50 episodes

A podcast dedicated to the journey of adult chess improvement. Each week a guest will join me to discuss what has worked for them, what hasn't worked as well, and the status of their journey.

Chess Journeys: Tales of Adult Improvement Dr. Kevin Scull

    • Leisure
    • 4.7 • 53 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to the journey of adult chess improvement. Each week a guest will join me to discuss what has worked for them, what hasn't worked as well, and the status of their journey.

    Ep. 51 JJ Lang (2100 USCF) - Chess Feels Podcast

    Ep. 51 JJ Lang (2100 USCF) - Chess Feels Podcast

    This week on Chess Journeys, JJ Lang stopped by for a conversation about chess improvement. We talked a bit about his own rapid improvement followed by a long plateau. Additionally, we discussed a wide range of topics such as how and when to calculate, the value of coaching, excuses for losses, chasing the IM title, the value of endgame study, and the importance of mastering “easy” tactics.

    Be sure to check out the Chessfeels podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts.

    If you would like to be a guest on Chess Journeys, contact me on Twitter or fill out the following Google Form:  https://forms.gle/gSnvmUnvpykkgT1y5

    As always you can support the show at https://www.patreon.com/ChessJourneys.

    Also, be sure to check out my Chessable page at www.chessable.com/chessjourneys

    If you are considering using Aimchess, please use the code drscull30.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep. 50 Jennifer Shahade (WGM)

    Ep. 50 Jennifer Shahade (WGM)

    Welcome to the 50th episode of Chess Journeys! To cebreate, I bring you a special guest, Jennifer Shahade. We had a great conversation regarding a range of topics. We discussed her experiences as a developing chess player. We chatted about finding the balance between underconfidence and overconfidence. Of course, Jennifer shared some stories from her new book, Chess Queens. We focused on the adult improvers to give us all some inspiration.

    Be sure to check out Jennifer Shahade’s newest book, Chess Queens!

    https://www.amazon.com/Chess-Queens/dp/1399701398/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1655952339&sr=8-1

    If you would like to be a guest on Chess Journeys, contact me on Twitter or fill out the following Google Form:  https://forms.gle/gSnvmUnvpykkgT1y5

    As always you can support the show at https://www.patreon.com/ChessJourneys.

    Also, be sure to check out my Chessable page at www.chessable.com/chessjourneys

    If you are considering using Aimchess, please use the code drscull30.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 49 Bert (700 USCF, 900 Rapid, 1500 Daily)

    Ep. 49 Bert (700 USCF, 900 Rapid, 1500 Daily)

    This week on Chess Journeys, I spoke with Bert. He’s an adult improver trying to juggle parenthood and a career with chess. We spoke extensively about how he uses data analysis to improve his study plans and opening choices. We talked about his choice of the King’s Gambit as a means of maximizing fun and results at his rating level. Bert talked about his study plan and how coaches have impacted his training. We also discussed his fear of playing kids in tournaments. Are they all underrated masters in waiting or do some just hang pieces like other players rated under 1000?

    If you would like to be a guest on Chess Journeys, contact me on Twitter or fill out the following Google Form:  https://forms.gle/gSnvmUnvpykkgT1y5

    As always you can support the show at https://www.patreon.com/ChessJourneys.

    Also, be sure to check out my Chessable page at www.chessable.com/chessjourneys

    If you are considering using Aimchess, please use the code drscull30.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep. 48 Evan (2000 USCF)

    Ep. 48 Evan (2000 USCF)

    This week on Chess Journeys, I spoke with Evan. He’s a software engineer, adult improver, and van lifer. We discussed his long journey in chess starting with his weekly chess tournaments as a child culminating in a high school chess championship. It turns out most of his progress was made by playing slower time control OTB tournaments. But he did provide a number of resources for improvement such as Chernev’s Logical Chess: Move by Move. Be sure to check out his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDHbNJ8kCgTQl_9gHy79I1w

    If you would like to be a guest on Chess Journeys, contact me on Twitter or fill out the following Google Form:  https://forms.gle/gSnvmUnvpykkgT1y5

    As always you can support the show at https://www.patreon.com/ChessJourneys.

    Also, be sure to check out my Chessable page at www.chessable.com/chessjourneys

    If you are considering using Aimchess, please use the code drscull30.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 47 Jay (1800 USCF)

    Ep. 47 Jay (1800 USCF)

    This week on Chess Journeys, I spoke with Jay. He stated with no hesitation his goal of reaching GM as a 40+ adult improver. Jay has a relatable journey full of starting and stopping through the years as life demands have called him away from chess. However, in 2018, Jay returned for good. In our conversation, he discusses how he restructured his life around chasing his goal. We talked about coaching, study plans, and resources such as master level game analysis. As Jay says someone has to make GM as and adult improver, and he would like to be the one who does it!

    If you would like to be a guest on Chess Journeys, contact me on Twitter or fill out the following Google Form:  https://forms.gle/gSnvmUnvpykkgT1y5

    As always you can support the show at https://www.patreon.com/ChessJourneys.

    Also, be sure to check out my Chessable page at www.chessable.com/chessjourneys

    If you are considering using Aimchess, please use the code drscull30.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep. 46 Jim (The Return!! 1500 Lichess)

    Ep. 46 Jim (The Return!! 1500 Lichess)

    This week on Chess Journeys, the first ever guest, Jim, returns for a followup interview. We discussed what he has done during the last year, his rating gains, and his OTB experiences. We spent the bulk of the episode talking about Jim’s experiences preparing for the Chicago Open, including his first over the board tournament.

    If you would like to be a guest on Chess Journeys, contact me on Twitter or fill out the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/gSnvmUnvpykkgT1y5

    As always you can support the show at https://www.patreon.com/ChessJourneys.

    Also, be sure to check out my Chessable page at www.chessable.com/chessjourneys

    If you are considering using Aimchess, please use the code drscull30.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

CraiggoryC ,

Keep ‘em Coming

I love the different perspectives that Dr. Scull gets each week. One week it’s IM elect Tatev Abrahamyan or WGM Jen Shahade the next week it’s a computer programmer that has just played in their first OTB tournament.

Like I said in the title, keep ‘em coming!

-NM Craig C.

jcgoody ,

Great for us ascending players

I love that this podcast captures people in my same position as a player. Inspirational, enlightening, and sincere, it’s a great listen for anyone who is trying to improve their chess game. Great stuff!

SimbaWilliam ,

A chess podcast that we can all relate to

This podcast is great for average chess players (which means most of us!). It's interesting to hear how others train and stay motivated & positive.

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