Monday, August 06, 2007

The Top Youtube Chess Videos

It might be "Enemy Number One" for American Democracy (see CNN/Democratic Debates), but, otherwise, Youtube is pretty damn cool!

Like most things internet-related, it is a victim of its own success. Yes, there are hundreds of good videos out there -- free to watch! But, there is also thousand videos of absolute, unadulterated crap.

To help you filter through the junk, I chose a couple of the videos I found to be the most interesting and entertaining. So without further ado, I present Youtube's Top Chess Videos.

A Pawn is Born
This shows a pawn piece being made from a cylinder of metal…. oh, in about one minute! It’s fascinating and hypnotic to watch at the same time.

How you, (yes, you!) can simultaneously take on 10 chess grandmasters and achieve at least an even score!
This magician shows you how anyone (even you!) can walk into a simul chess tournament and totally kick butt (well, at least beat half of them). It’s a little long, but the video is good . . . . and the ending is, well, just remarkable (how’d he do that?!).

Seinfeld Chess
It’s Seinfeld… It’s George…. It’s chess. No more needs to be said!

Cute Chess
Pixar has their “Old Man Chess” cartoon that came out not too long ago, but I found this one to be a lot better and a hell of lot more interesting to watch. One comment: So all the white pieces don’t mind the one white pawn dating the black queen?

Speed Chess
You can find speed chess all over YouTube, but these two guys impressed me the most.

Fight Club Chess
Laying out the blueprint for how we can make chess clubs exciting again. (I wonder if I played the Philidor if I would just automatically have my face bashed in?).


The Beautiful Ladies of Chess
Alright, alright, alright. Let's face it. The game is dominated by men. Thus, we are dumbstruck when woman players enter the scene. Now take a woman player (who is not only awesome) but drop-dead gorgeous and WOW! This whole video is dedicated to these chess-playing beauties.

"One Night in Bangok"
From "Chess" the Musical. Admit it. You like it.

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At 11:11 PM, Blogger Jack Le Moine said...

I’m sorry I have to contact you like this but I can find no other way to contact you.

Announcing the first ever Chess Blog Carnival to be held on September 1, 2007 at my blog.

There are now thousands of carnivals on the web. Almost every area of interest has its own carnival. Except for chess blogs. Until now.

The advantages of having a chess carnival: (1) For bloggers – to showcase a sample of their work to the chess community; (2) For readers – to sample content from a wide variety of chess blogs in one place. A Chess Blog Carnival will also encourage quality work. If a blogger knows that his piece is being showcased right alongside pieces from the other blogs, then that serves as a motivator right there.

I don’t mean to be presumptuous in doing this. I just know that instead of complaining about nobody doing something, pointing fingers, and endless discussing, sometimes it’s best that someone just steps up and gets the ball rolling. That’s what I’m doing. If someone else wants to take over, then that would be fine with me. In fact, I need all the help on this that I can get.

First, hosting. The successful carnivals rotate blog hosts from month to month.

Second, publicity. The successful carnivals have a number of blogs who post an announcement on the upcoming carnival on their blogs and keep doing so each month.

Third, participation. Successful carnivals have a large sample of work from their blogging communities. Note here, bloggers don’t do any additional work. A carnival is not for original pieces written just for the carnival. A carnival is for work that has already been posted onto the blog.

I’ll try to contact as many blogs this weekend as possible. I’d like the initial roll-out of this venture to be as high quality as possible. Once people see what a chess carnival can look like, then they can have a better idea of what this is all about. Please help!

Here the link for further information on this:
That page includes a link to submit a post from your blog for inclusion in the carnival.

Jack Le Moine

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty interesting read! There are also quite a few chess book recommendations at this site:
Complete Reference to Chess

Most of them are still too difficult for me, but I'm learning. These videos you posted were pretty nice.


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