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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 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…
 
In Episode 177, I converse with Mike Nietman, President of Wisconsin Chess Association and Former United States Chess Federation Board Member. Mike is currently serves as the Chair of the US Chess Election Committee, and a member of the National State Invitational Scholastic, State and Affiliate, and Trust commmiteees. We speak about obstacles in r…
 
In Episode 176, I converse with Elana Margulies Snyderman, Senior Manager, Publications at EisnerAmper and Co-Founder of Phyt Cares. During the day, she oversees, produces and edits various publications of many of EisnerAmper's largest industry groups and service lines. By evening, she volunteers to help run Phyt Cares, the 501c3 U.S. tax exempt an…
 
In Episode 175, I conerse with Debra Brunner, Chief Executive Officer at The Together Plan, which facilitates community capacity building for communities in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. We speak about the disconnected Belarusian Jews, the top Belarusian chess players, a sparknote summary of Belarus, ways to get involved with The Toge…
 
In Episode 174, I have the pleasure of conversing with Jessi Shakarian, User Experience Designer at DIA Design Guild. Thanks to The Queen's Gambit, Jessi recently got into chess and is excited to play her first over-the-board tournament in November. Follow her on Twitter. We speak about the The Queen's Gambit, The User Experience (UX) of various ch…
 
In Episode 173, I converse with Cory Reader, Chief Investment Officer at HK Wealth Management, Inc. Cory was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. He played basketball professionally with the LA Clippers and the Portland Trailblazers. Basketball took him all around the world, playing on 5 different continents (excluding Africa & Antarctica).He re…
 
In Episode 172, I converse with Woman FIDE Master Uyanga Byambaa, Economics PHD Student at University of California, Berkeley. Learn more about her through her blog My Memorable Tournaments. We speak about our memories of the 2012 Northern California International tournament, her thoughts on female titles and tournaments, her upbringing in Mongolia…
 
In Episode 171, I converse with Michael Chadwick, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Corcoran Group. He does sales and rentals all over New York City and has been featured on The Real Deal, Real Estate Weekly, The New York Times and more. We speak about the reasons there are so many actors in real estate, brokers' transitions between firms, the …
 
In Episode 170, I converse with Florian Helff, Chess Tournament Manager and Director of Business Development at Corporate Esports Association. In addition to preparing for the Second Corporate Chess Championship, which is taking place virtually from September 4- December 11, he works as a software engineer at Twitch. Furthermore, he is the Club Pre…
 
In Episode 169, I converse with Grandmaster Alexander Fishbein, who is a Director and Desk Strategist at TD Securities. He won the 1st Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1985. He also has earned the 1st place prize at some of the United States' major open tournaments, including the World Open and the National Open. One of his other major…
 
In Episode 168, I converse with National Expert Brian Wilmeth, Premier Chess Director of Virtual Programmers and Programmer. Brian splits his time between teaching chess, managing our virtual programs, and freelancing programming web and IOS applications. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Polytechnic University and a certificate in Huma…
 
In Episode 167, I have the pleasure of speaking with Karel van Delft, Author of Chess for Educators. Karel van Delft is a psychologist and chess trainer in Apeldoorn. He has is Masters in Psychology from University of Amsterdam. His son Merijn is an International Master. We speak about chess as a metaphor for life, the potential for autistic and ot…
 
In Episode 166, I converse with FIDE Master Justus Williams, Founder of Black Squares, which offers a range of opportunities for St. Louis city youth aged 6-18 to engage with chess. through an after-school program, group lessons and play, and weekend tournaments. Justus originally hails from the Bronx, NY and has been highlighted for his chess skil…
 
In Episode 165, I converse with Grandmaster Patrick Wolff, a two-time US Champion and Founder of Grandmaster Capital Management, a hedge fund that received seed capital from Peter Thiel, the founder of Clarium and a strong chess player himself. We speak about his inspiration from Fischer Boom, his wins against Former World Champions Garry Kasparov …
 
In Episode 164, I converse with Andrew Stein, a former investment banker, who founded Oprhaned Starfish Foundation (OSF). OSF works with 12,000+ orphans, victims of abuse and trafficing and other impoverished children in 26 countries. They have established 57 computer centers. We speak about Andrew's global investment banking and children's magic p…
 
In Episode 163, I converse with National Expert Jason Ciano, one of our instructors, who has been teaching chess for 20+ years at schools including PS166, Trinity and Greenwich Country Day School. He has trained five national champions. Jason Ciano is also an International Master in bridge. We speak about the controversial Chess Ratings North West …
 
In Episode 162, I converse with Rabbi Mark Wildes, founder of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), which is a warm and open community where millennial men and women in their 20s and 30s can explore Jewish life and meet new people. I recently finished MJE's senior fellowship program, in which I studied 3 hours of Torah every Wednesday night for a year…
 
In Episode 161, I converse with National Master, Jesse Lozano, Founder of Complete Chess. Jesse was born and raised in San Antonio. He has been competing in chess tournaments since high school and is a four-time San Antonio City chess champion. Lozano is a full time chess player and coach. His goal is to help San Antonio be a chess capitol and give…
 
In Podcast Episode 160, I converse with National Expert Andrew Hellenschmidt, a former Wall Street recruiter and trader, who has taught chess at Success Academy, PS 33, Nest+M and many other schools. We speak about a day in the life on Wall Street, the utilization risk management in chess, tips for chess improvement, his experience teaching with Ma…
 
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