With the emergence of chess content creators like Gotham Chess and Samay Raina, it is very much clear that you don’t need to be a Super GM to create quality chess content. People love content creators for the entertainment they bring into their chess lives. And super GMs like Hikaru Nakamura who is not a fan of Elitism in chess anymore is rightfully rewarded to have the most following on Youtube and Twitch for the chess entertainment he brings online.
Content on Chess Game Reviews
Agadmator is clearly the undisputed champion in this area of Chess content creators. The Croatian YouTuber has already surpassed 1.09 million subscribers and his videos are watched over 444 million times. He is creating video content from the times people still believed that chess can only be learnt from books. And not being a GM or a strong IM, Agad like many other chess content creators is a victim of chess elitism.
Content on Learning Chess
Saint Luis Chess Club is one of the top chess educational channels on youtube. They have a broadcast studio where many top chess players are invited to deliver the knowledge of chess.
The city of Saint Luis is known as the Chess capital of America and the Saint Luis Chess Club there has a playing hall where many top chess tournaments are organized every year.
Rex Sinquefield is the founder of the club and he chose the promotion of chess in his home town as a retirement project after making a fortune pioneering stock market index funds.
The Grand Chess Tour and Sinquefield cup
Among many top chess tournaments played at the Saint Luis Chess Club, the most elite of them is the Sinquefield cup.
Grand Chess Tour is a circuit of Chess tournaments to attract top chess players through the highest media attention and grandest prizes in Chess. It was started in 2015 and big tournaments like Norway Chess, the Sinquefield Cup, and the London Chess Classic are a part of it.
The best thing about the Grand Chess tour is that all the elite players play there and rarely a player from the top 10 ranked players in the world is missing there.
This circuit of chess tournaments has an overall prize fund and the top three players who collect the most tour points across all the grand chess tour events receive extra prize money, taken from the Grand Chess Tour prize fund.
And among all the chess events that take place in the Grand Chess Tour, the Saint Luis Classical, Blitz and Bullets are the tournaments that generate the most amount of prize money.
Below is a list of Grand Chess Tour winners since the inauguration of the circuit in 2015:
|2015||Magnus Carlsen (Norway)|
|2016||Wesley So (United States)|
|2017||Magnus Carlsen (Norway)|
|2018||Hikaru Nakamura (United States)|
|2019||Ding Liren (China)|
|2020||Magnus Carlsen (Norway)|
Content on Chess Strategy
When it comes to Strategy, my top 2 chess content creators are Gotham Chess and Daniel Naroditsky. Do go through the playlist of Gotham Chess and you will find videos that are really helpful in learning chess.
Personally speaking, his videos helped me get out of that 1500-1600 mark on chess.com and get to 1850, where I couldn’t stabilize for longer but my rating is still fluctuating in a +1700 range. Here is a link to my chess ID 🙂
The thing that attracted me the most to Daniel Naroditsky’s channel is the speedrun he played. Unlike the traditional speedruns, his one was more of an educative speedrun where he played the games and also explained them move by move during the games.
With every benchmark of rating achievement, Dani explained the good and bad chess openings for each level of play. And watching him play was both entertaining and helpful in learning chess strategy and overall chess.
Some other Chess Content Creators to Follow:
If you are looking for entertainment from the highest of levels, Anish Giri and Vidit Gujrati are also regular streamers of Chess. Anish’s humour is 2nd to none and Vidit is the example of a nice guy that every guy will want as a boyfriend of his sister. 😀 Do check out their channels on Youtube.
That’s all in Top Chess Content creators.