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This monthly podcast, hosted by Director of Publications and editor of Chess Life Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes with the author of each month’s cover story.

Latest Episodes

June Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Jesse Kraai

The June edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, now hosted by Chess Life and Chess Life Online Editor John Hartmann, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month’s guest is GM Jesse Kraai, who wrote the cover story on “Chess & Coronavirus” for our June issue. While the main topic of discussion is chess in the age of COVID-19, we also talk about his book Lisa: A Chess Novel, his ideas on improvement, and his work with Chess Dojo. GM Kraai also recorded an audio version of his cover story, which can be heard in this video at our YouTube channel. Congratulations to Mario García González who was the winner of the “Best Question” contest. Mario receives a $50 gift certificate from uscfsales.com for submitting his question. Keep an eye on US Chess social media at Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win next month, when we interview IM Vignesh Panchanatham for the July edition of “Cover Stories.”

43 minJUN 2
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June Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Jesse Kraai

May Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Francesco Rambaldi

The May edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month’s guest is GM Francesco Rambaldi, who contributed annotations to our May Chess Life cover story on the Cairns Cup. We talk to him about the Cairns Cup, growing up playing chess in France and Italy, his current status as a member of the Saint Louis University chess team, and his new book, The Caro-Kann Revisited – A Dynamic Repertoire for Black. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Send in your questions now about anything involving Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

43 minMAY 5
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May Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Francesco Rambaldi

April Cover Stories with Chess Life: Tom Beckman

The April edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Tom Beckman, the impresario of the Eastern Open since 2009, who wrote our article on this perennial event. (Note: The authors of our cover story about chess on Grand Cayman Island were unavailable.) We talk to Tom about his time running the Eastern Open, how chess has enriched his life, his teaching philosophy, and why he considers himself as a “freak on openings.” Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Send in your questions now about anything involving Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

49 minAPR 8
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April Cover Stories with Chess Life: Tom Beckman

March Cover Stories with Chess Life: Menachem Wecker

The March edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Menachem Walker, who wrote about chess and autism as part of our special issue on accessibility. Wecker is not your typical chess writer; he is a freelance journalist who is a former (full-time) education reporter at U.S. News & World Report who covered arts and religion on a freelance basis for Houston Chronicle for nearly five years. His writing has appeared in Playboy, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, Columbia Journalism Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Art Newspaper, artnet, America, Religion News Service, Christian Science Monitor, National Catholic Reporter, Mosaic, Sojourners, Arab American News, Mormon Times, and others. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be on chess in the Cayman Islands. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

53 minMAR 3
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March Cover Stories with Chess Life: Menachem Wecker

February Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Lev Alburt and Jon Crumiller

The February edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to GM Lev Alburt and Jon Crumiller about their cover story on the history of–and the possibility of bringing back–adjournments. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be on the topic Chess is for All and will cover chess and accessibility. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

49 minFEB 4
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February Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Lev Alburt and Jon Crumiller

January Cover Stories with Chess Life: Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Jamaal Abul-Alim discusses his January 2020 cover story on U.S. Women’s Champion WGM Jennifer Yu The January edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Jamaal Abdul-Alim about his cover story on WGM Jennifer Yu. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be about the possibility of bringing back adjournments to tournament chess. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

35 minJAN 7
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January Cover Stories with Chess Life: Jamaal Abdul-Alim

December Cover Stories with Chess Life: Al Lawrence and 80 Years of US Chess

The December 2019 edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Al Lawrence (our first four-time guest!) about his cover story on the 80th anniversary of US Chess. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be about our U.S. Women’s Champion Jennifer Yu, and our guest will be the article’s author, Jamil Abdul-Alim. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

40 min2019 DEC 3
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December Cover Stories with Chess Life: Al Lawrence and 80 Years of US Chess

Cover Stories with Chess Life: November Guest GM Joel Benjamin

The November 2019 edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to GM Joel Benjamin about his remembrance of GM Pal Benko, who died in August 2019 at the age of 91. We discuss his personal memories of Pal and go into more detail about the Benko Gambit. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be about our 80th Anniversary of US Chess. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

39 min2019 NOV 5
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Cover Stories with Chess Life: November Guest GM Joel Benjamin

Cover Stories with Chess Life: October Guest IM Kostya Kavutskiy

The October 2019 edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to IM Kostya Kavutskiy about his cover story on IM Christopher Yoo, America’s latest, youngest, IM. IM Kavutskiy is a professional chess author, journalist, coach, commentator, and player. He’s written a number of articles for CLO, Chess Life, and other chess publications. He currently resides in Mountain View, CA, and his plans are to pursue the GM title while working actively as a coach. And don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s Chess Life cover story will be our remembrance of GM Pal Benko. Send in your questions now about this topic or a...

52 min2019 OCT 1
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Cover Stories with Chess Life: October Guest IM Kostya Kavutskiy

Cover Stories with Chess Life: September Guest GM Joel Benjamin

The September 2019 edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to GM Joel Benjamin about senior chess: Both his cover story on the U.S. Senior Championship and his companion piece on the World Senior Team where the U.S. players successfully defended their gold medal. Make sure to listen to Joel’s quick impression of all of his fellow U.S. Senior competitors! When we hit Benjamin with the following trivia question, does he get the answer right? “You were the first person to do this in Chess Life; what was it?” And don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s Chess Life cover story will be the story of Christ...

50 min2019 SEP 3
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Cover Stories with Chess Life: September Guest GM Joel Benjamin

Latest Episodes

June Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Jesse Kraai

The June edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, now hosted by Chess Life and Chess Life Online Editor John Hartmann, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month’s guest is GM Jesse Kraai, who wrote the cover story on “Chess & Coronavirus” for our June issue. While the main topic of discussion is chess in the age of COVID-19, we also talk about his book Lisa: A Chess Novel, his ideas on improvement, and his work with Chess Dojo. GM Kraai also recorded an audio version of his cover story, which can be heard in this video at our YouTube channel. Congratulations to Mario García González who was the winner of the “Best Question” contest. Mario receives a $50 gift certificate from uscfsales.com for submitting his question. Keep an eye on US Chess social media at Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win next month, when we interview IM Vignesh Panchanatham for the July edition of “Cover Stories.”

43 minJUN 2
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June Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Jesse Kraai

May Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Francesco Rambaldi

The May edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month’s guest is GM Francesco Rambaldi, who contributed annotations to our May Chess Life cover story on the Cairns Cup. We talk to him about the Cairns Cup, growing up playing chess in France and Italy, his current status as a member of the Saint Louis University chess team, and his new book, The Caro-Kann Revisited – A Dynamic Repertoire for Black. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Send in your questions now about anything involving Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

43 minMAY 5
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May Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Francesco Rambaldi

April Cover Stories with Chess Life: Tom Beckman

The April edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Tom Beckman, the impresario of the Eastern Open since 2009, who wrote our article on this perennial event. (Note: The authors of our cover story about chess on Grand Cayman Island were unavailable.) We talk to Tom about his time running the Eastern Open, how chess has enriched his life, his teaching philosophy, and why he considers himself as a “freak on openings.” Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Send in your questions now about anything involving Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

49 minAPR 8
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April Cover Stories with Chess Life: Tom Beckman

March Cover Stories with Chess Life: Menachem Wecker

The March edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Menachem Walker, who wrote about chess and autism as part of our special issue on accessibility. Wecker is not your typical chess writer; he is a freelance journalist who is a former (full-time) education reporter at U.S. News & World Report who covered arts and religion on a freelance basis for Houston Chronicle for nearly five years. His writing has appeared in Playboy, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, Columbia Journalism Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Art Newspaper, artnet, America, Religion News Service, Christian Science Monitor, National Catholic Reporter, Mosaic, Sojourners, Arab American News, Mormon Times, and others. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be on chess in the Cayman Islands. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

53 minMAR 3
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March Cover Stories with Chess Life: Menachem Wecker

February Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Lev Alburt and Jon Crumiller

The February edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to GM Lev Alburt and Jon Crumiller about their cover story on the history of–and the possibility of bringing back–adjournments. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be on the topic Chess is for All and will cover chess and accessibility. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

49 minFEB 4
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February Cover Stories with Chess Life: GM Lev Alburt and Jon Crumiller

January Cover Stories with Chess Life: Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Jamaal Abul-Alim discusses his January 2020 cover story on U.S. Women’s Champion WGM Jennifer Yu The January edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Jamaal Abdul-Alim about his cover story on WGM Jennifer Yu. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be about the possibility of bringing back adjournments to tournament chess. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

35 minJAN 7
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January Cover Stories with Chess Life: Jamaal Abdul-Alim

December Cover Stories with Chess Life: Al Lawrence and 80 Years of US Chess

The December 2019 edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Al Lawrence (our first four-time guest!) about his cover story on the 80th anniversary of US Chess. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be about our U.S. Women’s Champion Jennifer Yu, and our guest will be the article’s author, Jamil Abdul-Alim. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

40 min2019 DEC 3
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December Cover Stories with Chess Life: Al Lawrence and 80 Years of US Chess

Cover Stories with Chess Life: November Guest GM Joel Benjamin

The November 2019 edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to GM Joel Benjamin about his remembrance of GM Pal Benko, who died in August 2019 at the age of 91. We discuss his personal memories of Pal and go into more detail about the Benko Gambit. Don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s cover story will be about our 80th Anniversary of US Chess. Send in your questions now about this topic or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify!

39 min2019 NOV 5
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Cover Stories with Chess Life: November Guest GM Joel Benjamin

Cover Stories with Chess Life: October Guest IM Kostya Kavutskiy

The October 2019 edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to IM Kostya Kavutskiy about his cover story on IM Christopher Yoo, America’s latest, youngest, IM. IM Kavutskiy is a professional chess author, journalist, coach, commentator, and player. He’s written a number of articles for CLO, Chess Life, and other chess publications. He currently resides in Mountain View, CA, and his plans are to pursue the GM title while working actively as a coach. And don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s Chess Life cover story will be our remembrance of GM Pal Benko. Send in your questions now about this topic or a...

52 min2019 OCT 1
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Cover Stories with Chess Life: October Guest IM Kostya Kavutskiy

Cover Stories with Chess Life: September Guest GM Joel Benjamin

The September 2019 edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to GM Joel Benjamin about senior chess: Both his cover story on the U.S. Senior Championship and his companion piece on the World Senior Team where the U.S. players successfully defended their gold medal. Make sure to listen to Joel’s quick impression of all of his fellow U.S. Senior competitors! When we hit Benjamin with the following trivia question, does he get the answer right? “You were the first person to do this in Chess Life; what was it?” And don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to USCFSales.com! Send in your question to podcast@uschess.org, and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month’s Chess Life cover story will be the story of Christ...

50 min2019 SEP 3
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Cover Stories with Chess Life: September Guest GM Joel Benjamin
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