The Chess Angle

The Chess Angle

The Chess Angle is the official podcast of the renowned Long Island Chess Club in NY. We discuss chess, tournament play, and improvement at the amateur and club level. New episodes drop on Sundays. Sponsored by Chessable. Web: www.thechessangle.com. Twitter: @TheChessAngle. Email: info@thechessangle.com. Thank you for listening & we hope you win your next game!

Episodes

December 4, 2022 34 min

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In this solo episode, Neal shares some thoughts on a number of topics related to tournament chess. Talking points include:

  • Non-resigning in overwhelmingly worse positions with no time-pressure issues
  • Queen trade blunders
  • Are online ratings legit or a sham?
  • The Jobava London System (1. d4 2. Nc3 3. Bf4)
  • Resources for the Jobava London:

  • The Jobava London Sy...
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    Nick Figorito is a member of the Long Island Chess Club who recently earned the title of National Master (USCF 2200). In this episode, Nick shares his journey to Master, busts some common chess improvement myths, and offers some additional insight. Nick can be reached at nfigorito@ymail.com. Some of our talking points include:

  • Is there a "for...
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    Fide Master Carsten Hansen is a prolific writer who has authored an astounding 46 chess books and is a #1 best selling author on Amazon. Recently published books include The Anti-Alapin Gambit  and The Chess Wizardry of Wotawa, co-authored with Cyrus Lakdawala. Carsten is also an active chess coach and trainer. In addition, he is working to achieve...

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    The Chess Angle is sponsored by Chessable. Check out a list of our favorite courses! This episode is a primer on the Nimzo & Queen's Indian Defenses for adult improvers and club-level players. These two openings can be used as a complete system against 1. d4. Fighting for control of the e4-square is a major theme. Lines discussed include the following:

    NIMZO-INDIAN:

  • Rubenstein Variation with 4...b6: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 ...
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    Candidate Master and renowned chess educator Brian Karen returns to the podcast to discuss the chess cheating crisis as it relates to the amateur player, among other topics. Some of our talking points include:

  • How the prevalence of chess cheating is affecting amateur events
  • Why the Carlsen/Niemann controversy has become irritating & tiresome
  • Are cheat detection algorithms legitimate?
  • Chess coaching philosophies
  • Why do many players d...
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    This is our first episode recorded on location due to scheduling circumstances. Neal begins with some general remarks and then discusses the dangers of playing chess too literally or "inside the box." Sometimes deviating from conventional chess principles is a smart play.

    ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Check out a list of our favorite courses!

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    Analyzing your tournament games with a computer program such as Fritz or Stockfish is perhaps the most important component of any improvement plan. However, using a chess engine can sometimes be confusing at the amateur level. In this episode, we review some tips on how club players can use an engine effectively to improve. Some of our talking points include:

  • Why +/=  or  =/+  is really the same as  =
  • Identifying ...
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    This season's first solo episode is divided into two main segments with some additional subtopics thrown in. First, Neal argues that "waiting" moves or "passive" m...

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    Electronic Notation Devices (ENDs) offer a convenient way for players to keep score during chess tournaments. No more messy scoresheets or missing  moves. ENDs, however, have their de...

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    We've all heard of players who study several hours a day. Nice work if you can get it, but that's not viable for most adult improvers who have responsibilities and commitmen...

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    For this Season 3 Premier, Neal spoke with IM Justus Williams. Justus is featured prominently in the 2012 chess documentary Brooklyn Castle, which chronicles the famous chess team from Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, NY. At age 12, he was the youngest African ...

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    Grandmaster John Emms is a distinguished chess professional. He is one of the UK's top players, as well as a prolific writer, educator, and chess coach. The bulk of our conversation focused on his amazing (and hi...

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    July 24, 2022 43 min

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    ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable.  Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!

    This episode is a discussion of common endgame ideas, themes, and mistakes at the club level.

    Mentioned: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman (Amazon)

    Recommended Resources:
    Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jer...

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    This episode explores possible reasons why your rating is not increasing. It may have little to do with study time or knowledge of chess theory.

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    ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable.  Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!

    The London System has become one of the most popular openings for White. While it's a staple at amateur events, many top players use it as well, including GMs Magnus Carlsen, Gata Kamsky, Simon Williams, and Anis...

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    ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable.  Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!

    The French Defense (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5) is one of the most respected openings for Black, and is particularly effective at the amateur level. This is recommended as a complete repertoire against 1. e4. Some ...

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    ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable.  Chessable uses science-backed learning and the concept of spaced repetition to ensure retention. Check out their courses today!

    This week I spoke with my friend Jay Kleinman, a fellow chess amateur and social worker in NY. Jay recounted some fascinating experiences from the amateur tournament scene, and an overriding theme in our c...

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    Happy Father's Day to all the chess dads out there! In this episode, I will discuss the chess thought process through the lens of two of my recent OTB games. Some of the talking points include:

  • Confidence against higher-rated opponents
  • Trusting your analysis
  • Playing experience vs. studying
  • A suggested...
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    ♟This podcast is sponsored by Chessable. Neal is currently enjoying the course entitled The Agile London System, based on the book of the same name.♟

    We've all been there: the opponent who won't sit still or who keeps adjusting every piece. Distracting behavior at the chess board can be so infuriating that it adversely affects your results. In this episode, we disc...

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    ♟We are happy to announce our new collaboration with Chessable, who is now a sponsor of this podcast. Neal is currently enjoying the course entitled The Agile London System, based on the book of the same name.♟

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    For this interview episode, I spoke with USCF Expert Jarrod Tavares. Jarrod is an amateur/club player who has achieved tournament success with an unconventional, an...

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