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 | June 29th, 2017 | 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.
Episode | June 22nd, 2017 | 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!
Episode | June 15th, 2017 | 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.
Episode | June 8th, 2017 | 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!
Episode | June 1st, 2017 | 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.
Episode | May 25th, 2017 | 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.
Episode | May 18th, 2017 | 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.
Episode | May 11th, 2017 | 49 mins 41 secs
chess, chess ratings, echo, echo show, getting sick, google now, irobot, making money in chess, robovac
Your echo is always listening, Danny explains GM/IM/NM, and we discuss just how much you can make as a professional chess player.
Episode | May 4th, 2017 | 43 mins 55 secs
adventure, chess, chess.com, coffee, communication, cuba, magnus carlsen, milken institute, redeye, surface laptop, windows 10 s
Motz is back from Cuba and Danny hosts Magnus Carlsen! They also reflect on a tough week on the job and how they stepped back, reflected, and apologized.
Episode | April 27th, 2017 | 40 mins 32 secs
april the giraffe, blokus, chess, chess country, coffee, cycling, ebike, facebook live, kickstarter, live streaming, star wars, youtube live
This week Danny breaks down Chess Country and the Speed Chess Qualifiers, while Motz attempts to rationalize his addiction to watching April the Giraffe.
Episode | April 20th, 2017 | 54 mins 21 secs
aeropress, chemex, chess, chess kit, chess.com, coffee, coffee stirrer, life, mobile development, parenting, relationships, shark tank, sharks, technology, tv
Motz is on the hunt for the perfect coffee stirrer for his Chemex, while Danny attempts to figure out how to handle his 12 year old Nash and his first "relationship" and takes a swim with the Sharks.