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I am a national chess master, who was born and raised in New York City. After working in Enterprise Sales for a years after graduating Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a BA in Business International Studies, I decided to begin Premier Chess in September 2017. Since then, we have partnered with 100+ schools and companies including the law firm Kramer Levin. On this podcast, I speak about business, life, education and chess and bring on frequent guests. Learn more about Premier Chess at ...
 
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In Episode 227, I enjoy conversing with Olawa Gibson, Master Teacher at New American Academy Charter School, one of our esteemed clients. As part of school's educational leadership team, she uses data to drive instruction and create academic interventions based upon the needs of the students. She teaches small guided reading groups and handles beha…
 
In Episode 226, I have the privilege of interviewing Grandmaster Michael Adams, 7-Time British Champion. At his peak, at an ELO of 2761, Michael Adams was rated 4th in the world. He is a several-time World Championship Candidate. We speak about the origin of his nickname "Mickey", his thoughts on Queen's Gambit, Michael Adam's impact on my chess st…
 
In Episode 225, I converse with Kevin Fite, Founder & Executive Director at Detroit City Chess Club. For the last 18 years, his organization has provided the Metro Detroit youth with quality programs and experiences, which enable them to excel academically in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment. Kevin is also a Assistant Director of STEM …
 
In Podcast Episode 224, I converse with FIDE Master Nate Solon, Data Scientist. Nate is a Data Scientist Consultant at Chessable and is a former poker player. He has his Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. Nate provides weekly chess improvement insight tips in his newsletter Zwischenzug. We speak about Michigan football, over-the-…
 
In Episode 223, I converse with Roy Strauss, President of Strauss Consulting Group, LLC. Roy Strauss has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from The City College of New York and an Executive MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Strauss Consulting Group assists clients (start-up to fortune 500) in multiple industries to increase both their competi…
 
In Podcast Episode 222, I have the pleasure of speaking with Grandmaster Magesh Chandran Panchanathan, Founder of Kings and Queens Chess Academy. He was born in Madurai, India and moved to the the United States to get a Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Univiersity of Texas at Dallas. His playing highlights include winning the Asian Junior Che…
 
In Episode 221, I converse with Brad Tanenbaum, MBA, Bilingual Copywriter and Branding Strategist, who I have known since we were both in high school. Since graduating from York Prep School, he earned a Bachelors degree in Communications with a specialization in Spanish from University at Albany, SUNY, moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and followed…
 
In Episode 220, I converse with Grandmaster Keith Arkell, 2014 European Senior Champion. He won the English Chess Championship in 2008. In 2014 he was European Senior (50+) Champion, and, later in the year, tied for first in the World Senior (50+) Championship, but received the silver medal on tie-break. He is the author of Arkell's Odyssey and Ark…
 
In Episode 219, I interview National Expert Justin Morrison, Founder of Kid Chess, which teaches 4,000+ students each year in schools throughout Metro Atlanta. He started playing chess in high school and has over four decades of experience. He was the 3-time Georgia High School Champion from 1976 through 1978, High School Champion of Southeastern U…
 
In Episode 218, I converse with Michael Fried, Partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP. Since 1997, Fried has practiced Matrimonial and Family Law. He has engaged in numerous trials and hearings in New York County, Kings County, Nassau and Suffolk County and has had conducted countless depositions. He is a member of the New York State and N…
 
In Episode 217, I converse with the legendary coach Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard, Co-owner of Quality Chess and Killer Chess Training. He is the 2007 British Chess Champion and Scotland's third-highest rated player as of July 2021, with an Elo rating of 2477. In 2004, he took second place in the Scotish Chess Championship. In 2011, Aagaard was awarded…
 
In Episode 216, I converse with Paul Rubin, Founder and Executive Director at Camp Good Mourning!, a Long Island-based 501c3 nonprofit that provides FREE bereavement camp programs for Long Island children who are coping wit the death of a a parent and/or sibling. Paul Rubin has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Hofstra University and a …
 
In Episode 215, I converse with Rebecca Solodovnik, Psychotherapist & Certified Management Specialist. She is the owner of mindfree me, which helps clients with anxiety, anger, body image, coping with health issues, depression, eating disorders, grief, self esteem, stress, trauma, PTSD, and workplace trauma. She previously held senior Human Resourc…
 
In Episode 214, I converse with Kara Tatelbaum, Dancer, Choreographer, Coach and Author. After graduating from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU as a University Honors Scholar, Kara began her career as a professional dancer and choreographer, eventually starting her own modern dance company, Independentdancemaker at the age of twenty-one where she ea…
 
In Podcast Episode 2013, I converse with Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, a former Alabama state trooper, Air Force veteran and chess coach. He is the author of the #1 Amazon best seller, One Move at a Time, How to Win at Chess and Life. He is a captivating speaker/facilitator and founder of Be Someone, a Georgia-based nonprofit which teaches leadership a…
 
In Episode 212, I converse with my former Oracle colleague June Schaufus, Director, New Business Sales & Business Development at Bluecore. She is a sales leader with previous experience across business intelligence and analytics, back office/front office applications, data integration technology, and engineering software sales. At BlueCore, she hel…
 
In Episode 211, I converse with International Master Cyrus Lakdawala, Author of 52+ Books. Cyrus is a former American Open Champion who lives in San Diego CA. He has been teaching chess for four decades and is a prolific and widely read author. Much acclaimed books of his are 'How Ulf Beats Black, 'Clinch It!' and 'Winning Ugly in Chess'. He twice …
 
In Episode 210, I have the pleasure of conversing with Devin Miller, Founder and CEO at Miller IP Law. Miller IP Law helps startups and small businesses with patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He is also the host of The Inventive Journey podcast. We speak about the IP law process in a nutshell, misconceptions about trademarks and patents, inspira…
 
In Podcast Episode 209, I converse with Reena Friedman Watts, Podcast Host at Better Call Daddy Show, live from Dubai. She lives for the story, the people behind them and life. Her knack for storytelling has taken her to unexpected places, from the daytime drama of the Jerry Springer Show to the legal drama of the Judge Alex Show. And now, the sear…
 
In Episode 208, I converse with M. Quentin Williams, Founder and CEO at Dedication to Community (D2C) , the national nonprofit he established in 2012. D2C delivers skills-building workshops and ongoing forums to improve understanding and build relationships in communities through healing, reconciliation and unity. D2C experts work with government a…
 
In Episode 207, I converse with FIDE Master Todd Andrews, Executive Director at The Nashville Chess Center. At the age 16, Todd became a National Master and member of the United States Olympic Youth team. At the age of 18, Todd became a FIDE Master and was invited to participate in the United States Junior Championship. Todd is a 10-time Tennessee …
 
In Episode 206, I converse with Episode 206 with Nicole Hamilton, Associate Head of School at Franklin School, a brand new school opening in the fall of 2022 in Jersey City. Nicole Hamilton has two decades of exceptional teaching, technology, and leadership experience to Franklin. She also currently serves as Head of the Math Department at both Dwi…
 
In Episode 205, I converse with Jackie Botelho, Founder of ABCVIP, a well-known Hospitality and Event Agency, which is the concierge for 6000+ rooms across ten hotels in Manhattan and helps countless travelers and corporate clients have once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences. We speak about dollars vs dreams, productivity during COVID-19, events post C…
 
In Episode 204, I converse with Rachel Herman, Executive Director of Paws NY. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years, and prior to transitioning to PAWS NY full-time in January 2012, she worked in Development at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). During her time at PAWS NY, Rachel has been named “New…
 
In Episode 203, I converse with Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner, a long-term friend and colleague and the Founder of Grandmaster Mac. Molner won the Denker Tournament of High School Champions as a sophomore in 2004. He completed his final grandmaster norm in 2013, tying for first in the U.S. Open Chess Championship, held near Madison, Wisconsin that y…
 
In Episode 202, I converse with Grandmaster James Plaskett, Former British Chess Champion, a strong player, author and Who Wants to be a Millioniare? winner, live from the 2022 National After-School Association Convention in Las Vegas. He recently published a new book Bread and The Circus about his experience playing on the show. We speak about his…
 
In Episode 201, I converse with Davina Chebin, CEO of Divine Healing by D, Certified Reiki Master, Medical Intuitive & Spiritual Coach, and CMO at Almaz Investments. Davina has her BA in English Literature from Pace University. We speak about the real estate hustle, time management, the importance of self-care, delegation, an introduction to reiki,…
 
In our Milestone 200th Episode, I have the honor and privilege of conversing with the "Chess Gladiator" FIDE Master Asa Hoffmann. He is known as "the sparring partner of champions, with a peak regular rating of 2471. He was portrayed in the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer by actor Austin Pendleton. He recently published his autobiography The Last…
 
In Episode 199, I converse with National Expert Chris Johnson, Founder of Project Pawn, Instructor at Success Academy and Real Estate Broker at Coldwell Banker Realty. Project Pawn LLC is an organization that uses chess as a tool to sharpen minds. He has taught chess since 2000 and has taught hundreds of kids. He does sales and rentals in Manhattan…
 
In Episode 198, I converse with FIDE Master Carsten Hansen, Columnist at Chess Life Magazine, Seafreight Route Development Manager, UK & Ireland at Kuehne + Nagel, Columnist/Book Reviewer at American Chess Magazine. Learn more about his 37 books and career here. We speak about curiosity as a motivation, brainstorming for boooks, a preview of his up…
 
In Episode 197, I have the pleasure of conversing with Grandmaster Joel Benjamin and Expert Harold Scott, authors of Winning the World Open. Joel Benjamin won the US Championship three times and happens to be the player with the most World Open first places: six! He is a very successful author of books on chess. His Liquidation on the Chess Board w…
 
In Episode 196, I converse with David Lazarus, Chess Coach at Millburn Short Hills School District, live from the United States Amateur Team East in Parsippany. Prior to teaching chess, David worked as a programmer at Toys R Us, Union County College and elsewhere. We speak about annual fun at the Amatuer Team East, his friendship with our 180th pod…
 
In Episode 195, I converse with National Master Dan Heisman, who is an award-winning chess author and full-time chess instructor in Wynnewood PA. He is also a FIDE Candidate Master. We discuss teaching chess to 1000+ students globally, virtually, his tutelage of Howard Stern, transferable skills from chess to engineering, studying with Internationa…
 
In Episode 194, I converse with Dmitri Shneider, Chief Financial Officer at Play Magnus Group , which is a leader in the chess industry and a publicly traded company. PMG is the parent company of Chessable, chess24, New In Chess, iChess, AimChess, Everyman Chess, CoChess, and the Play Magnus suite of apps. It is also the organizer of the widely fol…
 
In Episode 193, I converse with Chloe Godin, Licensed Real Estate Broker with Triplemint. Chloe maintains dual Swiss-U.S. citizenship and has extensive experience living in the UK, Belgium and France. This unique international sensibility combined with a deep knowledge of local real estate makes Chloe a valuable resource for foreign investors in ad…
 
In Episode 192, I converse with National Master Josh Sinanan, President of the Washington Chess Federation. He is on the board of other chess nonprofits, including Chess Mates Foundation, Northwest Chess Foundation, and Chess Enrichment Association, and teaches after-school chess classes in about 10 different Seattle-area schools. We speak about th…
 
In Podcast Episode 191, I have the pleasure and honor of conversing with Grandmaster Pascal Charbonneau, CFA. He is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Vazirani Asset Management, LLC, a hedge fund focused on special situations and event driven trading. He is also the founder of GM Pascal Advisory, which offers separately managed accounts to qualified inv…
 
In Podcast Episode 190, I converse with Candidate Master Brian Karen, who is ranked within the top 3% of tournament chess players by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and Federation Internationale Des Échecs (FIDE). Brian has had to demonstrate exceptional instincts at motivating, relating to, and teaching children chess in order to succeed…
 
In Podcast Episode 189, have the privilege of conversing with Candidate Master Danilo Cuellar, who teaches a lot of our virtual programs and in-person classes in Rockland County and New Jersey. He has been has been playing chess and teaching in Rockland County, Westchester and New Jersey for 20+ years. Danilo tied for 1st in the 1997 New York State…
 
In Episode 188, I converse with Andrej Milic, Esq United States Immigration Attorney at Santana Rodriguez Law P.A. He represents foreign clients in affirmative petitions with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”), as well as provides direct representation at interviews and in deportation proceedings before the U.S. Immigration Courts. H…
 
In Episode 187, I converse with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO & Founder of Ajax Union A B2B Digital Marketing Agency. The agency's team of experts help B2B businesses with SEM, SEO, Social Media, Email Marketing, Conversion Optimization, Marketing Automation, Business Blogging, Marketing Funnel Development, Design and Development and more. We speak about the …
 
In Episode 186, I converse with Rabbi Mendy Brukirer, Director of Outreach at Olami Manhattan. Olami Manhattan, formerly known as Meor Manhattan, has been building and cultivating a vibrant community of Jewish young professionals that is changing Jewish life in the heart of New York City, and is moving the needle for the future of the Jewish people…
 
In Episode 185, I converse with David Shriner-Cahn, Host of Smashing the Plateau and Founder of the Smashing the Plateau Community. He hosts two podcasts to help you build your consulting business following a late career job loss, so that you can do what you love and get paid what you're worth: • Smashing the Plateau -- growing your consulting busi…
 
In Episode 184, I converse with Dr. Nava Silton, a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Marymount Manhattan College. Nava has written over three dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, over twenty chapters, book reviews and encyclopedia entries, and has edited six full textbooks, in addition to the comic series "Real Abilities".…
 
In Episode 183, I converse with Jay Stallings, Founder of Coach Jay's Chess Academy, live from Dubai. He is an Expert-level chess player and certified FIDE Trainer with 25 years coaching experience. He runs a non-profit organization that has taught chess to over 40,000 students. He and his wife, Michel, have two sons, both of whom played chess in t…
 
In Episode 182, I have the pleasure of conversing with National Master Evan Rosenberg, who is an education attorney at The Law Offices of Neal H. Rosenberg. Evan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He received a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School. He is now transitioning from practicing …
 
In Epsiode 181, I have the honor of interviewing James Altucher, American Hedge-fund Manager, Author, Podcaster and National Chess Master. James Altucher has co-founded 20 companies and written 20 books. He is an alum of Cornell University. He is a US Chess National Master and owner of Stand Up New York. We discuss his thoughts on the Upcoming Carl…
 
Dr. Richard Lewis retired two years ago from his dentistry career and has since taught for us in several schools in Westchester and the Bronx. He taught International Master Yaacov Norowitz and our New Jersey Instructor Mikhail Kruglyak when they were children in Elizabeth, NJ. We speak about his life on the Thomas Jefferson High School chess team,…
 
In Podcast Episode 179, I converse with National Master Gabriel Ewing, Premier Chess Instructor and Programmer. Gabe has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. He recently started teaching for us after he left Google, where he was a full-time Software engineer for four years. He made National Master…
 
In episode 178, I converse with Galen Pyle, CEO of Best Knight Games and Senior Strategic Advisor at FOCUS Investment Banking Business Owners: Let's Discuss Selling Your Business. He is an Experienced E-Commerce CEO with a 10+ years history of scaling and selling e-commerce businesses We speak about his leadreship of the Reed College Chess Club, th…
 
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