Excellent Chess Channels on Youtube

Dec 16, 2014, 9:06 AM |

There are limitless chess videos on youtube and other video sites. Some are very instructive and informative, and others are rather silly. Still you can find lessons and games that would benefit all ranges of players. If you are in need of better chess videos, or are looking for new options, then this post will help you out.

Here is a short list of some of the most popular chess channels:

1) TheChessWebsite is a fairly well-stocked channel that posts everything from Openings, to Championship matches, and even links to other chess channels. Look up TheChessWebsite on chess.com, too! https://www.youtube.com/user/thechesswebsite

2) ChessNetwork, which is also a member of chess.com, has a plethora of videos dealing with many subjects in chess. The great feature of this channel are all the live commentary videos on blitz games taking place online. Be sure to pay attention to the great analysis that this person gives. This is a very active channel as well. Here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChessNetwork/featured

3) TheBackyardProfessor is an entertaining and captivating channel. The host is incredibly intelligent and versed in the subject of chess. He is part of a local chess club and frequently posts about games he's played there. Also you will find many topics like Opening strategies, how to play through Blunders, and even how to strengthen your play. He derives his lessons from Jeremy Silman's materials, such as the Reassess Your Chess series, and so on. He is an avid player who is very interested in teaching. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBackyardProfessor

4) Dereque Kelly for ChessOpenings.com. This channel has very instructive opening videos, which vary from things like Chigorin Defense, Berlin Defence, and many others.  You'll also find videos about chess apps for computers and phones. Mr. Kelly does a great job explaining move orders and sidelines which can be tricky. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa2Ezoefyh5Gm9gXwg0kCdA

5) Gunjan's channel is called GJ_Chess and he is also a member on chess.com. With a FIDE rating of >1700 he's got some great knowledge on the game. Check out his many videos of traps and gambits. Also, there are very humurous videos associated with chess culture and tournaments... check out this video of a computer shocking a GM quite literally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTWM7LA540Y . And here is the link for the channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCji6ITCdOOmxUzd6R2TonZQ

6) St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center is a very excellent source for Grandmaster lectures and historic games. GM Seirawan, GM Fineold, GM Akobian and more are part of this channel. You will also find material on the goings on of chess in and around St. Louis as well as national and international events. This is one of my favorite chess channels. https://www.youtube.com/user/STLChessClub/videos

Some other interesting channels are:

Vorojtsov - dealing with short games, tactics, and puzzles. https://www.youtube.com/user/vorojtsov/playlists

MatoJelic - dealing with strategies, famous games, practicing and openings. https://www.youtube.com/user/MatoJelic