by Charles Wenger

Learning chess from YouTube is a popular and fun way to learn. However, while there's no shortage of channels to watch on YouTube on, there are only so many hours in a day. So you'll want to make sure that you spend your time on the channels that are the best for you. 

Doing this on your own can take some time, so in this guide we'll take you through some of the best chess YouTube channels so you can find the ones you want to spend your time on. 


(441k subscribers, 1214 videos,149 million views)

The host of the channel is from Croatia, so you can spot a little Slavic touch in his accent. He posts daily chess videos and the enormous amount of the videos is either classic chess games or contemporary ones that were played, say, yesterday.

The videos cover a major area of chess curriculum, so it genuinely does not matter if you are a beginner or an advanced player since the host is breaking down all the simple variations while analyzing the games so everyone would understand. If you want to keep up with the latest tournaments and their most remarkable games agadmator will be a great help.


​(111k subscribers, 3055 videos, 43 million views)

Covering all significant tournaments and creating entertaining events for their viewers is what chess24 does. If there is a tournament that has some famous grandmasters playing in it you will be able to view the coverage on their channel.


One of their most curious types of videos is RadioJan that features a candidate master playing chess while trying to make it entertaining.

Therefore, the channel posts both entertaining and educational videos, making it available for almost everyone interested in chess. If you speak Spanish you might want to try the Spanish version of chess24 en Español(69k subscribers, 1552 videos, 21 million views).

Their content has the core that the English channel does, but the commentators are unique in their own way. To get the gist of their uniqueness you should check this video of Pepe Cuenca commentating the blunder of Wesley So in the game against LevonAronian.

Saint Louis Chess Club

​(224k, 2276 videos, 64 million views)

This channel provides with unique insight to the chess theory combined with practical experience. They release videos for beginners, intermediates, and advanced chess players.

It is critical to point out that the videos were filmed during real chess training hosted by famous chess grandmasters, such as AtanasKolev, VarujanAkopian, CristianChirila, Ben Finegold, and ElshanMoradiabadi. Additionally, they provide in-depth coverage of ongoing chess tournaments.


(55k subscribers, 1300 videos, 16 million views)

The host is analyzing excerpts taken from famous games of contemporary chess players and gives his perspective on certain player’s playing style and their abilities.

He uploads two videos weekly and at times an advanced chess problem. Therefore, this channel is not recommended if you are a beginner, but if you have a solid theoretical base you will find his videos interesting and educational.


(32k subscribers, 6324 videos, 14 million views)

The channel is administered by IM ChristofSielicki. Although he has dozens of educational videos, the overwhelming majority of his uploads are entertaining blitz games and tournaments for all levels of players.

If you are interested in rapid and blitz chess games his videos will be of great help since he almost always tries to provide you with new tools and tactics that can make you victorious in your next match. If you are interested in chess theory his channel will not be much useful for you.


(102k subscribers, 9041 videos, 56 million views)

It goes without saying that this channel is the oldest and covered the widest range of chess history. He has thousands of chess games uploaded to his channel and analyzed to his best extent.

To make you imagine the mass of his curriculum I want to note that he has 400+ videos dedicated just to the games of Karpov and Kasparov. Ergo, this channel is recommended to everyone interested in chess since it is more of an encyclopedia that includes opening and opening trap videos and chess games of AI chess engines.

The channel is administered by TryfonGavriel, who runs the website and is a FIDE Candidate Master(CM).

Hikaru Nakamura

(57k subscribers, 176 videos, 6 million views)

As you have probably guessed the channel belongs to the famous chess grandmaster. His videos are mainly entertaining: most of them being bullet chess and blitz bingers.

It is organized for all kinds of chess players since Hikaru presents just the entertaining part of his game. The bad part about this channel is that the amount of videos is low; however, Hikaru has started uploading videos daily recently.


(77k subscribers, 948 videos, 18 million videos)

Chessbrah is a thoroughly entertaining chess channel that includes three grandmasters as its hosts. They upload videos three times a week including blindfold events which makes them unique on the internet.

It is widely available for any kinds of chess players since they even mention about their content being entertaining in their YouTube channel description.


(132k subscribers, 2683 videos, 78 million views)

Mato is the best debut assistant you can have. Moreover, he explains tactical as well as positional aspects of well-known games. He is not a great option if you are a beginner, but if you have the minimum gist of the 64-boarded game he will probably turn into your best guide.

Editor of Level Up Chess and long time chess fanatic. May or may not own more chess sets than one person ever needs (at least that’s what the wife says), but can’t see himself slowing down anytime soon.

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