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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

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 292- Adult Improver Karen Boyd on What She Learned from a Busy Summer of Tournament Chess, and Why she Always "Plays Up" Against Tougher Competition

    EP 292- Adult Improver Karen Boyd on What She Learned from a Busy Summer of Tournament Chess, and Why she Always "Plays Up" Against Tougher Competition

    Karen Boyd is a 56 year old mother, wife and chess lover with a background in computer programming. She often appears in the videos and streams of her husband, GM Ben Finegold, but she also does a ton of the work behind the scenes, producing Ben’s content. Despite Karen’s busy life, she has been making lots of time for chess study and joined me after a busy summer with plenty of chess tournaments in the United States. Karen assiduously documents her chess study, and has been averaging about 3 hours per day of study when not on the road. She showed some good results in the World Open, and is on the verge of eclipsing her personal high rating of 1421. In our interview, she discussed her background, her study regimen, her goals, her relationship with Ben, and why she thinks she currently finds tournaments more enjoyable than her husband does. I really admire the dedication that Karen is showing to chess and look forward to seeing her continued chess progress. More details, timestamps and relevant links can be found below.  

    0:00- If you or someone you know is interested in appearing as an adult improver, you can submit their info via the online form here:
    Interested in Appearing on the Pod as an Adult Improver? — The Perpetual Chess Podcast

    1:00- Karen has been studying chess for 3 hours per day and traveling far and wide to play in many tournaments. Why? 
    Mentioned: Check out Karen’s study log here:
    https://atlchessclub.com/ChessLog/ChessStudyLog.pdf

    5:00- How does Karen feel about her recent progress, after a busy summer. 

    10:00- Why does Karen prefer classical chess? 
    Mentioned: Justin Morrison of Kids Chess Zone 

    16:00- Karen’s husband, GM Ben Finegold, has said he is retiring from OTB chess. Does Karen think he will change his mind someday? 

    19:00- What are Karen’s current chess goals? 
    Mentioned: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, Chessable’s Checkmate Patterns Manual 

    22:00-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess’ algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.
    Or use this link for the same discount:
    https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12

    Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Their new courses include a new one by GM Levon Aronian, and GM Magnus Carlsen and GM David Howell recently released a free lesson, Grind like a GM! 
    Check out what's new here: 
    https://www.chessable.com/courses/all/new/

    24:30- Karen discusses her chess beginnings. 

    31:00- Patreon mailbag question: How did Karen and GM Ben Finegold meet? 
    Mentioned: GM Var Akobian 

    35:00- Patreon mailbag question: Does Karen think she is treated differently a) because she is a woman? b) because she is married to a GM?

    39:00- Welcome to the Chess dot bomb! Karen discusses her favorite Chess.com premium features, which include the tactics trainer. 

    If you decide to upgrade to a premium membership at Chess.com, you can help support the pod by signing up using this link (https://go.chess.com/Perpetual).
     
    42:00- What was Karen’s inspiration for her study log?

    43:00- How do Karen's two coaches, FM Aviv Friedman and NM Spencer Finegold, work with her to improve her chess?

    45:00- What is Karen’s approach to openings? 

    48:00-How would Karen characterize (or describe) her strengths and weaknesses as a ches player?

    51:00- Why does Karen “play up” in higher sections?

    53:03- Are there days where Karen doesn’t feel like doing chess?

    56:00- Karen’s closing advice 

    58:00- Thanks so much to Karen for joining the show. Here are some of the ways you can follow her chess progress:
    Twitter-
    https://twitter.com/Karen_Chess1
    Twitch- 
    https://www.twitch.tv/karen_chess

    GM Ben Finegold’s Twitch-
    https://www.twitch.tv/gmbenjaminfinegold
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Bonus Pod- How to Chess Podcast- How to Approach Studying the Endgame with GM Sahaj Grover

    Bonus Pod- How to Chess Podcast- How to Approach Studying the Endgame with GM Sahaj Grover

    Here is the most recent episode of the How to Chess Podcast. If you enjoy it, please be sure you are subscribed to How to Chess on its own feed. The How to Chess archive features insightful interviews with GM Peter Svidler, GM Vladimir Kramnik, FM Peter Giannatos, with lots more to come.
    You can Subscribe to How to Chess on these Platforms:
    How To Chess on Apple Podcasts
    Spotify

    Be sure to check out GM Sahaj Grover's course, Timeless Techniques: Strategic Endgames, here:
    https://www.chessable.com/timeless-technique-strategic-endgames/course/42898/
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    • 24 min
    EP 291- GM Alex Fishbein on Maintaining a Passion for Chess into One's 50s, (Plus great Korchnoi and Tal stories.)

    EP 291- GM Alex Fishbein on Maintaining a Passion for Chess into One's 50s, (Plus great Korchnoi and Tal stories.)

    GM Alex Fishbein has been one of the top players in the US for decades and remains a frequent competitor on the American chess circuit. He is a four-time US Championship participant and is the Tennessee state champion. Alex is also a chess writer. His most recent book, The French Exchange Comes to Life, is a uniquely presented and instructive guide to a somewhat misunderstood opening. Alex also has a successful career away from the board. He works as a Director in Fixed Income at TD Securities. In our conversation, we discuss Alex’s storied OTB career. Born in the USSR, Alex has learned from many Soviet-era legends and tells memorable stories about Mikhail Tal and Viktor Korchnoi. Alex also shares tips for staying sharp into one’s 50s and discusses how chess learning has changed. Alex’s dad and son are chess masters as well, so he has had a close-up-view of the evolution of chess learning. This was a really fun conversation.   Notes and timestamps on topics discussed can be found below.

    0:00- We begin with a trip report on the Norway Open, which Alex and his son attended and in which they competed. They also witnessed the Norway Invitational featuring Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier Lagrave and many other elite players. 

    08:30- What advice would Alex give to people frustrated by playing lots of underrated players? 
    Mentioned: GM Patrick Wolff 

    15:00- Patreon mailbag question: In the increasingly competitive tournament chess climate, what  kinds of goals does Alex set for himself these days? 
    Mentioned: GM Dmitri Gurevich 

    19:00- Which older player did Fishbein consider a role model? Alex goes into great detail about a unique and instructive way that he likes to study great players. 

    28:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. If you are a pro member be sure to check out NM Bryan Tillis’ Olympiad Course:
    https://www.chessable.com/blog/chess-olympiad-2022/

    29:00- What were Alex’s interactions with Korchnoi like?

    34:00- Alex tells some great stories from his chess origins in St. Petersburg. He studied under legendary trainer, Vladimir Zak. 
    Mentioned: Russian Silhouettes by GM Genna Sosonko 

    44:00- What did Alex learn from legendary trainer, IM Mark Dvoretsky? 

    47:00- Tal stories! 

    54:00-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess’ algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.
    Or use this link for the same discount:
    https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12
    56:00- Patreon mailbag question: “What was it like to play Kasparov in a simul as a teen, as chronicled in the documentary American Gambit?” 
    More on the documentary here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qChazvEx_IA
    https://en.chessbase.com/post/american-gambit-kasparov-vs-us-juniors
    Fishbein-Kasparov 1988
    1:00:00- Alex discusses his career in finance and his decision not to pursue a career in chess. 
    1:08:00- Alex’s career advice for stronger young chess players. 
    1:10:00- Alex wrote a great book about the French Exchange, what do people misunderstand about this opening? 
    1:15:00- How have opening approaches changed over the years? How does Alex’s college- age son prepare? 

    1:18:00- Alex discusses his column for American Chess Magazine and on the updated versions of the Dvoretsky Endgame Manual with GM Karsten Muller. 

    1:25:00- Alex shares his thoughts on the Magnus Carlsen news. 

    1:29:00- Thanks to Alex for a fascinating interview! Here is his contact info:
    http://www.gmalexfishbein.com/

    Or email afish at panix.com


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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Bonus Pod - Dispatches from the Chennai Olympiad with GM Axel Bachmann and Mr. Dodgy of Chessable

    Bonus Pod - Dispatches from the Chennai Olympiad with GM Axel Bachmann and Mr. Dodgy of Chessable

    I have been enjoying the ongoing Chess Olympiad so much that I wanted to hear first hand from some people on the scene about what its like to be there. I am joined by 2 separate guests to give their impressions from Chennai. GM Axel Bachmann is the first board for Paraguay, a former top 100 player in the world, and a 6 time chess Olimpian. Axel discusses the early notable results, the conditions of the venue, and noteworthy results early in the tournament. Following Axel, I am joined by Michael Duke aka Mr. Dodgy of Chessable. Dodgy discusses the chess fever in India, his role as a coach for the Jersey women's team, and shares a few observations from the fabled Bermuda party.

    0:00- Intro
    Mentioned: 
    Chessbase India YouTube Channel
    Chess.com YouTube Channel 
    Gotham Chess Channel 
    NM Bryan Tillis’ Chessable Olympiad Course
    Aimchess.com (use code Perpetual30 to save 30% if you subscribe) 

    6:00- GM Axel Bachmann joins me from Chennai after round 5. Axel discusses what has struck him about India, how this compares to other Olimpiads, and his and Paraguay’s early results. 

    31:00- The famous Mr. Dodgy aka Michael Duke of Chessable joins to give the fan’s/coaches perspective of the Olimpiad. 

    Video- Chessbase India: The complete venue tour of the Chess Olympiad
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    • 58 min
    EP 290- Dutch Trainer and Author IM Jeroen Bosch on How to Build an Opening Repertoire

    EP 290- Dutch Trainer and Author IM Jeroen Bosch on How to Build an Opening Repertoire

    This week I talk with a top Dutch trainer, chess player, opening theoretician and prolific author, IM Jeroen Bosch. Jeroen is well known for his 14-volume New in Chess series, Secrets of Opening Surprises, and he has recently released a highly instructive new book called How to Out Prepare Your Opponent. The book discusses all aspects of how one should approach the opening, with topics ranging from how to select a repertoire, which openings to play, to GM Magnus Carlsen's unique approach to the opening. Jeroen joined me shortly before heading to the Olympiad as the trainer for the Dutch Women’s Team, so we also talked about how he planned to approach helping the team prepare for such a prestigious event. Lastly, we also discuss Jeroen’s career highlights. As a player, Jeroen has competed in several Dutch National Championships and has beaten 2 players who have been in the top 10 in the World! 
    Please read on for lots more details and timestamps of topics. 

    0:00- IM Bosch shares his thoughts about Magnus Carlsen’s decision not to defend his World Championship title, which segues into what we can learn from Magnus Carlsen’s approach to openings. 

    11:00- Any early opening predictions for a Ding vs. Nepomniatchtchi match?

    13:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess’ algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.
    Or use this link for the same discount:
    https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12

    16:00- Patreon mailbag question: “Does Jeroen recommend that club players utilize a narrow or a broad opening repertoire?” 

    28:00- Patreon mailbag question: “How would Jeroen advise a club player to select a repertoire?” 

    32:00- Patreon mailbag question: “Is there an ideal repertoire for an older club player?”
    Mentioned: GM Peter Svidler on the How to Chess Podcast (Episode 14)

    44:00-Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Be sure to check out what is new including NM Bryan Tillis’ Olimpiad course for Pro Members, as well as their other great new courses. 

    46:00- Jeroen discusses the opening approach of WIM Lisa Schuut, who utilized a very professional approach to openings. 
    Mentioned: GM Vladimir Chuchelov 

    48:00- Patreon mailbag question: “Can Jeroen suggest how to train openings beyond just applying opening principles? Could he recommend a few Black openings for club players?”
     
    56:00- Jeroen’s closing advice on openingsv advice: Actively ask yourself questions when studying openings! 

    1:00:00- What are Jeroen’s favorite OTB memories?
    Timman-Bosch 2001, Ljubojevic-Bosch 2006 

    1:06:00- Jeroen is coaching the Dutch women’s team in the Olympiad.Olimpiad. What are their goals? 

    Thanks to Jeroen for joining the show! 
    You can check out a free sample of How To Out-prepare Your Opponent here:
    https://www.newinchess.com/how-to-out-prepare-your-opponent
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Book Recap #28- Chess Tactics from Scratch by FM Martin Weteschnik- A Great Intermediate Level Tactics Guide

    Book Recap #28- Chess Tactics from Scratch by FM Martin Weteschnik- A Great Intermediate Level Tactics Guide

    Chess Books Recaptured is back for another review and discussion of a chess book. This month, I am joined by Steve Wollkind, to discuss the excellent book and Chessable course Chess Tactics from Scratch. The title might make you think it is for beginners, but it is actually an intermediate-level book which aims to break down the core elements of various tactics. The book was written by an accomplished adult chess learner, and Steve believes that this is evident in the clear explanations of basic tactics. The book is differentiated by an incredible selection of illustrative positions, making it a great choice for chess students and teachers alike. To learn more about the book please tune in. You can find timestamps of topics discussed and links below. 


    To apply to be a guest-co host on Chess Books Recaptured please submit an email via this link:
    Interested in Guest co-hosting Chess Books ReCaptured? — The Perpetual Chess Podcast

    0:00- Steve discusses his background and why he suggested the book/Chessable course, Chess Tactics from Scratch. 

    10:00- Chess Tactics from Scratch is available on Chessable, in book form, and on Forward Chess 

    13:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess’ algorithm reviews your games and gives you actionable advice on how to improve your game. Check it out for free, and if you choose to subscribe you can use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.
    Or use this link for the same discount:
    https://aimchess.com/try?ref=benjohnson12

    14:30- We discuss the history behind the 2 editions of the book,which was originally called Understanding Chess Tactics. 

    22:00- We share a few quotes in which the author breaks down tactical concepts like the pin and  “The Reloader”

    29:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Be sure to check out what is new, including NM Bryan Tillis’ Olimpiad course for Pro Members, as well as their other great new courses. 

    31:00- We share a few favorites quotes and explanations from the book. 
    Mentioned: The Inner Game of Chess by GM Andy Soltis 

    42:00- Do we have any quibbles with this book? 
    Mentioned: Thinking Inside the Box, GM Boris Gelfand’s Books, Chessable’s The Checkmate Patterns Manual

    53:00- Thanks so much to Steve for suggesting a great book and helping out. I will be making a donation to The Gift of Chess on his behalf. 

    Follow Steve on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/stevewollkind
    And on his chess accounts here:
    Steve’s Chess.com
    Steve’s Lichess




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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
492 Ratings

492 Ratings

ChrisLott ,

The OG is still on top

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 something for everyone from chess fan to chess zealot and from unrated-and-uninterested-in-being-rated to grandmaster.

duelingholophonors ,

Possibly the best podcast about a hobby/niche subject.

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, coaches, writers, YouTube/Twitch superstars, rising talents, as well as regular adults trying to improve their game. Subjects include major tournaments, book reviews, lives of famous chess personalities, chess history, and tips on how to improve at any level. The host, guest, content, and pacing are great. If you have even a passing interest in chess or want to improve your game, I strongly recommend you check out this podcast.

BookClub28 ,

Enjoyable chess podcast

Overall an excellent podcast with interesting guests.

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