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George Mirijanian. How do we get chess on TV?

George Mirijanian joins us on Episode 40 of “The Chess Files: The Answers are Out There” to tell us how he got his own chess show on Fitchburg Access TV. Related posts: Does Chess Have Problems? Interview with Carsten Hansen, chess author and chess problem creator. Jim Speaks with Al

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Was the Queen’s Gambit based on an actual person?

Episode 39 of “The Chess Files: The Answers are Out There” features our guest Diana Lanni, who helps us answer the question: “Was the character Beth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit” based on an actual person? Related posts: Jim interviews Bruce Pandolfini about his role as chess consultant on hit

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How has Chess changed in the last 50 years? Our guest today is Paul Whitehead

FM Paul Whitehead and I both played our first tournament chess game in 1972! We take a trip down memory lane together and compare what it was like then to what it is like now. Episode 38 of “The Chess Files: The Answers are OUT There” Related posts: Interview with

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What does democratic chess mean? Interview with Sasha Starr

Episode 37 of “The Chess Files: The Answers are Out There” discusses what is meant by the term democratic chess. Guest Sasha Starr tells us what he means when he says it. Related posts: 7 time Champion Grandmaster Irina Krush discusses recovery from COVID-19, plays a few live games in

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Interview with Sean Manross

Sean Manross explains to us what it means to be a State Affiliate of the US Chess Federation. Sean is President of the Southern California Chess Association. He is a member of FIDE’s Commission on Disability under GM Thomas Luther. He also tells us more about the complicated governance of

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Match teacher Sujeet Singh tells us about his experience teaching Math and promoting Chess in India.

Related posts: Mahmud Hassain: Leadership and Teaching Chess Jim Interviews Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, who tells us how chess teaches you life lessons, and how these lessons help you make your best moves in chess, and in life. Jim Interviews GM Joel Benjamin about teaching chess online Does Chess Have Problems?

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Carol Jarecki Remembered

Polly Write joins us on Episode 33 of “The Chess Files: The Answers are Out There” to tell us what it was like working with Carol Jarecki (1935-2021) and what it was like being her friend. Go to Carol’s Wikipedia page to learn more about her various accomplishments in and

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IM Kenneth Regan Interview

Chess and transitioning back to in-person meetings and tournaments is the subject of Episode 31 “The Chess Files: The Answers are Out There” with guest Kenneth Regan. He is an IM as a chess player as well as a Computer Scientist and Mathematician of some renown. Man! Is he smart?

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Lauren Goodkind vs Bots

Lauren Goodkind, chessbylauren.com, joins us on The Chess Files: The Answers are Out There” to tell us about Chess bots. What we really want to know is how to beat them! She also tells us about her teaching, videos, books, and publishing puzzles! She is one of a Goodkind! Related

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Mahmud Hassain: Leadership and Teaching Chess

The 29th episode of “The Chess Files: The Answers are Out There” talks about leadership and chess. Our guest Mahmud Hassain tells us about his experience studying leadership and teaching chess. We always learn something from our guests, but we learned a great deal from conducting this interview. What can

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