As in title above, why are Mato Jelic's Youtube chess videos so popular? I like them a lot, but I must confess that I am a bit surprised (not unhappy, just surprised), to see nearly millions of views for them...

closed as primarily opinion-based by SmallChess, Phonon, GloriaVictis, bof, Scounged Nov 10 at 2:04

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 1
    because I never watched them; I don't think asking about popularity here makes sense unless you want to advertise those videos - so I will definitely avoid watching them in future too :) And actually suggest closing this question – Drako Nov 9 at 15:17
  • So please suggest questions that are worth being asked and questions that aren't, too, so that I will avoid incurring in your criticism. – A. N. Other Nov 9 at 15:22
  • 1
    here is written how to ask good question: also from there: ..avoid asking for opinions or open-ended discussion. So just stick to the site rules, sorry for not providing this info immediately. – Drako Nov 9 at 15:27
  • 2
    I'll start by saying that I didn't downvote your question, but to me it seems like the question is more related to youtube views or "how to have engaging videos" than it is to chess. That surely must be one of the reasons for the downvotes. When i glance at the question it feels like its not that much related to chess. – Isac Nov 10 at 1:47
  • 1
    As to why questions on Zürich 1953 or DEM can be answered is because that it's generally not impossible to outline a) what the purpose of a chess book is, and b) why/why not the book is successful in fulfilling its purpose. With a youtuber, who is (an assumption on my part) disproportionately popular with regards to his chess expertise, it is going to be a lot more difficult to find the reason for this popularity without leaving the realm of chess altogether and instead discussing stuff like presentation/charisma/the "it" factor, etc. And that leaves a lot of room for subjective opinion. – Scounged Nov 10 at 2:03
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Lots of possible reasons why people like him, here are a few:
1. His videos are on interesting games that people want to see analyzed.
2. He has a lot of great insight, including other possible moves that could have been played.
3. He adds humanity to chess by sometimes telling personal stories: including how he got into chess.
4. His voice is calming.

New contributor
Peter Chikov is a new contributor to this site. Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering. Check out our Code of Conduct.

So this was a terribly open-ended question, sure... But before this is deleted, I'd like to suggest agadmator, another youtube chess annotator -- one who is a little more lively and does events on lichess with his viewers on a more-or-less weekly basis. You might enjoy him.

New contributor
Matt Murphy is a new contributor to this site. Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering. Check out our Code of Conduct.
  • 1
    I don't understand the standard for questions here... this is a very innocent question and it is chess-related. If the board, on the other side, is searching for "chess truth" only, then why don't pick up a good Robert Huebner book instead? – A. N. Other Nov 9 at 21:08

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.