While chess has been around since the 16th century, “The Queen’s Gambit” took Netflix by storm in October 2020 when it became Netflix’s biggest scripted limited series with 62 million views. Chess has quite the following on social media as well, with chess influencers all over TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. On TikTok alone, #chess has 2.3 billion views.
11 of the best chess influencers showing their next moves
What is it like when @Kasparov63 solves Chess Studies? 🤯 And who does he think will win the Candidates Tournament? 👀 Hear about this and a wide range of chess topics from the 13th World Chess Champion himself: https://t.co/hapV3D3vTM pic.twitter.com/WriQ6bvWwK— Anna Rudolf 💙💛 (@Anna_Chess) June 5, 2022
World Chess Champion Magus Carlsen shares his chess videos with 722K subscribers on YouTube. He is also the highest-ranked chess player in the world and a former (live) No. 1 Fantasy Premier League player. This expert’s videos are about chess tournaments, personal updates, and chess tutorials. Fun fact: Magnus was introduced to chess at 5 years old!
James Weber is one of the most popular TikTok chess players and had one of the first chess videos to go viral. In his video, he pretended to be playing chess with his girlfriend and references chess master Eric Rose. He has almost 200K followers and continues to put up fun chess content on TikTok.
With almost 630K followers on Twitter, Viswanathan is one of the most popular Twitter chess influencers. He is an Indian chess grandmaster and five-time world chess champion. He became the first Grandmaster from India in 1988!
Follow along with one of these popular chess influencers to learn more about the game or gain inspiration.