This episode is our Season 5 Finale. Season 6 coming soon!
Our guest this week is Brian Karen, a Candidate Master, chess educator, historian, and regular contributor to the podcast. We discussed the evolution of chess clubs and the amateur tournament scene, specifically from the 80s, 90s, and early 00s until now.
00:00 - Intro
09:26 - Rise of International Players
14:00 - Postmortems
18:38 - Analog vs. Digital Clocks
28:11 - Speed Chess
30:35 - OTB vs. Online Ratings
38:37 - Female Attendance at Chess Clubs
43:59 - Outro
FB Groups Referenced:
Chess Book Collectors
FIDE World Chess Championship 2025
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