Andras Toth
IM Andras Toth

Interview with IM Andras Toth

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background in chess?

My Name is Andras Toth. IM, Fide rating 2377. (peak 2449). I am a 39 years old teacher and a chess coach originally from Hungary, living in Australia. I have been playing chess since the age of 10, and doing coaching for nearly a decade and a half. Among my own coaches, I had the amazing Laszlo Hazai, the trainer of the Polgar sisters and life-long second (sort of coach) of super-GM Boris Gelfand.

2. When and why did you start your YouTube-channel?

My current Channel is 5 years old (I had a channel before though) so quite an old fox in chess YouTubing terms.

3. What do you want to achieve with the material you are creating?

My material is 99% no-nonsense educational material for those who are serious about chess and about chess improvement (Which is why I think it is not valued too much).

4. Try to describe the target group for your videos?

Literally, anyone who is keen to get better at chess and is below IM level. probably best suited for 1500 and above.

5. Do you have any visions or plans for your channel?

The vision is that “the most underrated chess channel” becomes a very much appreciated and viewed channel.

6. What has been the biggest challenge starting and running a YouTube channel?

It is heart-breaking to see that many of my videos with excellent educational content have less than 2000 views. I find youtubing extremely challenging and at times frustrating. The algorithm is more mysterious than the best episode of X-files, my content is hugely liked by my subscribers but absolutely ignored outside of it. On top of it, it is a very time-consuming affair, that yields essentially nothing (In fact I have multiple people working for me on the side doing thumbnails, editing, uploading, etc and charge nothing for it!  Without them and their kindness I would have most certainly quit!). This said, my subscribers are extremely grateful for my work and that is what keeps me going.

7. What video of yours has the most views? What do you think is the explanation?

Currently, my most popular video is “My Ultimate Book Recommendation” video, which has been seen at the time of me writing this by 20.000 people. By my standards that’s HUGE.

A combination of things really, it was a topic a lot of people were/still are interested in, also it was referred to by other content creators. Last but not least, I don’t know. Like I said above, the youtube algorithm (at least with chess videos) is certainly one of life’s greatest mysteries.

8.Which video on your channel are you most happy about and why?

The video “How to Get Better at Chess” discusses a topic that is a shortcoming of a lot of players on lower levels and seemed to have hit home:

9. How can people follow you outside of Youtube?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chesscoachandra

Twitch: https://t.co/fQ8DGpPG9x?amp=1

Facebook: https://t.co/BmUG3Y6r3F?amp=1

10.Can you recommend one other Chess YouTube-channel that you find interesting?

I really like channels with meaningful content. As such Chess Dojo definitely comes to mind:  Like-minded people talk in-depth about various chess topics  Quality chess, quality ideas done by great people. Big fan! (In my opinion, they are grossly underrated and undervalued too!)

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