10 Best Chess Channels to Watch on YouTube and Twitch

YouTube and Twitch have offered up great platforms for chess fans to watch their favorite chess players. Thousands of chess fans flock to watch chess being played by the best players and to learn. Here are the TEN best channels to check out for both entertainment and education value:

#10: Channel: Chess.com
Platform: YouTube + Twitch
Chess.com has channels for both YouTube and Twitch, and the channel plays host to the biggest online chess tournaments and broadcasts them live to their viewers. Many top GM’s host the channel, and analyze the games from tournaments the online chess website offers. Chess.com was previously my top pick for the best website to play chess online, with the reason being they are the largest website in terms of registered users with north of 20,000,000 and offer the best overall tournaments with the top players in the world (Titled Tuesday and Speed Chess Championships).

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#9: Channel: kingscrusher
Platform: YouTube + Twitch
Tryfon Gavriel, better known by his username kingscrusher, is known by his large collection of YouTube chess videos (with over 5000 videos), and to a lesser extent, his Twitch channel. Gavriel is a Chess Master (CM title) who puts his own games on his YouTube channel, as well as analyzing other top-rated games. Kingscrusher usually plays tournaments on his Twitch channel on either the Lichess or Internet Chess Club (ICC) websites.

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#8: Channel: John Bartholemew
Platform: YouTube + Twitch
John Bartholemew is an American chess player who currently has the International Master title and a FIDE rating close to 2500. He is a fan-favorite among many in the chess circles, due to his great instructional videos and his interactions with his chess viewers. According to his YouTube page, apart from his instructional content, he plays bullet, blitz, and standard time controls on Chess.com, Lichess, and ICC. He is currently attempting to gain his GM norm, playing in live chess tournaments and posting video blogs on his YouTube channel.
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#7: Channel: Chess24
Platform: YouTube
Chess24 is another chess playing website (like Chess.com) that has its own YouTube channel. On their YouTube page, they have top-level Grandmasters, such as Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson either playing with followers of the channel, solving chess puzzles, or analyzing live tournament chess games through their live broadcast system. The YouTube channel is for chess players of all levels, and you can easily find chess videos for your skill level on their channel. 

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#6: Channel: Saint Louis Chess Club
Platform: YouTube
Saint Louis Chess Club is a YouTube channel that is both instructional for beginner and advanced chess players, as well as hosting many of the best live tournaments of the year. There are hundreds of YouTube videos of top Grandmasters lecturing and giving free lessons on openings, tactics, and their best games. On top of that, Saint Louis Chess Club also broadcasts live tournaments, such as the Grand Chess Tour, where the absolute best of the best compete. It is definitely a channel for all chess fans to see.

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#5: Channel: PowerPlayChess
Platform: YouTube
Grandmaster Daniel King is owner of the PowerPlayChess YouTube Channel, and he puts new videos where he shares his expertise and passion for the game of chess, according to his bio. The PowerPlayChess channel has a wide range of videos, from many of the best chess players from the past and present, as well as interviews, tournament updates, and analysis on the games of the best chess players.
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#4: Channel: ChessNetwork
Platform: YouTube
The ChessNetwork YouTube channel is one of the most popular chess channels on all of YouTube, and the reason behind it is the fun personality of Jerry, owner of the channel. Mystery surrounds Jerry, as he has never shown his face on camera, but what is known is that he is a National Master, who learned the game at a young age. The purpose of his channel is to share his knowledge of chess to help others improve their game.

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#3: Channel: Hikaru Nakamura
Platform: Twitch
Hikaru Nakamura is an American Grandmaster considered by many as one of the top chess players in the world, and the best at both the bullet and blitz time controls. Nakamura streams on Twitch, under the username “gmhikaru” and usually plays his followers and subscribers in fast time controls, as well as the other top-rated players on Chess.com. While he isn’t online as often as some of the other chess streamers, his streams are valuable on the educational aspect with the most to learn.

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#2: Channel: agadmator
Platform: YouTube
Antonio Radic, also known by his YouTube username “agadmator”, has the fastest growing chess channel on YouTube. Gaining thousands of subscribers and hundreds of thousands of views daily, agadmator analyzes both recent and former chess games with his unique style, and the reason for his success is his constant work ethic, posting new videos every single day. He also plays on both Lichess and Chess.com with subscribers on rare occasions.

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#1: Channel: Chessbrah
Platform: YouTube + Twitch
Hosted by two Canadian Grandmasters, Eric Hansen and Aman Hambelton, “Chessbrah” has grown to quite the chess fanbase. What makes the channel so entertaining is the energetic commentary, as well as techno dance beats, that makes a crazy atmosphere that is unlike anything the chess world has previously seen. There are also special guest appearances from fellow GM’s, such as Yasser Seirawan, and this chess channel is a must follow to anyone interested in improving their chess game, as well as having a bit of fun.

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