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The Chess Experience

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Chess improvement as an adult is harder than it should be. Plus, the journey can sometimes feel too stressful and serious. This show aims to fix that by 1) interviewing experts who can offer clarity on the best ways to improve; and 2) giving you a heap of fun with “chess entertainment” shows that discuss chess culture, events, movies, etc. Most episodes feature a guest, but sometimes I'll do a solo show on a topic. This is all brought to you by me, Daniel Lona. I’m a dedicated chess amateur and the owner of Adult Chess Academy. After listening to this podcast, I want you to have a clearer idea of how to improve, and have a more fun, dynamic chess experience. Please follow the show so you don’t miss an episode!
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Pod Update: Your "Chess Wish" & Next Episode on 4/16

Quick update: No full episode this week. But we'll return on 4/16/24. Wanna tell me how your chess journey is going? Or have any feedback for the podcast? You can send me a message here.Also, I asked my Twitter followers what their answer would be to my frequently asked pod question below.  Send me your answer and I may read it on next week's solo pod!"If a chess genie existed and could grant you one chess wish, what would you wish for?"Send your answer through my website or reply to this Twitter post.
4/10/20241 minute, 38 seconds
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Countering the Effects of Aging on Chess Plus Tips on Strategy w/ WIM Natasha Regan

086 She’s a rock star of chess accomlishments. WIM Natasha Regan has represented England in two chess Olympiads.  She’s co-authored two award-winning chess books with GM Matthew Sadler. And, in recent years, Natasha has co-created three Chessable courses on strategy.Even outside of chess, Natasha impresses.She earned a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, has had a career as a professional actuary, and is an accomplished Go player.In this episode, we cover:Three strategies to fight back against the effects of aging on your chess.Why counterattacking is often better (and smarter) than pure defense.How learning to recognize intermediate moves can help you become an overall better chess player.More From Natasha: Her Chessable Courses: Zwishensuzg: A Comprehensive Guide to Intermediate Moves Learn to Counterattack: Essential Guide to Active DefenseGame ChangerHer Books:Game ChangerChess For LifeNatasha’s Twitter>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
4/2/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 19 seconds
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GM Noël Studer: Adding Fun to Chess Improvement & Helpful Ideas From His New Beginner Course

085 GM Noël Studer is a fountain of superb chess advice. Many folks loved his first appearance on the show (Ep. 67.) And that’s why he’s here a second time! It’s rare and special to have a Grandmaster working hard to help club players improve their game.And, now, he even helps beginners.A former Swiss chess champion and the youngest GM ever from Switzerland...Noël has just released a comprehensive course to help beginner players (links are below.)In this episode, we discuss:Three strategies to make your chess study experience more fun.Help your beginner friends and family improve by understanding what will help them get better results (and which resources they should avoid.)Two beginner-level concepts that even Grandmaster Noël didn’t know until he created his course.If you want consistent improvement, you MUST separate these two types of chess activities.More From Noël:Course: Beginner Chess MasteryCourse: Next Level TrainingWebsiteBlogTwitter>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/26/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 49 seconds
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Adult Improver Pod: Chasing the WFM Title at 1900 FIDE w/ Kincső Toth

084 Hungary has a rich history of producing chess stars. Even at the adult improver level, you have the impressive accomplishments of our guest, Kincső Toth.She’s already reached 1900 FIDE and is gunning for the Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title - which requires a 2100 rating plus norms.And she does this all while earning her computer engineering degree in Budapest.Kincső infuses even more chess into her life by moderating online events for Chess.com and running a Twitch channel with thousands of followers.In this episode, we discuss:What she changed in her chess to leap 250 FIDE rating points in just one year.Are amateurs qualified to coach chess?Will she pursue a full-time career in chess if she earns the WFM title?More From Kincső: TwitterInstagramTwitchTikTok>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/14/202459 minutes, 50 seconds
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Rare Insights Into Chess & Psychology w/ Julia Rios

The life of a chess player is often emotional. There can be huge wins and the joy of learning, but also painful losses and sluggish improvement. Helping me gain new insights into how to address these challenges is clinical psychologist and co-host of the ChessFeels podcast, Julia Rios.Julia combines her professional knowledge with her chess experience to offer some brilliant insights into “chess psychology.”In this episode, we discuss:Does chess offer more emotional challenges than other endeavors?Should you not care about your rating?Does the expectation to improve hinder our enjoyment of chess? Bonus: A chess genie offers Julia one wish but she insists on getting three.More From Julia:ChessFeels Podcast ChessFeels TwitterJulia’s Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/5/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 23 seconds
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Chess Coaching: What To Look For & Getting The Most From It w/ IM Yuriy Krykun

082 Many adult improvers ask this question at least once: Should I get a chess coach? This episode is designed to help you figure out what to look for in a coach and how to maximize the experience.Helping me discuss this topic is IM Yuriy Krykun.Yuriy is a well-known course creator with Chessable, and a superb coach who’s helped countless students.In this episode, we cover: What are some of the qualities you should look for in a chess coach?Do you need to work towards a specific goal with your coach?Does it matter which title your coach has? (NM, FM, IM, etc.)What if you’re not improving after working with a coach?What are some of the traits of Yuriy’s most successful students?More From Yuriy:Yuriy’s Chessable CoursesYuriy’s Website (including contact form for coaching)Yuriy’s TwitterYuriy’s Coaching Page>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
2/27/202451 minutes, 11 seconds
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IM Kostya Kavutskiy - GM Goals, Candidates Controversy, & Improvement Q&A

Renowned chess coach and co-founder of the Chess Dojo, IM Kostya Kavutskiy, returns to the podcast! Previously, we talked mostly about how to read annotated game books (Episode 17).This time, we cover a wide variety of topics. Including:What new insights the Chess Dojo has learned on helping adult improvers from running their online membership, called “Training Program.”Kostya’s recent OTB tournament experiences and how he chooses which ones to attend.His improvement approach for his personal chess goals, including earning the GM title.Whether the 2024 Candidates tournament had a fair qualifying process (and Kostya’s predictions for who might win.)Improvements questions from my Twitter followers.Where To Find More of Kostya/Chess Dojo’s Content: Training Program by Chess DojoChess Dojo - TwitchChess Dojo - YouTubeChess Dojo - TwitterChess Dojo - WebsiteKostya on TwitterKostya’s Endgames courseKostya’s Book
2/20/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 23 seconds
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Five Essential Lessons From Coaching with IM Andras Toth

080 What can you learn from a year of coaching from one of the world’s best chess coaches More than can ever be packed into a single podcast episode! BUT we cover the top five lessons I learned from IM Andras Toth - with Andras doing a deep dive into each one.Andras is an extraordinary chess coach. He has a YouTube channel full of entertaining videos on powerful chess improvement help.Plus, he has a wide variety of Chessable courses on essential topics every adult club player should learn.In this episode, we cover:Why losing material is the last variable that matters in chess.Does Puzzle Rush help with calculation speed?Why do adults struggle to seize attacking opportunities?Is age a barrier to improvement?More From Andras:Andras's Chessable CoursesYouTube ChannelTwitch Channel Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
2/14/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 48 seconds
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Turning A Passion For Chess Into a Career with WIM Charlize van Zyl

079 Sometimes a passion for chess runs so deep you want to make it your life. That’s the story of South Africa’s WIM Charlize van Zyl. While she earned the WIM at just age 13, she didn’t fully realize her passion for the game until she left it for five years and then returned to it as an adult.From there, she earned her way to multiple Chess Olympiads and is now gunning for the WGM title.Plus, she has a chess business and recently became a reporter for FIDE’s most elite tournaments.We also discuss:What chess skills she needs to develop to go from WIM to WGMWhat it’s like interviewing Magnus CarlsenWhat top chess player she’d most like to hang out withMore From Charlize:Charlize’s TwitterCharlize’s InstagramCharlize’s business, Chess KiddingJoin my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
2/6/20241 hour, 34 seconds
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The Adult Improver Chess Life with Sam Canciobello

 078 Dedicating three years of your life to chess as an adult is huge.  Especially when it includes OTB classical tournaments and running a chess YouTube channel.  That’s been the story of Sam Canciobello.Inspired by the Queen’s Gambit, her passion for chess - now in its fourth year - has been consistent and impressive.In this episode, we cover the different stages of her chess life, her long-term goals, and lessons she’s learned along the way. We also discuss:Was it worthwhile for her to spend a large volume of time on openings at the beginning of her journey?What factors have helped her improve the most?Why great women players had a big impact on her chess life.More From Sam:Sam’s TwitterSam’s YouTube channel>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
1/30/20241 hour, 1 minute, 27 seconds
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How to Make Losing Less Painful In Chess with Daniel Lona

077 Part of being a chess player is losing many games. But what if those experiences didn’t have to be so painful? To that end, I solicited advice on how to deal with the most difficult losses.I received feedback from the adult improver community on social media, a handful of chess coaches, and a dash of my insights.Then, I collected what I felt was the most helpful advice, categorized them, and put them into a 5-step process. It can be used anytime you endure a particularly emotional or upsetting loss.The advice here ought to help you reduce some of that emotional bite from a loss, as well as ensure you don’t beat yourself up too much over it.Here’s to making your chess journey more enjoyable! >> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
1/26/202432 minutes, 24 seconds
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Update: Episode Schedule For This Week

Just a 30-second update on this week's episode schedule (and topic)! Don't wanna leave ya wondering!
1/23/202426 seconds
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WGM Jennifer Shahade: Her New Tactics Book, Appearing on Jeopardy, & Leaving US Chess

076  Jennifer Shahade returns to the podcast! 2023 was a major one for her, and we discuss the major milestones of her year.If you’re not familiar, Jennifer is a 2-time US Women’s Chess Champion, author of 4 chess books (including the recent hit Chess Queens), and a long-time advocate of making the chess community a better place for women and girls.In this episode, we talk about:A recent, fun chess experience she’s had on Jeopardy.Her new tactics book, Play Like a Champion, that features well-known women chess players (and why the book helps if you’ve only been doing online tactics.)The challenges she’s faced by stepping down as head of the US Chess Women and leaving US Chess.A peek into Jen’s next book, Thinking Sideways.More From Jen:Book: Play Like a ChampionBook: Chess QueensWebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
1/16/20241 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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Essential Chess Tips From 6 Books By NM Dan Heisman

075 NM Dan Heisman is a world-renowned chess coach and author. He’s on the verge of publishing his thirteenth, and perhaps final, chess improvement book. In this episode, we take a retrospective of some of Dan’s best books and offer improvement advice relevant to each book.It’s an honor to celebrate Dan’s amazing multi-decade career as a chess author and his third appearance on the podcast.Some tips we discuss:Surprising advice from Dan on the #1 principle that should guide your study plan.How to avoid a common mistake club players make when choosing annotated game books.Three key categories of what to study to improve your chess - and how much time to focus on each one.Later this year (2024), Dan will publish a book based on his ongoing “Chess Tip of the Day” series that he’s posted daily for years on Twitter. Look for that soon!In the meantime, here are links to all of Dan’s fantastic books, his YouTube channel, and his website.More From Dan Heisman:Dan’s WebsiteDan’s YouTube ChannelDan’s BooksDan’s TwitterDan’s guide to annotated game books (scroll down to “Game Collections”)>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
1/9/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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Elevating Your Chess With Great Women Players w/ WIM Luciana Morales

074  Many great women players deserve more attention. Consider that even the games of women's world champions are rarely studied. This shouldn't be the case any longer since their chess is instructive, and their personal lives are rich and inspired.Thankfully, WIM Luciana Morales (along with co-author NM Bryan Tillis) shines a light on the first five women world champions in a new and unique course.Not only does it contain a hefty dose of chess improvement lessons for club players...But it’s also an important work that brings more attention to women and their impact on the chess community.In this interview, we dive into the surprising stories & lessons of these great women world champions, as well as some behind-the-scenes making of Luciana’s course. We also discuss Luciana’s unique upbringing as a rising talent in Peru.More From LucianaLuciana’s course: Queens of the Chess BoardLuciana’s Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
1/2/202455 minutes, 58 seconds
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Positional Play for Club Players with FM Nate Solon

A second visit to the pod from chess coach & author, FM Nate Solon! In recent years, Nate has become a well-known chess educator.He’s co-authored the highly-praised book, Evaluate Like a Grandmaster. In 2023, he released his first Chessable course on the Reti opening for White. Plus, Nate regularly publishes a popular e-newsletter on improvement advice called, Zwischenzug. (Links to all these are below!)In this interview, we discuss:Preparation and performance lessons learned from Nate’s victory at the adults-only, classical tournament, called ALTO, at the Charlotte Chess Center.Why should you study positional play as a club player when everything is supposedly tactics and more tactics?How does playing the Reti (1.Nf3) - Nate’s new course! - give a club player a helpful advantage over 1.e4?More From Nate:Nate’s e-newsletter on chess improvement: ZwischenzugNate’s new Chessable opening course: Reti (1.Nf3)Nate’s book: Evaluate Like a GrandmasterNate’s Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
12/19/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 5 seconds
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Make It Club-Player Friendly: Elite Events & Courses with WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni

072 She’s been making a splash in the chess world. Not only is WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni a regular commentator for top-level tournaments...she’s also become a key commentator for Hikaru’s Twitch channel while he competes at the Candidates and other key events.Plus, this year she’s created video instruction for two Chessable courses. One is for the Scotch opening. The other covers tactics. Both courses are aimed at us: club players.This speaks to her strength of making complex chess easy to understand for adult improvers.Fiona has also had a rich competitive history. She’s represented her country, Luxembourg, in every Chess Olympiad since 2002 and has earned the title of Woman International Master.In this episode, we discuss:A behind-the-scenes look at attending the FIDE Grand SwissWhy is the Scotch opening ideal for club players?How many openings should a club player learn before it becomes harmful to improvement?Which players have the best chances in the 2024 Candidates tournament? To Win A Giveaway of Fiona's Course, follow me here on Twitter.More From Fiona:Fiona’s two Chessable courses: Starting Out: The Scotch & 1001 Chess Exercises for BeginnersTwitch channelYouTube channelTwitterInstagram >> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
12/12/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 11 seconds
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Podcast Crossover: NM Ben Johnson on His New Book: Perpetual Chess Improvement

Not many chess resources are aimed directly at helping the adult improver. But the superb new book by well-known chess podcast host, Ben Johnson, does exactly that. Released this fall, it’s called Perpetual Chess Improvement.The book covers a broad range of topics for not only boosting your chess abilities but also answering difficult questions like: “Do you need to study endgames?” “How should you approach rating plateaus?”Ben’s book is pure gold for us adult improvers. Each page is chock full of helpful guidance, and it’s as easy to read as a page-turning novel.In this interview, we discuss:Why engaging with the chess community is just as vital as improvement for our chess experience.Is consistent study & play an overemphasized trait for our chess journey?Ben’s dream guests who have yet to appear on his show (other than Magnus!)More From Ben:Ben’s Book: Perpetual Chess ImprovementBen’s Podcast: The Perpetual Chess PodcastBen’s Twitter>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
12/5/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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Update on Podcast - We'll Be Back!

This is a brief 1-minute update on the state of the podcast. Don't worry - we'll return soon!
9/26/20231 minute, 8 seconds
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A Rapid Rise to 2000 with Adult Improver Kamryn Hellman

070 A small number of chess players make remarkably quick progress. Perhaps even fewer of those are adults. Which is why the achievements of this week’s guest, Kamryn Hellman, are so remarkable.She started playing chess for the first time as an adult. And, in just a little over a year, Kamryn rose to a 2000 Rapid rating on Chess.com.  Because progress this fast is rarely seen by adults, we explore her journey and how she achieved it.We discuss:Her top three “difference makers” for reaching a 2000 Chess.com rating in fifteen monthsWhy competing in OTB classical tournaments was such a powerful factor in her improvementWas her approach to be a tactics machine or was there room for studying strategy and positional chess? More from Kamryn: YouTube TwitchTwitter
8/29/202358 minutes, 58 seconds
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IM Dean Ippolito - Tales of a Premier Chess Coach & How To Manage Rating Deflation

For two decades, IM Dean Ippolito has been one of America’s top coaches. Throughout his career, he’s coached several scholastic talents to national titles. Plus, he’s authored six chess books. Dean’s own chess journey is just as impressive. He was a rising child star and competed professionally for a few years after high school.Today, he runs a successful coaching business called Dean of Chess Academy, which offers online classes and camps.In this episode, we also discuss the scourge of adult improvers who compete at OTB tournaments: rating deflation.We discuss what it is, how it affects adult club players like yourself, and some advice that Dean offers on how to deal with it.Finally, we talk about Dean’s new book, Tricks, Traps, and Tips in the Chess Opening. The book offers a unique (and much more fun!) approach to learning opening ideas and principles.More From Dean: Dean’s websiteDean’s TwitterDean’s new book, Tricks, Traps & Tips in the Chess Opening>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
8/15/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 5 seconds
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FM Mike Klein: Building the Next Generation of Chess Players

068 You may know him as best as “Fun Master” Mike, the face of ChessKid. For the past decade, Mike has been the Chief Chess Officer of ChessKid, the scholastic version of Chess.com. His mission has been to make the game fun and accessible for an ever-growing audience of young chess players.While my show primarily focuses on adult improvers, I’m always interested in how we grow this great game of ours, and reaching kids is a big part of that.And who better to discuss this subject than with Mike Klein!?Plus, if you’re a parent, Mike offers some great advice on how you can your kids’ school involved in teaching chess.We also discuss: Which top youth player he thinks has the best chance to stay in the game and make an impact for many years to come.The highlights of Mike’s journalism career, including which former world champ he would’ve loved to interview.His game and experiences with Josh Waitzkin, of Searching For Bobby Fischer fame.More From Mike:TwitterChessKid.comChess Grant for Schools Through ChessKid>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
8/9/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 24 seconds
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How To Maximize Your Time For Chess Improvement w/ GM Noël Studer

067 How should you spend your chess time if you want to improve?  The problem for adult improvers isn’t always about having too little time or energy to get better. Often, the challenge is knowing how to use that time effectively. That’s where GM Noël Studer comes in to help us. A former Swiss chess champion, and the youngest GM ever from Switzlerland, Noël is now helping chess improvers fine-tune their study programs.The result?Better progress without having to spend countless hours each day studying or playing.In this interview, Noël discusses: How the One-Third Rule can simplify your study process and give you greater progress without any additional demands on your time.The surprising reason you can improve at openings with less study time instead of more.How to keep your energy high before going into an OTB tournament with a simple training strategy used by professional athletes.More From Noël:E-Book: The Art of Chess TrainingCourse: Next Level TrainingWebsiteBlogTwitter>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
8/1/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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South Africa's Chess Star: WIM Jesse February

This week features South Africa’s most charismatic chess streamer and commentator: WIM Jesse February.  Jesse has had an impressive tournament career that’s still going strong as she works toward the WGM title. Some of her accomplishments include representing the South African Women’s Team in three Chess Olympiads. Plus, she's a two-time winner of the South African Women’s Chess Championship.We chat about Jesse’s incredible and recent experience doing commentary for the inaugural Global Chess League tournament - a unique mixed-team event that featured some of the world’s best men and women players.And we talk about what Jesse feels she needs to work on to get the WGM title, her best advice from years of coaching, and whether she can give up bullet at 3am.More From Jesse: Twitch channelYouTube channelTwitterInstagramTikTok>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
7/25/202357 minutes, 9 seconds
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On the Rise: Streamer & Adult Improver, WCM Alexandra Prado

065  WCM Alexandra Prado is a strong amateur player with a fast-rising chess Twitch channel. Rated 1859 FIDE, she has a renewed interest in competing in OTB classical. Plus, she’s aiming for the Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title. On that goal, she’s getting coaching help from Chess Dojo’s IM Kostya Kavutskiy, which we discuss in this episode.We also chat about her chess life in Bolivia, what has helped her improve the most as a player, and her unexpected opportunity to play in-person blitz against Andrea Botez.----I NEED YOUR HELP: Want to have a say in my upcoming chess membership? Please fill out this super-short survey about what features you want most.----More From Alexandra:Twitch ChannelInstagramTwitterYouTubeWebsiteGames against Andrea BotezLesson with IM Kostya Kavutskiy>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
7/18/202346 minutes, 51 seconds
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A Reenergized Tournament Career with WGM Anna Zatonskih

064 For the past two decades, WGM Anna Zatonskih has been a powerhouse among women chess players in America. She is a 4-time US Women’s champion (06’, 08’, 09’, and 11’.) Plus, she’s been a member of every US Women’s team for the Chess Olympiad since 2004.And while she has struggled a bit competitively in recent years, Anna just achieved an incredible first-place victory at the prestigious Cairn’s Cup in St. Louis in June of 2023.This event gathered some of the world’s best female chess players, including former World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk.Not only did Anna win the event - she did so with no losses.This has renewed the fire for Anna’s competitive careerIn this interview, we discuss highlights from the tournament, what she learned from the event, and her goal of proving that “age is just a number.” >>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
7/11/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Trio of Talents: Grandmaster, Educator, & Commentator w/ GM Daniel King

In the best possible way, Daniel King is a “triple threat” of chess: A GM professional competitor who’s played against some of the world’s best…A commentator who delivers GM-level analysis that’s easily accessible for us club players… And an educator who’s served up a library of phenomenal books, courses, and videos that’ll sharpen our chess skills.Not enough?He’s also a skilled and passionate musician who regularly plays in bands.Daniel launched his chess life with an exciting competitive career. He earned his IM title in ‘82,  his GM title in ‘89, and scored some notable achievements like placing 4th in the British Championship in ‘87.In the early 90s, he launched a career as a chess commentator. Later, he published countless books, DVDs, and online courses.These days, Daniel runs his popular YouTube channel, Power Play Chess. There you can find top-notch, insightful commentary on the biggest chess events.In this interview, we discuss:A few thrilling stories of Daniel defeating some of the world’s best as a professional player.Daniel’s favorite moments as a commentator covering World Champion Garry Kasparov. Why you shouldn’t be afraid to play the Open Sicilian as White (and how to get excited if your opponent plays an anti-Sicilian.)More From Daniel King:Daniel’s YouTube ChannelDaniel’s Chessable CoursesDaniel’s BooksDaniel’s WebsiteDaniel’s TwitterBook: How To Win At Chess
7/5/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 53 seconds
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Update: New Episodes & Upcoming Membership for The Chess Experience

After a brief break, the latest on the next episode's release. Plus, a little info on the upcoming membership for this podcast, The Chess Experience. If you don't want to miss its announcement, sign up here: Get the info here when The Chess Experience Membership releases.
6/28/20231 minute, 27 seconds
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Two Decades of First-Rate Chess Journalism with Peter Doggers

062 Few people have attended the world’s top chess tournaments. Or interviewed the most talented chess players on the planet, including legends like Garry Kasparov. But Peter Doggers has lived this life for nearly the past twenty years.In 2007, he launched the company Chess Vibes. At its peak, it was one of the world’s biggest online news sites for chess. It covered top events and offered in-depth journalism.Six years later, Peter sold Chess Vibes to Chess.com and became their Director of Content. Currently, he is Chess.com's Director of News and Events.In this interview, we discuss:What top chess player before his time Peter would have loved to interview.His favorite books for improvement that helped him rise to the level of 2292 FIDE and earn two IM norms.The strengths and weaknesses of modern chess journalism.More From Peter:The game that earned Peter an IM normPeter’s Interview with Kasparov at Fischer’s GravePeter’s Reporting on Whether FIDE Was Going BankruptKasparov Playing the King’s Gambit>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
6/13/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 28 seconds
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Adventures in Course Creating with NM Laura Smith

061 It’s not often a chess content creator is an everyday superhero who’s also a school teacher and mother of three. But that’s what makes NM Laura Smith so special. She gives much of her free time to helping others in chess, both as a coach, a Twitch streamer, and now…a brand-spankin’ new Chessable author!Laura was one of my first guests to appear on the show, and the first interview I ever recorded.So, I’m thrilled to have her back on the podcast to update the latest in her chess life.Her new course, Forcing Moves for Beginners, is now available and was a labor of love. (Link to the course is below.)In this episode, we discuss: Why solving “easy” tactics very fast is critical for club players.Laura’s new & deeper connection with the online chess community in the past year.An exciting forthcoming course collaboration between Laura and an esteemed, well-known chess coach.More From Laura:Laura’s new course, Forcing Captures for Beginners, on ChessableLaura’s Twitch channelLaura’s Twitter>>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
6/6/202335 minutes, 40 seconds
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Building a Dynamic Chess Life with Solveig, aka Rookie Redhead

Diving head-first into chess as an adult beginner ain’t easy. Yet some folks do it incredibly well. And with inspiring dedication. That’s the adult improver story of Norway’s Solveig. After watching the Magnus-Nepo World Championship match, she committed to the game in January ‘22. At the time, she was rated well below 1000.Since then, she’s worked with two coaches, attended over half a dozen OTB classical tournaments, and follows weekly study plans.Now, her FIDE rating is already over 1200 and on the rise.Topping it off, Solveig launched a YouTube channel, Rookie Redhead, detailing some of her chess journey and lessons learned. (Link below.)In this interview, we discuss:Whether you can ever really feel like you’re good at chessThe value of breaking some “rules” of chess improvementThe struggle of feeling confident in your chess abilitiesMore From Solveig:Solveig’s TwitterSolveig's YouTube channelSolveig’s video with IM Andras Toth on confidenceSolveig’s coaches: WIM Sheila Barth Stanford and IM Petter Haugli>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/31/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 23 seconds
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Top 8 Chess Lessons From A Successful Adult Improver w/ Stacia Pugh

059 Need some inspiration on your chess journey from a fellow adult improver? This week’s guest is a powerhouse. Even though she didn’t begin chess until adulthood, Stacia Pugh has soared to 1800 USCF - and still rising!Plus, she’s attending OTB classical tournaments nearly every month and has a chess coaching business called, Chess Is Best.In this episode, we discuss: Stacia’s Top 8 Chess Improvement LessonsHow switching from d4 to e4 dramatically improved her chess - and why other club players should also play 1.e4Why tactics are by FAR the most important area of chess for improvement More From Stacia:Stacia’s Website (link forthcoming)Stacia’s YouTube channelStacia’s Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/23/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 30 seconds
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Overcoming Setbacks on Your Chess Journey

058 Ah! The dreaded “life got in the way” scenario. When it does, our chess progress stalls or suffers. In this journey update, I explain how a prolonged health problem threw a monkey wrench into my chess goals.The good news is that during these months, while my tactical vision waned, I eventually gained two key insights into how to manage a setback in my chess studies. I hope nothing ever slows down your chess progress…But if that happens, this episode may give you some camaraderie and helpful advice...>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/18/202319 minutes, 11 seconds
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From Harlem to Grandmaster Goals with IM Kassa Korley

057 Becoming a titled player without a chess coach is no easy feat.  Yet that’s exactly what Kassa Korley achieved. When he was 15, he became the youngest Black American to earn the NM title.Since then, he’s become an International Master.And, in recent years, he garnered two of the three norms needed in his pursuit of the Grandmaster title.Again, all on his own. No coach.Kassa’s chess journey is wildly impressive. Yet, as you hear him tell his story, it’s surprisingly relatable for a club player.In this interview, Kassa shares some superb improvement insights that he’s gained from over two decades in chess.Adult improvers: you can soak up a lot of wisdom from his lessons!Plus, Kassa delves into what impact he’s excited to make in his new position as Head of Community with Chess.com. Finally, Kassa offers what career(s) he would pursue if it had to be something other than chess.Follow Kassa on Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/9/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds
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Expanding Connections in the Chess Community w/ WIM Lena Miladinovic

056  Coach. Titled player. Entrepreneur. These are just a few of the impressive achievements of WIM Lena Miladinovic. Hailing from Serbia, and becoming a 3-time national champion, Lena has experienced nearly every major corner of the chess world.She’s also run tournaments, become a FIDE-certified arbiter, and in recent years built a unique chess business.Lena wants to make it easier for the chess community to connect. To find each other. And expand on their love for the game.So, she created a company called Outpost, which does exactly that.In this episode, we discuss Lena’s exciting chess journey, a key lesson she learned from years of coaching that’ll help adult improvers, and the details of her “LinkedIn for Chess” business.More From Lena: Outpost Chess websiteLena’s TwitterLena’s Instagram>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/2/202356 minutes, 28 seconds
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Rapid Chess Growth with Jules Gambit

055  Quick rating gains. Thousands of new followers on Twitch.  As she revived her love for chess, Jules Gambit has shown an impressive record of improvement. Not to mention she's made a splash in the chess streamer community - all in the same short period of time!In less than a year, Jules has seen a 600+ rating increase. And, at the recent US Amateur Team tournament, she achieved an OTB classical rating performance of 2000 USCF!Jules is a dynamic, engaging personality with a lot of insights and fun stories to share. Hope you enjoy this episode!More from Jules: Jules’ Twitch Jules’ YouTube Jules’ Twitter Jules’ Instagram>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
4/25/202353 minutes, 24 seconds
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Powerful Improvement Advice with IM David Pruess

054 This episode features one of the three "senseis" of Chess Dojo, IM David Pruess, for a deep dive on a variety of chess topics. Whether it’s discussing if the latest World Championship is worthy of our time, or what he still wanted to contribute to chess after decades of being in the game - you can count on David to bring depth and sharp analysis to our chat. Plus, as the co-founder of one of the best chess education platforms in the world, David offers great improvement insights for you in this episode, including:What would he do differently to improve faster if he started chess all over again?Why having a training partner is one of the best strategies for accelerating your chess skill that’s rarely taught or followed.Clear and straightforward advice on balancing fun with chess improvement.More From David Pruess and Chess Dojo:David’s TwitterChess Dojo’s Training ProgramChess Dojo’s TwitchChess Dojo’s YouTubeChess Dojo’s Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
4/18/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds
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World Chess Championship Preview with FM Carsten Hansen

053 The next World Chess Championship match is around the corner! While there’s no Magnus, there’s still plenty to be excited about. This preview episode is made for the club player or casual chess fan - meaning it’s accessible and easy to follow.I interview FM Carsten Hansen, one of the most prolific chess authors around, and in our discussion, he’ll help you: 1) understand what makes this a rare match-up, 2) the styles of each player and how they’ll clash, and 3) who’s expected to win and whyThe match begins Sunday, April 9th. But this episode will be worth listening to even several days after that to help you understand what’s happening. More From FM Carsten Hansen: Carsten’s chess books Carsten’s website Carsten on Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
4/7/202356 minutes, 18 seconds
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What Makes A Good Chess Commentator With GM Jon Ludvig Hammer

052 How do we grow the game? A major way has been the huge popularity of live-streamed events with star players and world-class commentary. But whether that commentary is engaging and accessible to chess fans is critical to our game’s popularity.So, what should you look for in chess commentary?That’s a major theme that I discuss with GM Jon Ludvig Hammer in this week’s episode.Hammer has been a professional commentator for nearly a decade. He regularly works for TV 2 Norway. He’s also been a contributor for Chess.com and GM Hikaru Nakamura’s Twitch channel.Prior to his commentator career, Hammer reached Super GM status with a 2705 FIDE rating. And he was Magnus Carlsen’s second in the 2013 and 2014 World Chess Championships.In this episode, Hammer and I also discuss a key improvement topic:Do you need to play classical chess to become a better player? (We take different views!)Plus, enjoy an episode that’s more discussion-style instead of the usual interview format, per Hammer’s request.More from Jon Ludvig Hammer:Hammer’s Twitch channelHammer’s Twitter Hammer’s Chess.com educational contentPhoto Credit: The superb photo used for this episode comes from photographer and WFM Maria Emelianova. You can follow her on Twitch and Twitter.---- Please Leave a Positive Rating If You Enjoyed This EpisodeIf you enjoyed this or other episodes, please leave a 5-star rating on Spotify or Apple. Then,  DM me on Twitter or email me (scroll to the bottom) and let me know you did. I'll reply personally with a thank you!----->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/21/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to Study Endgames (for Club Players) with IM Yuriy Krykun

051 Like many areas of chess, it can be difficult to study endgames. There’s an ocean’s worth of books and courses on the subject. But where to begin? To help me simplify this subject for club players, I’m excited to bring IM Yuriy Krykun back on the show.For starters, Yuriy is renowned as one of Chessable’s top course creators (his Dynamic Italian course is one of my favorites!)Plus, from years of coaching amateur students, Yuriy understands well how to teach endgames in a practical way.In this episode, we discuss:How to boost your motivation to study endgames (if, like me, yours is low!)What’s a good percentage of your study time to spend on endgames? Should you focus on practical or theoretical endgames? Why you may not need to study endgames at all!More From Yuriy:Yuriy’s Chessable CoursesYuriy’s TwitterYuriy’s Coaching PageBooks Mentioned In This Episode:Capablanca’s 100 Best Endgames for ChessChess Endgames for Club Players>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/8/202359 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep 50: Lessons & Lifestyle of a Pro Chess Player with IM Irina Bulmaga

050 We are finally back after a 6-week health hiatus! Today’s guest is the #1 rated woman in Romania: IM Irina Bulmaga. Irina is a professional chess player who is working full-time chasing the GM title as an adult.Another impressive stat?Irina has been in the FIDE Top 100-rated Women in the world since 2012.In a career full of amazing accomplishments, Irina has represented Romania in seven Chess Omplyiads since 2010.As a humble club player, I’m always impressed by those who are so good at chess they can make it a competitive career.So, in this episode, we chat about the lessons she’s learned in her many years of chess.Plus, we discuss what will it take for her to make the leap from IM to GM?More From Irina:Irina’s Chessable coursesIrina’s Twitter>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
2/28/202350 minutes, 29 seconds
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Quick Show & Health Update

Sorry for my absence the past few weeks. Here's why. (But I hope to be back very soon.)
2/7/20231 minute, 18 seconds
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My Top 5 Chess Lessons of 2022 - Daniel Lona

049 After 800 hours of chess, you should learn some stuff. That’s roughly the amount of time I spent playing and studying the game in 2022. And, yes, for all that effort, there’s a nagging concern that I should be way better. But I did learn a few things along the way...In fact, 2022 marks my second full year of being a serious student of chess since my middle school days, when I first took the game seriously.Much of the year required an "aggravating patience" - is that a thing? - as my rating refused to climb for the first six months.Thankfully, I had two great coaches to guide my way, and eventually, I had some notable progress and rating gains.Plus, I always keep my eyes open for insights so that I can share them with my fellow chess community.Some are about the game itself, others about the overall journey. So, here are my Top 5 Chess Lessons of 2022! Enjoy!Want to share a comment about this episode with me?Tag me on Twitter or send me an email.
1/17/202328 minutes, 31 seconds
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GM Ben Finegold - Streaming, Comedy, & Improvement Advice

048 Few Grandmasters are as entertaining as Ben Finegold. His blend of humor, truth-telling, and exceptional chess skill are rare in the streaming world.Ben hails from Detroit, Michigan. Raised in a chess family, he ultimately tied as the highest-rated American-born player in the US with a USCF rating of 2662.He now lives in Atlanta, where he streams regularly on Twitch with his wife, KarenThe channel has amassed over 124K followers, and his YouTube channel has 113K subscribers. Those numbers are well-deserved and I highly recommend checking out each of his channels.In this episode, we discuss:Why not being afraid of losing is critical for amateur players.What makes his Twitch channel stand out from other chess streamers?If you’re getting burned out on chess, what should you do?Would Ben do stand-up comedy?More From Ben:Twitch ChannelYouTube ChannelBen's Merch Store>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
1/10/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 39 seconds
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Holiday Update & Brief Message

This is a brief 3-minute "episode" to announce a brief holiday break and to encourage some reflection on your chess progress.  As described, please let me what you've achieved this year in chess that you feel good about. You can do so by tagging me in a post on Twitter (@Lona_Chess), emailing me  (scroll to the bottom for my address), or sending me a message here.Happy Holidays! And I'll talk to you soon!>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
12/27/20222 minutes, 55 seconds
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An Adult Improver Tale of Chess, Goals, & Rock & Roll with Amy Shaw

047 Many chess players fall into a trap. They get too obsessed with chess and their progress. Stress and worry can replace joy and discovery. But not for this week’s guest. Fellow adult improver, Amy Shaw, has found a great balance between striving for consistent improvement and loving the game…And she’s done it without the sometimes unhealthy drive for rating gains that can plague chess players.In addition to working as an English professor by day and playing in a rock band by night…Amy has also become well-known in the chess adult improver circles on Twitter with 2K followers.In this episode, we discuss:If she could travel back 2 years, what would she tell herself at the start of her chess journey?Two major benefits she’s received from working with a coach.If she could pick anyone in the chess world to hang out with, who would it be?Why she no longer focuses on rating goals (and where she puts her energy instead.)More From Amy:Amy’s TwitterAmy’s Website for her band Dr. MartinoAmy’s band on Spotify>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
12/20/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fighting Back From Losing Positions With NM Jeremy Kane

046 When you’re in bad position or down material, it’s easy to lose hope. We’ve all been there. But today’s guest, NM Jeremy Kane, explains how and why you should usually keep fighting.His book, The Next To Last Mistake, teaches folks specific strategies needed to hold a draw or even win in losing positions.Plus, we discuss his work building the vast library of fun, unique, and helpful chess lessons for Chess.com as their Curriculum Director.Finally, Jeremy shares his somewhat “relaxed” approach to consistent chess improvement.-------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More From Jeremy:His Book: The Next To Last MistakeJeremy’s TwitterChess.com Lessons>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
12/13/202244 minutes, 49 seconds
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Overcoming "Chess Burnout" With Omar Mills

045  Have you ever put a ton of energy and work into chess…but your results failed to match your expectations? So, you became frustrated. Dejected. Maybe even disillusioned with the process.This is the potential downside that comes with a passion for chess:Burnout.That happened to my guest, Omar Mills.Omar is my inaugural adult improver guest (it’s about time I feature some fellow adult club players!) He has been serious about chess for the past two years, studying and playing for hours nearly every day.In this episode, we discuss:A healthier way to approach chess improvement beyond just chasing ratings and wins. When the magic of The Queen’s Gambit clashes with reality, what keeps you excited about the game?A “chess genie” tells Omar he can have any one chess wish he wants, what does he ask for? (Spoiler: he has two wishes.)-------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where to Find Omar:TwitterTwitchThe Morphy book referenced in the episode.>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
12/6/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 53 seconds
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GM Irina Krush: The First & Only American Woman to Earn the GM Title

044 Few American women in chess are as inspiring as Irina Krush. That may be obvious from the title of this episode alone.  But to listen to Irina tell her story in this interview…To hear her wisdom, strength, and charisma - you get the full measure of why she’s so inspiring to chess players worldwide.No surprise, though from the person who's been an unprecedented 8x US Women’s Champion.AND the only American woman to have earned the GM title.In this episode, we discuss:Her feelings on her nail-biting loss in the 2022 US Women’s Championship.Why she loves doing chess commentating.Her favorite top player that she has yet to play.Practical advice for overcoming a difficult tournament.-------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More From Irina:GM Chess: Irina’s coaching business for scholastic players>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
11/29/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Romanian-American Powerhouse: WGM Sabina Foisor

043 Born in Romania. Daughter of two International Masters. The young chess star, WGM Sabina Foisor, moved to America as a young adult and conquered the women’s chess scene by winning the 2017 US Women’s Championship.In this episode, we discuss: What it’s like growing up in a chess family with high expectations for success.The emotional journey of preparing & competing for the 2017 US Women’s Championship while her mother became seriously ill.Improvement questions on pawn structures, the “right time” to trade queens, and creating an opening repertoire that excites you.The surprising career Sabina would’ve attempted if not for chess.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More from Sabina:Website (coaching)TwitterTwitch​​>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
11/22/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 47 seconds
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A Passion For Chess Without Loving the Game w/ GM Elisabeth Paehtz

042  The #1 female player in Germany for many years: GM Elisabeth Paehtz.Even beyond her impressive accomplishments as a chess player, which include:Winning the 2018 European Women’s Championship in rapid chess.Representing Germany for the Women’s Chess Olympiad over 10 times.Elisabeth has some refreshing and pleasantly unexpected insights about the game. In this episode, we discuss:Why she never “loved chess” but still has a deep passion for the game.How being an adult has changed her playing style.Writing a book on her life as a female chess player.What caused her unexpected late-career rating climb. --------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More From Elisabeth:Elisabeth’s TwitterElisabeth’s InstagramThe Paehtz Method (her course on iChess.net)>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
11/8/202255 minutes, 38 seconds
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A Journey To Be The First US Black Woman Chess Master w/ Rochelle Ballantyne

041 You may know her as one of the featured students from the 2012 documentary, Brooklyn Castle.  A superb film that covered a low-income, junior high school’s talented chess team. One of the main students the film explored was the inspiring story of Rochelle Ballantyne.Ten years after its release, Rochelle is now a 3rd-year law student at New York University.She also recently re-committed to her goal of becoming the first American Black woman to earn the NM title.In this episode, we cover:Reflections on the impact Brooklyn Castle has had on her life.Why Rochelle chose to put more effort and time into earning the NM title.Her insights on being a black woman in a predominantly male, white chess community.The shifting importance and meaning of chasing the NM title in her life.Where to Watch Brooklyn Castle:YouTube Link for Brooklyn CastleAmazon DVD of Brooklyn Castle--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
11/1/202255 minutes, 41 seconds
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Teaching Openings & The Perils of Engine Game Analysis w/ IM Christof Sielecki

040 Few people today are creating as many highly praised chess courses as IM Christof Sielecki. Since the start of this podcast, I’ve looked forward to one day having him as a guest on the show. Now he’s here!His story may resonate with other adult improvers...It wasn’t until age 13 that he began his chess journey in earnest. And it wasn’t until his late 30’s that he strived for his biggest achievement: earning his IM title.After discussing his chess life, in this episode we talk about: What inspired him to update his most popular course: Keep It Simple: 1.e4Why you need to be cautious when evaluating your games using the accuracy percentages.Balancing opening repertoires with best move lines and those you’d see at the club level.How should you approach a game with a balanced position and no clear advantage for either side?--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More From Christof:Christof’s Chessable CoursesTwitterYouTube ChannelWebsite>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
10/25/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Emotions Can Cost You a Game with Daniel Lona

039 Another chess journey update from your favorite podcast host! Every few months, I serve up a solo show that offers my latest insights and struggles, all from my hard-working path toward improvement. But this isn’t just an audio “chess diary.”I try to bring everything back to lessons we can all use and learn from. Hope you enjoy!In this episode:Why emotions caused an avoidable & heartbreaking loss in my recent OTB tournament.Does a recent 200-point blitz rating increase suggest my chess will soon improve in other areas?The four biggest contributors to my chess improvement over the past 18 months.How OTB tournaments are fueling my fire to become a better chess player.Resources Referenced:Episode 2: Top 7 Lessons Learned After My 1-Year Return To ChessEpisode 7: The Importance of Your Thought Process In Chess (with Dan Heisman)Dan Heisman’s YT Video: Intermediate Time Controls Can Hinder ImprovementPeter Giannotos: Everyone’s First Chess Workbook (Tactics book)John Bain: Chess Tactics for Students--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
10/18/202236 minutes, 3 seconds
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Life Lessons From Chess & The Talent Myth With WIM Yuanling Yuan

038 Yuanling wowed me. Of course, her accomplishments as a chess player are mighty: She’s been the #1 female Canadian player and the youngest Canadian female to earn the WIM title.And, as you’ll hear, Yuanling has a great ability to find meaningful connections between chess and life - a topic we discuss at length in this episode.If that weren’t enough, she has a compassionate heart.In 2009, she launched the non-profit Chess in Library program that offers chess instruction to underprivileged people in Toronto.While Yuanling has since built a separate career from chess, having attended Yale University and become a successful investment analyst…She’s still deeply connected to her lifelong passion for chess and is a great ambassador for the game, as well as an advocate for women and girls in chess.Also in this episode:Redefining the meaning of “losing” in chess and life.The myth of talent for becoming a chess master.A helpful approach anyone can use to encourage more girls to get involved in chess.More From Yuanling:WebsiteTwitter>> Download my latest, FREE audio content: 7 Quick Tips for Rock-Solid Chess Improvement (From Guests of The Chess Experience)--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
10/13/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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How Blitz Can Help, Time Management, & Trash-Talking w/ IM Greg Shahade

037 IM Greg Shahade always brings a good time.His charisma and relaxed humor make for a dynamic, fun conversation in every interview he gives.And this one is no different!We cover a range of topics, including the difference between improving at chess versus trivia (it helps explain why chess is so difficult!), his spontaneous approach to life, and:Why blitz can improve your chess if you follow his two suggestionsTime management advice for those who play too slow (and too fast!)Will he ever do chess boxing?Classic trash-talking segment against his recent rival, IM Lawrence Trent--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Greg's Video on Avoiding Blitz TiltFollow Greg on Twitter--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
10/4/202258 minutes, 20 seconds
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Surprising Stories & Insights of a Joyful Chess Commentator w/ WGM Jovanka Houska

036 Jovanka Houska is a bright star. Anyone who’s watched her live can see she imbues her top-notch commentating at Chess24 with a joy for the game. Plus, she helps us club players more easily understand top-level play.Jovanka is, of course, not only a star in the chess commentating world…She’s also conquered the competitive scene as an eight-time British Women’s Chess Champion.And her competitive spirit still burns. She regularly attends tournaments and works to raise her rating to previous heights.In this episode, we discuss:Thoughts on her fellow co-commentators: David Howell, Simon Williams, & Kaja Snare.How she simplifies chess for an amateur audienceWhat she needs to do bring her rating back up--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More From Jovanka:TwitterBooks--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
9/27/202257 minutes, 37 seconds
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Optimizing Mental Strategies & Training Methods w/ NM Bryan Tillis

035  It’s easy to think of chess improvement as only involving the study of specific areas of the game like strategy or openings.But there are other, critical parts to improvement, as well.Which is why I chat with NM Bryan Tillis and discuss: The importance of having a WHY for your chess goalsHow to balance fun with doing what’s necessary to improveAsking whether your training is matching your goalsAnd, towards the end of the episode, Bryan offers several pieces of great advice for OTB tournaments.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where to find Bryan’s Work: Courses, YT Channel, Book, & More All of Bryan’s Chessable coursesBryan’s YouTube ChannelPalm Beach Chess (coaching)Bryan’s Book: Become a Chess Champion---------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
9/20/202250 minutes, 52 seconds
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Conquering US Women's Chess with IM Carissa Yip

034 Carissa is a shining star. The youngest American woman to earn the IM title. Winner of the 2021 US Women’s Championship. Top-ranked female US player in 2019.If that weren’t enough, Carissa is the youngest female ever to beat a Grandmaster (she did so at age ten.)Even with so many accomplishments, Carissa remains humble and down-to-Earth.And she has a great sense of humor. In this episode, we discuss: What caused her sudden rating climb?The ups and downs of her 5-year journey to win the US Women’s Championship. Her first-ever experience competing in the 2002 Chess Olympiad.Will she try to earn the GM title while in college?--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Follow Carissa Here:Twitch ChannelTwitterInstagram--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
9/13/202257 minutes, 28 seconds
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Angelika Valkova, Lady of 1.d4, the First of Her Name

 033 Angelika is rapidly building a name in the chess world as a dynamic coach, streamer, & course creator. Hailing from Ukraine, and now living in Germany, Angelika is a superb chess player with a FIDE rating of 2075 (and on her way to earning the WGM title.) She’s been coaching kids and adults alike for the past 7 years.After years of building a strong following on her Twitch channel, this year she released her first opening repertoire course for 1.d4 on Chessable. We talk about all these facets of her chess career, including her love of Game of Thrones (hence the episode title!) In addition, we answer a couple of improvement questions from my Twitter followers.And, as a fun change-up for the show’s format, Angelika invited her friend and co-creator of her 1.d4 course, Hungarian Grandmaster Gyula Pap.Gyula appears on some of the show to discuss their course and give his insights on chess improvement, too.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where To Find Angelika:Angelika’s 1.d4 Course on ChessableTwitch ChannelTwitterInstagramWhere To Find GM Guyla Pap:Coaching Profile--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
9/8/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ditching Bad Chess Habits & Follower Q&As with Daniel Lona

032 Another chess journey update from your favorite podcast host! Every few months, I serve up a solo show that offers my latest insights and struggles, all from my hard-working path toward improvement.No matter your rating…I believe you’ll find some snackable morsels of chess wisdom (even if it comes from my failures!)Highlights you can expect:Is King safety a chess problem or a psychological problem?Coach IM Andras Toth spots one of my top barriers to improvement (hint: it’s not more tactics or chess books.)The worst chess advice I’ve ever received.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
8/30/202232 minutes, 35 seconds
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Simplifying Openings & Chasing the GM Title as an Adult w/ GM Alex Colovic

031 Making chess simple for club players isn’t easy. But GM Alex Colovic has a special ability to do just that. It’s why his opening courses are known for simple, clear instruction... How Alex is able to simplify opening theory is one of the key points we discuss in this episode.The other great topic we discuss is that Alex strived for years in his 30s to earn the GM title - a rare feat at that age.His story is an inspiration with key lessons for all of us, no matter our rating.In this episode:Why you should play your preferred style (with one caution.) How Alex makes opening theory simple to learn.2 qualities from Bobby Fischer that inspired Alex’s chess.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Download my latest, FREE audio content: 7 Quick Tips for Rock-Solid Chess Improvement (From Guests of The Chess Experience)>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)----------More From Alex Colovic Here:Chessable CoursesTwitterWebsite & Blog
8/23/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Chess Offers Life & Career Lessons with FM Alisa Melekhina

030 To some, chess is just a game. But it can also be a valuable tool for giving us powerful life lessons. And these lessons can teach us how to achieve our goals better. Or improve our career. Sometimes, though, those insights aren’t always obvious to us...So, we need a little help or awareness in uncovering them.That’s what today’s guest, FM Alisa Melekhina, explains in my conversation with her.And it’s also the subject of her superb book, Reality Check. In this episode, you’ll discover:How chess teaches you more effective decision-making in your career.The best mindset for adult improvers who want to excel in chess but struggle with limited time.The chess “life lesson” of being calm or objective in the face of a problem.How to find meaning in your chess beyond just rating climbs.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Download my latest, FREE audio content: 7 Quick Tips for Rock-Solid Chess Improvement (From Guests of The Chess Experience)>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)---------More From Alisa Melekhina Here:Alisa’s Book, Reality CheckAlisa’s Course: The Melekhina MethodWebsiteYouTubeTwitterInstagramFacebook
8/16/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 44 seconds
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IM Eric Rosen - Improvement Q&A and Chess Content Creation

029  Eric Rosen is perhaps best known for off-beat openings and stalemate traps. But don’t underestimate his incredible coaching skills. In this interview, Eric offers powerful advice in answering questions from my Twitter followers on improving as adults.Before we get into the heart of sharpening your chess skills...The episode first covers Eric’s career as one of the world’s top chess streamers and content creators…Including his favorite types of content and how he strikes a balance between entertainment and education.Later, we cover:The unexpected secret to increasing your rating.Does studying endgames or openings lead to better growth as a player?How does an adult balance their chess ambitions with the limits of everyday life?How do you bust through a rating plateau?Eric’s “dream content” that he hopes to one day create. --------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Follow Eric Rosen Here:TwitchYouTubeTwitterInstagramFacebookWebsiteResources Mentioned: Eric’s article Chess Life Online on how to overcome rating plateaus----->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
8/9/20221 hour, 53 seconds
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NM Bruce Pandolfini: 50 Years of Growing the Game

028 Bruce Pandolfini is arguably America’s greatest chess coach. His impact on growing the game throughout the world is immeasurable. Bruce is the author of dozens of superb chess books. All are great, and many are still must-reads for beginners and club players.He’s been the coach for such top players as Fabiano Caruana and Josh Waitzkin.Bruce has also been the consultant for the most popular chess stories ever put to screen: Searching for Bobby Fischer & The Queen’s Gambit.In this episode, we cover:The common traits of his most successful students.Has chess coaching improved over the years?Did he expect The Queen’s Gambit to cause a chess boom?Were his coaching methods accurately represented in Searching For Bobby Fischer?--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More From Bruce Pandolfini:Amazon Author Page (all of his books--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
8/2/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 11 seconds
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Quick Tips on Development with WGM Ekaterina Atalik

027 If you've studied chess, then you know development is vital. Yet there’s more to this principle than just the obvious “get your pieces out.” Even titled players can struggle with effective development…Which means club players should always be working on this nuanced skill.To help, this episode discusses the subject at length with WGM Ekaterina Atalik. Katya (for short) is the European Women’s Chess Champion and the 5-time Women’s Champion of Turkey.She’s also authored the Chessable course, The Method of Quick Development. In this latest episode, we cover: The “Development Score” technique that teaches you when to attack.Critical defensive ideas if you fall behind in development. Why development is not just an opening principle.Why playing with an isolated pawn shouldn't be feared (lessons that will be part of her upcoming course on pawn structures!--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More From Katya:Chessable Course: The Method to Quick DevelopmentInstagramMy Latest YouTube Video with IM Andras Toth: https://youtu.be/VtsVYPk5VFo --------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
7/26/202245 minutes, 1 second
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5 Keys To Chess Improvement with FM Nate Solon

026 How do you ensure chess improvement? The old magic pill would be nice, but we know that doesn’t exist. The next best thing? Put energy and work into five key areas…This may not guarantee improvement, but doing them will give you the best fighting chance to see results.And, hey, given the mysterious ways of chess improvement, that’s sometimes the best we can do.So, what are the key areas? FM Nate Solon explained them in his 2021 article entitled, The Chess Improvement Checklist.Impressed with the list he created…I  thought it would be great to do a deep dive into these core areas and discuss the ins, outs, and whys of this list. Enjoy!--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Nate is a superb chess player and has written articles for Chess Life and Chessable’s blog. For more of his work:Connect with Nate:Upcoming Book: Evaluate Like a GrandmasterNate’s NewsletterNate’s TwitterArticle: The Chess Improvement Checklist-------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
7/19/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 48 seconds
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Expanding Chess to More Amateurs & Cultures w/ Naycir (Nigarhan)

025 There are several ways to #GrowTheGame. One is through helping folks play better. Another is to find ways to make chess more appealing and accessible for everyone - regardless of where you live or your skill level.This week’s guest, Nigarhan (or Naycir, as she’s known online), has chosen to make the second option her mission.A fellow adult improver and amateur player herself…Nigarhan has become well-known in chess circles as a streamer with an irresistible wit and passion for the game.She brings top-level humor and a magnetic joy to the sixty-four squares - which is much needed given how difficult this game is.And her chess life doesn’t stop there…Nigarhan is also the Director for International Growth at Chess.com.Impressive, right? There, she helps translate the site’s chess content into dozens of languages. This helps the non-English speaking world more easily learn and enjoy the game.In this episode, we discuss: How she began a full-time job in chess before learning to play.The challenges posed by chess’ over-serious “gatekeepers.”Overcoming her online bullying experiences as a streamer.Nigarhan’s favorite openings (it’s not the London.) --------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Connect with Nigarhan:Twitch channelYouTube channelTwitterInstagram---------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
7/12/202246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Candidates Recap with WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni

024 The 2022 Candidates was a wild ride. Predictions were shattered. A dominant performance surprised many. And the looming question of “Does second place matter?” hung in the air.For the first time, The Chess Experience is reviewing a world-class tournament!To help discuss the highlights (and lowlights) of the event, along with some lessons that can help club players…I interviewed WIM Fiona Steil Antoni, a professional commentator of top chess events,Fiona has been commentating for the past eight years and now works for Chess.com. Most recently, she had the incredible opportunity to be one of the regular commentators on Hikaru Nakamura's Twitch channel while he competed in the Candidates.In this episode, we discuss: Which players exceeded her expectations? Which fell below them?Three lessons from this event that can help club players in their own tournaments.Fiona’s two favorite games from the event.Should FIDE change the World Championship format to entice Magnus to defend the title?Will Magnus defend his title?--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Connect with Fiona:Twitch channelYouTube channelTwitterInstagram--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
7/7/202244 minutes, 49 seconds
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Update: Next Episode Coming In 2-3 Days (& Keep Going With Your Chess!)

A brief 2-minute update about the next episode (coming later this week) which reviews the Candidates. And a little message of motivation to keep striving with your chess!
7/5/20221 minute, 42 seconds
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Top Mistakes Made By Club Players (Vol. 1) With NM Dan Heisman

023 Adult improvers, ironically, have limited time to improve. Which is why it’s so helpful to know the answer to this question: “Of all the mistakes we make, which ones are the most important to fix?” That’s what today’s episode is about…Identifying the key mistakes made at the board by adult improvers (most of whom are club players) and finding solutions to them. To help, I’ve brought back for a second time National Master, Dan Heisman. He is the ultimate coach for adult improvers.Dan has written over a DOZEN chess books and has a popular YouTube channel with over 200 videos - all of which are gold.There are very few chess instructors who are as good as Dan Heisman. He gets to the heart of what club players need to improve, and articulates those problems and solutions so well.In fact, there’s so much on this topic to dig into with Dan, that I’m calling this episode Vol. 1, as there will likely be one or two more on the same subject down the road.In this episode, we discuss:How to tell if you’re playing “hope chess.”The sure way to avoid playing too fast.Why do club players overemphasize strategy over tactics?Is it "ok" to spend too much time on openings?--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------- Resources Referenced In This EpisodeBook: A Guide to Chess Improvement - Dan HeismanBook: Logical Chess: Move by Move - Irving ChernevBook: Winning Chess Strategy for Kids - Jeff Coakley Video: How Much Strategy Needed to Play Reasonably - Dan HeismanMore Resources From Dan HeismanDan’s WebsiteDan’s YouTube ChannelDan Heisman TV on Chess.com--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
6/28/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 12 seconds
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How Aging Affects Chess Improvement with GM Jesse Kraai

022 If you’re over 30, you might wonder: “Will aging affect my chess improvement? Should I adjust my program any differently due to my age?” These are compelling but often difficult questions to answer... On the one hand, we want to be optimistic and aim for whatever chess goal we desire, without concern over biology getting in the way... And, yet, biology is real. Athletes understand this - both amateur and professional alike. Which is why it’s worth taking a look at this subject with clear eyes. To discuss this further, I brought the esteemed Grandmaster Jesse Krai, co-founder of Chess Dojo.In this episode we discuss: Would he coach someone differently if they’re 25 versus 45?Have adult improvers proven the upper limit of their potential yet? Is Viktor Korchnoi’s astonishing late-career run in his 70s instructive for adult improver potential? --------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where To Find More of Jesse & Chess Dojo’s Content: Chess Dojo - TwitchChess Dojo - YouTubeChess Dojo - TwitterChess Dojo - WebsiteTraining Programs by Chess DojoJesse on TwitterJesse’s novel, Lisa--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
6/21/202252 minutes, 19 seconds
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Switching Openings & Defeating Rating Plateaus with Daniel Lona

021 This week’s format is different. Every few months, I’ll create a solo episode where I update you on my own chess journey: The top challenges I’m having, the best insights I’ve gained, and the latest wisdom my coaches, Andras Toth & Dan Heisman, have offered me.I’ll try to frame it in ways that benefit you, so that you get a heap of value from listening. This week’s topics:Why I no longer play the French Defense and key resources for determining how/when to change your openings.The top 3 insights from my coaches that'll help me see some massive rating gains.Why dealing with a rating plateau is a true test of character and how I intend to bust through this phase.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Resources Referenced:NM Dan Heisman, “Selecting An Opening Repertoire” (YouTube Video)IM Andras Toth, “A Big Rant About How to Choose Opening Lines.” (YouTube Video)IM Andras Toth, “Private Lesson with Chess Podcaster Daniel Lona.” (YouTube Video)--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
6/14/202229 minutes, 44 seconds
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Tournament Advice & Building a Strong Chess Culture with WGM Irene Sukandar

020 You may have first heard of WGM Irene Sukandar in 2021, when her popularity soared after defeating Dewa Kipas, a man who infamously cheated in an online game against IM Levy Rozman.But, in this interview, we discuss what I believe Irene should be what be most well-known for:1) Growing the fame and respect of chess in her home country of Indonesia, and 2) Being an inspiration to chess players throughout the world who wish to make chess a major part of their lives.Irene is a professional player who is a 2-time Asian Woman’s Chess Champion and has been one of Indonesia’s top players for many years.In addition to discussing her incredible rise as one of the most talented players in her country… We also discuss:Her efforts and passion to grow the game in Indonesia (which could be a model for other countries.)How to manage your nerves before an OTB tournament.Hitting “reset” during a tournament if you’ve lost several games.How long after the tournament should you resume studying chess?--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Irene's Online Content: TwitterInstagramWebsite--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
6/7/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 50 seconds
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Beat the Rating Slump Blues with WIM Anna-Maja Kazarian

019 With so many hours put into our chess practice. The experience of a long-term rating decline or plateau can be frustrating. Even painful. Shouldn’t we see positive rating results if it’s been X number of months or years?Not always.But that doesn’t mean you’re not improving. Or that the tide won’t eventually turn.In this episode, Woman International Master and popular chess streamer, Anna-Maja Kazarian, tell us about her struggle with a long-term rating decline.First, though, we discuss her chess origin story, her rapid ascent as a chess player, and a bit about her Twitch channel.Then we explore the topic of dealing with and overcoming a rating plateau.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Follow Anna-Maja Here:TwitchYouTubeTwitter InstagramTikTok--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/24/202257 minutes, 39 seconds
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How to Analyze Your Games with WGM Katerina Nemcova

018 You just finished a Rapid or Classical game. Now it’s time to pluck some hard-earned lessons from the experience. But wait: should you turn on the engine? Annotate the game with notes? Review it intensely for an hour or more? Or maybe just glean one key lesson and call it a day?These issues and more are discussed in this episode with the phenomenal WGM Katerina Nemcova.First, we learn about Katerina’s exciting journey to the top of women’s chess in the Czech Republic. And how she later became one of America’s top female players.In the second half of the interview, she offers helpful tips on how to best analyze our games so we’re not making typical mistakes…--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Follow Katerina Here:Twitter Twitch--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/17/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to Study Annotated Game Books w/ IM Kostya Kavutskiy

017 Kostya is one of the co-founders of the incredible Chess Dojo. It's a channel and business designed to help chess improvers (most of whom are adults.)In this episode: Why you should bother reading annotated game books.An answer to the age-old question: how many of the endless variations should you go over?Should you read an annotated game book more than once?A rarely talked about benefit to playing classical games that can make a huge impact on your improvement.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where To Find More of Kostya/Chess Dojo’s Content: Chess Dojo - TwitchChess Dojo - YouTubeChess Dojo - TwitterChess Dojo - WebsiteTraining Programs by Chess DojoKostya on TwitterKostya’s Endgames courseKostya’s Book--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/10/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Journey of a World-Class Chess Commentator w/ WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili

0016 Offering live commentary of world-class chess is no easy task. Your audience is often club-level players and beginners. So, you'll have to strike a balance between explaining obscure GM strategy…While also delivering fun commentary that keeps your viewers engaged…That’s what this week's guest, WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili, does all the time for  Chess.com and FIDE. In this episode, we dive into the story of a commentator for these incredible events.Keti makes top-level chess easy to follow for those of us who were never pros…Plus, she has an incredible, positive energy that makes listening to her a pleasure. In this episode we discuss: How Keti got unexpectedly swept into commentating for chess’ elite tournaments.Balancing commentary of world-class chess events for all skill levels.Keti’s top advice for all adult improvers.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where To Find More of Keti’s Content: Keti’s Twitch ChannelKeti on TwitterKeti on Instagram--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
5/3/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds
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Common Mistakes Made By Adult Improvers (& How To Fix Them) With FM Peter Giannatos

015 All chess players struggle to improve. But there are some mistakes made along the way that are unique to adults. Thankfully, there are easy solutions that’ll remove these roadblocks and get you back on the road to faster improvement…To help identify and fix these mistakes, I interview the straight-talking FM Peter Giannatos…Peter is the founder of the Charlotte Chess Center, a powerhouse chess club in the United States.Plus, he’s the author of the book & course, Everyone’s First Chess Workbook, which is phenomenal for folks under 1200 who want to master their basic tactics and checkmates.In today’s episode we discuss: Six key mistakes adult improvers make and solutions to each one.How to better manage (maybe even eliminate!) a fear of losing in chess. Why poor opening play or weak strategy doesn’t matter if you’re below 1200 Chess.com Rapid. The #1 way to speed up your chess progress.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where To Find More of Peter’s Content: Book: Everyone’s First Chess WorkbookCourse: Everyone’s First Chess WorkbookCharlotte Chess CenterPeter on Twitter--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
4/26/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 31 seconds
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WGM Jennifer Shahade: Unstoppable Chess Queens & Rare Tips to Improve w/

014 Today you get a 2-topic episode: 1) Adult chess improvement tips from WGM Jennifer Shahade; and 2) A discussion on her new book, Chess Queens, about the celebration & deeper understanding of women in chess.There’s hardly anyone who has done more to make this game more inclusive for women and girls than Jennifer...She’s a true inspiration in our community.Not only is she a 2-time US Women’s Champion and Woman Grandmaster…Jennifer has also tirelessly spent the past two decades improving chess culture for females everywhere…In today’s episode we discuss: The little-used secret to better performance in your games without having to spend more time improving your chess.   Redefining what it means to be “great at chess” (it’s not just ELO!)  The impact she wants her book to have on the chess world.   --------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where To Find More of Jennifer’s Content: Book: Chess QueensPodcast: Ladies KnightWebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
4/19/202254 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mental Strength, Positivity, & Banning the Haters with FM James Canty

013 There’s a small percentage of people who can inspire us to be better at chess. One of those rare folks is FM James Canty III. Few would bet money that a guy in his late 20s could go from National Master to Grandmaster.It’s almost never done.Why?Because, like us club players, he grapples with adult responsibilities that make improvement difficult: a full-time job, limited energy, and time.But James is a powerhouse of positivity, discipline, and a tireless work ethic.In this interview, James shares: The single biggest “non-chess” activity you should do to improve your chess.The demystifying truth about people who doubt your goals.The surprising reason James got to be rated 2200 USCF with very little endgame study.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where to Find James Canty’s Content: YouTube ChannelTwitch ChannelChess CoursesTwitterInstagramWebsite--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
4/12/202255 minutes, 35 seconds
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Success Strategies For Adult Improvers With NM James Altucher

012  There are nitty-gritty ways to improve: like focusing on tactics or endgame study. But what about big picture improvement skills? For discussion on that, I brought National Master, James Altucher, who is also a successful author and entrepreneur…James has written several business & personal development books…Most relevant is Skip the Line, which teaches you how to improve at a skill faster than expected…Plus, on his podcast, The James Altucher Show, he talks with highly successful people about the lessons & strategies that helped them achieve so much…Including Garry Kasparov and Judit Polgar!My interview with James covers lessons he's learned from these experiences…Exciting lessons  in this episode:Why age is not holding you back from chess improvementHow to emotionally deal with losing in chessA must-know strategy for increasing your speed of improvementWhy your chess journey should be about more than getting better at the game itself--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------More From James Altucher:Book: Skip the LinePodcast: The James Altucher ShowJames’ Website--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
4/5/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 48 seconds
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How to Fix Chess’ Gender Gap With Ingrid Gayle (CEO of Girl Boss Chess)

011 We all know chess is for everyone. Yet there are dramatically fewer women and girls in chess…It’s an issue we ought to tackle head-on so we can make the game more welcoming to women and girls.Thankfully, this week’s guest doesn’t just wonder how to solve the problem…Ingrid Gayle, the owner of Girl Boss Chess (GBC), is taking action every day to make chess a better community.How?GBC’s primary mission is to bring more women into the game from the ground up:By giving young girls a safe space where they can learn chess in online classes from top women coaches. In addition, GBC offers private and group coaching to women.In This Week's Episode: What caused Ingrid to dedicate her life to a company focused on bringing chess to girls & women?  Why is it important that girls learn chess?Ways men can make the chess community more welcoming to girls & women. Reasons to be hopeful for the future of women & girls in chess. -----------------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Resources from This Episode:The Girl Boss Chess WebsiteCoaching for WomenCoaching for Girls--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/29/202252 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to Choose an Opening With NM Bryan Tillis

010 Choosing an opening is both exciting and terribly confusing…A new opening is a thrill in chess…But it’s hard to know which opening is best for YOU…What factors should you consider? How long do you stick with an opening before trying something new?How many moves deep should you study? In this episode, I interview someone who I consider to be one of the best opening and all-around chess instructors out there…National Master Bryan Tillis.Bryan helps me answer all of the above questions and more. --------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where to find Bryan’s Work:All of Bryan’s Chessable coursesBryan’s YouTube ChannelBryan’s Book: Become a Chess ChampionPalm Beach Chess (coaching)--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/22/202252 minutes, 9 seconds
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Making Chess More Entertaining - With Lula Robs

009  Does the chess community need to relax and have more fun with its game? Not long ago, "chess content" meant either a lesson to improve or an update on the latest elite tournaments. It was a very serious affair. Nothing wrong with that. But maybe chess players would like to have an experience that also includes some fun and humor?The past 5 years are proof they do with the boom in “chess entertainment.”And now there’s a new, up-and-comer in this scene: Lula Robs.A fellow adult improver with an ability to create highly creative and hilarious chess content (and a Grandmaster at memes)...Lula is rising fast in the chess world. Her Twitch and Twitter followings have seen exponential growth in the past year.She discusses with me why chess entertainment is a positive for the community, as well as her own journey and story.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Where You Can Find Lula: Twitch ChannelYouTube ChannelTwitter AccountInstagram AccountDiscordFanhouse--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/15/202240 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Guide to Your First OTB Tournament - Daniel Lona

008 Thinking about your first OTB classical tournament? Or perhaps you still want some guidance for your 2nd or 3rd event? This episode will help you successfully navigate an OTB chess tournament. While you may still have to face down an adorable 7-year-old in battle…It WILL reduce the number of surprises you encounter and help calm your nerves.Inside you’ll find: What to do before, during, and after the tournament to have a smooth experience.The 2 often-overlooked truths that determine which section you should compete in.  5 incredibly simple ways to be fully prepared for your next tournament.A powerful cure to placing too much pressure on yourself.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> FREE DOWNLOAD: A Guide to OTB Tournaments<< (This is the guide I created & referenced in this episode.)--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/8/202241 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Importance of Your Thought Process in Chess – NM Dan Heisman

007 Are you studying chess like crazy but not improving? You may be missing a critical component to your potential chess improvement: A well-developed thought process.Sure, this topic may lack the allure of studying the Sicilian Dragon or becoming a tactical wizard who shreds your opponents in minutes.But as my guest, NM Dan Heisman, says, “Chess is a thinking game.”So, you must - at some point - focus on your thought process, or you’ll limit your development as a chess player. Dan is the ultimate coach for adult improvers and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on the show.He’s written over a dozen chess books, has a popular YouTube channel with over 200 videos, and is well-recognized in the chess world as one of the premier coaches for amateurs.Here, you’ll learn:The most common mistakes players under 1500 USCF make in their thought process - and how to fix them. 2 questions to almost always ask when it’s your move and you’re out of book.How do you choose among different candidate moves? --------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Resources Referenced In This EpisodeBOOK: A Guide to Chess Improvement - Dan HeismanBOOK: The Improving Chess Thinker - Dan HeismanVIDEO: Thought Process Playlist - Dan HeismanVIDEO: Basic Material Playlist - Dan HeismanARTICLES: Dan Heisman’s Article Library on Chess.comMore Resources From Dan HeismanDan’s WebsiteDan’s YouTube ChannelDan Heisman TV on Chess.com--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
3/1/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 20 seconds
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Time Crunch: What Should You Study? with NM Laura Smith

006 One of the hardest parts of being an adult improver is making the most of your limited (and energy-drained?) free time for chess. To help me dive into this subject and reach a few solutions for this problem, I talk with NM Laura Smith, who brings a refreshing positive energy and enthusiasm to our discussion of chess.Born and raised in Queens, New York, she now lives in Brooklyn. Laura is an elementary school teacher who also coaches chess at both the scholastic and adult levels.Laura has also recently led the adult beginner classes for the US Chess Women program.A few ideas you'll find in this episode: Why you should do fewer puzzles online, not more.Do you really need to dive deep into endgames?A unique approach to delving into strategy.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Want To Save Using the Steps Method? Go to Chess Steps and use her affiliate code, "LauraLovesChess" and get 10% offYou can also find Laura streaming live with her husband on their Twitch Channel.--------->>Join my official FREE Club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
2/24/202231 minutes, 46 seconds
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Chess in Film: The Executive Producer of Critical Thinking, Carla Berkowitz

005 In 2020, the chess world was gifted an extraordinary film.  Yet not nearly enough of us saw it.  The pandemic blunted its theater release. So, it never received the attention it deserved. That movie is Critical Thinking, starring John Leguizamo, who also directed the movie.The film is about the true story of a high school chess teacher who leads the first inner-city school to win a US National Chess Championship, and uses the game to teach them life lessons.In this episode, I chat with the film's creator and Executive Producer, Carla Berkowitz. We discuss:The amazing story of how it took 20 years for the film to get made.Behind-the-scenes of recreating realistic chess for a Hollywood film.The profound life lessons of chess.How chess serves as a refuge for those struggling in life.Will there be a "sequel" to this film?--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------NOTE: There are no spoilers in the interview, so you can enjoy it without seeing the film. But you’ll get even more out of our discussion if you see it first. So, to that end...Rent or Watch the Film Here:AmazonHuluYouTubeStarz--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
2/22/202250 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to Create An Effective Study Plan with IM Andras Toth

004 What makes chess improvement so difficult? Crafting a study plan you're confident will work has to be high on the list. In this episode, I dive into what makes a great study plan for any rating level with IM Andras Toth.Plus, he busts some harmful myths.Andras is a renowned coach to adults with a blunt, no-nonsense approach to teaching that's refreshing.He has a highly regarded YouTube channel, plus he's the author of many great courses on Chessable.In this episode, you'll learn:The real reason engine analysis is of limited help to your chess improvement (no matter what your amateur rating is.)Why it's so important to work with a coach if you want to see long-term progress. The vital importance of studying annotated games.A critical, overlooked component to studying tactics that's rarely considered in most people's study plans.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------Supplemental Content: "How to Master Calculation? What Difference Can a Coach Make?" - Andras recommends this video to further some of the ideas he talked about in this podcast episode, especially the difference of having a coach.Andras Toth's Content:Andras's YouTube ChannelAndra's Chessable CoursesTwitch Channel Resources in this EpisodeBOOK: Best Lessons of a Chess CoachBOOK: How to Beat Your Dad At ChessVIDEO: Andras's YouTube Amateur Mind Series--------->> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<< (PROMOTION)
2/15/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds
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Overcoming Psychological Barriers in Chess with IM Yuriy Krykun

003 Sure, chess is a game of logic.  But it’s also a game of emotions -  both on and off the board. Often, the negative emotions that join us on our chess journey can get the best of us.This episode is designed to help you reduce their harmful impact on your game and enjoyment of the experience. To help me, I’m joined by International Master and renowned chess coach, Yuriy Krykun.Yuriy has had a successful 10-year competitive career in elite chess, has coached over 100 students, is a contributor to Chess.com, and is a course creator on Chessable.In this episode, you’ll learn: The best perspective to take the emotional sting out of losing games.The cure for being addicted to playing, even when you know you should study more. How playing too much online chess can harm your nerves at OTB tournaments. The right attitude when facing higher-rated opponents. --------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Join the official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<<
2/8/202241 minutes, 24 seconds
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Top 7 Lessons Learned After My 1-Year Return To Chess

002 In 2021, I made a HUGE return to chess after decades away.  Yep, all inspired by that little Netflix series. But this was no ordinary return to chess.  I spent roughly 3-4 hours a day, 7 days per week studying and playing chess.  For an entire year.That’s at least 1100 hours.I’ve boiled it down to 26 minutes of my Top 7 Lessons.If you’re hoping to boost your rating, I'm confident these lessons will help you.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Join the official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<<
2/8/202227 minutes, 11 seconds
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A Fresh Spin on Chess Podcasts

001 The newest chess podcast has arrived! And it’s a bit different than the others. The goal is to make improvement at chess for adults easier and simpler.  Plus, I’ll inject some fun and humor into the experience.This is a down-to-earth approach to chess for amateurs and enthusiasts who want to improve.In this episode, I dive into why I created this show, what you can expect, and a little about me, your chess-obsessed host, Daniel Lona.--------Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?Chess Improver Monthly offers:Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.--------->> Join the official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com<<
1/31/202214 minutes, 41 seconds