John Bartholomew (chess player)

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John Bartholomew
Bartholomew at the London Chess Classic, 2016
CountryUnited States
Born (1986-09-05) September 5, 1986 (age 37)
TitleInternational Master (2006)
FIDE rating2446 (March 2024)
Peak rating2477 (March 2018)

John David Bartholomew[1] (born September 5, 1986) is an American chess player, International Master, YouTuber, and entrepreneur.[2] He is from Eagan, Minnesota.

Chess career[edit]

In 2002, Bartholomew won the National High School Chess Championship, and in 2006 became an International Master (IM). He studied at the University of Texas, Dallas on a chess-based full ride scholarship, which he earned at the age of 14.[3] After leaving law school, he became the coach of David Floeder, a middle school student who won the National K-12 U.S. Chess Federation Championship in 2012.[4][5] Bartholomew earned his first Grandmaster norm at the Saint Louis Classic in 2013.[6] He is a four-time winner of the Okoboji Open.[7]

He has a dedicated YouTube channel of instructional chess videos and is one of the most popular chess YouTubers.[8] He is the co-founder with David Kramaley of Chessable, a chess education website dedicated to learning chess in a systematic manner.[9] The project was launched in November 2015 and the website was officially launched on February 22, 2016.[10][11] In September 2019, the company joined forces with an existing merger of Play Magnus AS and[12]

In January 2018, Bartholomew earned clear first place in the Charlotte Chess Center's Winter 2018 GM Norm Invitational held in Charlotte, North Carolina with an undefeated score of 6.0/9.[13]

In 2019, Bartholomew was inducted into the Minnesota Chess Hall of Fame.[14]


  1. ^ FamilySearch record
  2. ^ Tribune, Alex Van Abbema Star. "Minnesota's international chess star reaches bigger audience with online venture". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2023-05-26.
  3. ^ "UT Dallas Awards Chess Scholarships To Four Students From New York, Massachusetts and Minnesota". News Center. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  4. ^ "Chess champ: St. Paul youth rising through the ranks". Pioneer Press. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Bloomington Student Wins National Chess Tournament". CBS Minnesota. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Johnny B. Good for a GM Norm". US Chess Federation. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. ^ Anzis, Hank (2 May 2014). "Bartholomew Wins 2014 Okoboji Open". US Chess Federation. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Can you topple the king of You-Tube? Chessable's IM John Bartholomew is back". Battersea Chess Club. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  9. ^ Angelini, Daniel (1 May 2017). "Chess fan creates online way to learn and improve your moves". Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  10. ^ London Meetup with IM Bartholomew and IM Sielecki! Wednesday, Nov. 29. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-09.
  11. ^ Chessable: We're OPEN!. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-09.
  12. ^ "Chessable joins the Play Magnus chess24 family". 2019-09-03. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  13. ^ "CCCSA GM/IM Norm Invitational - May 2022 GM/IM Norm Invitational Chess Tournament".
  14. ^ "Hall of Fame - Minnesota State Chess Association" (PDF).

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