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Chess Underground #23: The Candidates

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The February Chess Underground examines the intrigue and excitement surrounding the upcoming resumption of the 2020 Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Host Pete Karagianis takes an in-depth look at some of the matchups that may impact who ultimately goes on to challenge World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Feb 23 2021

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Chess Underground #22: Marty Grund

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The February Chess Underground takes a trip through time with Internet Chess Club co-founder Marty Grund.

Jan 27 2021

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The Chess Underground: December 2020

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In the December 2020 Chess Underground, host Pete Karagianis looks back on the year that wasn’t, his own best laid plans, and the difference between Chess and Go.

Dec 22 2020

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Chess Underground #20: Isaac Steincamp

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The November installment of Chess Underground's second season, Tournament Life, checks in with Isaac Steincamp, director of strategy at chess.com.

Nov 24 2020

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Chess Underground #19: Saumik Narayanan

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The October Chess Underground checks in with States Cup creator and lead organizer Saumik Narayanan. Saumik gives the inside scoop on the States Cup as it enters into the playoffs for its inaugural season. We also discuss his other endeavors, including bowling and chess, grant-writing, and a visit from a certain kind of raptor to a scholastic chess tournament.

Oct 27 2020

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Chess Underground #18: Tim McEntee

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The September 2020 installment of Chess Underground continues its exploration of the theme "Tournament Life" with NM Tim McEntee.

Sep 29 2020

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Chess Underground #17: Jim Hodina

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The August installment of Chess Underground checks in with ANTD Jim Hodina, Manager of Environmental Public Health for Linn County Iowa.

Aug 26 2020

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Chess Underground #14: Maret Thorpe

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Maret Thorpe (courtesy subject)

Chess Underground Season 2 Episode 2 catches up with Maret Thorpe, NTD and FIDE arbiter, about customer service, career changes, and riding a mechani

May 26 2020

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Chess Underground #13: Bill Broich

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Season 2 of the Chess Underground, Tournament Life, investigates the many nuances of the chess tournament subculture.

Apr 28 2020

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Chess Underground #12: The Candidates

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The Chess Underground is literally underground, in every sense of the word, live (on tape) from the quarantined, sheltered-in-place state of Illinois, where we check in from afar on the only show in town... in the world...

Mar 25 2020

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Chess Underground #11 - Previewing the 2020 Candidates

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The inaugural season of Chess Underground, Americana comes to a close. The examination of chess in the US began with flash mobs and beer and concluded with a trip back to civil rights era America, with plenty of fascinating stops in between. Join us this month for a brief intermezzo of sorts -  a first look at the 2020 Candidates Tournament, to be held in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Feb 26 2020

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Chess Underground #10: Garrett Scott

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Civil rights activist. Politician. Speech pathologist. Chess coach.

Jan 28 2020

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Chess Underground #9: Brian Wall

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This month’s Chess Underground features Colorado’s LM and NM Brian Wall, a true legend of American chess.

Dec 24 2019

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Chess Underground #8: FM Carl Boor

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The November Chess Underground catches up with FIDE Master, electronic musician dabbler and treasure hunter Carl Boor. Carl discusses the merits of Bronstein vs. Fischer, defeating a GM over the board vs.

Nov 26 2019

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Chess Underground 7: Dr. Henry Getz

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Dr. Henry Getz discusses his pet line in the Budapest, discovered after lining his living room with Ebay-purchased computer towers.

Oct 22 2019

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Chess Underground 6: William Aramil

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The September Chess Underground welcomes the first titled chess player to the show: NM William “Will the Thrill” Aramil.

Sep 25 2019

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Chess Underground 5: Stacia Pugh [PODCAST]

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Aug 28 2019

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Chess Underground 4: Jason Juett [PODCAST]

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Rook polynomials, mathematicians in burning hotel rooms, chess problem formulas, and the age old question: are chess and math related?

Jul 23 2019

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Chess Underground Episode 3: The Collector

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Episode 3 of the Chess Underground features chess set collector extraordinaire Ronald Suarez. For some, equipment is an afterthought. For others, a formality. For Ron, it’s a lifelong passion.

Jun 25 2019

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Chess Underground Features Micah Tuhy [PODCAST]

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May 28 2019

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Hi dad. Cool podcast. Very interesting

By Soli M K - Sep 18 2019
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I thought it was very interesting and fun to listen to.

Excellent

By mr.fogz - Jun 14 2019
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Thanks, US Chess!