USCF professional Tom Murphy is undoubtedly one of the crucial famend “park pace chess” gamers to reside within the U.S. in the previous couple of many years. He’s an area legend within the cities during which he has lived:  Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Chicago, and has typically been featured within the native media in these cities. It’s laborious to overlook Tom in widespread chess hotspots as a consequence of his sturdy play and his entertaining banter. In our dialog we cowl matters starting from blitz and trash-talking ideas, to Tom’s distinctive enchancment recommendation, to probably the most cash he has made in a day whereas playing on chess. Tom shares many nice tales and has an evident love of chess, however his life has not all the time been straightforward. As we additionally focus on, Tom has battled habit at occasions, and even had a brief stint in jail because of these points. As you possibly can inform, Tom has fairly a narrative to inform! Extra particulars will be discovered beneath, together with time stamps and related hyperlinks. 

2:45- Tom tells the origin story of how he found chess as a youngster in Philadelphia and commenced to take it more and more critically over time. 

Talked about: Central Excessive Faculty, NM Norman “Pete” Rogers, A Up to date Strategy to the Center Recreation by GM Alexei Suetin, NM Wilbert Paige

8:30- Tom tells the formative story of a second when a prime participant underestimated him, and the way this served to inspire him to work to enhance.

Talked about: IM Anthony Saidy, GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Robert Byrne 

11:30- Does Tom take into account himself a chess hustler? 

Talked about: Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum’s protection of Tom Murphy: https://www.thechessdrum.web/weblog/2018/10/24/tom-murphy-wins-chicagos-Third-tate-memorial/

Tim Ferris video during which GM Maurice Ashley performs a park participant –

14:45- Tom Murphy solutions a query from the Patreon mailbag in regards to the artwork of trash- speaking. 

Sideline: The Historical past of Chess from a Black Level of View preview right here: 

16:45- What’s the story behind the start of the Chicago based mostly Nationwide Blitz League? 

Talked about: Nathan Kelly,, Daniel X Jones, George Li

19:45- Tom reveals his “3 Ps” for chess improvement- Endurance, Perseverance and a Peaceable Thoughts 

Talked about: IM Greg Shahade, WGM Jennifer Shahade 

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24:00- Who’s Tom’s finest “buyer” of all time by way of enjoying him in blitz for cash? 

Talked about: FM Sunil Weerumantry 

27:15- Who’s the strongest participant Tom ever confronted? What had been the explanations for his shifting from Philly to DC, after which later to Chicago?

GM Roman Dzindzichashvilli, GM Ben Finefold, GM Nikola Mitkov 

30:30- Does Tom suppose that park chess is dying? 

The Nationwide Blitz League Fb page-

Henry Getz, Steve Jennings 

32:00- Tom has battled habit previously, has been homeless for durations and even spent six months in jail as a consequence of habit points, so he displays on that have and provides recommendation to others battling habit. 

37:30- Is Tom stronger on-line or over the board? 

38:00- What are Tom’s favourite chess publications to learn? 

Talked about: New in Chess Journal,  Endgame Technique, The Artwork of The Center Recreation in Chess, My System, 500 Grasp Video games of Chess 

44:00- How does Tom use computer systems to work on his chess sport? 

Talked about: The Perpetual Chess Fb Group

46:00- What’s Tom’s blitz chess recommendation? 

Talked about: GM Pablo Riccardi

48:30- IM Greg Shahade writes in to ask in regards to the state of Tom Murphy’s Ms. Pac Man abilities, then Tom discusses his enthusiasm for poker and backgammon. 

Talked about: Paul Baraz 

55:00- Thanks a lot to Tom for sharing his nice tales! If you want to contact him about on-line classes, you possibly can textual content him at 202-279-1442

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  1. The photo used in the video rendering is courtesy of Nathan Kelly of the National Blitz League.

  2. Mr. Tom Murphy is a wonderful person to meet 💯 I call him Grandmaster Murphy 💯 . Grandmaster Murphy always come to my house 💯. Much 💓 to the Grandmaster Murphy 💯

  3. This is almost 40 minutes of interviews with Murph at my apartment during the 2016 World Open, when I was hosting him. We were sparring partners in the late 1980s (very few strong players liked to play all night) and my mom and I entered him in the 1989 World Open Blitz where he split matches with Byrne and Saidy to pick up $300 in the u2200 section. I gave him my library when I quit and he seems to have put it to good use. He’s the strongest middlegame player I’ve ever played against and his style has tremendously influenced mine. (p.s. it was 100 degrees with no AC when we filmed).

  4. I used to pay this guy a few bucks a game to kick my butt at the chess Pavillion on the beach at north Ave. Good to see him looking well

  5. After discovering the podcast a month or two ago, I just recently finished devouring every single episode and began listening again from the first one, so I am very excited to see a new episode out and shall continue hungrily anticipating each new release 🙂 Much appreciation from Cape Town, South Africa!

  6. I spent sum years training and playing w/ him in Washington DC and traveling to Philly tournaments. This was from 2005 – 2009. Glad to hear him doing well. Thanks for sharing. 👊😎👍

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