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Daniel Naroditsky Net Worth 2024

Daniel Naroditsky Net Worth – $500,000


Daniel “Danya” Naroditsky is an American author and chess grandmaster.

He is best known for his books on chess strategy, Mastering Positional Chess and Mastering Complex Endgames.

Naroditsky’s current FIDE rating is around 2619.

The Origin Story

Naroditsky is a second-generation immigrant of Russian Jewish parents.

He was born in San Mateo, California.

From a young age, Narodistky was interested in chess; his father taught him to play at the age of 6, and by the time he was 10, he was routinely beating players 3-4 times his own age.

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Naroditsky’s parents stated that he was a very serious player, even from an early age, able to focus on games for as long as six hours without losing interest or becoming distracted.

Naroditsky’s prodigious chess skills sometimes flummoxed and frustrated older opponents; he recalls playing against a rabbi who flipped the chess board in anger after losing to him.

Naroditsky was the highest-ranked player for his age by the time he was 10.

At the age of 12, he won his first chess championship in Antalya, Turkey.

He was, before long, considered to be a force to be reckoned with by any chess player serious about the game.

Later Chess Career

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Naroditsky participated in the 2010 US Open Chess Championship.

Although he didn’t equal his earlier performance in Turkey, he nevertheless did very well. He ultimately finished joint 2nd-5th, tied with two grandmasters.

Narodistsky played again in the 2011 US Open Chess Championship, but was unable to replicate the previous year’s success.

Later that year, however, Naroditsky was able to reverse his fortunes and earned his first grandmaster (GM) norm.

Two years later, he repeated this success, again earning grandmaster norm at the 2013 Philadelphia Open. Naroditsky tied for first place with a fellow grandmaster, Fidel Jimenez.

Naroditsky was awarded the Samford Fellowship in March 2014.

This prestigious award not only recognized Narodistky’s considerable talents as a chess player but also awarded him a considerable stipend that permitted him to focus on chess to the exclusion of other considerations.

The value of the prize, at the time of his winning, was around $42,000 annually, meaning that Naroditsky was able to treat chess as a full-time job.

Written Works

Naroditsky has authored two books on the subject of chess strategy.

His first book, Mastering Positional Chess, was published when he was a mere 14 years of age.

Naroditsky followed this up with Mastering Complex Endgames two years later, at the age of 16.

Naroditsky wrote columns for the US chess magazine Chess Life for six years, from 2014-2020.

In 2022, he joined the New York Times as their official chess columnist.

Twitch and YouTube Presence

Naroditsky is a noted personality on both YouTube and the popular video-game-streaming platform Twitch.

He has more than 200,000 followers on each, and regularly posts videos and live streams in which he breaks down chess plays in accessible language for his audiences.

The New York Times credited this easy-to-follow and down-to-earth approach as one of the reasons that they asked Naroditsky to write their chess column.

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Personal Life

Naroditsky is, at the time of writing, unmarried and single.

He is currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is the resident Grandmaster at the Chess Center in Charlotte.

Daniel Naroditsky – Net Worth 2024

So, how much is Daniel Naroditsky worth? Naroditsky earned most of his wealth from his chess career. Therefore, Daniel Naroditsky has an estimated net worth of $1 million.

Naroditsky’s revenue streams:

  • participating in professional chess tournaments;
  • selling copies of his chess books (on Amazon, Daniels sold around 4,000 copies);
  • selling online chess courses (like The Naroditsky Method on Chess House);
  • ads on his YouTube channel (about $210k in revenue);
  • private chess coaching;
  • writing for The New York Times;
  • streaming on Twitch.

Daniel also worked as a columnist for Chess Life Magazine from 2014 to 2021.

Note – Naroditsky’s net worth is still too low to be included in our list of richest chess players.


What languages does Daniel Naroditsky speak?

Naroditsky is native in English and Russian. Daniel also speaks Spanish.

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