Daniel (Danny) Rensch is an International Chess Master, the Vice President of Chess.com (LLC) and ChessKid.com, one of the world's most well-known chess broadcasters, and an accomplished chess trainer/coach. Danny is married with 4 kids, so when he's not providing 'edutainment' (his own, ridiculous made-up word for what he does) to global chess audiences, he's likely playing ball, shooting hoops, or losing to one of his children at a random video game of their choice.
Challenge Danny on chess.com, watch him on Chess.com's YouTube and Twitch, and geek out on his Wikipedia page.
Episode | September 20th, 2018 | 36 mins 27 secs
captain marvel, chess, coffee, marvel, movies, streaming, tech, twitch
After nearly a year and a half Danny has finally gone through his own coffee revolution. He has gone through the upgrade process of grinding and brewing, and now he has finally reached a new level of appreciation for good and bad coffee alike. It is not all coffee as we break down the world of Twitch streaming, how Marvel is ruining our lives, and of course the new Captain Marvel trailer!
Episode | September 13th, 2018 | 29 mins 44 secs
chess, en passant, jamaica, tech, travel
Danny makes an epic voyage to Jamaica and Motz learns an important lesson with his first ever en passant.
Episode | September 6th, 2018 | 28 mins 59 secs
box, chess, coffee, crossfit, life, magnus, working out
Danny steps back into the box with Jed and crushes it while Magnus is fending off Caruana.
Episode | August 30th, 2018 | 40 mins 15 secs
chess, coffee, computer, engine, moving, parenting, team work, tech
We have become YouTube famous! We talk nick names, parenting blunders, and what the heck is this new Computer Chess Championship from Chess.com.
Episode | August 23rd, 2018 | 40 mins 23 secs
chess, coffee, family, hording, moving, park city, seattle, tech, utah
Danny is off saving the world and helping shape chess.com's future out in Park City, while Motz is in the middle of packing up his life into tiny boxes. We ponder why we horde so much stuff, why Motz's smart car is so awesome, and corporate sponsorship in chess.
Episode | August 16th, 2018 | 33 mins 43 secs
america's got talent, chess, coffee, family, parenting, smog, tech, weather
Danny is under the weather, but is a champ to pull through this week's podcast to discuss chess memes, parenting, being sick, and America's Got Talent.
Episode | August 9th, 2018 | 42 mins 56 secs
6 player, barkthin, chess, coffee, ireland, scc, snacks, speed chess, streaming, travel, twitch
Motz is off working in Ireland and Danny comes in strong with a wide range of amazing accents. Speed Chess Championship is in full swing and Danny breaks down the action while snacking on some barkTHINS.
Episode | August 2nd, 2018 | 33 mins 7 secs
books, chess, coffee, dream teams, family, hockey, shia, speed chess, teamwork, tech, work
Shia drops by the studio to re-confirm that nothing is impossible that we really should be making our dreams come true. Danny has been crushing the speed chess championship and Motz attends Ant-Man vs the Wasp all by himself and it was lovely.
Episode | July 26th, 2018 | 38 mins 22 secs
ant-man, aquaman, chess, coffee, life, marvel, scc, speed chess, tech
The Speed Chess Championship is underway and we have a full breakdown of the Caruana vs Aronian match. Motz and Danny start to read a book together and you can join in, and Motz finally goes to see Ant-Man!
Episode | July 19th, 2018 | 33 mins 9 secs
analysis, chess, coffee, family, meal replacement, protein powder, soylent, teaching, tech
The war between the meal replacement and protein powder has began! We put the past in the past as Motz slowly starts to lose each and every chess game, but Danny assists in telling him how he has been doing everything wrong.
Episode | July 12th, 2018 | 39 mins 23 secs
ant-man, avengers, chess, coffee, heat, marvel, movie, tech, thanos, wasp
Summer is in full effect and Danny is sweating it out in 110+ degree weather. We dive deep on Ant-Man vs Wasp (as Motz calls it), the epic Reddit Thanos banning of 2018, and actually diagnose real chess matches that Motz is getting destroyed in.
Episode | July 5th, 2018 | 41 mins 43 secs
4th of july, avengers, board games, chess, coffee, coffee lids, dream teams, gifts, marvel, milk frother, riza, tech, ticket to ride
It is 4th of July again! Before we set off on firework adventures we take a look at the crazy world of FIDE and the madness surrounding the next president. Motz also adventures to Costco in his tiny smart car and Danny recaps his crazy weekend at John's wedding!
Episode | June 28th, 2018 | 28 mins 26 secs
alaska, anchorage, birthday, life, mc, parenting, story, wedding
It was someone's birthday this weekend and what a story does he have in store for our listeners! Danny heads off to the amazing wedding of our friend John and for the first time he has no role in a wedding except to just be himself...
Episode | June 21st, 2018 | 32 mins 15 secs
adopts, chess, coffee, crazy, komodo, nakamura, so, speed chess, tech
We take a look back at Motz and Danny's childhood and the interesting paths they both took to get here today. Then we break down all the crazy that is happening in the chess world including accounts getting hacked, Nakamura adopting Komodo, and two factor authentication.
Episode | June 14th, 2018 | 17 mins 34 secs
boat, chess, coffee, family, lake, proposals, tech, vacation, wedding
That's right, for this special edition of Blunders, Danny is recording live from the top of a boat! We look back at the glorious wedding we recently attended and discuss proposals.
Episode | June 7th, 2018 | 45 mins 15 secs
alerts, chess, coffee, cooking, hans, magnus, norway, so, solo, star wars, tech, wedding
It is all chess all the time on Blunders this week! Norway chess just wrapped up and we have the full breakdown of all the awesome that occurred. Additionally, we break down our actual thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story even though we haven't seen it yet.