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About ChessNetwork

"Hi everyone, this is Jerry." If you have been connected with ChessNetwork since the beginning, you may recall that phrase being spoken for the very first time in this video back in May of 2007, the time I began creating chess content on YouTube. Forgive the audio/visual quality in that video. At the time, I was unaware of "screen recorder" software, so I recorded the computer screen with a handheld camera. I had little knowledge of the technical stuff back then, but did know I loved to teach, and had a passion for the great game of chess. YouTube, I soon realized, was a perfect platform for these two worlds to collide.

Nearly 7 years after the creation of my 1st video, I did a remake, because the poor quality of the 1st always bugged me. The remake can still be improved upon, but it's certainly miles better than the 1st. You may be surprised to know that the production of the remake acts as the single-most time consuming ChessNetwork video. Not only myself, but also 15 others had a hand in its production. In the video's description you'll see the names of each who have offered to spend several hours of their time to freely translate its English Captions. To this day, it's the video I'm most proud of. Our great game can now be appreciated by speakers of 15 other languages, namely Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. Have a look sometime, and maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about one of the above languages you find of interest.

I'm a self-taught National Master from Pennsylvania who was introduced to the game by my father in 1988 at the age of 8, and it was in 2004 when I reached my childhood goal of becoming a National Master. I have been a promoter of our game online since circa 2004 via the social media platform Myspace (known as "ChessEducator"), an active producer of chess content on YouTube since May of 2007, and have been broadcasting/livestreaming chess since May of 2011.

What you may find interesting is that when streaming started to become a thing in the online world, I believe a, to quote Bob Ross, "happy little accident" occurred with the content I was producing. Let me explain... Before streaming, most if not all of, my content only ever had a serious/instructive tone to it. With streaming however came an added element of excitement. There was now an audience watching my every move live, and an avenue to interact with viewers via chat. Because there were those there to watch live, it made the "in the moment" gameplay more fun for me. Instead of the content having always a serious/instructive tone, there was now some personality and laughs that started to come through little by little, whether win, lose or draw. So this "happy little accident" I speak of was the unplanned humor that began to be injected into the content because there were those there to watch. Viewers of the live content are what helped play a big part in making the content more enjoyable not only for me to produce, but also for those who would watch. This has allowed me to confidently describe the content I now produce as "fun and educational". It's one of those win-win's I guess we can say.

Patreon is a place where fans can support content creators. I've created this page for those who would like to support me for my work as an independent content creator, whether it be as a producer of chess videos on YouTube, broadcaster of all things chess including World Chess Championship Match coverage, or however else my work and time within the chess community over the past 15 years may be seen of value to you. A patron of ChessNetwork can pledge any $ amount on a monthly basis as a token of one's support of my work. As it is now, and aside from only patrons being permitted to make posts to this page, there are no additional rewards for becoming a patron beyond my simple gratitude to those who help to keep me doing what I love. Rewards may surface, but for now my work, and the energy and time that goes into it, will remain on providing free fun and educational chess content for all, doing the little things well, and finding ways to improve. 

I’m honored to have a community of chess enthusiasts who value the work I do. So thank you very much for that, and for taking some of your time to read a small part of my story.


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