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

  • 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.

  • Happy Heavy Falcon Landing Day

    Episode  |  February 15th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  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!

  • Sports Ball Solo Bowl

    Episode  |  February 8th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • I'm Sore Right Now: Old Man Stories

    Episode  |  February 1st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • You Were The Chosen One

    Episode  |  January 25th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • Ballistic Missile Dodgeball

    Episode  |  January 18th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • Ready Player AlphaZero

    Episode  |  January 11th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Bag

    Episode  |  January 4th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • We're Going to Disneyland

    Episode  |  December 21st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • AlphaZero Meets Laser Dome

    Episode  |  December 14th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • AlphaZero Takes Over The World

    Episode  |  December 7th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • Working for Danny

    Episode  |  November 30th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • Being Thankful for Carl

    Episode  |  November 23rd, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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!

  • Ambidextrous Coffee Grinding

    Episode  |  November 16th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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!

  • Title Tuesday Madness

    Episode  |  November 9th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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.