co-hosting and sharing his expertise! Here is the link for Han?s scheduled live Chess Steps presentation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/D7gfDpEiDks Saturday April 16 at 2 pm EST  Link to Dubov?s Explosive Italian: https://www.chessable.com/dubovs-explosive-italian/course/80152/ If you would like to join the Perpetual Chess Patreon community you can do so here:  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-04-12
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EP 273- GM Johan Hellsten on Chess Improvement, the Inspirations for his "Mastering Chess" Book Series, and his favorite OTB Memories

I am joined this week by renowned trainer, author, and 2006 Swedish National Champion, GM Johan Hellsten. Johan is best known for his excellent book/Chessable course Mastering Chess Strategy, and its successors Mastering Opening Strategy, and Mastering Endgame Strategy. These courses are highly regarded by chess trainers and students alike, and are packed with educational puzzles. In our conversation, we got into the origins of these voluminous projects, plus Johan answered a ton of chess improvement related questions from listeners to the podcast. Lastly, Johan told some fun stories from his time playing on the Swedish Olympiad Team, and shared the names of some authors that were formative in his own chess development. Please read on for timestamps and relevant links.   0:00- How was Johan influenced by the work of legendary trainer, IM Mark Dvoretsky?  Mentioned:Sergey Dolmatov, GM Artur Yusupov, 64 Chess Magazine 08:25- What was the vision behind Mastering Chess Strategy and Johan?s Mastering series?  15:00- What are some books one could do that aren?t as challenging as Johan?s fantastic books?  Mentioned: Simple Chess by Michael Stean, Winning Chess Strategies by Yasser Seirawan (also on Chessable) , Silman?s Reassess Your Chess Workbook Episode 272- ?Positional Puzzle Book Championship? with Neal Bruce  Shane Taulbut, chess books, GM Arthur Yusupov, IM Mark Dvoretsky, GM Yasser Seirawan, John Nunn?s Understanding Chess Move by Move  18:45- How does Johan find so many instructive positions?  Mentioned: Follow Chess App, Chessbomb, Chess24.com, Mark Crowther?s The Week in Chess 29:00- Patreon mailbag question from Neal Bruce! Should players at different rating levels approach Johan?s books differently?  39:00- Patreon mailbag question: In what order should one read Johan?s courses/books? Mentioned: Chess for Educators by Karel van Delft  45:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. In addition to GM Johan Hellsten?s series, one can find tons of courses on all phases of the chess game, check out what is new here: New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels in all - Chessable.com 46:00- If you don?t have a coach what is the best way to identify your weaknesses that are holding you back?  Mentioned: GM Stellan Brynell  1:00:00- Johan discusses how club players can choose openings based on their styles.  1:06:00- What are Johan?s favorite game collection books? Do we need to study their books or just play through a great players games on a computer? Mentioned: GM Mickey Adams, GM Viswanthan Anand, GM Mark Taimanov, GM Svetozar Gligoric, GM Bent Larsen, GM Mikhail Botvinnik, GM Bobby Fischer  1:14:00- Patreon mailbag question: What are the chess cultures like in Sweden and Ecaudor? (Where Johan lives)  Mentioned: GM Stellan Brynell, GM Johnny Hector, GM Jan Timman, GM Julio Granda Zuniga, IM Greg Shahade, GM Johan Hellsten?s YouTube Lectures, GM Wesley So 1:22:00- Patreon mailbag question: How was Johan influenced by legendary Swedish player Ulf Andersson?  Mentioned: GM Viktor Korchnoi, GM David Anton, Hellsten-GM Viktor Kupreichik (1996), GM Andrey Kovalev, Hellsten-Kovalev 1996 1:35:00- Thanks so much to GM Hellsten for sharing his wisdom and stories! You can reach him and check out his Chess.com Series here https://www.chess.com/member/jhellsten And be sure to get his Chessable courses here: https://www.chessable.com/author/jhellsten2/ You can find the same material in book form, here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-04-05
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EP 272- "Positional Puzzle Book Championship" with Neal Bruce

Popular guest and dedicated improver Neal Bruce is back on Perpetual Chess to break down the most useful ?Positional Chess Puzzle? Books for club players. For those who have not heard Neal?s prior appearances, he is a dad and an executive at a software startup who devotes a lot of his free time to improving his chess game, often via flash cards made from chess books. Neal is amidst a 10 year study plan and has recently completed a phase during which he went through 8 positional puzzle books. In our interview, Neal discusses why he thinks this was an important step for his chess development and assesses the books he read. He ranks them in order, assesses their pros and cons, and their usefulness for different rating levels. At the end of Neal?s book breakdown we catch up with Neal a bit and discuss what is next in his 10 year chess study plan. Links for all of the books referenced, as well as timestamps are below.   Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition by IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by IM Jeremy Silman  Mastering Chess Strategy by GM Johan Hellsten (also available on Chessable)  Mastering Positional Sacrifices by IM Merijn van Delft  The Positional Chess Handbook by FM Israel Gelfer  Practical Chess Exercises by Ray Cheng  IM Jeremy Silman?s Reassess Your Chess Workbook  Techniques of Positional Play by Valeri Bronznik and IM Anatoli Terekhin . Prior appearances by Neal:  ?Pawn Book Championship? Episode 241 Book Recap #11- Taking Winning Chess Strategies with Neal Bruce  Book Recap #6- Woodpecker Method and Rapid Chess Improvement with Neal Bruce  0:00- We begin by catching listeners up on Neal?s background and discussing why Neal decided to study 8 ?positional puzzle? books.  5:00- How has this intense study of positional chess impacted Neal?s chess game?  14:00- What books might be good precursors to the books that Neal discusses?  Mentioned: Simple Chess by GM Michael Stean, The Power of Pawns  16:00- Neal discusses two books that didn?t make the list:  Winning Chess Strategy for Kids by Jeff Coakley, Beyond Material by GM Davorin Kuljasevic  20:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com.. To check out their latest offerings, please go here: ?New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels in all - Chessable.com 21:30- Neal ranks the 8 books he reviewed! The first 4 books are: IM Jeremy Silman?s Reassess Your Chess Workbook  (Read Dr. Patzer?s review here) The Positional Chess Handbook by FM Israel Gelfer  How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by IM Jeremy Silman (Discussed in Book Recap #2)  Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition by IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering  37:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess collects and analyzes your games and gives you actionable tips based on the data it gathers. Check the site out, and if you choose to subscribe, please use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  38:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Better Help. You can see some online reviews here, and if you sign up, use this link to save 10%: https://www.betterhelp.com/chess 39:30- The final 4!  Techniques of Positional Play by Valeri Bronznik and IM Anatoli Terekhin . Read Sam Copeland?s Review of Techniques of Positional Play Mastering Positional Sacrifices by IM Merijn van Delft  Check out IM Andras Toth?s review of Neal Mona List here  Practical Chess Exercises by Ray Cheng  Mastering Chess Strategy by GM Johan Hellsten (also available on Chessable)  1:04:00- What are Neal?s OTB tournament plans? What books will he read next? 1:08:00- Thanks as always to Neal for dedicating so much time to sharing his chess knowledge! The best way to reach and keep up with him is via Twitter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2022-03-29
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