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chessfeels: conversations about chess, psychology & mental health

JJ Lang, Julia Rios
GamesHealth & FitnessMental HealthLeisure

chessfeels is a weekly podcast about chess culture, improvement, and psychology from chess teacher JJ Lang and therapist Julia Rios. Tune in for irreverent conversations about this game we're all obsessed with.


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Latest Episodes

Happy one year anniversary of Julia and JJ starting a podcast! To celebrate, we dig deep into the archives and share the prodigal return of the "convince me" series. Listen as the dynamic duo discuss: Mittens, the dumbest rules in chess, chessboxing,... more

14 days ago

Julia and JJ talk about one of their favorite chess books, as well as what makes a good chess book and how to read a chess book. more

20 days ago

Julia and JJ are joined by the most wholesome man in chess content creation. Try to keep up as the trio talks about everything from the evolution of John's career as an educator to his dating life to his teaching philosophy to his own pet openings. more

a month ago


4.6 out of 5 stars from 59 ratings
  • This podcast is AMAZING!

    I’m obsessed. Julia is so smart and funny and beautiful and captivating. JJ is a beast, and his teaching methods sound very effective. Who knew chess and therapy could be so cool? Fun show that offers takeaways to improve your game

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    United States2 months ago
  • The Perfect Chess Podcast !!

    Exactly what I’ve been looking for. Incredibly interesting, thoughtful, informative conversation on chess obsession, psychology and everything else true chess nerds long for. Thank you for sharing your insights! more

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    General Anxiety
    United States3 months ago
  • Favorite chess podcast(ers)

    I love this podcast so much! The witty banter, the in-jokes, all the feels. I just want to listen to JJ and Julia chat about whatever, and since it happens to be chess they’ve chosen to talk about - what a nice bonus! I love the focus on the psychology of chess, and every episode makes me feel “seen”… sometimes in a not so comfortable way, but that’s OK. The pod also really motivates me to learn more about chess, or at least more about chess Twitter, so I can someday hope to understand all the j... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Very Disappointing Chess Pod

    Let me say up front that there are much better chess pods out there. The hosts come off as annoying millenials and that also seems to be their target audience. They're going for this off beat, irreverent vibe, but it just doesn't work for me. I'm wondering if their listeners even play chess. It was tough to listen to and I couldn't get past a few episodes.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago
  • Obsessed

    This podcast is amazing. I love it so much. What other podcast drops the f-word and bleeps the F-word? As a heartfelt take on chess culture, the humor and topics are pretty niche, but it's a perfectly me-shaped niche that has become my happy place. Which honestly surprised me because I'm not that fun at parties, although I do constantly ask "why am I like this?" The first episode I stumbled on made me laugh and cry, and I immediately went back to ep. 1 to listen in order. I have thoroughly enjoy... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 months ago

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