In Episode 203, I converse with Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner, a long-term friend and colleague and the Founder of Grandmaster Mac. Molner won the Denker Tournament of High School Champions as a sophomore in 2004. He completed his final grandmaster norm in 2013, tying for first in the U.S. Open Chess Championship, held near Madison, Wisconsin that year. He co-founded the Montclair Sopranos PRO Chess League team. He was taught by our 132nd podcast guest Michael Khodarkovsky.
We speak about his road to grandmaster, tips for chess improvement, the founding of the Montclair Sopranos, paralells between chesss and poker, sharp openings like the English Attack, New Jersey prodigies and more.