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Chess improvement as an adult is harder than it should be. Plus, the journey can sometimes feel too stressful and serious. This show aims to fix that by 1) interviewing experts who can offer clarity on the best ways to improve; and 2) giving you a heap of fun with “chess entertainment” shows that discuss chess culture, events, movies, etc. Most episodes feature a guest, but sometimes I'll do a solo show on a topic. This is all brought to you by me, Daniel Lona. I’m a dedicated chess amateur and the owner of Adult Chess Academy. After listening to this podcast, I want you to have a clearer idea of how to improve, and have a more fun, dynamic chess experience. Please follow the show so you don’t miss an episode!

The Chess Experience Daniel Lona

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    • 4.5 • 33 Ratings

Chess improvement as an adult is harder than it should be. Plus, the journey can sometimes feel too stressful and serious. This show aims to fix that by 1) interviewing experts who can offer clarity on the best ways to improve; and 2) giving you a heap of fun with “chess entertainment” shows that discuss chess culture, events, movies, etc. Most episodes feature a guest, but sometimes I'll do a solo show on a topic. This is all brought to you by me, Daniel Lona. I’m a dedicated chess amateur and the owner of Adult Chess Academy. After listening to this podcast, I want you to have a clearer idea of how to improve, and have a more fun, dynamic chess experience. Please follow the show so you don’t miss an episode!

    Overcoming "Chess Burnout" With Omar Mills

    Overcoming "Chess Burnout" With Omar Mills

    Ep 45  Have you ever put a ton of energy and work into chess…but your results failed to match your expectations? So, you became frustrated. Dejected. Maybe even disillusioned with the process.
    This is the potential downside that comes with a passion for chess:
    Burnout.
    That happened to my guest, Omar Mills.
    Omar is my inaugural adult improver guest (it’s about time I feature some fellow adult club players!) He has been serious about chess for the past two years, studying and playing for hours nearly every day.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    A healthier way to approach chess improvement beyond just chasing ratings and wins. When the magic of The Queen’s Gambit clashes with reality, what keeps you excited about the game?A “chess genie” tells Omar he can have any one chess wish he wants, what does he ask for? (Spoiler: he has two wishes.)-------
    Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?
    Chess Improver Monthly offers:
    Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.
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    Where to Find Omar:
    TwitterTwitchThe Morphy book referenced in the episode.
    >> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com (PROMOTION)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    GM Irina Krush: The First & Only American Woman to Earn the GM Title

    GM Irina Krush: The First & Only American Woman to Earn the GM Title

    044 Few American women in chess are as inspiring as Irina Krush. That may be obvious from the title of this episode alone.  But to listen to Irina tell her story in this interview…

    To hear her wisdom, strength, and charisma - you get the full measure of why she’s so inspiring to chess players worldwide.

    No surprise, though from the person who's been an unprecedented 8x US Women’s Champion.

    AND the only American woman to have earned the GM title.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    Her feelings on her nail-biting loss in the 2022 US Women’s Championship.Why she loves doing chess commentating.Her favorite top player that she has yet to play.Practical advice for overcoming a difficult tournament.-------
    Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?
    Chess Improver Monthly offers:
    Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.
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    More From Irina:
    GM Chess: Irina’s coaching business for scholastic players>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com (PROMOTION)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Romanian-American Powerhouse: WGM Sabina Foisor

    The Romanian-American Powerhouse: WGM Sabina Foisor

    043 Born in Romania. Daughter of two International Masters. The young chess star, WGM Sabina Foisor, moved to America as a young adult and conquered the women’s chess scene by winning the 2017 US Women’s Championship.

    In this episode, we discuss: 
    What it’s like growing up in a chess family with high expectations for success.The emotional journey of preparing & competing for the 2017 US Women’s Championship while her mother became seriously ill.Improvement questions on pawn structures, the “right time” to trade queens, and creating an opening repertoire that excites you.The surprising career Sabina would’ve attempted if not for chess.--------
    Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?
    Chess Improver Monthly offers:
    Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.
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    More from Sabina:
    Website (coaching)TwitterTwitch​​>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com (PROMOTION)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    A Passion For Chess Without Loving the Game w/ IM Elisabeth Paehtz

    A Passion For Chess Without Loving the Game w/ IM Elisabeth Paehtz

    042  The #1 female player in Germany for many years: IM Elisabeth Paehtz.
    Even beyond her impressive accomplishments as a chess player, which include:
    Winning the 2018 European Women’s Championship in rapid chess.Representing Germany for the Women’s Chess Olympiad over 10 times.Elisabeth has some refreshing and pleasantly unexpected insights about the game. In this episode, we discuss:
    Why she never “loved chess” but still has a deep passion for the game.How being an adult has changed her playing style.Writing a book on her life as a female chess player.What caused her unexpected late-career rating climb. --------
    Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?
    Chess Improver Monthly offers:
    Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------
    More From Elisabeth:
    Elisabeth’s TwitterElisabeth’s InstagramThe Paehtz Method (her course on iChess.net)>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com (PROMOTION)

    • 55 min
    A Journey To Be The First US Black Woman Chess Master w/ Rochelle Ballantyne

    A Journey To Be The First US Black Woman Chess Master w/ Rochelle Ballantyne

    041 You may know her as one of the featured students from the 2012 documentary, Brooklyn Castle.  A superb film that covered a low-income, junior high school’s talented chess team. One of the main students the film explored was the inspiring story of Rochelle Ballantyne.

    Ten years after its release, Rochelle is now a 3rd-year law student at New York University.

    She also recently re-committed to her goal of becoming the first American Black woman to earn the NM title.

    In this episode, we cover:
    Reflections on the impact Brooklyn Castle has had on her life.Why Rochelle chose to put more effort and time into earning the NM title.Her insights on being a black woman in a predominantly male, white chess community.The shifting importance and meaning of chasing the NM title in her life.Where to Watch Brooklyn Castle:
    YouTube Link for Brooklyn CastleAmazon DVD of Brooklyn Castle--------
    Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?
    Chess Improver Monthly offers:
    Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------
    >> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com (PROMOTION)

    • 55 min
    Teaching Openings & The Perils of Engine Game Analysis w/ IM Christof Sielecki

    Teaching Openings & The Perils of Engine Game Analysis w/ IM Christof Sielecki

    040 Few people today are creating as many highly praised chess courses as IM Christof Sielecki. Since the start of this podcast, I’ve looked forward to one day having him as a guest on the show. Now he’s here!

    His story may resonate with other adult improvers...

    It wasn’t until age 13 that he began his chess journey in earnest. And it wasn’t until his late 30’s that he strived for his biggest achievement: earning his IM title.

    After discussing his chess life, in this episode we talk about: 
    What inspired him to update his most popular course: Keep It Simple: 1.e4Why you need to be cautious when evaluating your games using the accuracy percentages.Balancing opening repertoires with best move lines and those you’d see at the club level.How should you approach a game with a balanced position and no clear advantage for either side?--------
    Want to join my exclusive community for adult chess improvers?
    Chess Improver Monthly offers:
    Group coaching & game review from titled players to help your chess.Submit guest questions & private episode discussions for The Chess Experience Podcast.Live video chats w/ me & fellow adult improvers to have fun & stay motivated.Much more!Check out all the membership benefits here.---------
    More From Christof:
    Christof’s Chessable CoursesTwitterYouTube ChannelWebsite>> Join my official FREE club for The Chess Experience on Chess.com (PROMOTION)

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Kid Sensation ,

Outstanding!

Daniel Lona knows his chess! I went in expecting it to be good, but this is exceptional. As one of the many new chess adult improvers who discovered (or rediscovered) their love for chess after watching “Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix, I have been looking for anything that serves adults who are also novices. The Chess Experience is that podcast. Honestly, that would have been enough, but Daniel ups the ante by having interviews with chess masters, so there is something for all levels. Entertaining, informative, well-produced and paced. Great work.

ChrisLachance ,

Been Waiting for This

Finally…a podcast for 95% of the chess community right now—those trying to get out of the beginner category.

Love love love it so far. Keep it up!!

Steelcurtain_89 ,

Thank you!

Thank you so much for making this podcast Daniel! It’s great to be able to listen to engaging content that’s focused on people like me (adult improver). The first 3 episodes have been awesome and I can’t wait to see where this journey goes. Very excited to learn and continue to grow.

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