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Rooked: The Cheaters' Gambit
Rooked: The Cheaters' Gambit
Jess Schmidt & Ryan Webb

Welcome to Rooked: The Cheaters' Gambit. Join hosts Jess and Ryan as they unravel the ongoing chess cheating scandal (among other chess... more

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Episode 7: The Lawsuit

We’re back with our regularly scheduled scandal, this time examining the legal implications of the Hans Niemann-Magnus Carlsen Sinquefield Cup... more

13 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Episode 6: The Misogyny - A More Inclusive Future (Part 2)

Last episode, we took a deep dive into the open secret in chess of rampant sexism, misogyny, and abuse of... more

07 May 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Episode 6: The Misogyny - Recent Controversies (Part 1)

Misogyny and sexism are the two biggest issues we’ve encountered in chess outside cheating. It’s an institutional issue that has... more

09 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Episode 5.5: The Bonus - Chess Murderers

In honour of International Women’s Day…this is not the episode on misogyny in chess that we teased last episode. How... more

05 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Episode 5: The Psychology

Just what exactly is the psychology of chess? Damned if we know, we’re not psychologists. But Julia Rios and JJ... more

06 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Episode 4: The Sportsmanship

What does good sportsmanship in chess look like? Does it actually matter whether its best players are good sports? Well,... more

09 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Episode 3: The Cheating

Finally, it’s the episode you’ve been waiting for: we talk about all things cheating, from the device itself (how easy... more

05 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Episode 2: The Players - Hans Niemann (Part 2)

Hans Niemann had already made a name for himself in chess prior to the 2022 Sinquefield Cup scandal…the bad boy... more

07 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Episode 2: The Players - Magnus Carlsen (Part 1)

Magnus Carlsen accused Hans Niemann of cheating at the 2022 Sinquefield Cup - but the story leading up to how... more

03 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Episode 1: The Scandal

The date is September 4th, 2022. Two elite players sit down at a chess board. In the third round of... more

05 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Rooked: The Cheaters' Gambit
Episode 7: The Lawsuit
Rooked: The Cheaters' Gambit