Venerable American GM Michael Rohde has been one of the top 100 players in the world, and he still competes actively on the American chess circuit. Mike writes frequently for US Chess Online, and American Chess Magazine and is also a practicing lawyer, and chess teacher. Here is what Mike and I discussed:- What psychological dynamics come into play when he plays another strong chess grinder, such as IM Jay Bonin, whom he has played hundreds of times in tournament games? - Are there any talented young players he has noticed recently while competing in and reporting on tournaments?- What are his memories of playing GM Spassky and seeing the young Polgar sisters at the 1987 New York Open Tournament (which was one of the largest and strongest open tournaments in the world for many years)? We covered all of this and much more, so listen up! Thanks to GM Rohde for sharing his knowledge and experiences. If you'd like to help support the podcast go here.