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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 75+ schools and companies including the law firm Kramer Levin. On this podcast, I talk about chess, education and business and bring on frequent guests.
 
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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…
 
In Episode 159, I converse with Evan Katz, Founder of Crawford Ventures. He is an award-winning hedge fund and private equity executive and fundraiser. He has a BS in Finance and Economics from Wharton and a JD from Harvard Law School. Outside of the hedge fund space, he is a chess player and big supporter of the game. We speak about his computer c…
 
Lord Carmine Villani is the World Champion in Endurance. Professionally, he is the Executive Board Member of Saudi Crown Holding. He is the former advisor to Blackstone Group and has a Masters in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. We speak about the Acc…
 
In Episode 157, I have the privilege of conversing with Interational Master Christopher Yoo, an American international master and the 2020 U.S. Cadet (U16) Champion. He won that title with an undefeated performance, eclipsing the field by one and a half points. The same year, the 13-year-old finished in fifth place (out of 10) at the U.S. Junior (U…
 
In Episode 156, I converse with John Fernandez, an award-winning revenue marketer with two decades of experience drive hundreds of millions of dollars in B2B SaaS pipeline and tens of millions of dollars in ARR globally and across prime industry verticals. He has led organizations through $1.3 billion in equity events between Seed, Series A, Series…
 
In Episode 155, I converse with Ira Miller, the Chairman and CEO of Zone Capital Partners, a financial holding company that consults with private and public Small Cap companies. The firm has an M&A advisory practice that serves Small Cap companies in the Technology, Healthcare, Medical Technology, Enterprise Software Solutions and Consumer Goods ma…
 
In Episode 154, I converse with Jim Egerton, Founder of Business on the Board™, a talent development company that uses a game-based approach to teach business strategies and tactics. By incorporating a #1 Best Selling business management self-development book into our clients’ experiences, their leaders gain a competitive advantage by becoming bett…
 
In Episode 153, I converse with International Master Carlos Perdomo. Carlos is a winner of three GA State Championships, and has been ranked one of the top three highest rated players in Georgia continuously since 2002. Under his leadership, the Emory University Chess Team defeated Duke, Yale, and Stanford in 2004. He is the Founder of Chess Atlant…
 
Grandmaster Ron Henley is an American grandmaster, writer, narrator, video producer, and former financial funding trader. He now acts as the Chess Program Director at Miami Country Day School and acts as Special Consultant to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices, as founder of RWH Advisors. In our longest podcast episode to date, we …
 
Julie Bruns has worked in learning and development for over 20 years and considers herself a lifelong learner. She has a passion for teaching others what's possible and loves connecting with people to share tips on how to enrich their lives, no matter where they are. Life and work can be wonderful, and she's here to show you how! We speak about her…
 
Brandon Gidicsin is in charge of business development for the Stamford, CT Junkluggers location and helps homes and offices with sustainable disposal services in Westchester, Putnam County, New York, and Western Connecticut. He is also a team leader of "Rise Together and Raise", raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is involved with…
 
Nigel Davies is a FIDE Senior Trainer (2021), International Chess Grandmaster (1993), former British Rapidplay & British U21 Champion (1988 & 1979), trainer at all levels (beginner to Grandmaster), winner of 15 international tournaments, author of 17 books, presenter of 45 chess DVDs, online publisher (The Chess Improver) and founder of Tiger Chess…
 
In Episode 148, I converse with Phiona Mutesi, who represented Uganda at four Women's Chess Olympiads, and is one of the first titled female players in Ugandan chess history. Mutesi is the subject of a 2012 book and a 2016 film called Queen of Katwe. She is the founder of the Phiona Mutesi Foundation. We speak about her upbringing in Uganda, dynami…
 
In Episode 147, I converse with 147th Episode with Cristhian Ortiz Elizarbe, Human Capital Senior Consultant at Deloitte Perú. Cristhian is an experienced human capital professional with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry in HR projects for local and multinational companies in Retail, Banking, Engineering, Marke…
 
In Podcast Episode 146, I converse with Adam Raoof, Founder of The Chess Circuit and Ben Graff, Journalist and Author of "The Greenbecker Gambit". See my recent appearance on their podcast here. We discuss the transition from corporate life to entrepreneurship a compare and contrast of The Greenbecker Gambit and Queen's Gambit, chess PR, the return…
 
Christopher Hunt is the Managing Director of Zone Capital Partners, LLC, which is a financial holding company which also has an active practice consulting with private and public companies that are under $ 500 million in market capitalization. He is all the co-founder of Acclarity Advisors, which helps public and private companies enhance press and…
 
In Episode 144 I converse with Victor Mikhalevski, an Israeli chess grandmaster who lives in Beersheba. As of March 2010 his Elo rating was 2611, making him the #7 player in Israel and the 171st-highest rated player in the world. His peak rating to date was 2632, which he reached on 1 January 2008. He won the Israeli Chess Championship in 2014 and …
 
In Episode 143, I converse with Jason Deluca, President of Columbia Club of New Jersey and CEO and Founder at Argonaut Media, an innovative advertising agency specializing in the creation, implementation and management of marketing campaigns. We speak about college fundraising, the new American Dream Mall, chess PR, chess as a vehicle in advertisin…
 
In Episode 142, I converse with Senior Master Jerald Times and Mike Papapavlou, Founder of Guitar Guide Guru. In the last few months, University of Texas at Dallas declared Jerald Times "Chess Educator of the Year" and Guitar World has declared Mike Papapavlou "Guitar Teacher of the Year". The three of us speak about the rise of city of inner-city …
 
In Episode 141, I converse with Inna Agrest, who is an IT Project Manager at Grenke Bank in Germany. She is also a member of the Swedish National Team, for which she has competed in 6 Olympiads. She recently was the captain of the 1st place team in the 1st FIDE World Corporate Championships. We speak about the importance of Women's tournaments, app…
 
In Episode 140, I converse with Alisa Melekhina, who is a FIDE Master and is currently a corporate litigator practicing in New York City. She has consistently ranked among the top ten female chess players in the country and has been a perennial member of the national team. Alisa won a gold medal representing the United States in the World Team Cham…
 
In Episode 139, I converse with Jacob Fortuna, a chess streamer. He is also a systems analyst at Auto-Owners Insurance, where he creates desktop applications with SQL server back ends using WPF and Visual Studio to automate actuarial solutions. We chat about the applications of chess in software engineering, the value of Twitch, the global chess co…
 
Peter Geeraerts is the Managing Director-CoChess at Play Magnus, a fast growing scale-up focused on chess, and is listed on the Merkur Market. CoChess is a start-up subsidiary of Play Magnus, providing an electronic marketplace to connect chess coaches with students. Peter hails from Ghent, Belgium and is a Customer and sales oriented executive/CEO…
 
Hanon Russell is the founder of Russell Enterprises, which has been publishing fine chess books for over three decades. With comprehensive international distribution, REI books are offered by both local book sellers and major book chains worldwide. We speak about his former legal career and the applications of chess in litigation, the influence of …
 
Misha Rubin provides transformational career programs which are designed for people to discover careers that bring a sense of meaning, fulfillment, and abundance. He spent over 20 years in corporate America; in his last position as a partner at Ernst & Young, he guided hundreds of careers. Find more about his services here. We speak about leaving C…
 
In Episode 135, I converse with Linda Brenner, the Founder of Talent Growth Advisors. She spent the early part of her career in a variety of operations and talent management roles. She worked in a variety of positions at The Gap, Pepsi and Home Depot. Learn more about her company, which leads finance, talent acquisition and talent management at For…
 
In Episode 134, I converse with Fide Master Andrey Terekhov, Author of The Life and Games of Vasily Smyslov. Andrey Terekhov is also a International Master in Correspondence Chess and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Two if his best tournament results were victories in the 2008 Munich Open and the 2021 Nabokov Memorial. He currently resides in Si…
 
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