Chessable was first born as a simple private opening memorisation tool around 2013.
We decided to develop this private tool into a comprehensive & social website.
Chessable is released in Open BETA!
We've reached 10,000 members and are recruiting so we can make Chessable better. Please apply here.
CEO and Co-founder
CCO and Co-founder
Hi! I'm David and together with John I am very happy to be able to bring you Chessable!
I have a personal background in computer science and games. Because of this, I have been involved in the social games industry between for about 6 to 7 years, creating games that together reached millions of players around the world. A career highlight was when in one day we reached enough of an audience to fill a stadium the size of Camp Nou! People did indeed love our games!
In the last few years, my focus has completely shifted towards Psychology and the human sciences and I am currently writing my dissertation to obtain my MSc Psychology of Education (BPS). I also hold a PGCert in Applied Psychology from the University of Liverpool. One of the main reasons for this shift is that I am extremely passionate about learning and self-improvement, and of course, doing this as efficiently as possible!
So? How does this all apply to Chess? Well, chess has always been one of my passions but in these last few years, I have taken it more seriously. Around 2013, I realised that the current way we learn openings is very inefficient. I watched hours of educational video content, read books, nothing stuck. Late 2013 I wrote Chessable as a very basic product for my own use. When I played my very first FIDE tournament game, I realised Chessable was working extremely well. In my second game, I drew easily vs. a player rated 2,050 FIDE. Not bad for my debut in an official tournament, of course, 90% of the moves in this game had been memorised via Chessable!
It was at this point I considered the idea with more seriousness and decided to take it further by building a team around it, to improve the product and reach a wider audience so that everyone could benefit. Late 2015 I brought the idea to John and the rest is now in front of you!
Our Chessable mascot Able is Louisa's masterpiece. Enough said. Give her lots of love!! :)
Hey there - I'm John!
I am an International Master from Eagan, Minnesota who has been playing, studying, and teaching chess for over 20 years. In 2002 I won the National High School Chess Championship, and in 2006 I became an IM. After graduating in 2009 from the University of Texas-Dallas with a degree in Business Administration, I spent a brief time in law school before deciding to become a full-time chess teacher in 2011.
One of the most frequent questions I've received as a chess coach is "How do I go about studying chess openings?" Opening study is a popular and necessary aspect of chess improvement, but it was frustrating to tell students that there was no efficient "go-to" resource out there. Proper opening study requires both understanding and memorisation, and I was not aware of a single platform that offered this.
Enter Chessable. In late 2015, Chessable CEO David Kramaley contacted me about a site he had built to assist in his personal study of chess openings. I liked the concept, and since David and I both saw great potential in the idea, he invited me to join forces in an effort to make Chessable a premier, modern platform for learning chess openings. Moreover, we believe Chessable has application even beyond chess openings!
I hope you enjoy the site. Feel free to leave me any questions or feedback here on Chessable, or head on over to my YouTube page where I post daily instructive chess videos. Good luck with your chess improvement!