Jam packed with coverage of Levon Aronian's ascent to 2800, the Tal Memorial and World Blitz Championships, Magnus Carlsen's withdrawal from the World Championship Candidates matches, the U.S. Chess League -- we talk to IM Sam Shankland -- PLUS, chess players in trouble with the law, and setting simultaneous records...in Second Life!

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GM Boris Alterman: It was the test of the simul, with 12 players. For me the difficult part was just to control the avatar and to fly from board to board then to adjust board and to focus, then only to move a piece. The simul was around 2.5 hours, when I played around 15-20 moves only. In ICC I would have finished 50 ga...mes [in that time]. However SL wanted me to play another simul in a few months when they are planning to improve all the technology and logistics.

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  • lefthandsketch

    Fantastic show guys, keep up the awesome work. I look forward to your commentary at the london classic.

    Nov 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm
  • ein

    Keep it up, fellas. The world needs quality chess podcasting.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm
  • despondman

    Excellent and very entertaining episode. Please carry on doing this on a regualr basis.

    Dec 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm
  • Rustyj


    I am thoroughly enjoying your London Classic Round 2 commentary (after the fact), and look forward to listening live on Friday. I’ve checked out your podcast site and like the discussions there as well. However, you guys are so good on the video, and in elucidating chess games that you may consider a web broadcast where you do more of this sort of thing–even if it is not live. You could do post analysis on tournaments taking place all over the world. But seeing you, and seeing the chess board with your comments makes all the difference.

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:01 am
  • lefthandsketch

    Awesome coverage of the London Classic! It’s kind of sad actually, because by doing such an awesome job of covering this tournament with live commentary and post-mortem analysis etc, you’re highlighting how little coverage even major chess tournaments normally get. I hope this is how the World Championship match will also be covered. I’m looking forward to your next show.

    Dec 13, 2010 at 2:10 am