EP 358- GM Robert Hungaski on Teaching Chess Teachers, Nakamura, Shirov, Niemann The Indian Chess Boom & more
This week a favorite guest returns to the pod, GM Robert Hungaski. Robert wears many hats in the chess world, as an accomplished player, Fide Senior trainer and International arbiter. His newest project involves organizing and presenting FIDE-sanctioned chess teaching seminars from some of the top trainers in the world, including Grandmasters Gregory Kaidanov, Alexey Shirov, Antoaneta Stefanova and many others. These seminars provide a unique opportunity to learn tricks of the trade from some chess legends. In addition to this project, Robert always has plenty of entertaining and insightful stories, and this interview is no exception. Robert reflects on his encounters with young Nakamura and Niemann, his trip to the 2022 Chess Olympiad, his friend GM Ulf Andersson, and, of course, he leaves with a bit of chess study advice and a book recommendation. It is always fun to talk chess with GM Hungaski!
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Prior Interview 2019- Episode 149
02:00- Robert describes his “chess upbringing” and why his contemporaries (such as Nakamura, Vitugiov and Le Quang Liem) made him feel like he had no chess talent.
Mentioned: GM Joel Benjamin, Jen Shahade
08:00- Robert reflects on the rise of chess in India and describes his trip to the 2022 Olympiad.
11:00- Robert discusses the teachers’ seminars he is arranging featuring top GMs like Shirov, Kaidanov, Illescas and many others. It will take December 8-10.
Also Mentioned: Stefanova, Cheparinov, Bologan, Yottachess.com
25:00- Robert tells stories about GM Alexei Shirov.
Mentioned: GM Andy Rodriguez
31:00- Who are the most impressive players Robert has analyzed with?
Mentioned: GM Grande Zuniga, Ulf Andersson
32:00- As a fellow Connecticut native, what have been Robert’s interactions with GM Hans Niemann?
39:00 Robert tells a few stories about spending time with GM Bill Lombardy, Boris Spassky and others
46:00- Ulf Andersson stories
50:00- Robert’s chess improvement advice
55:00- Patreon mailbag question-
“How many openings does Robert suggest that his students learn?”
Mentioned: Boom Boom- The World vs. Boris Becker
1:01:00- Who is the most impressive blitz player Robert has ever seen?
1:02:00- Book talk!
Mentioned: Domination by Kasparyan
Thanks to GM Hungaski for joining me, you can contact him via his website:
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