In this list, we go over the best Chess podcasts to listen to this year. Every one of these podcasts will significantly improve your Chess tactics and skills.
1. The Perpetual Chess Podcast
Located in Princeton, New Jersey, US, the Perpetual Chess Podcast is a must listen to podcast for Chess players. The episodes average about 72 minutes long with 3 episodes published every week.
Despite being a newer podcast, the host NM Ben Johnson, brings massive value in every episode while chatting with the best Chess players in the world, promoters, and coaches discussing everything from their lives, careers, tips and tricks, and what’s going on in their current day-to-day lives.
Check them out on iTunes.
2. Chess Chat With Coach Jay
Chess Chat With Coach Jay is a Chess podcast with an average 5-star rating and the average length of the episodes are 30-40 minutes long packed with tips to help you with your game.
The host, “Coach Jay,” also known as Expert Jay Stallings, expanded his successful teaching academy in California with this podcast.
3. Cover Stories With Chess Life
Hosted by one of the best Chess magazines, Chess Life, and editor John Hartmann, Cover Stories with Chess Life features episodes with Chess Grandmasters from all over the World. Even some of the more well-known Grandmasters like Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Listen to Cover Stories with Chess Life.
4. One Move at a Time
Located in the USA, One Move at a Time is a Chess podcast about how Chess has enriched the lives of people all over the globe. Their purpose is to spread the US Chess mission statement which is to “Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess”.
5. Chess Talk Podcast
The Chess Talk Podcast emphasizes its simplicity with their tagline, “We play chess and we talk. That’s it.” Located in Las Vegas and having been around since 2015, the Chess Talk Podcast has grown to become one of the most popular podcasts for Chess fans. With episodes ranging from 30 minutes to over 2 hours, listening will make you a better player.
Listen to the Chess Talk Podcast on iTunes.
6. Full English Breakfast
Started in 2010 with three people, ended in 2012 but then continued in 2013-2014 before ending again. However, there are 27 episodes that are still online and are more than worth listening to.
The Full English Breakfast has an average 5-star rating and the episodes average about 30 minutes in length.
Update: The podcast recently started up again recording new episodes, including one about World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the Simpsons.
7. Across The Board by BBC Radio 4
Across the Board by BBC Radio 4 features episodes that average about 12 minutes. Short and sweet episodes with no fluff that will teach you how to get better at Chess. Hosted by Dominic Lawson who has an ELO of over 2000, he interviews guests who are in the Chess world which are always fascinating.
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