Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Conversation with IM Christof Sielecki (Chessexplained)

IM Christof Sielecki
I had a great conversation with International Master Christof Sielecki on June 16th, 2014. Christof has one of the most popular chess channels on YouTube, Chess Explained. He is a prolific commentator on this channel, uploading daily blitz games as well as analyzing games from some of the strongest tournaments in the world. Christof is a professional chess player and coach.

In this interview, we discuss several topics:
  • Christof's start in chess and his journey to the IM title
  • The importance of studying the right things in chess
  • How to study the opening
  • His upcoming chess book and insights he gained from writing it
  • How to use blitz chess to improve (and his encounter with the world's best blitz player)
  • New and exciting content planned for Chess Explained
I'll be breaking down some of these topics in future articles which I will link to this page, but for now, enjoy the interview! Also, very soon I'll be linking to a game of Christof's that he will be putting on his channel specifically for Better Chess Training. Stay tuned!


Since my interview with Christof, he has been busy! He has published a book on the Nimzo-Indian and Bogo-Indian and he also has a regularly featured show on the Internet Chess Club.

Christof also is an author on You can study repertoires he has created and practice them on

So happy to see his continued success in the chess world!

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