"Let's talk about chess" is a podcast hosted by Dutch chess writer and photographer Eric van Reem. In this podcast Eric talks with various interesting personalities from the chess world about their life and careers, but he also keeps an eye on the current situation in the chess world.
Host : Eric van Reem
Artwork : Fränk Stiefel
Editor : Dennis van Reem
Music : Silent Partner - Chess Pieces
#11 Allan Scott (The Queen's Gambit)
In this episode, Eric talks to 79-year old Mr. Allan Scott, one of the executive producers and creators of the Netflix hit series "The Queen's Gambit, the series that made it to the Top 10 in 90 countries and was ranked #1 in 63 countries. The filmmaker and writer Allan Scott had been attempting to sell his script for The Queen’s Gambit to studios for 30 years before it finally got made. Eric talks with Mr. Scott about this long process and the many directors that wanted to make the movie, like Bernardo Bertolucci, Tom Tykwer and Heath Ledger. The two also talk about former chess world champion Garry Kasparov, who was one of the chess consultants, the splendid locations in Berlin and about the book by Walter Tevis. And: is there going to be a second season? What will happen next to Beth Harmon? It's a fascinating exclusive interview with Mr. Allan Scott providing a lot of new background information about The Queen's Gambit.
#10 WGM Sabina Foisor
In this episode Eric talks to WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor, a Romanian-American chess player who competed in the Women's World Chess Championship in 2008 and 2017. Sabina won the women's US Championship in 2017. She works as a chess coach and in October 2020 her first book "Sherlock's Method - the working tool for the Club Player" was published by Thinkers Publishing. She wrote the book together with her fiancee GM Elshan Moradiabadi. Sabina and Eric chat about the Netflix Series "The Queen's Gambit", the emotional year 2017, online chess, her idol world champion GM Magnus Carlsen and of course about the book "Sherlock's Method".
#9 GM Andrey Deviatkin
In this episode Eric talks to the Russian grandmaster Andrey Deviatkin. Andrey decided to quit his chess career a couple of years ago, because he wanted to try something else: Chess960. But why did Andrey stop playing "traditional chess"? He said: "I understood that chess has become an absolutely different game from the one I have played in my childhood and youth. The computer has changed it dramatically. I have been working hard to become a chess grandmaster, but now my interest is over". Enough to talk about in this episode!
#8 Urban Chess - Jesús Medina Molina
Jesús Medina Molina launched “Urban Chess” in 2018, a social initiative in the Netherlands to place public chess tables in city parks. In March that year, the first three public tables were inaugurated in Máxima Park in Utrecht. Two and a half years later, 17 Dutch municipalities have followed already, and his initiative has already received words of endorsement from chess personalities like Anish Giri, as well as Judit and Susan Polgar.
Eric talks to Jesús about his project in The Netherlands, which has also caused attention in other countries who are interested in "Urban Chess". Jesús explains what a chess court is, how to approach municipalities and what is needed to place a chess court in your city. How much does a chess tabe cost and where to get them? Can we play chess during the Covid-19 pandemic? And what is his ultimate goal?
#7 Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhansson & GM Jóhann Hjartarson
In this episode your host Eric van Reem does not only talk about chess, but also about music with the Icelandic musician Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson. He is the keyboard player of the band Hjaltalín, and he is active in the country's music scene as an independent songwriter and arranger. Hjörtur wrote songs for the movie Autumn Lights, and one of those songs, "Seconds", was shortlisted for nomination to the Oscars 2017. Eric also talks to his father, legendary Grandmaster Jóhan Hjartarson about chess, music and Bobby Fischer.
#6 IM Merijn van Delft
In this episode, Eric talks to his compratiot IM Merijn van Delft, born in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands on 13.03.1979 about his new book "Mastering Positional Sacrifices: A Practical Guide to a Vital Skill in Chess", published by New in Chess in the summer of 2020. Since Merijn is incredibly active in the chess world as a trainer, organizer, tournament director, commentator and promoter of chess, there is a lot to talk about. Merijn also reveals something about a completely new chess project called ChessFellow. And: we finally learn what the "Bronstein Suite" is! Enjoy.