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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. Featured guests include titled players and dedicated amateurs. New episodes drop on Sundays. Web: www.thechessangle.com. Twitter (X): www.twitter.com/TheChessAngle. Email: info@thechessangle.com. Thank you for listening and we hope you win your next game!

The Chess Angle Long Island Chess Club

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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. Featured guests include titled players and dedicated amateurs. New episodes drop on Sundays. Web: www.thechessangle.com. Twitter (X): www.twitter.com/TheChessAngle. Email: info@thechessangle.com. Thank you for listening and we hope you win your next game!

    Ep. 115: What (Some) Chess Coaches Don't Get (Game Analysis #9)

    Ep. 115: What (Some) Chess Coaches Don't Get (Game Analysis #9)

    This week, Neal begins by diving into the listener mailbag. This is followed by an instructive analysis of a recent OTB tournament game. We cover the following and more:
    A common piece of chess coaching advice that is often more idealistic than realistic The Pirc Defense (1. e4 d6) Play in the center Queen's Indian Defense Exchange sequences Rook and pawn endings The OTB thought process Game Referenced: 1831 vs. Neal (G/90;d10)
    1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Qc2
    Nxc3 9. Qxc3 Be4 10. Nd2 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 d5 12. e4 c5 13. cxd5 exd5 14. dxc5 Bxc5
    15. Nb3 d4 16. Qc4 Qe7 17. Nxc5 bxc5 18. f3 Nd7 19. b4 Rac8 20. bxc5 Qxc5 21.
    Qxc5 Nxc5 22. Ba3 Rfd8 23. Bxc5 Rxc5 24. Rad1 Kf8 25. Rd2 Ke7 26. Rfd1 Ke6 27.
    f4 f6 28. Kf3 Ra5 29. Rxd4 Rxd4 30. Rxd4 Rxa2 1/2-1/2
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    • 40 min
    Ep. 114: How to Avoid Time-Trouble at Club-Level Chess Tournaments

    Ep. 114: How to Avoid Time-Trouble at Club-Level Chess Tournaments

    Like it or not, the clock is just as much a part of tournament chess as the board and pieces. Poor clock management is a consistent problem for many players. We cover:
    Why clock management is essential for tournament success Common causes of time-trouble (and how to avoid it) The dangers of perfectionism and obsessing over the "best" move An interesting trick you can use to get your opponent into time trouble Referenced:
    Ep. 16: "Chess for Tigers" Ep. 29: "The Seven Deadly Chess Sins" Chess for Tigers (Amazon) The Seven Deadly Chess Sins (Amazon) 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com.
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    • 38 min
    Ep. 113: Stop Dropping Pawns! (Game Analysis #8)

    Ep. 113: Stop Dropping Pawns! (Game Analysis #8)

    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. Qxe7
    Rxe7 28. Rfc1 1-0
    📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com.
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    • 36 min
    Ep. 112: Chess Tournament Savvy, Playing Amid Distractions, Prepping for OTB Play & More feat. NM Nick Panico (Chess Coffee Talk #4)

    Ep. 112: Chess Tournament Savvy, Playing Amid Distractions, Prepping for OTB Play & More feat. NM Nick Panico (Chess Coffee Talk #4)

    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.
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    • 44 min
    Ep. 111: How to Boost Your Chess Rating Using Draw Offers

    Ep. 111: How to Boost Your Chess Rating Using Draw Offers

    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.com.
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    Website Twitter (X) YouTube Patreon Buy Me a Coffee The Amazon links above are affiliate links. Qualifying purchases help support this podcast at no additional cost to you.
     

    • 45 min
    Ep. 110: IM Michael Rahal on the Challenges of Adult Chess Improvement & More

    Ep. 110: IM Michael Rahal on the Challenges of Adult Chess Improvement & More

    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 his thoughts on the chess content creation space and previews his upcoming Chessable and YouTube projects.
    Links for IM Michael Rahal:
    Twitter/X YouTube Instagram 📧 If you have a question or topic idea for a future episode, e-mail us at info@thechessangle.com.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

BonnieBanksOfLochLomond ,

Just fantastic!

I love this show! Since starting a new job, and taking the long car journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh every morning Neil and his guests have become one of my most trusted and reliable ‘get me throughs’.

As a club player (at Cathcart Chess Club), so far this season I am yet to lose a game. While I can’t say for certain which aspect of my game should take sole credit for this feat, and I have even beaten a 1750 rated player I should add, one thing that is for sure is that all the many aspects of my study and lifestyle are contributing. Mainly I would say the Chess Angle has hugely contributed to my keeping an interest in the game, and also inspired me to study harder. I just love the show though, fantastic wit and humour, and really enjoyable listening. It never gets boring.

I could write more and more, but as a busy adult I probably should return to the flow. One other thing I want to say though, been reading the Jeremy Silman amateurs mind book, and you’re right this is an excellent book. During competitive play I have found myself realigning my thoughts in middle game positions and using Silmans advice on where to look for progress.

I look forward to hearing more podcasts, I think I am about halfway. This is a remarkable collection of recordings Neil, I really congratulate you on this and also wish you a win on the next game.

Cheers,

Graeme

Polskijay ,

Fantastic

This has been a real inspiration to me. As an amateur chess player each episode has given me so much value. Very well delivered and structured. One of if not the best chess podcast I have listened to so far. Pleas keep them going. Best wishes from London. 🙏

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