Ep. 113: Stop Dropping Pawns! (Game Analysis #8)
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by Long Island Chess Club
4d ago
You hang one pawn, then eight moves later you hang another, and then your opponent easily wins the game while you're still processing where you went wrong. This is all too common at the club level. In addition, Neal dives into the Listener Mailbag. Game Referenced: Neal vs. 1490 (G/90;d10) 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Bf5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 Bd6 5. Bg3 Nf6 6. Bxf5 exf5 7. Qf3 Qd7 8. Bxd6 Qxd6 9. c3 Qd7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Nf3 Nc6 12. O-O Rfe8 13. Qc2 Qd6 14. Qxf5 Ne7 15. Qc2 Ng6 16. Nbd2 Ng4 17. Rae1 Re6 18. h3 Nf6 19. c4 c5 20. cxd5 Qxd5 21. b3 Ne4 22. Nxe4 Rxe4 23. Qxc5 Qd8 24. Rc1 h6 25. Rc2 b6 26. Qc7 Qe7 27 ..read more
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Ep. 112: Chess Tournament Savvy, Playing Amid Distractions, Prepping for OTB Play & More feat. NM Nick Panico (Chess Coffee Talk #4)
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by Long Island Chess Club
2w ago
National Master Nick Panico returns to the pod for some "chess coffee talk" and shares his insights from the tournament scene. We cover: Developing a tournament routine Playing while distracted What to do when the guy next to you won't stop coughing Our thoughts on caffeine consumption as a chess player Preparing for OTB play ? If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. ? Our Links:  Website Twitter (X) YouTube Patreon Buy Me a Coffee ..read more
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Ep. 111: How to Boost Your Chess Rating Using Draw Offers
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by Long Island Chess Club
2w ago
This week we take a deep dive into the psychology of draw offers for the club-level player. Strategically offering or accepting a draw can add quite a number of points to your rating. We break this down in detail. Referenced: Ep. #40: Tournament Strategy feat. GM John Emms Ep. #53: NM Rob Guevara on Why He Declines All Draw Offers Ep. #57: GM Alex Lenderman on Adult Improvement, Chess Cheating, & More The Complete Book of Chess Strategy (Amazon) The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess (Amazon) ? If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.co ..read more
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Ep. 110: IM Michael Rahal on the Challenges of Adult Chess Improvement & More
The Chess Angle
by Long Island Chess Club
3w ago
This podcast recently crossed the half-a-million download mark! Thank you all for your support of The Chess Angle. This week's guest is International Master Michael Rahal. Michael is a professional trilingual chess coach, content creator, and FIDE Press Officer. In this jam-packed episode, he provides thoughtful insight on the challenges of improving at chess as an adult and why there's not always a positive correlation between chess study and tournament results. Michael also details his experiences interviewing some of the world's most elite players including Magnus Carlsen. He then shares hi ..read more
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Ep. 109: Chess Improvement Shortcuts for the Busy Adult Improver
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by Long Island Chess Club
1M ago
This week's pod is an updated and revised version of Episode 12: Chess Improvement Hacks for Busy People. Neal offers some practical time-saving hacks for busy adults with limited study time and argues that social media overload may harm your chess progress.   If you're enjoying the pod, please consider telling your chess playing friends about us and giving us a 5-star review on your podcast app of choice. We appreciate your support! Referenced: 12 Apps We Can't Stop Using, for Better or Worse (WSJ article) Episode #43: Are Electronic Notation Devices Legit?  ? If you have a q ..read more
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Ep. 94: Sicilian vs. Caro-Kann, Neal's 2024 Chess Study Plan, & More
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by Long Island Chess Club
1M ago
Happy New Year! For our first episode of 2024, Neal answers some questions from our listener mailbag and shares his chess study plan for 2024.  Chapters: (00:00) - Intro (01:20) - Neal's 2024 Study Plan (09:57) - Are YouTube Videos Helpful? (14:43) - Chess Club Attendance (34:37) - Sicilian vs. Caro-Kann (41:33) - Aggressive vs. Timid Opponents (48:02) - Outro Referenced: Practical Chess Exercises (Amazon) ? Support the Show:  Patreon  Buy Me a Coffee ? If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com. ? Our links: Website Twitt ..read more
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Ep. 92: Stop Being Afraid of 1. d4: Tips for Club-Level Chess Players
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by Long Island Chess Club
1M ago
Many club-level players consistently have trouble facing 1. d4. This week, we explore why that is, and offer some practical and philosophical advice. Chapters: (00:00) - Intro (01:40) - 1. d4 General Thoughts (07:00) - Social Media and 1. d4 (12:12) - 1. d4 vs. 1. e4 (15:10) - Nimzo & Q. Indian Defenses (22:30) - Fighting the London System (26:54) - Fighting the Catalan Opening (34:05) - Outro Referenced: Ep. 48: The Nimzo & Queen's Indian Defenses: A Complete System Against 1. d4 ? Support the Show:  Patreon  Buy Me a Coffee ? If you have a question or topic idea for a fut ..read more
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Ep. 91: The Botvinnik System: An Easy-to-Learn Opening for White
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by Long Island Chess Club
1M ago
The Botvinnik System is a solid opening choice for White that is easy to learn. We also discuss system openings generally and how they can benefit club players with limited study time. **Errata: In the episode at (23:31), it should be 8. d3, not e3. Please refer to the .pgn below. Chapters: (00:00) - Intro (00:37) - System Opening Benefits (15:54) - Botvinnik System (24:26) - Outro Referenced: Silman Article Chess Openings: How to Play the English Opening! (YouTube) Win with The Botvinnik System in The English Opening (YouTube) Ep. 37: The London System for Club Players Botvinnik System Main ..read more
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Ep. 90: Common Club-Level Chess Mistakes: Matching, Punishing, “Temper Tantrum” Chess & More
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by Long Island Chess Club
1M ago
This week we take a deep dive into some of the most common thematic mistakes that club players make on a regular basis. Most of them have to do with misguided tournament strategies and mishandling your opponent, rather than a lack of chess theory. Chapters: (00:00) - Intro (04:08) - The 3 Most Missed Moves (08:19) - Misreading Defensive Moves (11:20) - Brain Fog (13:40) - Matching (16:45) - "Temper Tantrum" Chess (20:34) - Punishing (25:29) - Chess Theater (30:27) - "Active" Moves (33:33) - Early Pawn Overextensions (36:06) - Clock Management (42:02) - Accepting Disruptive Behavior (47:07) - O ..read more
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Ep. 89: Chess "Backsplaining" & the "Null Move" Strategy for Club Players feat. FM Alex King
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by Long Island Chess Club
1M ago
FM Alex King returns to the podcast to share his journey from NM to FM. In addition, we discuss some practical improvement topics that club players of all levels should find useful. Check out Episode #23 if you missed Alex's first appearance on the pod. Alex resides in Memphis, TN and is an active player, coach, and writer.  Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 26:54 - Rating Deflation 35:42 - Backsplaining 42:55 - Null Move Strategy/Hypothesis 59:36 - Outro ? Referenced: Winning Grind Like a Grandmaster Links for FM Alex King: Facebook Twitter lichess Null Move article ? Support the Show:  ..read more
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