Chess is Cool – podcast with Alexandra Kosteniuk

12/10/2005 – Podcasting is essentially the Internet version of radio on demand, a method of distributing audio programs which users can replay at will on their computers, MP3 players or even cellphones. There are over 25,000 podcasts currently available, on countless subjects. Chess grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk provides us with fresh chess content. Go listen.

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Chess is Cool

Podcast with Alexandra Kosteniuk

A podcast is a technology for distributing audio programs on the Internet. It is like radio on demand, with the user normally subscribing to the audio feed, which is automatically retrieved when it becomes available. The audio file can be stored on your computer or transferred to an MP3 player.

Podcasts are usually free, and there are currently over 25,000 available on the Internet. There are a number of sites that cater to podcasting, the most notable being Apple's iTunes, Podcast Alley and Yahoo Podcasts. You can usually select categories and have the latest installments automatically downloaded to your MP3 player, listening to them when and where you want to.

Alexandra Kosteniuk, 21-year-old Russian grandmaster (she has fulfilled the male norms), runner up in the women's world championship in 2001, won the European Women's Championship in 2004 and the Russian Women's Championship in 2005. She is also well-known for her glamour photoshoots and for acting in at least one major Russian film.

Alexandra and her manager/husband Diego Garces are currently living in the USA, and have started a weekly Podcast entitled "Chess is Cool". This is becoming very popular, with over 1000 downloads a week. Each episode is 10 to 20 MB in size, and fast DSL access is recommended.

Here are the episodes currently available:

Chess is Cool Podcast Episode 1 (November 7, 2005)
This is the first podcast Alexandra Kosteniuk has ever done, so welcome to the show! Alexandra tells a little about herself, about the week in chess (Bastia where Milov beat Anand and Beer-Sheva where the Chinese are leading), She gives a tip about visualizing chess pieces on a board, and gives the position of a puzzle where you can win one of 10 prizes if you solve it correctly. The show ends with her words...Chess is Cool! Duration: 6:12.

Chess is Cool Podcast Episode 2 (November 11, 2005)
This is the second episode of Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast. Alexandra talks about some of the feedback she got after her first episode, and where her podcast is listed. She tells us about the week in chess (the end of the World Team Championship and the Istambul World Chess Championship. She gives a tip about studying games from past champions and reminds you to participate in her puzzle competition. The show ends as usual with her words...Chess is Cool! Duration: 8:20.

Chess is Cool Podcast Episode 3 (November 18, 2005)
This is the third episode of Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast. Alexandra talks about her 5K race last week, gives news about the chess week (World Youth Championship and the coming FIDE World Cup), talks about the 10 best games for October, and gives a tip about not rushing to play a move, but considering as many candidate moves as possible. The show ends as usual with her words...Chess is Cool! Duration: 8:20.

Chess is Cool Podcast Episode 4 (November 22, 2005)
This is the fourth episode of Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast. In it, you will find a 12-minute interview of Alexandra conducted by Lawrence Totaro, based on the questions that were sent in from visitors to Alexandra's web site. As soon as Alexandra is back from Russia just after Thanksgiving, she will resume her normal podcast, with chess news and tip of the week. Duration: 14:30

Chess is Cool Podcast Episode 5 (November 29, 2005)
This is the fifth episode of Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast. In it, you will hear about the winners of the Thanksgiving Puzzle Competition, there will be much chess news and two chess tips about playing the opening. The show ends with Alexandra's words: ... and remember... Chess is Cool... Duration: 8:28.

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