Co-Host of Coffeehouse Blunders
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.
Daniel Rensch has hosted 100 Episodes.
Glamp It Up!
Episode | August 31st, 2017 | Season 1 | 44 mins 16 secs
alexa, camping, chess, coffee, echo, engine, flights, frontier, glamping, speed chess, travel, whole foods
Summer is coming to a close, but chess is rocketing to all new heights just like Motz is on his first ever Frontier airlines flight. All this while Danny takes to glamping.
A Total Eclipse of the Heart
Episode | August 24th, 2017 | Season 1 | 43 mins 27 secs
chess, coffee, pro chess, solar eclipse, speed chess
It is total eclipse week and both Motz and Danny survived without staring into the sun for too long. Danny locks in some speed chess championship while Motz reminds everyone to donate their solar eclipse glasses.
We'll Take 3 Draws
Episode | August 17th, 2017 | Season 1 | 49 mins 40 secs
blitz, chess, chess vision, computer, ebike, kasparov, mastering chess, net neutrality, saint louis rapid blitz
The wait for Kasparov is over! This week he is back in full force at Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and we take a look at the early results. All of this is happening while Motz is zooming around on a new eBike, Danny steps up his computer game, and we take a look into net neutrality and its impact on everyone.
Chess Is Like Mario Kart
Episode | August 10th, 2017 | Season 1 | 44 mins 50 secs
ai, chess, coffee, good coffee, hario, heat, kids, parenthood, seattle, seeing ai
This week Danny explores the wonderful world of at home ground coffee, playing blitz with giant chess pieces, and why his kids are awesome. Motz on the other hand is trying to beat the Seattle heat and explores the world of AI.
Episode | August 3rd, 2017 | Season 1 | 38 mins 37 secs
ai, chess, chrome, coffee, edge, hotel robots, pour over, robots, tesla, trash talk
School is in full swing for Danny's kids and Motz has gone completely overboard on organizing his home office and it feels great. On top of that we discuss robots and trash talking chess players!
Establishing the Norm
Episode | July 27th, 2017 | Season 1 | 49 mins 55 secs
back to school, chess, chessable, coffee, house hunting, space x, speed chess, speed chess championships
The speed chess championships are in full effect and Danny is all in, while Motz is aimlessly walking around trying to catch Pokémon in Pokémon Go! We tackle awesome listener feedback and chit chat about trying to find a home and the TI-83+ calculator Danny purchased for his kids as they prepare to head back to school.
Episode | July 20th, 2017 | Season 1 | 37 mins 53 secs
2500, chess, nakamura, oats studios, ratings, spiderman
Hikaru Nakamura takes center stage live streaming non-stop blitz for the world to see, all while our very own amazing Danny breaks 2500 for the first time and Motz reveals his new love of Oats Studios.
Episode | July 13th, 2017 | Season 1 | 45 mins 32 secs
amazon, blitz, chess, chess center, prime day
Prime Day has ruined Motz's week, while Danny records live from lovely hotel conference rooms in Tucson as he leads a chess camp. In addition to all this Chess Center is back and there is a big focus on Blitz!
The Return of Kasparov
Episode | July 6th, 2017 | Season 1 | 39 mins 23 secs
baby driver, chess, fireworks, july 4th, kasparov, magnus, movies, music, science
Happy 4th of July! Excitement for fireworks aren't the only thing happening this week as Magnus is back in the meme light and Motz gets to the theater to fall deeply in love with Baby Driver.
Episode | June 29th, 2017 | Season 1 | 49 mins 58 secs
chess, magnus, maurice, paris grand chess tour, stolen laptop, tsa
Magnus crushes at the Paris Grand Chess Tour while Maurice crushes his spirits shortly after, just like Danny's spirits were crushed when someone stole his laptop this week.
When in Oslo Do As Magnus Does
Episode | June 22nd, 2017 | Season 1 | 45 mins 3 secs
climate change, coffee, ethiopia, father's day, in da chess club, norway, norway chess, pro chess league, tricycle
Danny goes big downhill on a tricycle for Father's day all while Motz is still still attempting to recover from visiting the motherland of Magnus!
The Xbox Whaaattt???
Episode | June 15th, 2017 | Season 1 | 43 mins 27 secs
blokus, bullet chess, chess, chess championship, chess podcast, coffee, e3, espresso, magnus, netflix, nintendo, norway, oslo, sony, star wars, xbox one, xbox one x
This week we take a look at the life of Magnus, from the start to world champion as we watch his documentary. It is also E3 week with tons of technology and video game blunders that Motz and Danny investigate.
Troubleshooting Chess Openings
Episode | June 8th, 2017 | Season 1 | 50 mins 51 secs
adapters, amazon prime, blokus, chess, chess openings, hd homerun, lavazza, plex, troubleshooting
Motz attempts to master the Ruy Lopez while sipping some pod based glorious espresso all while Danny experiences Amazon Prime Now for the first time ever!
Who Took My Cookie?
Episode | June 1st, 2017 | Season 1 | 45 mins 18 secs
chess, children, holiday, magikarp jump, mating net, pokemon, seaplane, speed chess, vacation
This week Motz finds out exactly what a mating net is, learns how to fly in a seaplane without crashing, and how Danny is surviving the first week of summer vacation with his children.
What Happened to Bobby Fischer?
Episode | May 25th, 2017 | Season 1 | 44 mins 11 secs
android go, bobby fischer, chess, coffee, fidget cubes, home roasting, robovac, speed chess, spinners
Guillotine chess, roasting coffee at home, and understanding the craze and addition to spinners and fidget cubes, all while Danny preps for the Speed Chess Championship.
The Rising Spanish
Episode | May 18th, 2017 | Season 1 | 50 mins 11 secs
chess, chess today, coffee, cold brew, public speaking, robovac, ruy lopez, spanish opening, teaching, wannacrypt
It is back to the basics with Danny explaining the classic Ruy Lopez opening that Motz has heard and seen so much of and why it is so popular. We get a robovac update, security patches, and find out why it is so important to teach new players chess.