Average rating:

out of 173 ratings.

Good content

by Cruelwisdom on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love the Adult learner series! If you want to improve your chess knowledge, this is a good place to start immersing yourself in chess culture!!


by mr.fogz on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great show, Thanks Ben for some good chess content!

Fantastic Podcast

by Mrk1839 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is a fun podcast. This is a sure fire way to learn more about Chess. I became a supporter as I want to do my part to ensure this show stays around and continues to grow. It's fantastic because you have a chance to ask questions of Grandmasters, Champions, Instructors and authors. I enjoy hearing my questions discussed and answered.

Very nice podcast

by buherii on
Rating: ★★★★★

I gained many chess knowledge since listening to Ben’s podcast. Ben himself is very humble in the interviews and makes it very easy to listen. Thanks Ben, keep up the good work and wish you and your family all the best.

Amazing journalism

by Moec91 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is the best chess podcast out around. The quality of Ben Johnson’s interview is next to none. I’ve heard humorous stories, rich history, advice, personal experiences, and so forth. I highly recommend this podcast to any serious chess player.

Love it

by 95&:!!54; on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great podcast!! We need more creative chess content like this. I highly recommend it. Thank you Ben!

Great guests and great discussions

by Gameplayer1231 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Ben - I really enjoy your podcasts! Keep up the good work! Neal Bruce

This Podcast is Awesome

by PerryDB on
Rating: ★★★★★

Funny and interesting! I listen at work and when my day is over its hard to stop listening!

Best chess podcast

by Meowmdowmoda on
Rating: ★★★★★

Favorite host of any podcast. Even if you don’t know anything about chess I would still recommend. Thanks, Ben!

Entertaining and educational

by Chris Flanagan on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great podcast with wonderful interviews of interesting personalities in the world of chess. Ben covers a wide range of chess related topics including the best players, chess improvement and general chess news and tournament discussions.

Excellent podcast!

by crazedearl on
Rating: ★★★★★

One suggestion: Stay focused on the game and insights about the game that the guest has. Obscure biographical facts like: Did you learn Italian? What was the immigration policy? And on and on. Who cares? Find myself ff constantly. Focus on the game please.

Best chess podcast

by Real Timer on
Rating: ★★★★★

Not only the best chess podcast but one of the best podcasts period. Keep up the great work!

Great Podcast

by Commodoor64 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is an excellent chess podcast.

#1 Chess podcast!!! Great stuff!

by donkirk73 on
Rating: ★★★★★

#1 Chess podcast!!! Great stuff!

First class

by FredSkinner on
Rating: ★★★★★

Listen to Mr. Johnson's podcast and watching Simon Williams' Master Method made me see chess as fun again. I have never enjoyed the game more!

High Quality Content!!!

by idjit19 on
Rating: ★★★★★

While there are, and have been, the occasional chess podcast, there has yet to be a podcaster who has the interviewing skills combined with the work effort and timeliness of Ben.Several guests on the show have been long time personal friends of mine and still I have learned many things I didn't already know.If you or your child are a chess fan you should jump in with both feet. You won't regret it.

Great interviews

by TheFroo on
Rating: ★★★★★

I'm really glad I found this podcast. It complements my chess YouTube subscriptions perfectly. I've found that all the right questions are being asked. Never a dull moment.

Excellent Work!

by ManCave29 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love what you are doing here Ben, an excellent podcast! Thank you and please don't stop!

Great podcast!

by Danijay on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is a very enjoyable podcast. It goes beyond games and theory -- it picks the brains of some of the most brilliant players out there.

Great chess podcast!!!

by Constantine73 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Ben does a great job with this; very much needed for the chess world!

Great Podcast!!!!

by The Professor131313 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This Podcast got me playing chess again.. Ben does great interviews with interesting chess people.. I have enjoyed every single Podcast. My favorite part of the Podcast is when Ben ask what books they recommend and how can a beginner improve there game.. Thanks Ben!!


by SimbaWilliam on
Rating: ★★★★★

For chess fans everywhere, these interviews are great, and inspiring.

Great Chess Podcast

by Chinatimt on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have listened to every podcast and this is a must listen if you are a chess player, a parent of a chess player or a chess coach. These podcasts are in depth interviews which Ben Johnson handles very well. I am a big fan!

Great but I want more

by joemccarron on
Rating: ★★★★★

I really like learning a bit about each guest. You are doing a great job.I do wish you would cover a bit more. I wish you would bring up religion and politics. Of course if a guest doesn't want to talk about it thats fine. But if they do maybe explore it a bit. Im not saying turning it into a political or religious podcast but if the guest wants and they are interested then I would be interested in hearing. (Chess politics is also of interest to me. I think my favorite comment so far has been Alex Yermolenski saying FIDE needs to drain the swamp. )I am somewhat especially interested in what politics is and was like in the countries outside the US. Where their parents political or religious, if so in what way? Etc.Whether or not you agree with me I am still thankful for the great high quality podcast. Keep at it.

Fantastic chess podcast

by Jes&Ryan on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you very much for finally allowing me to engage in the world of chess while in the car. This podcast has really amazingly well done, interesting interviews - from professional players to chess teachers in the classroom. I love every bit of it. Thank you and here's to sticking around for a long time.

Excellent pod cast

by tomfabricio on
Rating: ★★★★★

Would love to hear some theory from time to time.

Great Podcast!!

by DMD67 on
Rating: ★★★★★

As someone who has been away from tournament chess for a while, it's nice to hear these great conversations with people I used to follow.

Exactly what I Wanted

by Sevin Korbo on
Rating: ★★★★★

I'm just an average player who tries to learn about the serious chess world time to time but could never find a show to present it in an accessible manner. This does that and I feel like I'm able to journey a little deeper into this world now.

Really Good

by TheGameHen on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great podcast.


by Jimmy the M. on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is a wonderful podcast if you have any interest in chess. The host is great and the guests are even better!


by Casual Chess Fan on
Rating: ★★★★★

I'm happy to listen to solid chess commentary while commuting.

What I've been waiting for!

by Aaron2000 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I'm not a strong player at all, but the format of the show brings to life the human aspect of a high-level chess player which is so engaging I can't stop listening. Don't skip this one!


by Ng74 on
Rating: ★★★★★

What a refreshing voice for the chess world. Ben asks the questions I'd love to ask of top players, but would never have the chance. Must listen


by Luke33333333333333333333333333 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love your podcasts! They are phenominal!!! Keep it up Ben!!

Amazing Podcast

by PeterN777 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I've been waiting for a chess-related podcast and this does not disappoint. The host does an excellent job with the interviews and has really interesting guests. Very highly recommended!

Access to the Pros

by ThunderMuts on
Rating: ★★★★★

This podcast is definitely worth listening to if you are an avid chess player, average hack or student. One of the things I like about the format is that the players get a little intimate with their approach to the game, their overall history and tell some stories. Ben has succeeded in getting some great players to come on already, and I expect as the podcast gains subscribers it will advance even further. You won't find any tedious analysis of drawn games or the debate over which opening might provide an advantage, but you will experience some excellent chess culture. Take the time to download an episode and listen.


by Naisortep on
Rating: ★★★★★

Finally! I have been looking for a good chess podcast since the demise of the Full English Breakfast.


by JFern71 on
Rating: ★★★★★

The best chess podcast out there, bar none.


by Curtains20 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing podcast, I have listened to all four episodes so far. Gotta say the first guest was incredible!


by BenAoufa on
Rating: ★★★★★

Just listened to the first 2 episode. Great stuff. Thank you Ben Johnson. Keep it up!


by Mpassy18 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Been searching for someone to go in-depth in the chess world, and Ben nails it. Can't wait to see all of the amazing people he chats with as he explores this legendary game.