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C-Squared Podcast

C-Squared Podcast

The C-Squared Podcast is an in depth weekly discussion about the chess world with your hosts, Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Cristian Chirila. Bringing the biggest news and chess stars to your doorstep!


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Victory At The Rapid & Blitz, Kramnik's Blog Gets A SPICY Update

Isle Of Man Recap, Race To The Candidates HEATS UP, Rapid & Blitz WC Is WHERE??

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Time Stamps:

00:00 Intro

00:10 FIDE Grand Swiss discussion

03:07 Fabi's decision to play the GrandSwiss

08:16 Why a coach is important during competition

13:36 game analysis

21:17 game against Hikaru

27:43 game against Keymer

30:19 Vidit Gujrathi

32:42 Alireza

41:15 Erigaisi

44:18 Sindarov

45:14 Fabi's rant

50:13 will Magnus play candidates?

51:52 Ding's health issues

53:56 Rapid and blitz during Christmas

1:06:07 How does Fabi gets ready for tournament?

1:08:49 Cristian first jiujitsu competition

1:11:49 outro

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Abhimanyu Mishra: Youngest Grandmaster In HISTORY on Goals & His Intense Training Systems

The youngest grandmaster in chess history joins us for an intriguing discussion about his journey, including traveling during the pandemic to reach his goals, future plans, lack of sponsorships in chess, and more. Enjoy, and don't forget to please the Youtube gods by subscribing and spreading the word. Cheers! Episode was filmed on 10.19.2023 Our Discord is popping, join the conversation here: Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN
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Isle Of Man, Kramnik's New Blog, Hikaru VS Alireza in Candidates Showdown

The Isle Of Man Grand Swiss has finally started. The boys get talking about Kramnik's new blog, the difficulties of getting to Isle Of Man, and the upcoming fight for the last candidate spots. Enjoy! The episode was filmed on 10.24.2023
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The Champs are Here! Fabiano Caruana & Carissa Yip talk about the US Championship

The boys talked to WGM Carissa Yip after she became the 2023 US Women's Champion. She shares her impressions of the event, similarities with Fabiano's championship journey, collegiate chess, beating a Grandmaster at 10, and more! The episode was filmed on 10.18.2023Join our Members zone and get access to special perks Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! CHAT ON DISCORD: TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN

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Hans Niemann VS Fabi In Crucial US Championship Game, Magnus Starts Drama In Qatar

Crucial round coming up at the US Chess Championship, while Magnus starts a big cheating drama at the Qatar Masters. The boys discuss everything! The episode was filmed on 10.14.2023, better late than never!
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US Chess Championship, World Juniors, Fabiano *finally* Finished his Course

The US Championship has just started and the boys are shamelessly promoting Fabiano?s new chessable course (which is not out yet), and the c-squared new website?they also talk the us championship, world juniors, Hans, and more. Enjoy!
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Daniel Naroditsky | Kasparov's Intense Coaching, Life As A Chess Pro, Mental Health

Grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky, aka Danya, aka the Prophet, joins the boys for an exciting discussion about his career, both as a player and as a prominent commentator. His inspiring story is a testament to how hard work and passion can turn into a brilliant career. Enjoy, and don't forget to please the algorithm by liking the video and subscribing to the channel! Episode was filmed on 9.17.2023 Join our Members zone and get access to special perks Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! CHAT ON DISCORD: TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN
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Yasser | World Cup, Race To The Candidates, Magnus Hates Classical??

Yasser joins the boys for an exciting discussion about the recently concluded World Cup, Fabi's triumph in the race for the candidates, Carlsen's disdain for classical chess, and more! Episode was filmed on 9.05.2023 Join our Members zone and get access to special perks Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! CHAT ON DISCORD: TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN
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The Kramnik Files : Unveiling the Dark Side of Online Chess

Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik comes on the podcast to discuss cheating in chess, his concerns about the future of online chess, and the potential ways in which the chess community can address this growing problem. Enjoy! Join our Members zone and get access to special perks Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! CHAT ON DISCORD: TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN
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Chess World Cup, Hikaru Ties The Knot, Gukesh Is The Real Deal

Boys are back with the World Cup Special edition! Join our Members zone and get access to special perks Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! CHAT ON DISCORD: TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN
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The Hans Lawsuit, Global Chess League & Grand Chess Tour Is Back!!

We're back! Join our Members zone and get access to special perks Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! CHAT ON DISCORD: TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN
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The Norway Story, Hans Is Back, & More

The boys are back with all the stories from Norway Chess, the ups and downs of competition, and this week's news swirling around the chess world. Enjoy!Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! CHAT ON DISCORD: TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN
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VICTORY In Bucharest, BIG Cheating Scandal Rocks The Chess World

If you wish to support the Maroroa Jones family, check the GoFundMe campaign: Full episode with video here: boys are back with another podcast episode! After the victory in Romania, Fabiano analyzes his tournament performance, and the boys give a detailed account of the winners and losers in the aftermath of this important event. Many other topics discussed, enjoy!
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Who Are The Chess ILLUMINATI?

American Cup Ends, The Party Is ON

Apologies for the low sounds quality, we filmed this episode immediately after the closing cerem0ny of the American Cup, during the afterparty celebrations.


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Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Alejandro Ramirez

This is our discussion regarding the sexual misconduct allegations brought by Jennifer Shahade against Alejandro Ramirez on February 15th, and the analysis of the Wall Street Journal article that soon followed. Read more about the allegations against Alejandro Ramirez below: WSJ Article | Jennifer Shahade's Statement |

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Chess World Is On Fire, Jobava Responds To, WR Masters

The Magnus VS Hikaru Wars, Jobava's Rant & Punishment

Anish Giri & Jorden v Foreest | Winning Tata Steel, Relation W. Magnus

Anish Giri & Jorden van Foreest join the show to talk about their recent success at the Tata Steel Masters event, as well as many other intriguing subjects. | CHAT DIRECTLY WITH US ON DISCORD: TIKTOK:

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Is Mittens Responsible For The Chess Boom?

Rapid & Blitz Battles In The Snowy Mountains Of Kazakhstan

Levy Rozman aka GothamChess : Fame, Mental Health, Cheating, Hans As A World Champion

Levy Rozman aka Gotham Chess is the most popular chess content creator on Youtube with over 2 million subscribers. He is an International Master with a peak rating of 2421, an exciting color commentator, and much more!

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What Happened Against Magnus, Buys It All, Hans is 2700

The biggest week in recent chess history just happened. finalizes the purchase of the Play Magnus Group and officially becomes the biggest entity in chess. Is this good or bad for our sport?

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Judit Polgar | Legendary Coaching System, Bobby Fischer, Chess Psychology

Judit Polgar is the greatest female chess player of all time, achieving the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15 years and 4 months, at the time the youngest to have done so, breaking the record previously held by former World Champion Bobby Fischer.


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Botez Sisters | Content Creation, Sibling Relationship, Chess Boxing

While in LA for for the Mogul Moves Chess Boxing event, we met the Botez sisters for a conversation about Andrea's chess boxing match, streaming as a career, how their sibling relationship developed over the years, future plans, and more. Enjoy!

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Levon Aronian | Chess Career, Difficult Early Life, US Olympic Team, Fatherhood


The legendary Levon Aronian sits down with the guys for an in depth discussion covering a variety of interesting topics, including his early childhood, the most impactful coaches in his career, the Armenian and US Olympic teams, and more.

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Tata Steel Chess India, Ageless Anand, Magnus Gives Trent Rook Odds

Intense Match Against Erigaisi, Fabi VS Magnus, World Team Championship

The boys reunite to discuss the intense Speed Chess Championship match between Fabiano and young phenom Arjun Erigaisi. World Team Championship, a potential match against Magnus Carlsen, and more!

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Chess Boxing, Niemann Lawsuit Updates, Magnus Tour & SCC Bracket | C-Squared #011

Boys reunite in St. Louis to discuss the week in chess, with topics ranging from chess-boxing, to a complete breakdown of the upcoming speed chess championship. Enjoy...

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Jennifer Yu | U.S. Women's Championship, Life at Harvard, Crazy Playoff Moments

After winning the US Women's Chess Championship, WGM Jennifer Yu joins the pod to discuss her victory, emotions during the championship, her life as a Harvard sophomore, and more!

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Winning It All In St. Louis | C- Squared Podcast #008

a long and intense US Championship and US Women's Championship, Fabi and Cristian sit down for a quick recap before the closing ceremony. Detailed analysis about key moments of these championships, as well as other relevant topics were discussed in this episode. Enjoy!

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Maurice Ashley: Path to Grandmaster, New York Hustle, Commentary, Drama | C-Squared Podcast #007

Maurice Ashley is a world class chess commentator, author, and the first Black person to achieve the title of Grandmaster. In this episode he sits down with the boys for an in depth conversation about his early life and career, relationship with his good friend GM Yasser Seirawan, old and recent drama, and more...Enjoy!

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U.S. Championship, Controversy, Lots Of Disrespect | C-Squared Podcast #006

Fabi & Cristian talk about the ongoing U.S. Championship, controversy surrounding the ongoing Hans Niemann saga, Christopher Yoo feelings of disrespect, and other hot topics brewing in the chess world. Enjoy!

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Hikaru Nakamura | Carlsen's Decision, Training with Kasparov, New Generation | C-Squared Podcast E004

GM Hikaru Nakamura joins the C-Squared crew for an in depth discussion about his life as a chess professional, his early prodigious years, the intensity of working with Garry Kasparov, and many more. Enjoy!

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Eric Rosen: Competition, Career, Chess Boom, Jobava's Deals | C-Squared Podcast | E003

Fabi & Cristian catch up with International Master Eric Rosen, one of the greatest chess content creators pushing the game to the next level. Discussions vary from Eric's upbringing in the world of chess, early success, all the way to Jobava's deals and antics in the chess world. Enjoy!

This episode was filmed on 9.13.2022

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Yasser Seirawan : Viktor Korchnoi, Fischer Boom, Clash of Generations | C-Squared Podcast | E002

Fabiano & Cristian catch up with the legendary Yasser Seirawan for an in depth discussion about his life, career, working as a second for Viktor Korchnoi, the Fischer era and its implications, and many more intriguing topics.

This episode was filmed on 8.31.2022

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Candidates, Olympiad, Hans Niemann , Who's The Best Indian Prodigy?

Episode 1 of C-Squared Podcast, a weekly chess podcast, opens up with a discussion about Fabiano Caruana's experiences in top level competitions, current events happening in the world of chess, the young up and coming prodigies, and Hans Niemann. This episode was filmed on 8.19.2022

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World Cup Dream Continues!

Boys are back with a World Cup update from Baku, as we enter the Final 32! Join our Members zone and get access to special perks Want to improve your chess???Come Play With Us! CHAT ON DISCORD: TIKTOK: CLIPS CHANNEL ??: ?TWITTER ?INSTAGRAM ?TWITTER FABI ?INSTAGRAM FABI ?TWITTER CRISTIAN ?INSTAGRAM CRISTIAN ?Credit for all photos displayed in the video goes to @FIDE_chess
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Who Are Going To Be The Next U.S. Chess Champions? | C-Squared Bonus

Fabiano and Cristian sit down for a one on one preview of the 2022 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship, two of the strongest and most important events of the year. This year's championships will be held at the St. Louis Chess Club between October 5th through the 20th, and will feature 28 of the best chess players in the US. The tournament can be followed live on the STL Chess Club's channel, and will feature p[lay by play commentary by GMs Yasser Seirawan, Cristian Chirila, and WGM Anastasia Karlovich.

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UNFILTERED LIVE MEETING - Drama, Cheating, Chess 960 w. Caruana & Chirila

Cristian & Fabiano do a live stream discussing all the hot topics of the day. We first start by catching up with Fabiano's recent success in St. Louis, and move on to address the recent developments in the Carlsen & Niemann cheating drama. Enjoy!

Video was recorded live on 9.21.2022

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Fabiano's tournament analysis, Carlsen's Withdrawal, Allegations | C-Squared Recap - Sinquefield Cup

Fabiano and Cristian discuss the Sinquefield Cup and go in depth on various topics ranging from the most important moments of the tournament, to the GCT rankings, and Magnus Carlsen's withdrawal.

This episode was filmed on 9.11.2022

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