The first-ever episode of the Chicken Chess Club by Jan Gustafsson, Laurent Fressinet & Peter Heine Nielsen.
Chess Grandmasters & seconds to the World Champion Magnus Carlsen start by discussing Carlsen's recent foray into the poker world and whether this is good training for his "real job".
Next, they discuss FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich's awkward position and how Russia's involvement in FIDE could play out in the long term. Sergey Karjakin's recent ban from chess is also covered.
Ding Liren's road to the Candidates has involved a marathon of 26 games this month - is that okay?
Finally, Hikaru Nakamura & Richard Rapport qualified to the Candidates via the GP. Was it a surprise to our trio?
Bonus: Laurent reveals EXACTLY what Alireza Firouzja has been up to!
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