Guest star analysis from St. Louis

by Macauley Peterson
12/15/2018 – Here's a handy guide for future reference. We present one-click access to all the special guests that you may have missed from the great 'Today in Chess' shows, courtesy the Saint Louis Chess Club. Garry Kasparov was a regular, but they also received virtual visits from Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Peter Leko and more. Plus all the ChessBase contributors (video and text) annotations in once place.

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Today in Chess special guest segments

Each day, the Saint Louis Chess Club invited one or more special guests to their live commentary webcast. We've embedded video players for each day's guest segment linked directly for each access. At the bottom of the post, you'll find all the 'World Championship Edition', plus all the ChessBase annotations for each game. Expanded versions of our own guest annotators thoughts will be in the upcoming issue of ChessBase Magazine.

Game 1 — Garry Kasparov

Kasparov makes his first appearance

This show was also the genesis of the infamous "leaked" training video which got noticed worldwide a few days after it originally aired, prompting the live webcast to be unpublished. They haven't republished the video, but you can watch that segment below:

Caruana and his team at a pre-match training session

Game 2 — Bruce Pandolfini

Bruce Pandolfini is an American Master and prolific author who Caruana's first chess coach

Game 3 — Vladimir Kramnik

Game 4 — Irina Krush

Game 5 — Cristian Chirila

Game 6 — there was no live guest

Game 7 — Viswanathan Anand

Game 8 — Peter Leko

Game 9 — Peter Leko

Game 10 — Viswanathan Anand

Game 11 — Garry Kasparov

Game 12 — Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik

Kramnik is introduced at 2:44:30 in the video below.

Today in Chess, World Championship edition playlist

The Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube channel put together a playlist of all ten "fireside chats", four advance interviews with players about the World Championship shot a few months prior, and all 13 daily live shows, all of which you can replay in the video player below. Click the playlist icon in the upper left corner of the video player to select a video, and you can also follow along via the game viewer below.

All ChessBase guest annotations


All Round-up show


Macauley served as the Editor in Chief of ChessBase News from July 2017 to March 2020. He is the producer of The Full English Breakfast chess podcast, and was an Associate Producer of the 2016 feature documentary, Magnus.


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