Chessable Review: Is Chessable Worth It?

Chessable is a company which sells chess courses. John Bartholomew, an International Master and chess coach founded this company. In 2019 chessable merged with Play Magnus Group. After 2019 Play Magnus invested a lot in chessable.

They started focusing on detailed chess courses, which were lacking previously. They have partnered with many world-class chess players, including Anish Giri, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, etc., to produce a high-quality opening repertoire. 

Because of this player and their high-quality chess courses, the company has become very popular. Also, the main reason was covid 19. People started investing money into chess, and many purchased various chess courses from chessable. 

Chessable has features that are very useful for beginners to Grandmasters. One of which is movetrainer technology. Because of this technology, people started buying chessable courses.  

Is Chessable worth it?

After 2019, anyone can create a chess course on chessable. Obviously, chessable doesn’t promote every chess course. They usually focus on promoting lifetime repertoires and majorly famous chess books, which are available on chessable.

The main reason behind this is opening repertoires are high-ticket products. Usually, lifetime repertoire starts at $99 and goes to $299. Some repertoires are divided into 2-3 parts. Hence, all included price goes $600-800. 

Although there are many chess books and chess opening repertoires which are created by individual creators are available at low prices, between $10-25. Few books are really useful to purchase on chessable.

One of the books is 100 endgame, you must know. Usually, studying chess endgames is quite a boring task, and chessable helps you with it via their move trainer technology.

Overall many chessable courses are somewhat expensive, and some of them real value for money. However, I can surely say that you will get high-quality material from chessable lifetime repertoires.

If you think from another perspective, people usually spend anywhere between $500-$2000 for each chess tournament, but they are afraid to purchase a new chess course for $100. 

Benefits of using chessable

There are various benefits of using chessable. Some of them are as follows.

Movetrainer Technology

Chessable has there own Movetrainer technology which is trademarked by chessable. Because of this technology, chessable started massive growth.

This is the game-changer technology in chess. Since 2016, no one has been able to make similar technology. 

In move trainer technology, the computer plays pre-filled moves from one side, and you play from another side. Because of this, it becomes easy to remember moves and openings. 

Getting the highest value from top authors

Chessable is continuously improving the author database. They have worked with more than ten world-class grandmasters and created many beautiful chess courses.

Some of the most famous authors are GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Anish Giri, GM So Wesley, GM SP Sethuraman, GM Gawain Jones, GM Peter Svidler, GM Judit Polgar, GM Pentala Harikrishna, GM Levon Aronian, GM Liem Quang Le, etc. 

Usually, these chess players don’t do chess coaching or do it for very expensive pricing. Lifetime repertoires are the best way to learn chess from the best.

Easy access

All chess courses are hosted on chessable, and you don’t need to carry anything. Chessable also has there own android and IOS applications on the store.

Once you start playing professionally, you need to carry a lot of chess material. Back in the 2000’s players used to carry big opening books and notes with them.

Now with the help of chessable or ForwardChess, you even get instant access to all the books. Also, it becomes easy to solve directly on chessable instead of books. 

Best Chess Courses and books on Chessable

My course dashboard on chessable

People often get confused about what to buy from chessable. Here I will suggest the best chess books and chess courses from chessable. 

Short and Sweet Repertoires

The short and sweet repertoire is basically a smaller version of the original lifetime repertoire. All short and sweet repertoires are free and very useful for learning basic ideas and patterns. I would highly recommend you watch this repertoire before purchasing any main repertoire.

Lifetime Repertoires

Chessable lifetime repertoire is very well researched and made by a great author or top chess player. You don’t need to refer to any other repertoire once you purchase lifetime repertoire. The only problem with lifetime repertoire is it is very in-depth.

Sometimes players get confused about what to prepare and what not. Usually, Lifetime Repertoires consist of 10-15 hours of videos and thousands of variations in it. Obviously, the author and team chessable work really hard to produce it.

For beginners, I would recommend you to go with another website like chessbase, modern chess mood, or chess.com and buy a simple course from there. For simple courses, I like chessbase courses. It usually contains important variations and is very easy to understand. 

For professional chess players or titled chess players or chess coaches, lifetime repertoires are very good. They will get a lot of benefit from it. 

Endgame Books

All endgame books on chessable are valued for money. The best endgame books from chessable are 100 endgames you must know and the dvoretsky endgame manual. As I stated above, it becomes very tiring to study the endgame. It becomes very easy with chessable to solve endgame puzzles and recognize the patterns. 

Apart from the above categories, there are various good chess courses which are offered by chessable. As chessable is an open platform for content creators, sometimes you will find unuseful courses. So before purchasing any chess course, read reviews and then only purchase.

The best part of chessable is that all reviews are genuine, and don’t delete negative reviews. They also test with beta users and then only purchase lifetime repertoires. 

Chessable alternatives

There are various alternatives available to chessable, which you can check out. If you are not going for any lifetime repertoires, you should definitely check out the following options.

Chess.com

On chess.com, you will get thousands of videos and lessons. To access everything, you will need to purchase a Platinum or Diamond membership. For beginners, chess.com is a goldmine. You can play there, engage there and also learn there.

Even they provide a lot of features to their free users. I would highly recommend reading our detailed review written on chess.com membership.

Modern Chess

Modern chess is founded by two Grandmasters. Their main aim is to provide high-quality courses at a low price. They also have various courses which compete with lifetime repertoires.

As a reader of this article, you will get a flat 45% off on the entire modern chess product catalog by using the nikhil45 coupon code. (Except few products).

Modern chess is also partnered with The Chess World, ichess, ChessMood, etc. You will also get their courses on the modern chess platform at a very less price. 

Chessbase

I personally used many chessbase courses. Chessbase courses are perfect for players from unrated to 2400 rating. The only problem is that you will need chessbase software for full functionality.

They recently introduced an online version of every course, but it is not good as the downloadable version. Hopefully, they will change the design and performance soon. 

The quality of chessbase products compared to the price is very good. Of course, they usually sell all products between the range of $25-40 for 4-7 hours. They also have unique products and their own series with legends, including Garry Kasparov. 

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Chessable Pro membership

Image taken from Chessable Website

Chessable introduced pro membership with a lot of benefits. The major benefit is you can claim more free courses. In a free account, you only get limited free course seats. Also, you get another perk, including some discounts, etc.

I personally feel that pro membership is not that worth it. Instead of buying a pro membership, you can purchase 2-3 good books from chessable. It will be more worth it. The price of chessable pro membership is around $5-10 per month. Following are the key benefits of chessable pro membership.

  • Access to exclusive courses
  • Free courses slots
  • 15% Discount on selected courses*
  • Watch video courses offline
  • Review difficult moves
  • Set custom study depth
  • Calculate alternative moves (Cloud)
  • Advanced time planner
  • Tablebase calculation for custom endgame courses
  • Explorer depth

Is Chessable good for beginners?

Chessable is a platform that aims to provide very high-quality chess courses. These courses are often suitable for intermediate and above-level players. For beginners, you can try a more beginner-friendly platform such as chess mood.

Chessmood is a perfect membership for beginner chess players. You can also hire a chess coach to improve your chess faster and quicker.

Which is better Chessable or chess com?

Chess.com is a one-stop solution for all chess needs. You can play on chess.com, write blog posts, engage in a forum, solve puzzles, and learn from lessons and videos. Chess.com is no doubt the biggest chess website and also the biggest chess business. 

Chessable is only focused on chess courses and mostly on opening repertoires. Chess.com also has millions of active userbase and earnings through multiple streams. 

It will be wrong to compare chessable and chess.com. If you want a one-word answer, I would say chess.com is better than chessable

How expensive is Chessable?

Chessable courses are quite expensive. Their lifetime repertoire ranges between $99-299. However, all the other chess courses range between $19-59.

I would say chessable is quite expensive but worth that price. Although consumers usually are not interested in buying this high ticket item for chess courses. 

Conclusion

Overall for serious chess players, chessable courses are quite a good option. They also run discount offers quite often. You can save a lot of money from these offers.