Ben Johnson

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(AKA the Perpetual Patron tier) As appreciation for an "Up the Exchange" tier pledge you receive:
the same gratitude and poll access as the "pawn" tier receives, PLUS
  • Advance notice of guests and the opportunity to send in questions for guests.
  • The opportunity to participate in content related polls, like picking theme songs, etc.


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As appreciation for the "Bishop" tier pledge you receive:  All of the benefits of the "Up the Exchange" tier, PLUS 
  • Access to special events such as Grandmaster zoom lectures and simuls.


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(AKA Perpetual Partners) Rooks are huge contributors to the show's health, and they get the following perks: 
  • All of the benefits of the Bishop tier (including access to Fred Wilson's interview archive),  PLUS 
  • Access to Ad Free Versions of every New Perpetual Chess (via a private RSS feed which works on most podcast apps)
  • Named on closing credits of the podcast
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  • Patron only polls, (re guests, music, features, etc.)  



About Ben Johnson

In December of 2016, I launched the Perpetual Chess Podcast with three primary goals in mind:
1) I wanted chess fans like myself to have quality audio entertainment options while on the go.
2) I wanted to play a small part in bringing the chess world closer together by creating the opportunity for people to hear the stories behind prominent chess players and personalities.
3) I hoped to use the growing medium of podcasts to help attract new chess fans.

4+ years, and over 2 million downloaded/streamed episodes later, I am proud to say that Perpetual Chess is meeting those initial goals. But there is no chance the podcast would have made it this far without so much support from the chess community.  It amazes me🙇.

In the early days of Perpetual Chess, every Patreon subscriber was like a lifeline that helped me to continue to devote time to the podcast. As the podcast has continued to grow, I am proud to say that the podcast is on a sustainable path. 

As a result, I have tried to expand the Patreon "rewards." These days, I hope that those who support the podcast via Patreon feel like they get back just as much as they give. Depending on what level of support you choose, Patreon subscribers receive perks such as  1) submitting questions to our guests 2) GM Zoom lectures 3) A shout out for you or your business on the "closing credits" and 4) Access to "ad-free Perpetual Chess episodes." If you have suggestions, I  am always eager to hear new ideas of what else I can offer as a Patreon perk.

More than any perk, please know that every contribution helps me work on improving and expanding the podcast. It was through the growth of Patreon pledges that I was able to invest the time to add lengthy and detailed show notes to every episode description. My Monday nights are now blocked off to work on those. And in November, 2019, with the help of an array of awesome guest co-hosts, I was able to add a regular "bonus pod" to the Perpetual offerings, called "Chess Books Recaptured." As of this writing, in August of 2021, I have more ideas for additional coverage of major chess events

So there is my pitch! I would hope that your primary motivation for supporting Perpetual Chess, would be that you enjoy the podcast and want to support something that provides value to you. Beyond that, though, I am more interested than ever in offering additional value to the Patreon subscribers in the form of special events and perks. Thanks for checking out this page, and good luck in your chess journeys! -

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I will update, organize, and share the fabled Perpetual Chess Book recommendation list so that is is actually in an easily readable and useful format.
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