Reviews
I want to preface my review by saying this is probably the best chess podcast on earth. The variety of guests and topics is not lacking. The only issue I have with the podcast is the lack of professionalism when it comes to adding bias dialogue on politics and socioeconomic issues. This type of...Read full review »
Darrick_shanks via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/24
The best chesspodcast there is, and I listen a lot:). Beautiful guests and a very nice and good interviewing host. What a beautiful last episode with Patrick Wolff!
André de Velde via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 01/10/24
The interviewer is thoroughly knowledgeable and conscientious, and he creates a friendly atmosphere while still adding information when necessary in order to present a balanced treatment of a particular issue. It is clear that the guests, often luminaries in the fields of chess playing and...Read full review »
TomC6119 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/25/23
Have listened on and off for about 3 years .. Good to listen while in the car.. Thanks Ben
1. b3 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 10/29/23
Very informative podcast, very well presented. Eclectic mix of guests, from grandmasters to enthusiastic amateurs. Host Ben Johnson is not only a strong chess player himself but also well spoken and always well prepared for his interviews. I learned a lot about chess from just listening to this...Read full review »
Reksal1908 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/20/23
I could not tell who is the host or guest… but in a good way.
cocodojo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/02/23
it’s a really good podcast it’s super interesting seeing chess players better than me share thoughts about different chess related stuff
djalrbwobdruirkssj via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/13/23
I love this Podcast. Ben Johnson is an excellent interviewer - he is skillful at connecting with his guests and sharing insights that are engaging and informed. I am a novice and chess has been a mystery to me for most of my life. This podcast invites us all in and shares with us the depth,...Read full review »
Mrk1839 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/03/23
This is my favorite chess podcast. From learning about chess books, to discussing strategies for improvement, to interviews with great chess players, perpetual chess has it all.
Jojotwins via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/07/23
Late 2022, I went back to the beginning and this show is riddle with encouraging gems for any level of chess player. As an adult improver, this show is a beacon of positivity that progress is not only possible, but inevitable. Overall, thank you, Ben Johnson, for pursuing your vision and adding...Read full review »
Naz737 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/24/23
The host is a sensitive child, not a man. The only thing he is good for is making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for 8 year olds.
TrueP00P via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/18/22
Calm, in depth, balanced. Broadens a chess fan’s interest far beyond the board. Good stuff!
Fanman33 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/24/22
Very entertaining podcast. Please no more “like” Greg “like“ Shedahy, because “like” he “like” drives the listener”like” crazy.
cupa25 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/06/22
A mature commentary that I appreciate, especially when compared to other options such as Hikaru’s YouTube channel
Crunchy Guero via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/10/22
Great guests and sympathetic interviewer
pingdjip via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 07/01/22
I’ve been listening to Perpetual Chess since it first appeared, when it was the basically the only option. Now, thanks to the Queen’s Gambit boom(let), there are many other chess podcasts to fill your ears…but none better. than this, the OG, that only continues to improve and expand with...Read full review »
ChrisLott via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/16/22
Overall an excellent podcast with interesting guests.
BookClub28 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/22/22
Ben Johnson has hit on a magic formula with this podcast and delivers it in an informed, slick and entertaining fashion. If you are interested in anything chess related, you’ll find this addicting.
oneandsevenzeroes via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 05/12/22
Ben Johnsons’ Perpetual Chess Podcast is well prepared, well executed, relevant and perhaps most importantly always conducted in a positive interview format. Good for all levels from beginner to Master.
palsson via Apple Podcasts · Denmark · 04/18/22
All special interest podcasts should aspire to cover their subjects in a way that Perpetual Chess covers chess and chess related subjects. This podcast has nearly everything one could ask for in a podcast about chess. Guests include luminaries such as former world champions, famous grandmasters,...Read full review »
duelingholophonors via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/22
Particularly if you are an adult trying to improve at chess, Benny’s podcast is the best podcast for both learning how to level up your chess as well as learning chess history.
courtney frey 2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/22
Perpetual Chess is a great podcast for anyone interested in the beautiful game of chess. Listening to this podcast took me from an unrated player to beating an 1800 rated player in a classical game!
Bayesian Analyst via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 03/04/22
This is the perfect Chess podcast. It has people who are fairly well known in the Chess community, people who aren’t fairly well known but have a lot of good things to say, adult improvers, authors, everything! Such an easy listen and I can’t recommend any higher.
Cheap Sk8 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/22
Love the all the great interviews with the top level GM’s, the adult improver series, and the book reviews. Ben does an amazing job with getting a well rounded selection of people to interview. Very incite full into the chess world and love all the book recommendations.
chp18639 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/03/22
Grab the episodes as they are released to enjoy. Go back through the archives. You won’t be disappointed in the incredible content. Top level chess players to adult improvers. Always engaging and enjoyable episodes.
Rosinbag1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/03/22
This is by far the best chess podcast there is and a must listen for all chess enthusiasts. Regardless of you level, beginner to GM, I think there is something for everyone.
Goirish. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/02/22
Ben has done the chess community a great service by creating this podcast. He interviews top grandmasters, humble adult improvers at the amateur level, and regularly reviews chess book. I especially appreciate the improvement angle he takes with all of his guests, some of whom are elite super GMs...Read full review »
Person who uses Apple products via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/02/22
I started playing chess just over a year ago and listened to every episode in 10 months. Perpetual chess is both informative and entertaining. I’ve learned a lot of chess history as well as picking up tips and ideas I can work in in my own game. I even wound up hiring one of the adult improver...Read full review »
Parocke via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/01/22
Great podcast about the great personalities of chess, and their work.
dish-power via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/01/22
Good podcast but the ratchet system is clearly in place where the ads just keep getting worse and longer. It’s to the point now where I’m unsubscribing and looking for a new chess podcast. What’s the point of a patreon, if the show still has this many ads for awful websites like chess.com that...Read full review »
Cmplete Idiots via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/29/22
Overall a good podcast. Good guests from a wide range of chess levels. I really enjoy the old timers who tell first hand stories of chess in decades past. My only gripe is that the host sometimes seems uninterested or detached from his conversation. For example he can seem only concerned with...Read full review »
rklyy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/31/21
I look forward to this podcast every week. So much chess knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Guests, topics, reoccurring themes and new situations. Basically all things chess. Ben is a gifted host who has gotten much better throughout the series. This is the first review I’ve ever wrote and...Read full review »
EZDUZIT27 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/14/21
My game has improved so much by listening to this entertaining and insightful podcast. Thanks for all your hard work Ben!
Fredie53 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/03/21
This podcast has made me love chess again. I have been playing competitive chess as a kid and had left the game after plateau-ing at 2000 elo as a teenager. With this podcast I have found a chess coach, discovered books to study, and rediscovered the beauty of the game. I am now working towards a...Read full review »
nbanerje via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/08/21
As a non-native English speaker, this podcast allows me to kill two birds in one shot: Improve my listening skills and hear some really interesting interviews related to Chess. A hightly recommended podcast without any doubt! Gorgeous job, Ben!! 👍
Rotulas El Carnero via Apple Podcasts · Spain · 09/12/21
Don’t let the topic dissuade you! This isn’t 2 savants playing verbal chess in his/head over audio - it’s highly engaging, interesting and fun conversations with Grand Masters and amateurs alike covering chess, what they love about the game, how they started playing and how each approaches a...Read full review »
Tom Bellis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/11/21
Of all the pods out there, this is really the only great chess podcast. From the Adult Improver episodes to the book reviews, I love all of it. Nowadays, it’s the podcast I’m looking most forward to at the start of each week. Do yourself a favor and tune in ♟
jcgoody via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/25/21
I adore the Perpetual Chess podcast. Great host, great guests, great production, great community. You have another big fan here in South Africa :) Please consider bringing back the blindfold puzzles in the chess books recaptured episodes though, as I found them challenging and helpful. Adult...Read full review »
BookishBerean via Apple Podcasts · South Africa · 08/24/21
Have to admit I was skeptical that a podcast about chess could be fun. I was worried it would be all endless chess lines that are impossible to keep straight while jogging and driving. Instead the guests and host do an excellent job keeping the subject fun and have great sympathy for all of us...Read full review »
nlanger79 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/07/21
I discovered this podcast only last week, and already I’ve listened to 15 episodes. I’m a 1300 rated player, and even though the tactical speak is beyond me, the interviews are accessible, stimulating, and highly engaging. Thank you!
BrenColl via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/26/21
I love this podcast. I love that Ben challenges guests and expresses his views as well, it makes for interesting conversations. After all, chess is not about one side only, and his unique style genuinely opens up guests and makes the conversations feel real. I feel like I’m getting a glimpse into...Read full review »
DanFurfark86 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/12/21
My only feedback is that I feel like Ben is too set in his beliefs when interviewing people. I’m only rated 1300 but you don’t have to know chess to know it feels weird when Ben sort of pushes his guest to agree with one of his beliefs instead of allowing the guest to expound on their beliefs...Read full review »
ChessImprover22 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/27/21
I took interest in chess after seeing The Queen’s Gambit and am so glad to have found this great podcast. I suggest to not listen to it from the beginning, but pick a subject or an interview that interests you. The Chess books and Adult improvers series are really great. I barely knew any chess...Read full review »
Bruno from Canada via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/02/21
Great!
RelateableLucca via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/31/21
Excellent show! Instructive and entertaining for players of all levels.
Adam Base via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/27/21
If you love Chess then you’ll love this podcast. A wealth of knowledge can be yours by listening to the outstanding interviews.
CKMcDonell via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/28/21
Vast library of shows. Most recent guest Peter Svidler!! Guests include streamers, titled players, improvers, authors, and coaches. I don’t hesitate to listen to every episode. So much great content :). Thanks Ben.
Countersparks via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/13/21
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