Much loved guests
But Ben doesn’t respond to emails Unless your a titled player or guest. and yes very conceded and egotistical. Start giving back to those who take time to listen to you.
Best chess podcast out there!
Not only are all the conversations easy to listen to. But Ben Johnson does great research I to all his guest and actually asks good questions. Nothing repetitive and always engaging. He has different types of podcasts, from notable grandmasters, adult improvers and even book reviews. He’s always striving to improve the podcast and better the game of chess. I listen both while at work, and when going on long runs. It always leaves me feeling really motivated and ready to play/study Chess. I’ve made sure to recommend this to all my friends. I just wish Moonmaster would return.
Essential for chess fans
This terrific podcast gives fans an intimate view of chess through thoughtful interviews with people ranging from the world’s top players to chess teachers, amateurs, and hustlers.
Tom in baltimore
Great show for the chess enthusiast
I’m an adult amateur chess player with a lot of passion for the game. This podcast motivates me to improve, gives me lots of tips, and the interviews are always entertaining.
This is a great podcast! Ben Johnson is a great host, and it is clear just how devoted he is to this show. He speaks with a wide variety of guests from all over the chess world, making for interesting, novel conversations each week. Thanks so much for doing this!
Only one of its kind
I want to do chess as much as I can but I can’t when I am physically exercising. This gives that opportunity while also providing useful leads for an adult improver like me. I also try to learn best practices that I can pass on to my young kids starting out in competitive chess.
Highly Engrossing Podcast
Excellent podcast, great interviews, and very interesting dialogue. I started the podcast and couldn't stop listening, first on my iPhone, then in my car, and finally finishing at home on my pc. I am a returning adult having played chess as a child, and found this very inspiring to continue to learn and grow my skills. Thank you!
Best Chess Podcast!!!!!
The conversations are so interesting and I learn a lot from just listening to them... highly recommend
Interesting Guests & Topics
I appreciate the many interesting guests and some really bigs names among them. I also like the variety of backgrounds of the guests and therefore the varied topics that are covered. If you like chess, you’ll love this podcast.
Solid chess podcast - thanks Ben!
Very entertaining and lots of useful info for players and fans alike. I like it so much, I have become a Panteon supporter - well worth the small contribution!
Great way to keep chess from getting too stressful.
Sometimes when you are so focused on chess and improvement it can g we frustrating but this podcast lets me still have a part of my brain in chess without chess turning into a constant grind.
Best chess podcast!
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.
New chess player
Amazing podcast. One of the few chess podcasts out there. I really enjoy! Keep up the good work!
A podcast I had long been looking for!
I just started a year ago playing chess again since I was kid, and I’ve since been trying to better get into the whole wider chess world and this podcast has been a great window in.
Very good content.
The content is very good.
I regularly listen to your podcast on my way to work !
Great book reviews
Really enjoy the book reviews and the insights to the more human side of chess
Great show, love the insights from world class players
For the chess fans out there. Simply the best.
Chess Made Human
For someone like me who just stirred an interest in chess as ah adult, this is a great podcast to learn about the culture of the game, terminology, and major players. Listen to it every morning in my way to work! Love learning about the players behind the pieces!
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!!
Great show, Thanks Ben for some good chess content!
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
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.
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.
Great podcast!! We need more creative chess content like this. I highly recommend it. Thank you Ben!
Great guests and great discussions
Ben - I really enjoy your podcasts! Keep up the good work! Neal Bruce
This Podcast is Awesome
Funny and interesting! I listen at work and when my day is over its hard to stop listening!
Best chess podcast
Favorite host of any podcast. Even if you don’t know anything about chess I would still recommend. Thanks, Ben!
Entertaining and educational
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.
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
Not only the best chess podcast but one of the best podcasts period. Keep up the great work!
This is an excellent chess podcast.
#1 Chess podcast!!! Great stuff!
#1 Chess podcast!!! Great stuff!
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!!!
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.
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.
I love what you are doing here Ben, an excellent podcast! Thank you and please don't stop!
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!!!
Ben does a great job with this; very much needed for the chess world!
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!!
For chess fans everywhere, these interviews are great, and inspiring.
Great Chess Podcast
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
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
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
Would love to hear some theory from time to time.
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
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.
This is a wonderful podcast if you have any interest in chess. The host is great and the guests are even better!
Jimmy the M.