#6 Ono + Yara

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In episode #6 of Ono Another Chess Podcast, Ono (⁠@TheOnoZone) talks to Yara about being married to an Adult Improver as a non-chess player. Yara is Ono's wife and they share life, parenthood and a chess business (TheOnoZone) together. Yara + Ono talk about their experiences with chess in their family, as well as general emotion regulation, shame and community in chess.

  • (01:54) What Yara loves most about chess
  • (02:33) Why Yara doesn't play chess
  • (03:30) What it's like being married to a chess player
  • (05:15) When Ono got beaten by Yara
  • (07:11) Rating goals - good or bad?
  • (13:01) Should all chess coaches be masters?
  • (16:56) Striving for excellence vs perfection
  • (18:35) Self-improvement for chess improvement
  • (21:32) How to overcome shame in chess
  • (25:23) Why community kills shame
  • (28:47) Why does chess make you feel so much
  • (30:56) Are you super smart when you play chess?
  • (34:18) Addiction + other coping mechanisms
  • (38:40) Compassionate chess improvement
  • (41:15) Does emotion belong at the chessboard?
  • (45:07) Why you should not repress shame
  • (46:43) Why your life shows up in your chess
  • (49:17) Ono's chess journey in 2023
  • (54:40) Ono's rating goals + rating
  • (58:03) Ono's birthday request to you
  • (58:50) Ono does not want his son to play chess
  • (01:01:56) Yara's wish: happy chess improvement

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Many Thanks

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

Thanks to my wife Yara for coming on the podcast, Ché Martin for creating the legendary intro, and Zach Shpizner for applying his audio engineering skills to this episode.

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