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By Adam Raoof
All about chess, by Adam Raoof, World Chess Federation FIDE Arbiter and Organiser and editor of The Chess Circuit newsletter - chesscircuit.substack.com/. You can subscribe to the newsletter or just sit back and enjoy the chat!
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Episode 28 - Adam Raoof and Ben Graff talk about opportunities to play chess in England post-Covid
Thanks for listening to our podcast!   There are so many ways to get involved with chess in England.  Add me (@adamraoof) on Facebook and Twitter, for one thing....   If you are interested in getting involved with my chess tournaments do take a quick look at the calendar at www.chessengland.com - or search for "ECF Chess Calendar" for all the tournaments in England, including mine.
50:23
February 21, 2022
Episode 27: Adam and Ben meet Carl Portman, author of Chess Behind Bars, Chess Crusader and purveyor of Tarantulas
Episode 27: Adam and Ben meet Carl Portman, author of the award winning Chess Behind Bars, recently published Chess Crusader and purveyor of Tarantulas (if that is the right expression). We talk about his writing, his work in prisons, other writing ( - his recent 100th chess column) and his thoughts about chess and life in general!
01:05:34
November 29, 2021
Episode 26: David LeMoir talks to Ben and Adam about his new book Chess Scribe, a 50-year anthology of articles all about our favourite game!
I love David leMoir's books, having read and been highly entertained by "How to Become a Deadly Tactician", "How to be Lucky in Chess" and other titles.  In this chat, Ben Graff and I get to talk through his amazing collection of articles written over a 50-year chess career, both for Chess Monthly and the award winning En Passant. adamraoof@gmail.com / www.chessengland.com
01:07:27
October 06, 2021
Episode 25: Kevin Thurlow talks to Adam and Ben about A History of Chess in the Civil Service
Ben Graff reviews this excellent book here - https://chesscircuit.substack.com/p/a-history-of-chess-in-the-english This book covers more than a hundred years of chess in the Civil Service, with information about the clubs, the individuals, the events they contested, the successes, and the arguments that sometimes resulted. Clubs regularly featured leading players of the day and the Civil Service representative team frequently beat strong counties in 50-board matches, as well as participating in a mammoth 500-board match against the rest of England. Names of chess clubs bring a whiff of nostalgia, with India Office, War Office and Civil Service Rifles no longer in existence. Leading players served their country not only in their departments, but at establishments like Bletchley Park in the Second World War. Several civil servants represented their country in international matches. Over a thousand players participated in the league at one stage. "The original plan was to include maybe 50 annotated games, as we had no idea how much material we would find. When it became clear that there was a lot of information, we (or maybe I) thought it better to concentrate on the history aspect. I have built a database of about 1400 games from CS league, matches and tournaments, and also CS players playing elsewhere, which I am adding to, and I thought I might offer John Saunders the games for Britbase at some stage. Once the book got over 500 pages, adding the games was difficult!" - Kevin Thurlow.
01:00:10
August 03, 2021
Episode 24 - The Queen's Gambit Accepted by Jon Arnott and Rosie Irwin, with Ben Graff and Adam Raoof
Jonathan Arnott and Rosie Irwin join Adam and Ben to discuss their book The Queen’s Gambit Accepted!  The exclamation mark is essential! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.If you’d like to find out more about what’s going on in the chess world, search for The Chess Circuit and sign up for my free newsletter! THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS!
01:05:36
June 28, 2021
Episode 23: Andrew Wainwright and Matthew Webb of The Chess Centre, Ilkley
In this episode Ben Graff joins me for a chat with Andrew Wainwright and Matthew Webb of The Chess Centre.  No, not that one, this one - https://www.chesscentre.online in Ilkley in Yorkshire! If you’d like to find out more about what’s going on in the chess world, search for The Chess Circuit and sign up for my free newsletter! THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
52:42
June 02, 2021
Episode 22: In this episode Ben Graff and Adam Raoof talk to Anthony Eskinazi CEO of JustPark.com
In this episode Ben Graff joins me for a chat with Anthony Eskinazi who is the CEO of JustPark.com - and was also a very successful player who regularly references chess when he talks to audiences about his business strategy. If you’d like to find out more about what’s going on in the chess world, search for The Chess Circuit and sign up for my free newsletter! We talked about why Anthony has his chess achievements on his Linkedin profile, and why he is rightly very proud of those! We revisited fond memories of the chess scene, how he founded a very successful business, and we discuss whether chess skills helped him in that endeavour. We also looked at chess and business as problem solving. When Anthony encounters a problem, I can tell that he likes to solve it!  But how do you go about solving a problem? https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonyeskinazi/ https://www.justpark.com/blog/exclusive-q-a-with-anthony-eskinazi https://chesscircuit.substack.com/ THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
01:07:23
May 19, 2021
Podcast 21.5 - a bonus discussion with Ben Graff and Adam Raoof
Listen to Ben and Adam discussing chess in the UK before, during and post-pandemic.  Will we get back to over the board chess, and if so - when?  Is there a future for talented players in the online world? THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
53:55
May 08, 2021
Episode 21: Adam and Ben talk to Sarah Longson of the UK Chess Challenge
In this episode Ben Graff (he’s a real journalist) and I talk to Sarah Longson of the UK Chess Challenge about what it’s been like running a chess business during lockdown, whether the Queen’s Gambit on Netflix has boosted participation in chess tournaments, and if there is an optimum way to teach chess. And most importantly what was it like appearing on Blue Peter with Gary Kasparov - at the age of 7! https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/ THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
50:24
May 07, 2021
Podcast 20: IM John Donaldson about "Bobby Fischer and His World"
Ben Graff and I talk to International Master John Donaldson from the USA. John is not just a chess master, but also a historian and has just published "Bobby Fischer and His World: The Man, the Player, the Riddle, and the Colorful Characters Who Surrounded Him" We covered a wide range of topics including - What was it that made him decide to write Bobby Fischer and his world?  What were some of the most unusual things John learned in researching this book? How did Bobby make such an incredible leap in strength between the summer of 1955 and 1958? John is one of those guests who is just so easy to interview - he has so many wonderful anecdotes and meticulously researched and surprising facts at his fingertips we just needed to press RECORD and occasionally ask a few questions. Thanks to John for being such an amazing guest!  I hope to have him on again soon. THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
01:19:23
April 20, 2021
Episode 19: Chris Ross, one of Yorkshire’s top players and my Darnall & Handsworth team mate
Ben Graff and I are interviewing Chris Ross today, one of Yorkshire's finest chess players, my team mate in Geoff Brown's Darnall & Handsworth squad in the Sheffield League in the UK - and he also happens to be blind.  Can you give us an idea of how STEVE DAVIS got you into chess in the first place? Playing chess around the world, what’s been your most unusual experience? You have to manage the clock, your guide dog Bovis (you can hear his squeaky toys in the background), take account of the match situation - how do you juggle all those things? What’s been your most satisfying victory so far? You do a lot of chess coaching with quite strong players, what are your top tips for improving your game? What makes a good team Captain? THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
52:32
April 10, 2021
Episode 18: Evan Rabin of Premier Chess, New York, New York
Ben Graff and Adam Raoof  talk to the energetic CEO of Premier Chess. You guys (Ben and Evan) have met before - when was that and what was the occasion? In London we are gradually coming out of lockdown (kids are back in school, and over the board chess is scheduled tentatively for July and August - how about New York? https://premierchess.com/ - you seem to be taking on more and more schools in the NY and NY state!  Any plans to take on schools overseas? You do a lot of fundraising for various charities, how is that going? Make a difference - Premier Chess has a project in Tanzania - check out this lovely article - https://www.sparkchess.com/teaching-chess-in-africa.html The Premier Chess Podcast has been running for a while now - https://premierchess.com/premier-chess-podcast  - I’m just a beginner at the podcasting game, any tips? THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
53:27
March 31, 2021
Episode 17: Adam Raoof and Ben Graff talk Chess in Cornwall with Ian George
Ben Graff and I talk to Ian George about chess in Cornwall! Have you had your vaccination? Cornish Chess is very active on Social Media, with an excellent website, a Twitter Feed - https://twitter.com/cornwallchess What do you think the future of chess in Cornwall might be post-Covid?  Queen’s Gambit effect? How did you enjoy the recent match between Cornwall and Fiji?  (Taione beat Jeremy Menadue - Fiji Champion and winner of the best game “One of our leading players, David Saqui, died a couple of years ago leaving a substantial sum of money in his will for the development of chess in Cornwall. The Cornwall Chess Trust was set up with 5 trustees, including me as secretary and Robin Kneebone, and recently received the funds from the estate.. It would help greatly if we could have a segment on David and the trust to draw attention to its existence and objects.” - Ian George talks about the plans for the future of Cornish Chess I am getting round to posting something about the match on my newsletter - https://chesscircuit.substack.com/p/cornwall-vs-fiji - the scores of all the games on the Cornwall Chess website with a report by David Jenkins. It's at http://www.cornwallchess.org.uk/html/archive-online/fiji-2021.shtml THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
01:19:57
March 18, 2021
Episode 16: Ben Graff and I talk to Voldi Gailans, Junior Development Officer from the Braille Chess Association
Episode 16: Ben Graff and I talk to Voldi Gailans, Junior Development Officer from the Braille Chess Association. How effective is chess playing software designed for visually impaired players? Kaiser speaking chess clock - we had lots of fun trying to work out how to use that! Is there a good range of accessible chess literature for chess enthusiasts? What’s the one thing you would like to see happen that would improve the experience of visually impaired chess enthusiasts? THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! Grandmaster Simon Williams (GingerGM) does super video courses on gingergm.com, and books such as Arkell’s Endings. I have won many games with his ideas! Buy quality e-books from Forward Chess - for instance The Woodpecker Method or 100 Endgames You Should Know. Want to impress your friends? Cook them an amazing meal - get brilliant recipes and all the ingredients you need delivered by Gusto - get 50% off your first box and 30% off your first month! Thanks for supporting my newsletter. Premium subscribers get discounts on tournaments, more articles and regular updates on the chess world. We also have a podcast which comes out every week with interviews and analysis.
01:01:24
February 27, 2021
Episode 14: Adam Raoof and Ben Graff explain DecodeChess.com with Gideon Segev
Adam Raoof and Ben Graff explain DecodeChess.com with Gideon Segev, their marketing guru. If you want to explore further, use the discount code chesscircuit for 10% off all plans before 1st May 2021 when you create your account at www.decodechess.com - get yourself a free account and listen to the podcast! What is DecodeChess and who is it aimed at?  How many users are there? Are there any top players who use the app, maybe to teach? Can it offer players who are rated 2000+ something to help them improve? Who are your main competitors in the chess world? Decodea - Explainable AI - what’s in development that you can talk about? Interested in chess?  You can sign up for our free newsletter The Chess Circuit here - https://chesscircuit.substack.com/ - and for the bargain price of £5.00 you can buy a quality colour pdf of all 13 issues of the original A5 print version here - https://payhip.com/b/Jvek including over 500 pages of articles and games analysed by authors like Simon Williams!
35:42
February 07, 2021
Episode 13: Ben Graff and Adam Raoof talk to chess Grandmaster Jonathan Levitt about his new book - Contemplating Comedy
Hello, and welcome to The Chess Circuit - a podcast all about the wonderful game of chess. Today we are talking to Jonathan Levitt, who recently published Contemplating Comedy - a book all about one-liners, what we find funny and what we don't! He also happens to be a chess Grandmaster, and an original thinker in several fields. If you like the podcast why not try our free newsletter?  You can sign up at https://chesscircuit.substack.com/ and if you upgrade to the paid plans you get more articles and lots of special offers on tournaments and books! You can buy his excellent book here - https://theconradpress.com/product/contemplating-comedy/
01:00:08
January 18, 2021
Episode 12: David Jenkins (author of Spurious Games) and Ben Graff (The Greenbecker Gambit)
Today my guests are David Jenkins, author of Spurious Games, and Ben Graff, who recently  reviewed the novel for The Chess Circuit newsletter.  We spoke for a few hours about a whole range of topics, including how novels shapeshift when they move to other mediums such as film or TV, or the web. QUESTIONS Is it me, or is the world a much smaller place?  I seem to have come across your name as you played several of my friends in the Cornish Chess League and then as the author of this novel, then I was interviewing Goru Arvind President of the Fiji Chess Federation and it turned out that you had played him when he was a kid, and he told me that you had previously been the President and played for the Fijian Olympiad team!! Did you get a chance to travel to some of the more remote of the 300 islands? MENTIONED DURING THE CHAT https://www.fijichess.com/ Prof. David Jenkins and Spurious Games (novel) - http://spuriousgames.org/ One of my favourite galleries in the British Museum is the Oceania gallery - https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/galleries/oceania Let me know if I've missed anything and I will update this page!
01:49:59
December 12, 2020
Episode 11: Petr Limonov, concert pianist, conductor, composer, and former male model
Today my guest is Petr Limonov, who is a concert pianist, conductor, composer, and former male model - oh, and also a pretty decent chess player!  In 2017 he also very kindly agreed to perform for charity at one of my biggest chess tournaments, at King’s Place in London. Chess players got to see first hand what a marvellous performer he is!  For your enjoyment there are two pieces of music in the podcast performed by Petr. The first is the tricky Scriabin Etude (1894), and the second a Mazurka. If you’re a premium subscriber to my Newsletter, imaginatively titled The Chess Circuit - https://chesscircuit.substack.com/, you can suggest guests and topics for future episodes and enjoy many more yet-to-be-conceived perks. You can find the link to my newsletter in the show notes, along with links to anything we’ve talked about during this episode. Thanks for listening! Who taught you chess?  Did you receive any formal training? Chess and music - is there a link? When did you move to the UK?  How did you find the UK chess scene?! Prokofiev v Ostroikh https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1266497 What is Levitov chess?  Are they collaborating with Chess24? Are there any chess books out there which are classics, but never translated into English? Do you think chess has a role to play in education? MENTIONED DURING THE CHAT https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1266497 https://en.chessbase.com/post/the-1937-prokofiev-oistrakh-match https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1252046 Levitov Chess - https://www.youtube.com/c/LevitovChess Nikolai Lugansky - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Lugansky Photographer - Chris Gloag - https://www.chrisgloag.com/ Let me know if I've missed anything and I will update this page!
01:13:21
November 23, 2020
Bonus Episode: Analysing Your Chess Games
HELLO! Today’s podcast is an experiment. For a while I’ve been thinking about doing a podcast where we sit down and analyse a game of chess, preferably with the players. This game was played in the 6th and final round of the Hendon Chess Club Championships 2020 https://www.hendonchessclub.com/ and would decide the winner of the overall championships. Today my guest is Andrew Medworth, the winner of that game (vs David Amior), and the 2020 Club Champion. You can follow along on Lichess.org by clicking the link in the show notes, or you can copy the PGN (portable game notation) into your chess browser of choice - ChessBase is a very popular chess database. Let me have your feedback on this episode by leaving comments on The Chess Circuit newsletter - https://chesscircuit.substack.com/ and I will attempt to improve the presentation further. If you fancy playing chess online, using Tornelo and Zoom, visit https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/chess-england or https://www.chessengland.com. https://lichess.org/study/NAPTZcnW [Event "Hendon Chess Club Championships 2020 - Open"] [Site "on Zoom"] [Date "2020.09.24"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Medworth, Andrew"] [Black "Amior, David"] [Result "1-0"] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. d4 c6 5. Bc4 Bf5 6. g4 Bg6 7. Ng1e2 e6 8. h4 h6 9. Nf4 Bh7 10. Be3 Nd7 11. Qe2 Bb4 12. g5 Bxc3+ 13. bxc3 hxg5 14. hxg5 Bd3 15. Rxh8 Bxe2 16. Rxg8+ Nf8 17. Kxe2 Qxg5 18. Rh1 0-0-0 19. Rh1h8 Qe7 20. Rxg7 c5 21. Nd3 cxd4 22. Bg5 Qa3 23. Bxd8 Kxd8 24. Rxf7 Qxc3 25. Rh8xf8# 1-0
41:17
November 10, 2020
Episode Ten: Goru Arvind - Fiji Chess Federation
IN THIS EPISODE I chat to Goru Arvind from the Fiji Chess Federation.  We talked on Zoom (which explains why I am describing my chess-themed backdrop) and covered all sorts of topics and the upshot of that is a) I am moving to Fiji and b) I am joining their Olympiad Team!  We are also planning a Cornwall - Fiji chess match on Tornelo.com, and that is just the beginning... MENTIONED DURING THE CHAT Fiji Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/fijichess/ Fiji Chess Federation Official site - https://www.fijichess.com/ Prof. David Jenkins (David is a future guest) and Spurious Games (novel) - http://spuriousgames.org/ Let me know if I've missed anything and I will update this page!
01:15:17
October 29, 2020
The Queen's Gambit: Netflix review by Ben Graff and Adam Raoof
Ben Graff (author of The Greenbecker Gambit) and I talk about the recently released Netflix series The Queen's Gambit (released 23 October) based on the book by Walter Tevis. Please give us some suggestions for our next binge watch / review! https://www.netflix.com/search?q=queens&jbv=80234304 Subscribe to The Chess Circuit podcast on your favourite podcast catcher! https://anchor.fm/thechesscircuit MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST The Greenbecker Gambit, by Ben Graff (benwriting123@gmail.com) - https://theconradpress.com/product/the-greenbecker-gambit/ Chess Improvement, by Peter Wells and Barry Hymer - https://www.crownhouse.co.uk/publications/chess-improvement
44:17
October 26, 2020
Andrew Horne - chess in South Africa
If you’re a premium subscriber to my Newsletter, imaginatively titled The Chess Circuit, you can suggest guests and topics for future episodes and enjoy many more yet-to-be-conceived perks. Today my guest is Andrew Horne, who is a well-known streamer (as ChessHeroes) and chess coach from South Africa.  We talk about; Pandemic aside, what is the chess scene like in South Africa?  What kind of events take place and how often?  Every weekend?  South Africa is 400% larger than England!! Do you get regular opportunities to play in FIDE rated tournaments? We spoke to Peter Hornsby in an earlier podcast.  How did you get involved in the 2020chess competition? What kind of audience do you get for your streams?  You are a chess coach, I see that they are aimed at being more educational rather than just being about watching someone play chess for hours (!) Do you like watching chess online yourself?  Who are your favourite commentators and do you have any role models!?  Like Yasser Seirawan or Sasha Grischuk, or Peter Leko or Peter Svidler. How did you get your National Instructors title and what has it meant for you and your chess career? What is the future of chess in (South) Africa?  Is there a base of young players coming through who might represent the future?  Is the coaching scene healthy?  Can you make a living? THANKS! MENTIONED DURING THE CHAT - Chess Heroes - https://www.twitch.tv/chessheroes - 2020chess a league for students (and now for all!) - https://2020chess.com/
01:08:15
October 21, 2020
The Queen's Gambit: Preview with Ben Graff
Ben Graff and Adam Raoof discuss the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis and the release of the forthcoming drama on Netflix! PLOT SPOILER ALERT! Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy)  discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fuelled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. The series is directed and written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series. THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill Camp.
37:47
October 19, 2020
Tom Quilter - creator of Pinpoint Learning and avid Chess960 fan
In this episode my guest is Tom Quilter, who is quite well known as a player on the tournament circuit and is also the creator of a great website for kids preparing for exams called Pinpoint Learning.  He is also a great advocate for Chess960 (otherwise known as Fischer Random chess).  We talk about how Chess960 might be the future of chess, whether the pandemic is actually a great opportunity for changing the way we think about what we are doing, playing ultimate frisbee in Hawaii, addictive personalities, losing weight by running, the Digital Nomad future, why car auctions have taken off online and much more! I particularly like the calming sound of wood pigeons in the background! ======================= If you’re a premium subscriber to my Newsletter, imaginatively titled The Chess Circuit, you can suggest guests and topics for future episodes and enjoy many more yet-to-be-conceived perks. MENTIONED DURING THE CHAT - Pinpoint Learning - www.pinpointlearning.co.uk - excellent software for kids to prepare for their exams - Chess960, AKA Fischer Random Chess - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fischer_random_chess Let me know if I've missed anything and I will update this page!
01:00:08
October 13, 2020
David Cordover - CEO of Tornelo
David Cordover bounced back from the pandemic by creating a totally unique platform, www.tornelo.com, where people could organise and play chess tournaments.  Six months later Tornelo is now seeing events with 1000+ participants and recently hosted the prestigious ECU European Youth Championships. The oldest of 5 children, David was born in London and lived in 15 countries before settling in Australia. He briefly attended Melbourne High School, leaving half-way through Year 10 to pursue his passion for chess. David's varied business career started at age 11 with the ubiquitous lawn mowing rounds and door-to-door sales. When he was 16 he founded Chess Kids, adding a retail business in 1999 and launching a National Schools Chess event in 2002. Chess Kids was acquired by Kids Unlimited in 2014. If you’re a premium subscriber to my Newsletter, imaginatively titled The Chess Circuit, you can suggest guests and topics for future episodes and enjoy many more yet-to-be-conceived perks.
01:17:02
September 26, 2020
Aloysius Lip - ScorchChess tournament management software - your scoreboard of choice
Today my guest is Oxford student, programmer, concert pianist and martial arts expert Aloysius Lip, who in his spare time has created some groundbreaking tournament management software called ScorchChess, which could be the next big thing if Magnus Carlsen sees it and buys it for PlayChess.  He is also a fan of hyperbullet, which is like bullet chess, only hyper. I talked to Aloysius after his work had just won the English Chess Federation award for Online Contribution to Chess (Joint Winners) – Aloysius Lip (Scorch Chess) & 4NCL Online. If you’re a premium subscriber to my Newsletter, imaginatively titled The Chess Circuit, you can suggest guests and topics for future episodes and enjoy many more yet-to-be-conceived perks. MENTIONED DURING THE CHAT - ScorchChess - https://scorchapp.co.uk/ - excellent management software for leagues - European Chess Union - https://www.europechess.org/ - ScorchChess Social Media - https://www.facebook.com/scorchchess and https://twitter.com/scorchchess - Four Nations Chess League - 4NCL - http://www.4ncl.co.uk/ - UK premier national team chess competition - Tornelo - www.tornelo.com  Let me know if I've missed anything and I will update this page!
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September 16, 2020
Chess Books: a review of Game Changer by Ben Graff
One of the things I've been asked to do for The Chess Circuit is provide an audio version of some of the articles. That might seem quite tricky when it comes to annotating chess games, but we'll have a go. For some of the book reviews and other articles. It's going to be simple. Isn't it? Chess For Life - https://matthewsadler.me.uk/chess-for-life/ Matthew Sadler's website - https://matthewsadler.me.uk/ Matthew's YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0pQR9jhWhWRhAA9v49kurw
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September 11, 2020
Ben Graff - author of The Greenbecker Gambit
IN THIS EPISODE I chat to author Ben Graff. We cover what's been going on at the World Chess Olympiad, writing his novel The Greenbecker Gambit, and what chess might look like after lockdown. If you’re a premium subscriber to my Newsletter, imaginatively titled The Chess Circuit, you can suggest guests and topics for future episodes and enjoy many more yet-to-be-conceived perks. MENTIONED DURING THE CHAT The Greenbecker Gambit - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Greenbecker-Gambit-Ben-Graff/ FIDE - The World Chess Federation - www.fide.com Ben Graff radio interview - https://sndup.net/296m Four Nations Chess League - 4NCL - http://www.4ncl.co.uk/ - UK premier national team chess competition Let me know if I've missed anything and I will update this page!
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September 03, 2020
Peter Hornsby of 2020chess.com
I chat to Peter Hornsby of www.2020chess.com, the innovative student team chess tournament that has gone global during the pandemic!  We cover making chess commentary accessible to all, cheating in chess, what his plans are post-pandemic and more. Apologies for the poor sound quality at my end!  It's a learning curve and the next podcast will be much more professional... If you’re a premium subscriber to my Newsletter, imaginatively titled The Chess Circuit, you can suggest guests and topics for future episodes and enjoy many more yet-to-be-conceived perks. MENTIONED DURING THE CHAT Scorchchess - https://scorchapp.co.uk/ - excellent management software for leagues Four Nations Chess League - 4NCL - http://www.4ncl.co.uk/ - UK premier national team chess competition
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