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 | February 15th, 2018 | 38 mins 23 secs
blue bottle, booster landing, chess, coffee, dates, dinner, heavy falcon, spacex, tesla, v-day, valentines day
Love is in the air and boosters are landing themselves back on earth! This week we discuss what we have done and will be doing for our loved ones, how amazing the SpaceX landing was, and how Danny is the happiest man on earth with his new coffee subscription!
Episode | February 8th, 2018 | 44 mins 52 secs
a star wars story, amazon, chess, chess960, coffee, costco, crazyhouse, hawaii, magnus, nakamura, party, receipts, shop local, solo, star wars, super bowl
That is right! There is a new Star Wars movie and we absolutely have to talk about it. Solo: A Star Wars Story we are coming for you. We don't stop there as we break down big upcoming chess tournaments, drinking local coffee, and review our super bowl stories.
Episode | February 1st, 2018 | 32 mins 24 secs
back pain, chess, coffee, cross fit, insanity, pulled muscles, working out
Motz pulled all of his lower back muscles and could barely move, Danny looks back at when he fumbled and got schooled by a pre-teen, and we discuss proper at the office coffee.
Episode | January 25th, 2018 | 45 mins 29 secs
chess, coffee, last jedi, movies, review, star wars, stranger things, tech, the last jedi
It took us a month, but we are finally ready to discuss all things The Last Jedi! In this spoiler cast we discuss the ups and downs of the latest Star Wars epic.
Episode | January 18th, 2018 | 43 mins 13 secs
ballistic missiles, boggle, chess, coffee, hawaii, magnus carlson, nakamura, pro chess league, star wars, werewolf
That is right! Motz took a 48 hour surprise trip to Hawaii only to be surprised by a ballistic missile crisis! Danny talks Werewolf and the Pro Chess League and a whole lot more.
Episode | January 11th, 2018 | 36 mins 20 secs
ar, baseball, ces, chess, coffee, football, ready player one, tech, virtual reality, vr
Motz is still getting into the swing of things in 2018 & Danny tries to tackle his first cold of the year.
Episode | January 4th, 2018 | 48 mins 24 secs
airplane, ball drop, boggle, chess, christmas, holidays, lost bag, magnus, new year, new years, scc, scramble, speed chess, speed chess championship
Both Danny and Motz snuggle up at home playing board games while they wait for the New Year ball to drop. Motz has a grand adventure attempting to find his long lost checked bag all while Danny tries to figure out how to interview chess players.
Episode | December 21st, 2017 | 36 mins 50 secs
chess, coffee, disneyland, holiday, hotels, roller coasters, tech
Surprise! We are going to Disneyland! Well Danny is literally at Disneyland for this special holiday episode! We discuss Disney magic, roller coasters, how Motz still hasn't seen Star Wars, and the delicious taste of hotel coffee.
Episode | December 14th, 2017 | 39 mins 22 secs
ai, alphazero, chess, coffee, laser dome, last jedi, machine learning, sia, star wars, stockfish, tech
That is right, we are back at it again with more AlphaZero machine learning madness. That isn't all though as Motz hits up the local laser dome, Danny has to make hard cuts, and Star Wars is coming to town.
Episode | December 7th, 2017 | 44 mins 19 secs
alphazero, chess, coffee, machine learning, meow wolf, security, stockfish, tech, travel, usernames
No more underscores in your username chess.com says! AlphaZero is destroying the world of chess and Motz is meowing with wolves out in New Mexico.
Episode | November 30th, 2017 | 45 mins 2 secs
chess, chess.com, coffee, dc, justice league, parenting, super heroes
What would a day in the life of Danny's executive assistant be like? How would one hold such an honor and get this exclusive job? Danny breaks it all down on this week's episode.
Episode | November 23rd, 2017 | 34 mins 15 secs
carl, chess, coffee, magnus, tech, thanksgiving london
It is our very first holiday spectacular! Danny and Motz spend Thanksgiving together, talking life, Carl, chess, and how to properly attend an OTB chess game!
Episode | November 16th, 2017 | 41 mins 23 secs
ai, chess, coffee, engines, machine learning, parenting, presenting, travel
This episode almost didn't happen! Motz is off presenting around the globe and Danny has been crushing Chess and Twitch, but that didn't stop these two from more coffee, tech, and chess!
Episode | November 9th, 2017 | 45 mins 59 secs
chess, coffee, fellow, madness, servers, title tuesday, travel
Danny puts out fires with his good friend Magnus as Title Tuesday's biggest event gets off to a bumpy start, while Motz is back from his long voyage from Latin America and has plenty of stories to be told.
Episode | November 2nd, 2017 | 35 mins 9 secs
chess, coffee, cross-fit, halloween, marvel, off topic, tech, thor
This week Danny and Motz go a bit off the deep end and off topic on all things bidets, Halloween, cross-fit, and the intricacies of the Marvel universe.
Episode | October 26th, 2017 | 44 mins 43 secs
cgj, chess, coffee, cuba gooding jr., directing, movies, twitchcon
This week Danny walks us through his legendary 30 seconds of directing a film staring My Friend Cuba Gooding Jr., Motz breaks down a proper date night, and we can't shut up about foreign languages.