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The Chess Angle is the official podcast of the renowned Long Island Chess Club in NY. We discuss chess, tournament play, and improvement at the amateur and club level. Featured guests include titled players and dedicated amateurs. New episodes drop on Sundays. Web: www.thechessangle.com. Twitter (X): www.twitter.com/TheChessAngle. Email: info@thechessangle.com. Thank you for listening and we hope you win your next game!

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The Chess Angle is the official podcast of the renowned Long Island Chess Club in NY. We discuss chess, tournament play, and improvement at the amateur and club level. Featured guests include titled players and dedicated amateurs. New episodes drop on Sundays. Web: www.thechessangle.com. Twitter (X): www.twitter.com/TheChessAngle. Email: info@thechessangle.com. Thank you for listening and we hope you win your next game!

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Ep. 114: How to Avoid Time-Trouble at Club-Level Chess Tournaments

6/16/2024
Like it or not, the clock is just as much a part of tournament chess as the board and pieces. Poor clock management is a consistent problem for many players. We cover: Referenced: Ep. 16: "Chess for Tigers"Ep. 29: "The Seven Deadly Chess Sins"Chess for TigersThe Seven Deadly Chess Sins 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubeBuy Me a Coffee The Amazon links above are affiliate links. Qualifying purchases help support this podcast at no additional cost to you.

Duration:00:38:42

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Ep. 113: Stop Dropping Pawns! (Game Analysis #8)

6/9/2024
You hang one pawn, then eight moves later you hang another, and then your opponent easily wins the game while you're still processing where you went wrong. This is all too common at the club level. In addition, Neal dives into the Listener Mailbag. Game Referenced: Neal vs. 1490 (G/90;d10) 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Bf5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 Bd6 5. Bg3 Nf6 6. Bxf5 exf5 7. Qf3 Qd7 8. Bxd6 Qxd6 9. c3 Qd7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Nf3 Nc6 12. O-O Rfe8 13. Qc2 Qd6 14. Qxf5 Ne7 15. Qc2 Ng6 16. Nbd2 Ng4 17. Rae1 Re6 18. h3 Nf6 19. c4 c5 20. cxd5 Qxd5 21. b3 Ne4 22. Nxe4 Rxe4 23. Qxc5 Qd8 24. Rc1 h6 25. Rc2 b6 26. Qc7 Qe7 27. Qxe7 Rxe7 28. Rfc1 1-0 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubeBuy Me a Coffee

Duration:00:36:14

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Ep. 112: Chess Tournament Savvy, Playing Amid Distractions, Prepping for OTB Play & More feat. NM Nick Panico (Chess Coffee Talk #4)

6/2/2024
National Master Nick Panico returns to the pod for some "chess coffee talk" and shares his insights from the tournament scene. We cover: 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubeBuy Me a Coffee

Duration:00:44:20

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Ep. 111: How to Boost Your Chess Rating Using Draw Offers

5/26/2024
This week we take a deep dive into the psychology of draw offers for the club-level player. Strategically offering or accepting a draw can add quite a number of points to your rating. We break this down in detail. Referenced: Ep. #40: Tournament Strategy feat. GM John EmmsEp. #53: NM Rob Guevara on Why He Declines All Draw OffersEp. #57: GM Alex Lenderman on Adult Improvement, Chess Cheating, & MoreThe Complete Book of Chess Strategy (Amazon)The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess (Amazon) 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubePatreonBuy Me a Coffee The Amazon links above are affiliate links. Qualifying purchases help support this podcast at no additional cost to you.

Duration:00:45:33

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Ep. 110: IM Michael Rahal on the Challenges of Adult Chess Improvement & More

5/19/2024
This podcast recently crossed the half-a-million download mark! Thank you all for your support of The Chess Angle. This week's guest is International Master Michael Rahal. Michael is a professional trilingual chess coach, content creator, and FIDE Press Officer. In this jam-packed episode, he provides thoughtful insight on the challenges of improving at chess as an adult and why there's not always a positive correlation between chess study and tournament results. Michael also details his experiences interviewing some of the world's most elite players including Magnus Carlsen. He then shares his thoughts on the chess content creation space and previews his upcoming Chessable and YouTube projects. Links for IM Michael Rahal: Twitter/XYouTubeInstagram 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubePatreonBuy Me a Coffee

Duration:00:58:19

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Ep. 109: Chess Improvement Shortcuts for the Busy Adult Improver

5/12/2024
This week's pod is an updated and revised version of Episode 12: Chess Improvement Hacks for Busy People. Neal offers some practical time-saving hacks for busy adults with limited study time and argues that social media overload may harm your chess progress. If you're enjoying the pod, please consider telling your chess playing friends about us and giving us a 5-star review on your podcast app of choice. We appreciate your support! Referenced: 12 Apps We Can't Stop Using, for Better or WorseEpisode #43: Are Electronic Notation Devices Legit? 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubePatreonBuy Me a Coffee

Duration:00:31:09

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Ep. 108: Checkmate Confessions: The Harsh Realities I Learned from Chess Tournaments

5/5/2024
This week, Neal shares some tips, tricks, and harsh realities he learned from playing in chess tournaments over the years. 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubePatreonBuy Me a Coffee

Duration:00:32:01

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Ep. 107: Check, Mate, Cheat: Unveiling the Dark Side of Chess Tournament Shenanigans

4/28/2024
This week, Neal puts on his tournament director hat to discuss rule violation scenarios using real examples from amateur chess tournaments. We also include common mishaps and misunderstandings at the club level regarding rules and procedures. Amateur players of all levels should find this episode both informative and entertaining! Special thanks to Pat Barron, friend of the pod and fellow TD from Pennsylvania whose correspondence was the basis of this episode. 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubePatreonBuy Me a Coffee

Duration:00:54:34

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Ep. 106: GM Max Illingworth on Adult Chess Improvement, Why YouTube Videos May Not Help, "Potholes & Detours" on the road to 1600, "Unlearning" Chess, & More

4/21/2024
This week's guest is Australian Grandmaster Max Illingworth. Max is a coach, author, and blogger who has lots of experience working with adult chess improvers and a sincere interest in helping them get better. His chess.com blog is instruction rich and formed the basis of our conversation. Max shared his thoughts on why many adult players have trouble improving, including the erroneous thought processes and approaches that hinder progress. As a reminder, you can become a Patreon member of The Chess Angle. For just $2 a month, you can support the show while receiving a few perks including access to a members-only blog, Neal's personal episode notes/outlines, priority consideration for questions/topic suggestions, and early access to select episodes. If you're interested in a single donation, we also have a Buy Me a Coffee page, where you can buy us a "virtual" coffee as a one-off contribution. We appreciate your support of the pod! Links for GM Max Illingworth: Chess.com BlogTwitter/XYouTubeDismantling the Sicilian (Amazon)Coaching inquiries: Email illingworthchess@gmail.com or DM at https://m.me/max.illingworth.16 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubePatreonBuy Me a Coffee

Duration:00:57:50

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Ep. 105 (S7 Premiere): Declutter Your Chess Study Plan

4/14/2024
Welcome to Season 7! As a reminder, you can become a Patreon member of The Chess Angle. For just $2 a month, you can support the show while receiving a few perks including access to a members-only blog, Neal's personal episode notes/outlines, priority consideration for questions/topic suggestions, and early access to select episodes. If you're interested in a single donation, we also have a Buy Me a Coffee page, where you can buy us a "virtual" coffee as a one-off contribution. We appreciate your support of the pod! This week, we discuss how to "Marie Kondo" your chess study plan if you're rated about 800-1200 and you're looking to break the 1400 barrier. You don't need to buy 100 chess books, 25 courses, and join seven different online training programs. A streamlined collection of chess study materials covering each phase and theme of the game combined with lots of OTB experience is probably all you need for quite some time. In this episode, we cover: Referenced: Ep. 99: How to Approach Chess Study as a Beginner or Advanced BeginnerThe Amateur's MindChess for TigersStarting Out: The Caro-KannWinning Chess StrategiesPandolfini's Endgame CourseSilman's Complete Endgame CourseHow to Study Chess on Your OwnDvoretsky's Endgame ManualIntroduction to TacticsEndings, Openings, A Taste of the Middle 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🎯 Our Links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTubePatreonBuy Me a Coffee ♟Some of the links above are affiliate links which earn us a small commission on qualifying purchases. This helps support the podcast at no additional cost to you.♟

Duration:00:35:10

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Ep. 104 (S6 Finale): Ten Ways to Lose a Chess Game

3/24/2024
This episode is our Season 6 finale. We'll be taking a short break and will return with Season 7 on April 14, 2024. This week, we discuss ten common reasons why players at the club level lose games: 1 - Non-processing 2 - Rushing against odd opening moves 3 - Neglecting development/premature attacks 4 - Misplaying castling 5 - Rook posing 6 - Too much French pastry 7 - Trading down to a losing King and pawn ending 8 - Trying too hard to win 9 - Being cavalier against lower-rated opponents 10 - Poor clock management 🎯 Support the Show: Patreon Buy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:00:35:21

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Ep. 103: Wild Chess Tournament Stories: Cheating, Collusion, Pushy Parents & Other Tall Tales from the Amateur Chess Scene feat. Tim Just, National TD and US Chess Rulebook Editor

3/17/2024
This week's guest, Tim Just, is a major figure in tournament directing and chess administration. He is a National TD, editor of the 5th-7th editions of the US Chess Rulebook, author, and columnist. When it comes to directing amateur chess tournaments, he's done it all and seen it all. In this episode, Tim shares a number of wild and entertaining anecdotes from the amateur chess scene. You can't make this stuff up! Links for Tim Just: My Opponent is Eating a DoughnutJust LawRules | US Chess.orgA Guide to Scholastic Chess 🎯 Support the Show: Patreon Buy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube ♟The Amazon links above are affiliate links which earn us a small commission on qualifying purchases. This helps support the podcast at no additional cost to you.♟

Duration:00:48:58

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Ep. 102: Chess Improvement & Tournament Skills Roundtable feat. Nick Visel

3/10/2024
Nick Visel is a dedicated club player with a long term goal of achieving the title of National Master. He is well known in the adult improver community and is very popular on Twitter/X. You may be interested in subscribing to Nick's Substack where he shares book reviews, analysis of his OTB tournament games, and more. This week, Nick joined Neal for a candid conversation about chess improvement, the ups and downs of playing at the club level, and how the amateur chess scene has changed over the years. We cover: Links for Nick Visel: Twitter/XSubstackNew York 1924 Review 🎯 Support the Show: Patreon Buy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:01:05:56

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Ep. 101: Candidates Tournament Preview 2024 feat. GM Daniel Gormally

3/3/2024
In this jam-packed episode, return guest Grandmaster Daniel Gormally discusses the upcoming 2024 Candidates Chess Tournament: the players, controversies, history, and more. The winner of this event will challenge Ding Liren for the title of World Chess Champion. The Candidates begins on 4/3/24 in Toronto, Canada. Links for the Candidates Tournament: Chess.com Article FIDE Article Links for GM Daniel Gormally: Ep. 96: GM Daniel Gormally on Adult Chess Improvement, the Cheating Epidemic, & MoreMating the Castled KingPandemic Shark: A Journey Through the World of Chess ImprovementPlay Chess Like the ProsSharp MiddlegamesFacebookTwitter (X) 🎯 Support the Show: Patreon Buy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:01:02:45

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Ep. 100: The Hippopotamus Defense and Other Chess Opening Systems for Black

2/25/2024
Welcome to our 100th episode! Be sure to check out our new and improved website. Same address, updated look. This week, we explore five universal responses for Black. These can be played against any first move by White. In this episode: Referenced: 10 Black "Opening Systems" (ThePawnSlayer chess.com blog)The Amateur’s MindWinning Chess StrategiesSimple Chess 🎯 Support the Show: PatreonBuy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:00:42:34

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Ep. 99: How to Approach Chess Study as a Beginner or Advanced Beginner (Tips and Suggested Resources)

2/18/2024
Chess improvement can be overwhelming and daunting for beginners looking to reach the intermediate level and beyond. This is especially true for busy adults with limited study time. In the episode, we provide a general overview of what we believe beginners and advanced beginners should focus on and provide a number of suggested resources to get you started. Suggested Books: Bobby Fischer Teaches ChessHow to Win at Chess: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners and BeyondThe Amateur’s MindWinning Chess StrategiesWinning Chess Tactics Pandolfini’s Endgame Course Suggested Online Lessons from Chess.com: Basic Checkmates and MoreEssential Checkmate PatternsIntroduction to TacticsA Kaleidoscope of OpeningsPawn Endings: Beginner to ExpertRook and Other Endgames 🎯 Support the Show: PatreonBuy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:00:37:28

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Ep. 98: The Worst Chess Mindsets for Tournament Players

2/11/2024
The week, Neal dives into the listener mailbag to discuss the parallels between music and chess, handling losses, and dealing with frustration at the chessboard. This is followed by an open and candid discussion about mindset and attitude at the chessboard during OTB tournaments. There's definitely an emphasis on chess psychology for this episode. Chapters: (00:00) - Intro (00:48) - Chess and Music (07:38) - Dealing with Losses (17:00) - Frustration at the Chessboard (22:49) - The Chess Mindset (what to avoid) (49:42) - Outro 🎯 Support the Show: PatreonBuy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:00:51:20

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Ep. 97: Chess Ratings, Improvement, the 3...Qd8 Scandinavian & More feat. NM Daniel Lowinger

2/4/2024
This week's guest is National Master Daniel Lowinger, a high school Chinese teacher who cut his teeth playing chess on the New York scene. Dan offers some thoughtful and philosophical ideas about amateur chess improvement, titles, being honest with oneself, and much more. Chapters: (00:00) - Intro (03:48) - Dan's Beginnings (06:24) - Thoughts on Chess Titles (23:44) - Honesty with Oneself (29:43) - Adult Improvement (44:18) - 3...Qd8 Scandinavian Defense (55:29) - Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club Cats (58:37) - Outro Links for NM Daniel Lowinger: The 3...Qd8 Scandinavian: Simple and StrongOpening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club CatsFacebook 🎯 Support the Show: PatreonBuy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:00:59:27

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Ep. 96: GM Daniel Gormally on Adult Chess Improvement, the Cheating Epidemic, & More

1/28/2024
Our guest this week is English Grandmaster Daniel Gormally. Daniel is a professional chess player and coach who has written several books on the game. He is also the author of a 3-part Chessable series entitled Sharp Middlegames. In addition, Daniel has represented England in the European Team Championship and is a two-time winner of the English Rapid Play Championship. He earned his final GM norm in 2005 in a tournament where he scored a 2693 performance rating. Chapters: (00:00) - Intro (01:32) - English Chess Scene (10:25) - Computers, AI, & Engines (21:24) - Chess Cheating Epidemic (33:15) - Adult Improvement & Daniel's Instructional Content (58:59) - Outro Links for GM Daniel Gormally: Mating the Castled King Pandemic Shark: A Journey Through the World of Chess Improvement Play Chess Like the Pros Sharp MiddlegamesFacebookTwitter (X) 🎯 Support the Show: Patreon Buy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:00:59:38

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Ep. 95: How to Use a Chess Engine as a Developing Player

1/21/2024
This week we discuss how to analyze your chess games with an engine to increase learning, avoid mistakes, and explore your thought process. Neal addresses some listener mail and then reviews one of his OTB games where he was having an off night. There were miscues from both players throughout which is typical at the club level. Referenced: Ep. 45: The Truth About Chess Engines for Club Players 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d6 3. e3 Nbd7 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Be7 6. h3 b6 7. c4 Bb7 8. Nc3 d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 Bxd5 11. O-O O-O 12. Rc1 c5 13. dxc5 Nxc5 14. b3 Bd6 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Qd4 Rfd8 17. Rfd1 Qe7 18. Qf4 Bb7 19. Ne5 f6 20. Nc4 e5 21. Qh4 Rxd1+ 22. Rxd1 Rd8 23. Rxd8+ Qxd8 24. Qg4 Nd3 25. Qe6+ Kf8 26. Nd6 Qe7 27. Qxe7+ Kxe7 28. Nxb7 Nc1 29. Bf3 Nxa2 30. Kf1 f5 31. Be2 Nb4 32. Ke1 Kd7 33. Kd2 Kc7 34. Kc3 a5 35. Nxa5 bxa5 36. Kc4 Kb6 37. f3 f4 38. exf4 exf4 39. Kd4 Nc2+ 40. Ke4 g5 41. Bc4 Ne1 42. Kf5 h6 43. Kg6 Nxg2 44. Kxh6 Kc5 45. Bf7 Kb4 46. Kxg5 a4 47. bxa4 Kxa4 48. h4 Nxh4 49. Kxh4 1-0 Chapters: (00:00) - Intro (01:36) - Opening Repertoire (Listener Mailbag) (09:10) - Puzzle Rush and Skill Retention (Listener Mailbag) (17:58) - Using a Chess Engine (1:03:10) - Outro 🎯 Support the Show: Patreon Buy Me a Coffee 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. 🔗 Our links: WebsiteTwitter (X)YouTube

Duration:01:03:55