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Perpetual Chess features weekly conversations with the chess world's best players, promoters, and educators about their lives, careers, current projects, and best practices.

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Perpetual Chess Podcas‪t‬ Ben Johnson

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Perpetual Chess features weekly conversations with the chess world's best players, promoters, and educators about their lives, careers, current projects, and best practices.

Learn more at PerpetualChessPod.com

    EP.216 - Dr. Jana Krivec

    EP.216 - Dr. Jana Krivec

    This week Dr. Jana Krivec joins me. She is the seven-time Woman’s National Champion of Slovenia.  Jana is also a Professor of Psychology at the School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. She has recently released a book that synthesizes her interests in chess and brain science. Her book,  Improve Your Life by Playing a Game, gives a rundown of the many psychological issues that chess players often confront, and offers actionable advice on how we all can improve our study habits and our approaches to playing chess. I had a good time speaking with Dr. Krivec, and I think that you will enjoy the interview. Please read on for more details and timestamps. 

     

    0:00- We begin by discussing the cognitive biases that are most prevalent amongst chess players. 

    Mentioned: Adult Improver interview with Dr. Vishnu Sreekumar, (The book recap I mentioned with Dr. Christopher Chabris will be out later this month) , The Dunning Kruger Effect, Emanuel Lasker, Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 

     

    15:00- How can we combat these biases?

     

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    21:00- Dr. Krivec answers a question from the Patreon mailbag about how to deal with the common issue of online “chess tilt.” 

    Mentioned: The Power of Habit 

     

    39:00- Jana answers a Patreon question about how to deal with stress in online chess and she’s asked whether she thinks chess is helpful or harmful with anxiety issues. 

    Mentioned: Autogenic Training, Progressive Muscle Relaxation 

     

    55:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessmood.com! 

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    56:00- What factors were most instrumental in Jana’s chess successes? 

     

    1:04:00- Does Dr. Krivec have an opinion about whether it is better to learn from books or from online tools like Chessable? 

     

    1:12:00- Thanks so much to Dr. Krivec for joining the show. You can contact her via Facebook. 

     

    You can purchase or see a free teaser of her book via Thinkers Publishing Here:

    Improve Your Life by Playing a Game – Learn how to turn your life activities into lifelong skills - Thinkers Publishing

    If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here.







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    EP.215 - Dr. Vishnu Sreekumar (Adult Improver Series)

    EP.215 - Dr. Vishnu Sreekumar (Adult Improver Series)

    We are back with  another Adult Improver Edition of Perpetual Chess. My guest, Vishnu Sreekumar, is a 35 year-old cognitive scientist and dad, who has been dedicating many hours to studying and playing chess since he rediscovered his love for the game in 2018. There have been plenty of obstacles along the way, but Vishnu has had great success, as his USCF rating has  risen from 1675 to 1954 in the 1.5 years preceding the onset of Covid’s changes to all of our lives.  During this period  he has continued to work on his chess, although unfortunately work responsibilities and a pending move back to his native India may soon slow down his chess schedule. Vishnu is also a classically-trained pianist. This background gives him even more perspective on the field of adult learning. So between the chess talk and the neuroscience talk, there is a lot to learn from Vishnu. Please read on for many more details and timestamps. 

     

    0:00- Vishnu shares a bit about his background and his beginnings in chess, as well as his initial tentative return to tournament play in 2018. . 

    Mentioned: GM Nihail Sarin,  Meet the Dojo with GM Jesse Kraai- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kAGwWsRsKU&t=1381s

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 

    How to Reassess Your Chess by IM Jeremy Silman, Pawn Structure Chess by GM Andy Soltis 

     

    12:30- Perpetual Chess is proud to be brought to you in part by Chessable.com. To check out their latest offerings, you can go here: 

    https://www.chessable.com/courses/for-beginners/

    13:00- At the peak of his chess obsession, Vishnu was spending 3+ hours a day on chess while maintaining work and family responsibilities as well. In this segment, Vishnu shares some of the resources he studied, but he also reflects on that period of obsession, and the adjustments he has since made to make sure that chess doesn’t supplant his family and work responsibilities. 

    Mentioned: Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies, Grandmaster Chess- Positional Play,   Test Your Chess IQ. Understanding Chess Move by Move, Tal Botvinnik 1960 , GM Jesse Kraai, Episode 44 with GM Jesse Kraai, Episode 175 with GM Jesse Kraai 

     

    21:00- Vishnu answers a question from the Perpetual Chess Patreon mailbag. “Is it better to study tactics from a book or from an online tactics trainer?” 

    Mentioned: The Test of Time, Winning with the King’s Indian by Eduard Gufeld 

     

    26:00- Patreon question: “What are Vishnu’s biggest regrets in how he has studied chess?” 

    Mentioned: GM R.B. Ramesh 

     

    33:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by AImchess.com which collates data from your online games and gives you actionable advice and lessons. Check out the site, and if you subscribe use the Promo code “Chess30” to get a 30% discount.

     

    35:00- Vishnu answers a few questions from Patreon supporters  relating to the cognitive science of chess. 

    Mentioned: Practical Chess Exercises, Lev Alburt Pocket Chess Training Books, Woodpecker Method, Sherlock’s Method, Universal Chess Training,  IM Elizabeth Paehtz, Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics 

     

    41:00- Patreon question: “As a cognitive scientist, why does Vishnu think it’s so hard for adults to improve at chess?” 

    Mentioned: IM Greg Shahade, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Peter Svidler, GM Jan Gustafsson, IM Kostya Kavutskiiy, GM Jesse Kraai, GM Avetik Grigoryan 

     

    57:30- Another Patreon question- “Is there a correlation between chess and long term brain health?” 

     

    1:00:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessmood.com! 

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    1:01:00- Does Vishnu have advice for how to balance a desire to improve at chess with work and family responsibilities? 

    1:08:00- We discuss Vis

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    EP.214 - GM Vlastimil Hort

    EP.214 - GM Vlastimil Hort

    Czech grandmaster Vlastimil Hort  was among the world's best players in the 1960s, '70s, and into the mid-'80s. Born in Czechoslovka, the five-time national Czech champion emigrated to West Germany in 1985  and was subsequently the 3 time West German national champ.  GM Hort has played against most World Champions of the modern era, and has memorable stories about Bobby Fischer,  Boris Spassky, Paul Keres, and countless others.  GM Hort is also the co-author of the classic instructional book, The Best Move, and his latest book,  My Chess Stories, 64 Stories From His Life Near the Top in Chesshas recently been translated to English. GM Hort reflects on a few of the standout stories in our interview, including how a bribe at a chess tournament in Tunis helped him escape Czechoslovakia in 1985.  He also gives us the details of his less-than-pleasant interactions with GM Mikhail Botvinnik. So many fun stories below, and such an honor to speak with GM Hort. Please read on for timestamps and more details.

     In addition to listening via audio, a transcript is available of this podcast thanks to the efforts of Dr. Stephen Sparks. You can read the interview transcript here. 

    0:00- We launch in by GM Hort sharing his memories of attending Hastings 1967, a tournament for which he had no money to attend, so he ended up sleeping in a park en route to the facilities. Chess has come a long way! 

    Mentioned: Hastings 1967-1968

     

    7:30- Why did GM Hort decide to emigrate from the Czechoslovakia to Germany? He tells the amazing story of bribing passport control after theTunis Interzonal in 1985. 

    Mentioned: Wilfried Hilgert, Tunis Interzonal 1985, GM Mikhai Suba, GM Evgenij Ermenkov 

     

    14:00- Hort tells a story involving his fellow Czech native who recently passed away, GM Lubomir Kavalek. 

    Mentioned: GM Anatoly Karpov, Leonid Brezhnev 

     

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    17:30- GM Hort did not have the best relationship with former World Champion, GM Mikail Botvinnik. What events led to this bit of discontent? 

    Mentioned: GM Bent Larsen, GM Paul Keres 

     

    24:00- GM Hort had a famously tough loss against GM Boris Spassky in 1977 during the Candidates cycle. How does he look back on that match? And how is GM Boris Spassky doing today? 

    Mentioned: GM Vladimir Kramnik, GM William Lombardy. GM Lajos Portisch, GM Pal Benko, GM Bent Larsen, GM Viktor Korchnoi 

     

    30:00- GM Hort answers a Patreon mailbag question: how did it feel to compete against Soviet players when one had to worry about the possibility of collusion? 

    Mentioned: GM Karpov, GM Lajos Portisch, GM Bent Larsen, Wolfram Hartmann, 

     

    34:00- It has been alleged that GM Milan Matulovic accepted a bribe to throw the Candidates match against Taimanov  in the FIDE Candidates in 1970? Does GM Hort find this story credible? 

     

    36:30-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessmood.com! 

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    37:30- Was there a test given to Czech youth to assess chess talent? What constitutes chess talent? 

    Mentioned: Lubomir Ljubovic, GM Tony Miles, GM Lajos Portisch 

     

    42:00- How did GM Hort study middlegames? 

    Mentioned: GM Hans Kmoch, Rubinstein Chess Masterpieces 

     

    44:00- Another Patreon question: How did the idea for the classic book, The Best Move, come about? 

    Mentioned: GM Boris Gelfand, GM Jacob Aagaard 

     

    46:30- Patreon question: Who was the most intimidating player to play against? This leads to GM Hort sharing some recollections of the famed Match of the Century in 1970. 

    Mentioned

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    EP.213 - IM Greg Shahade returns again

    EP.213 - IM Greg Shahade returns again

    In an annual tradition, IM Greg Shahade returns to the show. Greg is the founder of the Pro Chess League as well as the US Chess School, and is a former scholastic champion turned adult-improving, dangerous speed chess specialist. His Chess.com blitz rating hovers in the 2600-2700 range, and he has beaten the likes of GM Alexey Shirov and GM Praggnanandhaa in recent Chess.com TItled Tuesday tournaments. Greg breaks down the secrets to his success- it turns out it has involved a lot of hard work on his openings! He also impart lessons from his success in order to help improving players lower on the rating ladder. Additional topics include:  the growth and evolution of chess, why Greg isn’t as vocal about his chess promotion ideas anymore, plus he answers a few fun Patreon mailbag questions. Whether you agree with Greg’s views of chess or not, its always fun to hear his perspective. Please read on for lots more details and timestamps. 

     

    Prior Interviews with IM Greg Shahade 

    Episode 1

    Episode 55

    Episode 107

    Episode 159





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    Greg’s blitz rating has been consistently improving even as he hits his early 40s. What are his study tricks? What approach should he take to study openings?  

    Mentioned: Chessable.com, GM Alexei Shirov, GM Kiril Alekseenko, GM Jan Gustafsson’s Lifetime Repertoires Course, GM Elshan Moriadibadi, The London System, IM Andras Toth, GM Magnus Carlsen 





    10:00- A question from the Patreon mailbag. What is the best way for a beginner to study an opening repertoire? 

    Mentioned: Fight like Magnus: The Sveshnikov Sicilian, Lifetime Repertories: Nimzo-Ragozin Defense, Sam Shankland’s 1. D4 Chessable course 





    18:00- What is the status of Greg’s blitz game? 

    Mentioned: GM Kirill Alekseenko, GM Conrad Holt 

     

    22:00- What is the status of Greg’s Twitch streaming career? 





    23:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Get Chessable’s IOS app if you haven’t already, and you can check out their latest offerings here:

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    23:45- Patreon question: “Dude, when is Greg going to start blogging again?” We also discuss the ongoing Chess.com I am Not a GM Tournament

    Mentioned: IM John Bartholomew, I am not a GM Tournament, IM Levy Rozman, IM Tania Sachdev, IM Kostya Kavutskiiy, Alexandra Botez, IM Lawrence Trent 

     

    30:00- Another Patreon question relates to the status and format of the 2021 Pro Chess League, which of course also leads to a discussion of the explosion of popularity in online chess. 

    Mentioned: Klay Thompson, Lennox Lewis, Gordon Hayward, Leveon Bell

     

    37:00- Another Patreon question: are there improvements to the Pro Chess League website in the works? 

     

    39:00- Perpetual Chess is brought in part by AImchess.com which collates data from your online games and gives you actionable advice and lessons. Check out the site, and if you subscribe use the Promo code “Chess30” to get a 30% discount.

     

    39:00- Patreon question- has Greg read any good books lately? This segues into a general discussion of how to study chess.  

    Mentioned: Playing 1. E4 by GM John Shaw, GM Peter Svidler, 100 Endgames You Must Know 

    Endgame Strategy by Mikhail Sherevsky, Vancura Defense, Frontal Defense, Jeremy Silman’s Endgame Course, GM Jacob Aagaard 

     

    49:00- In his chess development, did Greg do any targeted blindfold chess training? 

    Mentioned: Chessboard Magic by Irving Chernev, GM Jeffrey Xiong, GM Ray Robson, IM Christopher Yoo

     

    56:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessmood.com! 

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    57:00- Greg answers a Patreon question pushing back against the importance of the idea that Classical Chess

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    EP.212 - IM John Donaldson returns again!

    EP.212 - IM John Donaldson returns again!

    In addition to being a strong player, and often the Captain of the US Olimpiad team, IM John Donaldson is a renowned chess historian and author. He has been researching the life of Bobby Fischer for over a decade, and he has been on the podcast in the past to discuss his prior publications on Fischer. Late in 2020, IM John Donaldson published his most comprehensive, and acclaimed Fischer work yet, Bobby Fischer and his World. This book was already named Chess.com’s 2020 book of the year, despite some stiff competition in a stellar year for chess books. I greatly enjoyed John’s work, which is a combination of biography and game analysis. In our conversation, of course we discuss details of Fischer’s life in some detail, with a particular emphasis on the new details John has uncovered. We also take time to remember the life and legacy of John’s friend, legendary GM Lubomir “Lubosh” Kavalek, and to discuss the state of John’s own chess game. As always, you can get lots more details and related hyperlinks in the description or on the Perpetual Chess webpage. Enjoy!





    0:00- We begin by discussing the legacy of John’s friend, legendary player and trainer,  GM Lubomir “Lubosh” Kavalek who recently passed away. 

    Mentioned: 

    Episode 54 with IM John Donaldson

    Episode 143 with IM John Donaldson 

    Also Mentioned: GM Bobby Fischer, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Gata Kamsky, GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Wesley So, GM Lubosh Kavalek, Fred Wilson’s interview with GM Lubomir Kavalek, GM Joel Benjamin, GM Lev Alburt, Jerry and Fran Weikel of the Western States Open, GM Kavalek’s Huffington Post archive,  Peter Doggers chess.com obituary of GM Lubosh Kavalek, Chess Life and Review of Archive, Milos Forman, Ivan Passer, Gufeld-Kavalek 1962, Portisch-Kavalek 1975, GM Andrew Soltis  





    18:00- Perpetual Chess is brought in part by AImchess.com which collates data from your online games and gives you actionable advice and lessons. Check out the site, and if you subscribe use the Promo code “Chess30” to get a 30% discount. 

     

    18:45- Are there any fact that John and his friend and fellow eminent Fischer biographer Frank Brady disagree on? 

    Mentioned: GM Boris Gelfand’s Technical Decision Making in Chess, FM Andrey Terekhov’s The Life and Games of Vasily Smyslov, IM Stuart Rachels’ The Best I Saw in Chess, GM William Lombardy, Dragoljub Minec, Jackie Beers 

     

    27:00- John’s book is published by the publishing company of IM Jeremy Silman and his wife, Gwen Feldman- Did John work directly with Silman on this book? 

    Mentioned: Silman-James press 

     

    29:00- A question from the Patreon Mailbag: Which modern player most resembles Fischer in playing style? 

    Mentioned: GM Peter Leko, Leko discussing studying with Fischer. GM Miguel Najdor

     

    33:00- How would Bobby have enjoyed modern chess with faster time controls? 

    Mentioned: GM Walter Shipman 

     

    35:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Get Chessable’s IOS app if you haven’t already, and you can check out their latest offerings here:

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    37:00- How close was Bobby Fischer to playing a comeback match against GM Yasser Seirawan? Is John glad that Fischer did make a comeback? 

    Mentioned: Lou Hays, GM Alex Sherzer, GM Larry Christiansen, GM Boris Spassky, GM Duncan Suttles 

     

    43:00- Patreon question: Did Bobby have any students or proteges? 

    Mentioned: GM Michael Bezold, Carmine Nigro, GM Reuben Fine, Episode 202 with Dr. Frank Brady, No Regrets, Fischer-Spassky 1992 

     

    48:30- How is this book different from John’s prior publications about Fischer? 

    Mentioned: A Legend on the Road

     

    53:00- Will there be more Fischer projects forthcoming from John? What mysteries still remain from the details of Bobby’s life? 

    Mentioned: World Chess Hall of Fame, GM Jesse

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    Book Recap : The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by GM Jonathan Rowson

    Book Recap : The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by GM Jonathan Rowson

    Perpetual Chess is back with another monthly bonus edition of Chess Books Recaptured. This month  Chicago-based law professor, dad, and speed chess specialist, David Franklin joins me. Like me, David is a long-time fan of the writing of GM Jonathan Rowson, and of his 2000 book, The Seven Deadly Chess Sins, in particular.  Due to its  uniquely philosophical, digressive tone and its advanced chess subject matter, The Seven Deadly Chess Sins is not universally loved. Nonetheless, both podcast hosts and many other chess fans consider it to be a classic. In our conversation, we define and discuss each of GM Rowson’s 7 "chess sins", as well as sharing a bit of information about the author, the guest-co-host, and of course, a few of our favorite quotes. Please read on for many more details, links, and timestamps!

     

    0:00- Why does David love this book? Why is this book somewhat polarizing despite many rave reviews? 

    Mentioned: Perpetual Chess Episode 193 with Tom Murphy, Adult Improver Episode 151 with JJ Lang 

     

    08:30- We discuss GM Rowson’s background and his other chess books briefly. 

    Mentioned: Understanding the Grunfeld,Chess For Zebras, The Moves that Matter, Perpetual Chess Episode 150 with GM Jonathan Rowson, IM Andras Toth, IM John Watson’s review of Seven Deadly Chess Sins: Some Products and Two First-Rate Books

     

    12:00- What other books might have been the intellectual inspirations of this unique book? 

    Mentioned: Facebook Chess Collectors Group, The Chess Mind by Gerald Abraham,  Secrets of Practical Chess, Improve Your Chess Now, Genius in Chess, Improve Your Chess Now Book Recap Podcast with FM Alex Chua, Alex King, Godol, Escher and Bach, Emotional Intelligence, Richard James, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,  Dynamics of Chess Strategy, GM David Navara 

     

    15:00- For what rating level is this book best suited? 

     

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    20:45- We discuss Sin #1- “Thinking”- lack of faith in intuition, and “bureaucracy”

    Mentioned: “Talking to Your Pieces”, Tom Murphy 

     

    27:00- Sin #2- “Blinking” Identifying, missing critical moments 

    Mentioned: Bobby Fischer, Russians vs. Fischer , GM Alex Yermolinksy’s The Road to Chess Improvement, The Road to Chess Improvement Recap Podcast, Episode 7 with GM Jon Ludvig Hammer 

     

    31:00-  Sin #3- “Wanting” Attachment to results, carelessness, ‘chalking it up’ expectation 

    Mentioned: “The Theory of Infinite Resistance,” FM Bill Jordan, GM Ian Rogers, GM David Smerdon, Jerry Wheeler 

     

    42:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com! Be sure to download the much-anticipated Chessable app for IOS, and Seven Deadly Chess Sins will be available on Chessable later this year! 

     

    43:00- Sin #4- “Materialism” Lack of dynamism, oversights

    Mentioned: Plato’s Symposium, 

     

    49:30- Sin #5- “Egoism” ‘forgetting the opponent’- fear - how many results am I playing for?

     

    54:00- Sin #6- “Perfectionism”  time trouble, jam-lust (asking too much of your position), moralizing (punishing the opponent), copy-cat crime (trying to emulate another player)

    Mentioned: GM Alexander Grischuk, Chess Explained’s YouTube Channel , GM Michael Adams 

     

    1:03:30- Sin #7- Looseness-  losing the plot, drifting (playing without a plan), “neural hijackings” (emotions overwhelm the thinking brain, whether consciously or not), “tension transference” (relieve tension at all costs, uncomfortable with discomfort) 

    Mentioned- Anand-Carlsen 2013, Kasparov-Sokolov 1999 

     

    1:07:00- We share a few favorite quotes from the book. 

    Mentioned: Endgame Strategy, GM

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Best chess podcast around

If you are interested in chess, current chess culture, chess improvement or chess books, this is the podcast for you.
The host Ben Johnson selects a good variety of guests and interviews them in a pleasant manner. There is some bias to the US chess scene, but not overly so.

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