Coffeehouse Blunders

A weekly chat with Chess International Master Danny and Coffee Snob Motz on all things coffee, chess, tech, & the lives of these two adorable besties.

About the show

Join Daniel "Danny" Rensch and James "Motz" Montemagno each week on Coffeehouse Blunders as they discuss the latest in chess, coffee, tech, and anything else happening in their wonderful lives and around the world. Danny's life as an International Chess Master collides with Motz's mobile development and public speaking background for absolutely adorable and astonishing conversation.

Episodes and Blog Entries

  • #NotMyHansSolo

    Episode  |  June 7th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • He Who Dances at Weddings

    Episode  |  May 31st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 32 secs
    10% happier, chess, coffee, meditation, russia, spain, spanish, stress, tech, travel, twitch

    Motz is off traveling again, but leads to some interesting discussion about Danny's Russian past, wanted to speak new languages, and how Motz is slowly falling in love with Spain. We also discuss the "International Chess Language" and how chess players are catering to different audiences online.

  • Story Telling with Danny and Motz

    Episode  |  May 24th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 55 secs
    back, back pain, belgium, chess, coffee, corn, deadpool, deadpool 2, russia, snacks, tech

    We did it!!! Finally a spoiler free #Blunders, but with plenty of Deadpool 2! Then it is our own story telling time as Motz has hurt his back yet again and Danny remembers his adventures in Russia from time passed.

  • Tiny Hands with Ryan Reynolds

    Episode  |  May 17th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 7 secs
    baseball, blenders, chess, coffee, date night, deadpool, deadpool 2, edge, family, kids, little league, marvel, movies, ninja, ryan, school, tech, underwear, windows 10

    Danny plans a date night for his wife and Ryan Reynolds while staying completely off the grid. Motz is on the hunt for the ultimate blender to make the perfect smoothie and worlds collide on Ninja madness.

  • Beam Me Up FIDE

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 36 secs
    chess, coffee, fide, president, solo, star wars, stories, tech, whiskey

    It is time for some Whiskey and some inter-galactic FIDE discussion as the election for the next FIDE president heats up. Danny and Motz give their thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story's record breaking pre-sale numbers. In addition to this they also share some lovely coffee stories.

  • Danny Lives Inside the Soul Stone

    Episode  |  May 3rd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 15 secs
    avengers, boulder, captain america, chess, coffee, infinity war, life, marvel, movies, ouch, real estate, tech, television, west world

    It is a new week, which means there is a new Marvel movie out. We try to not talk too many spoilers while still giving our full impressions. Motz talks about his biggest movie blunders and Danny tries to convince himself he isn't in a real estate pyramid scheme.

  • Solving Office Coffee and Tough Product Decisions

    Episode  |  April 26th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  52 mins 44 secs
    chess, coffee, eyes, family, gadgets, glasses, gunnar, oxo, product, spain, tech, travel

    Motz is back from his adventures in Spain and re-unites with Danny to talk about his latest coffee gadgets that hopefully solve Danny's problems he is having while at work. At the same time Danny missed Motzy so much that he can't hold back his excitement, but is making tough decisions in the world of chess.

  • Amateur Hour with John Urschel (The Best Podcast Episode Ever)

    Episode  |  April 19th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 46 secs
    amateur hour, blunders, championships, chess, coffee, deep thoughts, family, john urschel, nfl, stories, tech, twitch, urschel

    While Motz is away, Danny chats coffee, blunders, and tech with... John Urschel. That is correct, the legendary mathematician and former NFL player John Urschel fills in for Motz on this amazing Blunders episode to talk the U.S. Chess Championships, Amateur Hour, and the Adoption of Hansen.

  • The New eSports: Chess & Zuckerberg

    Episode  |  April 12th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  46 mins 20 secs
    chess, coffee, cspan, french press, fun, kids, politics, pro chess league, senate, work setup, zuckerberg

    Danny is back from hosting the epic conclusion to this year's Pro Chess League and dishes out all the details. Motz has plenty of input on chess, coffee, but also Zuckerberg's 4.5 hour long senate hearing! We discuss all this and more.

  • 50 Shades of Nonsense

    Episode  |  April 5th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 39 secs
    chess, coffee, contest, lil, pro chess league, ready player one, travel

    That is right 50 episodes! We did it!!!! We reflect on the last year, what brought us to this point, and why we love each other so much. Motz breaks down Ready Player One with his full review, Danny is heading off to the Pro Chess League, and family stuff happens again!

  • The Struggle Is Real

    Episode  |  March 29th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  52 mins 34 secs
    apple, candidates tournament, chess, ipad, pay wall, pro chess league

    Motz and Danny chat about Apple's new initiative to get the iPad into more schools, we break down the Pro Chess League and praise the hometown hero Caruana as he heads to take on our boy Carl!

  • Nothing is Impossible

    Episode  |  March 22nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 21 secs
    candidates tournament, chess, coffee, comedy, family, pro chess league, shia labeouf

    It has been a week and Motz has watched Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf about 100 times, the Candidates tournament is in full swing, and the Pro Chess League is getting ready to enter the finals. We break down all of this and more.

  • #BulletJournal with Shia LaBeouf

    Episode  |  March 15th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 36 secs
    bullet journal, candidates, chess, coffee, hamilton, ikea, shia labeouf, smart car

    The candidates tournament has officially kicked off and Danny gives his full impressions. We sidetrack to talk about Ikea trips, Hamilton, coffee drinking, and our love for Shia LaBeouf.

  • The 2018 Candidates Predictions

    Episode  |  March 8th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 36 secs
    2018 candidates, black panther, candidates, chess, coffee, magnus carlsen, movie, review, tech

    This week we go the deepest into chess than on any other episode as we sit down and give our predictions for the 2018 Candidates!

  • Impress Your Partner Or Get Out

    Episode  |  March 1st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 26 secs
    bachelor, bachelor winter games, chess, coffee, costa rica, crazyhouse, dad, get out, keanu, movie, olympics, soccer

    That is right! Motz finally sat down and watched Get Out! Danny is heading off to Costa Rica and we sip our buttery smooth cups of coffee.

  • Black Panther and Digestible Pleasures

    Episode  |  February 22nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 29 secs
    being an uncle, black panther, chess, coffee, family, fundraising, gifts, key lime pie, pie, pumpkin pie, thanksgiving

    Motz makes the world's most expensive key lime pie, Danny recalls a thanksgiving to remember, we reflect on the new Mario movie, and Danny breaks down his thoughts on Black Panther.