Let's talk about chess

Eric van Reem
"Let's talk about chess" is a podcast hosted by Dutch chess writer and photographer Eric van Reem. In this podcast Eric talks with various interesting personalities from the chess world about their life and careers, but he also keeps an eye on the current situation in the chess world. 

Host       : Eric van Reem
Artwork  : Fränk Stiefel
Editor     : Dennis van Reem
Music     : Silent Partner - Chess Pieces

Latest episode

In this fourth episode of the "Wijk aan Zee Storytellers" series, Eric talks to GM Ivan Sokolov, who played twelve times in the highest group of the tournament in Wijk aan Zee, in which he played 134 games. He played his most famous game in 1999 in Wijk aan Zee against GM Garry Kasparov, who was in the lead with 7,5/8 and had just played one of the most spectacular games ever against Veselin Topalov. However, Sokolov crushed Kasparov in round 9 and shocked Kasparov and the chess world. He talks a bit about that game, but there are other, sometimes hilarious stories to tell. Sokolov also talks about the 2021 edition of the event and tells us why he is not surprised that the youngsters play such a great tournament this year.

Ivan Sokolov (1968) is a Bosnian-born Dutch chess player, coach and writer. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster (GM) by FIDE in 1987. Sokolov won the 1988 Yugoslav Championship and in 1995 and 1998 the Dutch Championship. The former world top player defeated no less than 6 world champions. 

More episodes

#19 Wijk aan Zee Storytellers (3) - GM Ian Rogers

Let's talk about the tournament of 1977

2021-01-24 34 min

In this new episode of the Wijk aan Zee Storytellers, Eric talks to GM Ian Rogers (1960), mainly about his debut in WIjk aan Zee in 1977, where he met the be...

#18 Wijk aan Zee Storytellers (2) - GM Vishy Anand

Let's talk about The Wimbledon of Chess

2021-01-22 43 min

Does this man still need an introduction? Eric talks to five-time world champion GM Viswanathan Anand (1969) from India about the tournament he won five time...

#17 Wijk aan Zee Storytellers (1) - GM John van der Wiel

Let's talk about Wijk aan Zee

2021-01-20 34 min

This is the first episode of the "Wijk aan Zee Storytellers". Eric talks to GM John van der Wiel (1959) from The Netherlands, who participated no less than 2...