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SEASON 3 COMING SOON. 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. Sponsored by Chessable. Web: www.thechessangle.com. Twitter: @TheChessAngle. Email: info@thechessangle.com. Affiliate links earn us a commission on qualifying purchases. This helps support the podcast at no additional cost to you. Thank you for listening & we hope you win your next game!

SEASON 3 COMING SOON. 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. Sponsored by Chessable. Web: www.thechessangle.com. Twitter: @TheChessAngle. Email: info@thechessangle.com. Affiliate links earn us a commission on qualifying purchases. This helps support the podcast at no additional cost to you. Thank you for listening & we hope you win your next game!

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SEASON 3 COMING SOON. 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. Sponsored by Chessable. Web: www.thechessangle.com. Twitter: @TheChessAngle. Email: info@thechessangle.com. Affiliate links earn us a commission on qualifying purchases. This helps support the podcast at no additional cost to you. Thank you for listening & we hope you win your next game!

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Episodes

Ep. 40 (S2 Finale): Tournament Strategy feat. GM John Emms

7/31/2022
🎤Follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!♟ Grandmaster John Emms is a distinguished chess professional. He is one of the UK's top players, as well as a prolific writer, educator, and chess coach. The bulk of our conversation focused on his amazing (and highly recommended) book, The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess (Amazon)....

Duration:01:28:50

Ep. 39: Endgame Tips for Improvers

7/24/2022
🎤Follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!♟ This episode is a discussion of common endgame ideas, themes, and mistakes at the club level. Mentioned: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman (Amazon) Recommended Resources: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman (Amazon) Pandolfini's Endgame Course by Bruce...

Duration:00:44:06

Ep. 38: Why Your Rating Is Not Increasing

7/17/2022
🎤Follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!♟ This episode explores possible reasons why your rating is not increasing. It may have little to do with study time or knowledge of chess theory. Our links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail: info@thechessangle.com Intrinsic Drive™ This show was born of a desire to explore and...

Duration:00:48:11

Ep. 37: The London System for Club Players

7/10/2022
🎤Follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!♟ The London System has become one of the most popular openings for White. While it's a staple at amateur events, many top players use it as well, including GMs Magnus Carlsen, Gata Kamsky, Simon Williams, and Anish Giri. The London System is easy to learn yet very sound and solid. It...

Duration:00:50:50

Ep. 36: The French Defense for Club Players

7/3/2022
🎤Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!♟ The French Defense (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5) is one of the most respected openings for Black, and is particularly effective at the amateur level. This is recommended as a complete repertoire against 1. e4. Some of this episode's talking points include: Recommended...

Duration:01:08:40

Ep. 35: Chess Improvement While Parenting feat. Jay Kleinman (USCF 1915)

6/26/2022
🎤Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!♟ This week I spoke with my friend Jay Kleinman, a fellow chess amateur and social worker in NY. Jay recounted some fascinating experiences from the amateur tournament scene, and an overriding theme in our conversation was how becoming a parent changes the narrative of adult...

Duration:00:51:31

Ep. 34: Father's Day Special (Game Analysis #3)

6/19/2022
🎤Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Check out their courses today!♟ Happy Father's Day to all the chess dads out there! In this episode, I will discuss the chess thought process through the lens of two of my recent OTB games. Some of the talking points include: Our links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail: info@thechessangle.com

Duration:00:22:49

Ep. 33: Annoying & Distracting Chess Behaviors

6/12/2022
🎤Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Neal is currently enjoying the course entitled The Agile London System, based on the book of the same name.♟ We've all been there: the opponent who won't sit still or who keeps adjusting every piece. Distracting behavior at the chess board can be so infuriating that it adversely affects your results. In this episode, we discuss many of these behaviors and offer some solutions (hint: SAY SOMETHING to...

Duration:00:40:19

Ep. 32: Winning With Off-Book Ideas feat. Jarrod Tavares (USCF 2000)

6/5/2022
♟We are happy to announce our new collaboration with Chessable, who is now a sponsor of this podcast. Neal is currently enjoying the course entitled The Agile London System, based on the book of the same name.♟ 🎤Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @TheChessAngle For this interview episode, I spoke with USCF Expert Jarrod Tavares. Jarrod is an amateur/club player who has achieved tournament success with an unconventional, anti-book style. Amateur players and adult improvers of all levels...

Duration:00:51:37

Ep. 31: The Benefits of Speed Chess feat. NM Tyrell Harriott

5/29/2022
🎤NEW Twitter page for the podcast: @TheChessAngle 🎤Be sure to follow us! While some favor slower time controls, blitz & rapid games are more popular than ever, mainly due to the explosion of online chess. Can speed chess actually help you in slow games and improve your chess overall? National Master Tyrell Harriott believes it can. Tyrell is very active in the New York chess scene and runs the Kings of Queens Chess Club. He also streams on his YouTube channel. Tyrell shared some great...

Duration:00:45:15

Ep. 30: Dubious Study Plans, The Comparison Game, & More

5/22/2022
Are you constantly comparing your chess progress to that of others? Are four, five, or six-hour-a-day study plans effective for amateur players? I offer opinions on these topics and more. The segments in this episode include: Mentioned: The Amateur's Mind (Amazon) The link above is an affiliate link, which earns us a commission on qualifying purchases. This helps support the podcast at no additional cost to you Our links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail:...

Duration:00:48:37

Ep. 29: "The Seven Deadly Chess Sins" (advanced chess psychology)

5/15/2022
This episode is a book review/discussion of the acclaimed text The Seven Deadly Chess Sins (Amazon) by Jonathan Rowson. This is a follow up to Episode 16 which discussed Chess for Tigers (Amazon) by Simon Webb. I believe these two outstanding books are probably the only resources you need for chess psychology at the amateur and club level. Chess for Tigers is an excellent primer, while The Seven Deadly Chess Sins is more advanced. The seven chess sins include the following: All links above...

Duration:00:39:58

Ep. 28: Avoiding Mistakes feat. GM Romain Edouard

5/8/2022
Grandmaster Romain Edouard joins the podcast this week to explain how players of all levels can minimize mistakes in their games. Be sure to check out Romain's chess.com lesson on this subject (affiliate link), as well as his chessable course on facing the English opening (1.c4). You may also want to check out The Immortal Game platform. I caught up with Romain during his current visit to the US for his stint as GM in Residence for the St. Louis Chess Club. Romain's books discussed in...

Duration:01:01:00

Ep. 27: Facing Unusual Openings (Game Analysis #2)

5/1/2022
This is the second episode in our Game Analysis Series where I thematically discuss one or more of my OTB games. Some of the concepts from this episode include: As mentioned in this episode, please follow us on Twitter and comment on our pinned post about your rating goal for 12/31/22. Our links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail: info@thechessangle.com Intrinsic Drive™ This show was born of a desire to explore and share individual and collective... Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify

Duration:00:27:17

Ep. 26: Learning & Improving feat. FM Roger LaFlair

4/24/2022
For this interview episode, I spoke with Fide Master Roger LaFlair. Roger teaches high school chemistry and chess at a private school here on Long Island in NY. He also has an active roster of private chess students. Roger can be reached at rlaflair@gmail.com. We touched on a variety of topics regarding tournament play and chess improvement. Some of our talking points include: Our links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail: info@thechessangle.com Intrinsic Drive™ This show was born of a...

Duration:00:43:40

Ep. 25: Chess Club Stories

4/17/2022
This episode details some of my experiences as a club player and tournament director in three parts: Our links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail: info@thechessangle.com Intrinsic Drive™ This show was born of a desire to explore and share individual and collective... Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify

Duration:00:33:09

Ep. 24: Higher & Lower-Rated Opponents (Game Analysis #1)

4/10/2022
This is the first episode for our new Game Analysis Series. I will thematically break down one or more of my OTB games, covering a variety of chess concepts and ideas for the amateur and club player. Some of the themes from this episode include: Our links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail: info@thechessangle.com

Duration:00:38:32

Ep. 23: The Chess Cheating Epidemic & More: Talking with NM Alex King

4/3/2022
This week I spoke with National Master Alex King who resides in Memphis, Tennessee. Alex is an active tournament player, teacher, and writer. His 6-part article series for Chess Life magazine on the Tarrasch Defense begins with the March 2022 issue. Alex is also an accomplished musician, and he composed and performed all the music in this episode. Some of our talking points include: Alex's links & info: Marshall Spectator article chess.com: AlexanderKing lichess: OjaiJoao E-mail:...

Duration:00:51:16

Ep. 22: Playing vs. Studying feat. Candidate Master Brian Karen

3/27/2022
I spoke with Candidate Master and renowned chess educator Brian Karen. He is one of the most active teachers in the country. Some of our talking points include: Links referenced in this episode: Chess Book Collectors FB Group Fide World Chess Championship FB Group The Seven Deadly Chess Sins (affiliate link) Chess for Tigers (affiliate link) Brian's email: briankaren@usa.net Our links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail: info@thechessangle.com

Duration:00:48:49

Ep. 21 (S2 Premier) : Amateur Chess Myths

3/13/2022
Arguably, certain "theoretical advantages" often have less significance at the amateur level. For example, material imbalances such as "having the two bishops" or "being up the Exchange" are often overrated when non-titled players face off. Our Links: Website Twitter Facebook E-mail: info@thechessangle.com

Duration:00:33:23