Chess24 vs chess.com membership ! Which chess membership is better?

In this article, we will compare chess.com and chess24 websites and at the end of this article, I will give my personal opinion about which membership you should buy. On both websites, you can play, so I haven’t found any difference in playing performance. We will compare many other points

 

Chess24 website is owned by world champion Magnus Carlsen company play Magnus. Chess24 is established in 2014 by german grandmaster Jan Gustafson.Chess24 is mainly focused on high-quality video series. 

The Chess.com website is established in 2005. Chess.com is currently the number 1 chess-related website and has the highest visitors. Chess.com focuses on playing chess and various modes in the puzzle.

Playing experience

Chess.com playing experience is overall good. On chess.com you can play various variants such as chess960, 3 checks, crazy house, Bughouse, tc. On chess24 you can only play standard chess. As chess24 mainly focuses on high-quality video service, hat’s why playing experience is overall not good as chess.com.

Membership fee

Chess24 offers free membership to all Grandmasters and women grandmasters. For all other players, Chess24 offers only standard membership which costs 150 USD annually. The price point is relatively high. But chess24 always offers some discount code between 25-50%. (Bonus tip – If you don’t have an account, create from here, they will send you updates from time to time about special offers and discount codes)

Chess.com offers free membership to all titled players (GM,WGM,IM,WIM,FM,WFM,CM,WCM,NM). For other members, Chess.com offers 3 different types of memberships i.e. Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. membership prices start at 29$ 49$ 99$ per year. Chess.com also offers 1-week free trial to new users. (Pro tip – after the end of the free trial you can mail to chess.com to extend the free trial, Most probably you will get more 1 week free)

 

Video series-

Both websites provide videos on their platforms. 

Chess24 has the best video series collection. You will find courses from top grandmasters such as World champion Magnus Carlsen, GM Vishwanathan Anand, GM Loek Van Wely, GM John Ludwig Hammer, GM Romain Eduard, GM Jan Gustaffson, GM Dorfman, GM Pepe Cuenca, GM Paco Vallejo, IM Artur Yusupov and many more. Most of the video series is recent. I think 150 Usd are totally worth if you watch 10 video series also.

Chess.com also offers video series but not like chess24. It mainly focuses on beginners and players who are below 1800 rating. Chess.com video series can be compared with youtube videos of agadmator or coffee chess. 

 

Puzzles

Chess24 offers a training mode in which you can solve puzzles. In the Free plan, you will get 5 puzzles and in membership, you will get unlimited puzzles. Chess24 puzzles are comparatively difficult and not perfectly selected. Puzzle Page is also slow.

On chess.com solving puzzles is the best thing. IN puzzle development no other website can beat chess.com. Chess.com offers two types. 1st is normal puzzle where you improve/decrease rating and the other is the puzzle rush. In a puzzle rush, you have 3 or 5 min and you have to solve maximum puzzles. Chess.com platinum membership offers unlimited puzzle and unlimited puzzle rush.

 

Live commentary

Both websites offers high-quality live commentary. Both cover almost all top-level tournaments. On chess24 generally, Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson do commentary and on chess.com generally, Robert Hess and Daniel Rinsch do commentary.

 

Online tournaments

Chess24 offers top-level online tournaments such as the Magnus Carlsen invitational, Banter Series. 

Chess.com offers Many online tournaments for all titled players such as Titled Tuesday, Arena tournament, speed chess championship, Women speed chess championship, and many other tournaments

 

Banter blitz.

Banter Blitz is a service offered by chess24 only for premium members. In banter blitz, top player plays with premium members and do live commentary. Banter Blitz is good but you will not be paired quickly. Plyer has to wait for 1-2 hours to play 1 blitz game with the top player. 

 

Blog

Chess.com offers blog feature. You can express yourself by writing articles on various topics. Chess.com also provides Top blogger batch in profile if you follow certain guidelines. Chess.com blog is very useful for those who are new to a blogging career. I also started my blog from chess.com. You can visit my blog here. You can also start a new blog easily by creating a chess.com account. 

 

Coaches

This feature is also offered by chess.com. If you want to give coaching and earn money you can register to chess.com coach. A personal coach is necessary to improve your performance rapidly. After checking they accept or reject the application. There is no minimum requirement. Coaches and students also get a good ready-made platform. You can find coaches from here

 

Final thoughts

Chess24 is best if you want to improve your chess skills. Whereas for playing experience and puzzle chess.com is better. So I will suggest if you want to buy only one membership and improve your chess then go for chess24. If you want to buy a chess.com membership I will suggest that go for a platinum membership. Platinum offers almost the same feature as diamond membership except for the video series. 

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