Great Chess Channels on YouTube

YouTube plays host to many online chess videos.
Plenty of great chess content can be found on YouTube - if you know where to look. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Looking for some chess videos to improve your game – or simply to help you pass the time? YouTube is filled with videos about chess strategy, openings, players, and history. Watching videos about chess is a great way to improve your game: some of the analysis found in these productions is very deep, whether it comes to looking back at the great games of former champions or current players giving insight into their own games.

 

While you can always just head over to YouTube and search for chess to find countless options, not all of the content there is of high quality, so a targeted approach will yield better results. Here are a few channels you’ll want to check out to find the best chess videos YouTube has to offer.

The Top Youtube Chess Channels

ChessNetwork

One of the most popular chess channels, ChessNetwork offers a little bit of everything for the chess video viewer. You’ll find information on openings, game and tournament reports, live commentary on a blitz and other online games, and more. If you want to see a famous game explained to you, or just want some general chess lessons, a quick look at what’s new on this channel should give you at least one or two videos you’ll enjoy watching.

The Chess Website

Like ChessNetwork, The Chess Website has a little bit of everything – though it is much more singularly focused on instruction.

One of the great things about this channel is its excellent organization. It contains lists of videos on openings, famous games, strategy, and other topics, allowing you to quickly work through a topic that’s of particular interest to you.

Chess Documentary

This channel is filled with historical chess documentaries covering a wide range of topics.

Great players like Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and Susan Polgar are covered, as well as other interesting figures like Marcel Duchamp. If you've found yourself interested in a particular historical figure, or you just want to learn more about the long and interesting history of chess, this is the channel for you.

Power Play Chess

Grandmaster Daniel King is a great presenter, and his YouTube channel reflects this. You’ll see the same kind of analysis that King has showcased in his Power Play DVD series for ChessBase, only on topics of recent interest, such as games from ongoing matches and tournaments. Often, King is one of the first people to put up quality analysis of key games from the world's biggest chess events, sometimes skipping right to the key moments to show you where the pivotal tactical or strategic mistakes and decisions were made. If you want an analysis of the latest classic from an elite tournament, this is the place to go.

Sean Godley

Sean’s channel once again includes a number of different video series, including videos on the endgame. This is a great resource for videos on famous games, as some of the greatest games of all time are fully analyzed by Godley, including a full series of videos on Garry Kasparov brilliancies.

You can even have a video on the game of your choice made for a small donation!

Of course, these are only a few of the best channels that I enjoy watching. At any time, there are hundreds of more great videos by countless presenters on YouTube, and browsing through chess videos can lead you to a few undiscovered gems. If you want to try something a little different, you might also want to take a look at live chess streaming on Twitch, which offers a very different way to get your chess fix!