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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. 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!

The Chess Angle Long Island Chess Club

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

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!

    Ep. 42: Playing in Tournaments With a Full-Time Job feat. Dan Levin (USCF 1724)

    Ep. 42: Playing in Tournaments With a Full-Time Job feat. Dan Levin (USCF 1724)

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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 commitments outside of chess . My guest this week is Dan Levin, a Long Island Chess Club regular and New York attorney. We discussed what it's like being a tournament player while adulting, among other topics. Some of our talking points include:
    A thematic analysis of two of our games played at the clubWhy do some 800-rated opponents play like they're 1800?The Caro-Kann opening: 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5Major events vs. local clubs - Which is better?How Dan got to play former world champion Boris SpasskyRating swingsInternet & speed chessOur links:
    WebsiteTwitterYouTubeFacebookE-mail: info@thechessangle.com

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 41 (S3 Premier): IM Justus Williams on Chess Improvement, Brooklyn Castle & More

    Ep. 41 (S3 Premier): IM Justus Williams on Chess Improvement, Brooklyn Castle & More

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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 American to achieve the NM title. Currently, Justus runs Black Squares Chess, which brings the game to kids in underserved communities. Some of the talking points from this episode include:
    Justus's quest for the GM titleBehind the scenes info from Brooklyn Castle  & the IS 318 experienceA technique to improve tournament results when facing critical positionsWhy Justus prefers chess study using physical books over computersHow playing in Washington Square Park helped his developmentIs it possible to get a good slice of pizza outside of NY?🍕Links for IM Justus Williams:
    Brooklyn Castle (YouTube - stream entire film)Brooklyn Castle (Amazon - DVD)Black Squares Chess/DreamBuilders4EquityBlack Squares Chess main siteJustus's appearance on CBS This MorningOur links:
    WebsiteTwitterYouTubeFacebookE-mail: info@thechessangle.com

    • 48 min
    Ep. 40 (S2 Finale): Tournament Strategy feat. GM John Emms

    Ep. 40 (S2 Finale): Tournament Strategy feat. GM John Emms

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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 highly recommended) book, The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess (Amazon).  Club players and adult improvers of all levels should find our discussion  highly beneficial. John reviews several topics from the book and offers practical strategies for tournament play at the amateur level.

    Some of our talking points include:
    The CEM (check every move) methodAvoiding high risk/low reward tacticsBluffing & The Poker FaceConverting winning positionsDraw offers & "draw by reputation"Choosing an opening repertoireClock control & time managementLong think, wrong thinkInternet & blitz chessJohn's Twitter page: @GMJohnEmms

    📚Visit John's Amazon.com Author Page for a full list of titles📚

    Selected works by GM John Emms:
    The Survival Guide to Rook EndingsThe Ultimate Chess Puzzle BookStarting Out: The Queen's IndianStarting Out: The SicilianEasy Guide to the Nimzo-IndianDiscovering Chess Openings : Building a repertoire from basic principlesMore Simple Chess: Moving on from the Basic PrinciplesThis episode is our Season 2 Finale. Season 3 begins September 2022. The Amazon links above are affiliate links, which earn us a commission on qualifying purchases. This helps support the podcast at no additional cost to you.

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Ep. 39: Endgame Tips for Improvers

    Ep. 39: Endgame Tips for Improvers

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    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 Jeremy Silman (Amazon)
    Pandolfini's Endgame Course by Bruce Pandolfini (Amazon)

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    • 43 min
    Ep. 38: Why Your Rating Is Not Increasing

    Ep. 38: Why Your Rating Is Not Increasing

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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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    • 47 min
    Ep. 37: The London System for Club Players

    Ep. 37: The London System for Club Players

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    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 Anish Giri. The London System is easy to learn yet very sound and solid. It can lead to slow positional play or dynamic attacking play. The London can be used as a complete opening repertoire for White or as an occasional surprise against an unsuspecting opponent. Regardless, Black can easily get crushed if he's not careful or plays on autopilot. Some of this episode's talking points include the following:
    "System" openings definedWhat exactly is the London System?Why the London is so effective at the amateur levelAddressing criticism of the London SystemBasic themes and conceptsComments on the recommended resources belowRecommended Resources:
    The London System in 12 Practical Lessons by Oscar De Prado (Amazon)The London System for the Busy Chess Player by GM Simon Williams (chess.com)Tips & Tricks of the London System by GM Aman Hambleton (chess.com)The Agile London System by GM Alfonso Romero & FM Oscar De Prado (chessable)The Jobava London System by GM Simon Williams (chessable)While I currently recommend the recent De Prado book above as your starting point (as far as physical books), you should be aware of the seminal text Win With the London System by Johnsen & Kovacevic (Amazon), which contains both illustrative games and an in-depth analytical section.
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    Our links:
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    E-mail: info@thechessangle.com

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

lasertswift ,

Excellent Podcast - I feel like it has REALLY helped my game

This is a great podcast for the chess enthusiast. I have been listening to it regularly and trying out the tips that are suggested. I feel like it has helped me step up my game. Thank you so much! Keep them coming!

bg000001a ,

Outstanding adult improvement podcast!!!

I last played chess on my high school team and have recently returned after nearly a 40 year hiatus. Upon my return I was overwhelmed by the abundance of material that is “out there” and was really clueless on how to go about retooling my game. That is where this podcast comes in. You will get practical, concise advise and tips from an experienced tournament director who clearly has a passion for chess. He has an engaging manner and I find his podcasts to be accessible and useful. I will usually listen to each episode a few times, and sometimes take notes on key points that I want to integrate into my training/game prep. Just for reference, I am about 1400 rapid on chess.com.

BookClub28 ,

Might be the best chess podcast for amateurs

This is probably my favorite chess podcast. The content and presentation are excellent - well organized, and lots on no-nonsense, practical advice. I like the mix of solo and interview episodes. Well produced and highyl professional. Recommended!!

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