#5 Sara Herman

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In episode #5 of Ono Another Chess Podcast, Ono (⁠@TheOnoZone) talks to Sara Herman (@ZefCatt) about Chess Content Creation, Chess Tournaments + Rating Anxiety, and more. Sara is a chess streamer + YouTuber as well as a chess tournament veteran.

  • (01:42) What Sara loves most about chess
  • (03:06) Struggles of being a content creator
  • (06:16) Is chess Sara’s job?
  • (07:31) Sara’s 500 tournament chess history
  • (08:56) Sara’s battle with rating + ego
  • (11:00) Why chess brings out strong emotions
  • (12:45) How Sara disconnects rating + happiness
  • (16:37) Why you need to enjoy your training
  • (19:01) Chess as a conversation
  • (23:55) Showing emotions at the board
  • (27:55) When Sara played Nxd5
  • (29:27) Staying flexible in chess
  • (33:05) Why you must work on weaknesses
  • (34:16) Opening study
  • (37:58) Sara’s chess tournament experience
  • (43:00) Playing up a section in tournaments
  • (44:07) Playing higher- vs lower-rated players
  • (48:44) What inspired Sara to make vlogs
  • (50:54) Self-deprecating humour + chess
  • (55:42) General advice for Adult Improvers

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To ⁠TheOnoZone Patrons⁠ who made the production of this podcast episode possible: Laura Holmes + Marcus Buffett + Dan Bock + Jose C + Dawn Lawson + Glen G + Mikey Wells + Michael Shpizner + Karen W + Gregory C + BowiE + Yara V + Stefan K + Ché Martin + Andrew M + Ben Johnson

To Sara Herman for coming on the podcast, my wife Yara for being the other half of TheOnoZone, Ché Martin for creating the legendary intro, and Zach Shpizner for applying his audio engineering skills to this episode.

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