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Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:10 am
by David Sedgwick
Phil Makepeace wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:40 pm
We’re planning a Twelve Interviews of Christmas feature, or something maybe a little less ambitious. Who do you think we should try to get?
Anastasia Sorakina, although I doubt whether she would be willing to do it.

Since her interview with the Daily Telegraph (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/0 ... eu-reject/), she has been cautious about overt public criticism of the Lukashenko regime in Belarus.

She declined to comment to Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/news/view/belarus ... s-olympiad).

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:34 am
by IM Jack Rudd
I'm available, if you want me.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:12 pm
by Phil Makepeace
Episode 42 is here! This week we respond to feedback on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, celebrate Mikhail Tal, and go a little bit Hasselhoff. The Chess Pit is available on all podcast platforms.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:12 pm
by Phil Makepeace
This week we wonder whether the ongoing chess boom can be sustained, discuss prodigies throughout history, and dispute why some famous cartoon turtles decided to deliver pizza.

The brand new Episode 43 is available on all podcast platforms.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:28 pm
by Phil Makepeace
Episode 44 sees us salute Magnus Carlsen’s sportsmanship, celebrate inspirational junior coaches, and invent our own novelty chess set!

Available on all podcast platforms. And join our lichess team if you want to take part in our ongoing correspondence game against our listeners.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:20 pm
by Phil Makepeace
Episode 45 is the first of four interviews we’re doing in December with leading people in their respective fields, who also just happen to be a little chessy.

The first one is a cracker as musician and football writer Philippe Auclair joins us for a discussion of chess romance, aesthetics, and particularly his great love, Mikhail Tal.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:54 pm
by Phil Makepeace
Episode 46 is the second in our December interview season. How does chess processing fit within other creative industries? Can it? Should it? Writer, musician, poet, DJ, campaigner, and human, Chris T-T joins us for a lovely chat about his career and chess interest.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:26 pm
by Phil Makepeace
For the third bite at our December Interview Season cherry, we invited former junior international and sextech entrepreneur Stephanie Alys on for a natter.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:10 pm
by Phil Makepeace
Do you like laboured puns? Yes? Tremendous! You'll love our Christmas special, then. This week we discuss the open letter to lichess, decide who the biggest winners and losers of 2020 are, and the quiz covers 70 years of Christmas music.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:24 pm
by Phil Makepeace
The final episode in our December Interview Season sees us in conversation with New Yorker columnist Rachel Syme! Rachel's great-grandfather Harold Meyer Phillips was a leading American player and organiser, whose achievements included running the famous 1924 tournament in New York. She tells us about her prestigious chess ancestry, her own journey as an adult improver, and her love of British place names.

Available on all podcast platforms!

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:39 pm
by Phil Makepeace
We're back in 2021 for Episode 50! This week Jon has raging ennui, Phil is sick of screens, and Chris is all snuggly. Also includes centrist dads, odds chess, and Just War Theory.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:11 am
by Phil Makepeace
The brand new Episode 51 is your regular hotchpotch of topics, from the longest possible chess game to the somewhat meta concept of whether you'd prefer to play against yourself with white or black. The quiz is sponsored by Google, and we also wonder how events like Caplin Hastings Online and Wijk aan Zee can see chess move on from its 2020 inactivity.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:25 am
by Phil Makepeace
Episode 52 is here! We're joined this week by Robin Sarfas, a club player for Hammersmith, who's jumped several hundred rating points during the pandemic. Find out his improvement secret(s), and marvel at our Olympiad knowledge in the quiz...

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:26 am
by Phil Makepeace
Episode 53 is - as the title suggests - more than a little focused on the current Wijk aan Zee tournament. We also celebrate Mary Rudge and ponder which cereal packet characters resemble English football managers.

Re: The Chess Pit Podcast

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:19 am
by Phil Makepeace
Chess podcasts collide this week as we have Perpetual Chess Podcast host Ben Johnson round for tea. How well will he cope now the interview tables are turned? We also round up Wijk aan Zee and make some Candidates predictions. Enjoy!