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

  • Episode 12: The Return of Kasparov

    Episode  |  July 6th, 2017  |  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 11: Doing Alright

    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 10: When in Oslo Do As Magnus Does

    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 9: The Xbox Whaaattt???

    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 8: Troubleshooting Chess Openings

    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 7: Who Took My Cookie?

    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 6: What Happened to Bobby Fischer?

    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 5: The Rising Spanish

    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 4: Carl Magnuson

    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 3: Learning Through Communicating

    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 2: If You See Something, Say Something

    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 1: The Perfect Coffee Stirrer

    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.