There are various chess youtube channels which are producing a lot of chess content. Since the lockdown, many players have started playing chess, and many creators have started creating their channels. In this article, we will see the best chess youtube channels. We will also see the top female chess youtube channels.
All these channels are perfect for any level of chess player. Most of the chess channels are providing really great value. Few channels are famous for a fun element. There are many channels that are good on youtube, but they are relatively small.
To start a chess youtube channel, you need a lot of patience. The main problem is that there is not enough chess audience on youtube. If your channel is new, youtube will also not promote it in the first few months.
But besides, from fewer views and very less money from ads, you can make good money. If you provide valuable lessons to viewers, you will get a lot of students from this. Also, you can create courses on udemy or chessable and promote that on your youtube channel.
Note – This list is not ascending or descending. All channels are very good and helpful for players ranging from 700-2200 ratings.
Best Chess Youtube Channels
1- Hikaru Nakamura
Hikaru Nakamura is a world-class chess player and a very famous Twitch streamer. He has over a million subscribers on each platform. Hikaru’s channel is more on the entertainment side, over-educated style. You can watch his channel for fun; most of the time, you will get a few important tips.
Hikaru is a very strong chess grandmaster. He recently won a US chess championship in 2023 and was second runner-up in Candidates 2022. Although he always says that he is playing chess for fun.
Gotham Chess, aka Levy Rozman, is a very famous chess streamer and YouTuber. He is an international chess master and also a founder of chessly. We have already reviewed chessly in a different blog post. Gotham is currently the biggest chess channel on youtube.
His content is also friendly for below 2000 players. His content is mostly educational content. You can watch his 10-minute opening series as well as tournament game analysis videos.
3- Chessbase India
This is the most favorite chess channel on my list. Chessbase India is founded by IM Sagar Shah to promote chess in India. He posted more than 5000 videos on his channel and reached 1 million subscribers in 2022.
Sagar is very dedicated to his youtube channel. He started chessbase India when there where no chess culture in India. He is also really passionate about Indian chess.
Chessbase India has a lot of high-quality videos, including Interviews, blitz games, and book reviews. After 2019, they did global expansion, and now you will find many almost all the top players’ chess interviews.
This channel is more like a news channel, and I recommend every chess player to subscribe to get some very informative videos.
Chess24 is a website where you can see video series as well as play with players from all over the world. Chess24 is part of Play Magnus Group. The Chess24 channel is also very interesting. They usually do live streams of all top chess events, and commentators are also GMs. You can watch all of Peter Svidler’s videos on the chess24 youtube channel.
Also, they did Jan’s clinic series, where GM Jan answered opening-related questions. This series provided so much value, and I actually got benefited from a few classical games.
Chess24 is now owned by chess.com, and in the upcoming few years, chess24 will change. We don’t know exactly what chess.com will do with chess24, but they will do some major changes to it. Chess.com already started transferring chess24 courses on chess.com and on chessable.
5- Killer Chess Training
This is the only channel in the list which have very low subscribers. Killer chess training is an online chess academy by Jacob Aagard. You have to pay a yearly subscription fee to join this academy, in which you will get various life lessons from GMs.
The youtube channel consists of amazing chess videos which are directly helpful for advance level chess players. Usually, these videos are based on middlegame position solving. Killer Chess Training is no doubt one of the best chess youtube channels.
6- FIDE chess
FIDE chess is the official chess channel of FIDE which is the World Chess Federation. They do live commentary of official tournaments and post-interviews.
As this is an official chess channel run by World Chess Federation, you will get valuable content from them. If you follow women’s chess closely this channel is perfect for you.
7- Hanging Pawns
Hanging Pawn is a channel by Stjepan, who is from Croatia. He is also an active chess player with a rating above 2000. His channel is totally educational and highly recommended for beginners and intermediate chess players.
You can watch his long basic opening videos. You will get a lot of ideas from it. Also, he posts his own game analysis. Analysis types of videos are also useful for understanding his thought process during the game.
8- Agadmator’s chess channel
Hello Everyone! Who doesn’t know Agadmator? He is one of the biggest chess channels on Youtube. The real name of the agadmator is Antonio Radic, who is from Croatia. His videos are also educational with engine analysis. You can watch his daily videos and take them as a daily dose of chess.
Agadmator’s channel is very entertaining, and I would highly recommend everyone below 2000 rated player watch their videos regularly. Most of his analysis is accurate.
Ichess is also a company which is owned by Play Magnus group. Ichess is a chess course selling website, and they also create youtube videos. Their videos are very useful for club-level chess players. Most of the time, they will give explain to you the basics of the topic, and for the full course, they will suggest you buy their chess course.
Play Magnus Group got acquired by chess.com, and hence ichess also became a subsidiary of chess.com
10- Remote Chess Academy
Remote Chess Academy is managed by GM Igor Smirnov. On his website, he sells chess courses that are pretty useful for everyone. His middlegame ideas and concepts are very useful. On his youtube channel, he posts traps and tricks videos. They are useful for players who are looking to improve their online ratings.
11- PowerPlayChess Channel
Power Play Chess is a youtube channel by Daniel King. Daniel is a very strong chess Grandmaster from the United Kingdom. He usually posts game analysis videos. A special thanks to our reader Paul who sent us a mail about adding this channel to our list.
Daniel is also an author of the power play chess course series on chessbase. You can check it out here.
12 – Saint Louis Chess Club
Saint Louis Chess Club is located in the USA. They have posted full chess lectures on chess openings, middlegame, and about general chess improvement.
The club also hosts multiple strong chess tournaments, and you will see many interviews and live streams with commentary on that tournaments.
13 – Always Dizzy
Always Dizzy is a very underrated chess channel. This channel is run by Cruz Tyler, a 1700 FIDE-rated chess player from Canada. He is an adult chess improver and posts very good quality content on Youtube.
He posts full-class recordings, which he takes from FMs and IMs. This is something that we don’t find on youtube. Also, this content is usually not searchable as youtube doesn’t show in top results.
These live class videos can relate to you if you are rated between 1200-2000 and defiantly help you to improve your chess game.
I definitely recommend checking out his channel.
14 – Vidit Gujrathi
Vidit Gujrathi is a chess Grandmaster and a top-rated chess player from India after Vishy Anand. Vidit started his youtube channel when covid started. He became so popular in India in 2021.
The main good this about his channel is his vlog. You don’t see chess tournament vlogs often. Vidit did that! Although most of the vlog content is in Hindi, you can watch it using subtitles.
Best Female Chess YouTubers
There are not many female youtube channels. Most of the channels do live streams, and very few posts are dedicated youtube channels. I believe that more female YouTubers will be there in the upcoming years.
Anna Cramling is a WFM from Sweden. She became a very popular chess streamer and content creator in 2022. She posts regular videos on youtube and also streams on Twitch.
She is the daughter of 2 Grandmasters, i.e., GM Pia Cramling and GM Juan Manuel Bellón López.
She was also nominated for the Streamers awards in 2023.
This channel is also known as Botez Sisters. Alexandra and Andrea are the two girls behind this channel. They are very successful Twitch streamers and making 5 figure income every month. You can watch their channel for entertainment. Alexandra Botez is WFM.
Anna Rudolf is a Hungarian chess International Master. On her youtube channel, she posts entertaining videos related to chess. Anna Rudolf also does live streams on Twitch and is also an active chess player.
These are the 11 best chess youtube channels. If you know of any more channels or you think we have missed your channel, you can send us an email which you can find on the about us page.
List of Most Subscribed Chess Youtube Channels
- GM Hikaru
- Gotham Chess
- Agadmator Chess Channel
- Botez Live
- Chessbase India
- Top Chess
- Chess Talk
- Magnus Carlsen
- Saint Louis Chess Club
- Chess Network
- Coffee Chess
Who is the Best Indian Chess Youtuber?
There are various youtube chess channels in India that are doing a great job. This actually requires a special article on Best Indian Chess Youtube Channels.
Some of the best Indian youtube channels are Chessbase India, Chess Talk, Chessbase India Hindi, Vidit Gujrathi, Immortal Wazir, Hindi Chess Channel, etc.
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