The Top YouTube Chess Channels | Congrats To GothamChess On #1!!!

The Top YouTube Chess Channels | Congrats To GothamChess On #1!!!

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2020 and 2021 have been big years for chess, but perhaps no chess creator has had a bigger past year than GothamChess. The "internet's chess teacher" went from nearly no YouTube subscribers to 1,000,000 in just one calendar year. His video on how to play chess has nearly 1.5 million views meaning he's taught more than a million people to play chess!

Today Levy reached 1,170,000 subscribers on YouTube making him the largest chess channel on the platform. Congrats to him and all of the great creators teaching and celebrating chess on YouTube each day. Here's a visualization of the largest chess channels over the years.

The top YouTube chess channels in September 2021:

  1. GothamChess
  2. agadmator's Chess Channel
  3. GMHikaru
  4. Chess Talk
  5. ChessBase India
  6. Samay Raina
  8. Magnus Carlsen
  9. BotezLive
  10. thechesswebsite
  11. ReyDama
  12. Eric Rosen
  13. ChessNetwork
  14. Школа Шахмат ChessMaster
  15. Saint Louis Chess Club
  16. Partidas Inmortales de Ajedrez
  17. Chess.comES
  18. Luis Fernandez Siles
  19. Manuel Morsa
  20. CoffeeChess

Notes on the data:

I used data from the Wayback Machine and to build this, but the data is incomplete. Data values are interpolated where data is missing so some rapid rises may be smoothed out, and some channels may jump into the lists. Some channel names have changed over time. For example, ChessVibes is now ChesscomNews and Satranc Mediya is now Chess24 Turkce. There is also no comprehensive list of chess channels to draw on; I was as comprehensive as I could be based on my knowledge

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