5 Best Chess Youtube Channels
Nowadays there is plenty of instructive chess material available in the web. Strong chess players write blogs, publish books or present videos in chess YouTube channels. Moreover, there is more and more live transmission of top tournaments with comments by some of the most eloquent and strong Grandmasters in the world of chess. However, due to the immense number of different chess training sources all over the internet, it’s becoming more and more difficult to figure out which sources are worth using and which ones are not. Not all of the content there is of high quality.
If you like watching chess videos and following chess on your screen rather than reading, there are numerous free and high quality Youtube Chess channels you can follow. Navigating the waters of YouTube to find the beichest chess channels with plenty of great videos is not exactly an easy task. Some channels are dedicated to chess improvement and provide you with a huge amount of training videos, whilst others pay a lot more attention to fun.
For that reason, this article founds a basis for discussion and provides you with an insight to the 5 best chess youtube channels.
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis regularly invites the best american grandmasters and chess coaches to present lectures to their club members. What’s especially great is that they record many of these lessons and share them on their Youtube channel in order to give every ambitious chess player access to all these high-quality lectures.
Their Youtube channel offers everything from kids and adult beginner classes to advanced lectures featuring in-depth Grandmaster analysis. More than 120.000 people subscribed to their channel. With big names like GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Varuzhan Akobian, GM Ben Finegold or GM Alejandro Ramirez there is a variety of great presenters available.
The PowerPlayChess Youtube channel, in contrast, is run by only one chess player – the famous Grandmaster and chess coach Daniel King from England. This makes it even more remarkable that the channels contains about 1000 videos and has more than 35.000 subscribers. In his channel, Daniel King shares his passion and expertise for the game. There are reports from the top tournaments with analysis from the games of players such as Anand, Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik and many other, many studies and puzzles, ideas on openings. Daniel King also has an affinity for great classic games from Karpov, Kasparow and Fischer which you can find on his channel as well.
Also, Grandmaster Daniel King made plenty of chess DVD series covering a wide range of topic. If you like his channel, you can check out his detailed and structured video series here.
The famous chess training website chess24 has a large Youtube channel as well. If you like the website’s different live shows which make the site extremely vivid and try to combine serious chess training with entertainment as well as a lot of fun, you should definitely take a look at the Youtube channel.
Chess24’s videos, like most channels, cover just about everything. There are about 2000 videos available and more than 50.000 subscribers. Chess24’s channels features plenty of in-depth analysis of great games between grandmasters which were recently played.
The channel’s best known face is the German Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson with an impressive rating of 2640. Moreover, however, Top-Grandmaster Peter Svidler regularly plays banter blitz sessions which is quite a unique feature – one of the best Grandmasters in the world records videos of more than two hours of length where he plays against chess players of all level from all over the world and shares his thoughts on the game with you. Unlike many other chess channels which often only have one or two commentators, chess24 has tons of guest videos from other masters as well such as GM Robin van Kampen, GM Jan-Christian Schroeder, IM Sopiko Giri or IM Anna Rudolf.
Last but not least, Chess24’s channel is also available in Spanish and German and features a lot more authors and videos in these two languages.
Unlike chess24’s channel which focuses on a wide range of themes and is dedicated to chess improvement as well as plenty of fun videos, chessexplained’s channel has a tendency to focus more on the learning aspect of chess. This Youtube channel is run by Christof Sielecki. He is a German International Master with an Elo Rating of around 2440. He’s quite well in explaining basic understanding of basic openings and positions
He features an impressive collection of almost 6000 videos. More than 26.000 subscribed to his channel.
His analyses range from beginner level to occasionally exploring more advanced concepts. Thus, this channel is highly recommended for both beginners and advanced players alike.
If you are reading this article and aren’t seeing our large collection of free videos, you’re most probably missing the best part. With GM Damian Lemos, IM Valeri Lilov and FM Sebastián Fell there are 3 strong chess coaches who regularly present free chess lessons on our channel.
Moreover, our channel also features plenty of special guests like GM Simon Williams, GM Judit Polgar, GM Ivan Sokolov or GM Sam Shankland. It’s not easy to find other YouTube channels with such a variety of presenters. The iChess channel has almost 90.000 subscribers and features about 1000 videos. Moreover, iChess also has growing youtube channels in three more languages – Spanish, German and French.
In essence, we presented 5 of the best chess Youtube channels where you can fully dive into the world of chess without any boundaries. However, it’s no secret that there are many more popular chess Youtube channels around like chessnetwork, kingscrusher, chess.com and GingerGM. We couldn’t cover them all in one article, but it’s definitely worth visiting these channels as well.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide which of the channels you like the most and to which cannels you want to subscribe in order to get an instant notification every time a new video is posted. That’s why your opinions and thoughts on that topic are surely always welcome. Feel free to leave a comment and tell us which is one of your favorite chess Youtube channels.