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Best chess streamers to watch on Twitch

Published: 5/Jan/2021 17:41 Updated: 6/Jan/2021 11:28

by Jacob Hale

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Chess has become a rapidly rising phenomenon on Twitch, with the popularity of the centuries-old game reaching fever pitch in 2020 with multiple tournaments and, of course, The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.

Many new players have found themselves enjoying the game even if they’ve never played it before, and content creators have found themselves enjoying rising popularity on Twitch, YouTube and on other streaming platforms as viewers and top names come flocking in.

We’ve seen major tournaments take place on Twitch, including the likes of the PogChamps tournaments that have featured the likes of Forsen, xQc, Cizzors and more alongside endemic chess streamers that are seeing their analytics go up consistently.

So, who are the very best chess streamers that you should check out? Here, we’ve listed some of the most entertaining, skilful and educational channels you’ll find for the game to help you reach your Grandmaster dreams.

GMHikaru

TSM Hikaru Nakamura chess
Twitter: TSM
Hikaru has had a huge 2020, including joining top esports org TSM in August.

Hikaru is the obvious choice, so is one we wanted to mention first. If you’ve been looking around for good chess content creators, the chances are you’ve already seen Hikaru Nakamura, as one of the best chess players not just on the internet but in the world, even giving the likes of Magnus Carlsen a run for his money.

If you’re looking to learn from one of the best players in the world and see his thought process in action, as well as collabs with some of the biggest content creators, Hikaru is well worth checking out.

GothamChess

GothamChess educational youtuber
YouTube: GothamChess
GothamChess is a great help for learning the game inside and out.

Levy Rozman, better known online as GothamChess, is one of the best educational chess streamers you can find out there.

He’s always showing viewers different openings, offering tips to help learn and memorize certain moves and how to take advantage of opponent mistakes, meaning that his YouTube channel also has an extensive and impressive backlog of content for new players to learn from and give their chess journey a big jumpstart.

GMNaroditsky

chess grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky
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Naroditsky can often be found competing with some of the biggest names in Chess content.

If you’re looking for straight-up, top-tier chess action, Naroditsky is a very good streamer to tune in to.

Regardless of what level you are, Grandmasters are who you should be looking to to find patterns and the best possible plays, and Naroditsky explains his choices and wins well, letting viewers know exactly what to expect throughout a match and always staying several steps ahead of his opponents.

Botez Sisters

The Botez Sisters play chess on Twitch
Instagram: missbotez
The Botez sisters are chess geniuses and highly-entertaining streamers.

The Botez Sisters, Alexandra and Andrea, have found a lot of success in 2020, with a rapidly-growing shared stream and being signed to esports organization Envy in December.

If you’re looking for your chess with a more entertaining side, or maybe streamers that will dominate on the board before also playing a variety of other games, Dexerto Awards 2020 nominees the Botez Sisters are perfect for you.

Chessbrah

chessbrah eric hansen amad hambleton
Instagram: chessbrahtv
Chessbrah is seeing a lot of success pushing the boundaries of chess content.

As Eric Hansen or the chessbrah host himself says, this channel likes to “push the boundaries of chess entertainment,” but that doesn’t mean he and his cohort are just entertaining streamers.

In fact, Eric Hansen became Canada’s youngest ever chess Grandmaster in 2013 at the age of 21 and is unarguably one of the best chess players in the world, so while the actual streams might be a little more out there than the average chess stream, you know you’re getting some incredible lessons every time you tune in. As well as Eric, you’ll also find other Grandmasters such as Amad Hambleton on chessbrah.

Anna_Chess

anna rudolf chess streamer
Instagram: annarudolf_chess
Anna Rudolf has achieved a lot in her chess career.

Anna Rudolf is a Hungarian chess player holding the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster — and a fast-growing Twitch streamer, too.

Averaging around 4,000 viewers per stream towards the end of 2020, Anna is one of the most viewed and fastest-growing channels in the genre, and her record and accolades speak for themselves as to why you should tune in to her content.

Those are our picks for the top chess streamers you should check out in 2021. You can find them all on Twitch, as well as more focused content in their YouTube videos, and will not only help you learn the game but keep you entertained for hours on end.

If you were inspired by Beth Harmon in 2020, these streamers are well worth taking a look at to help get your rating up, but is by no means an exhaustive list. Other creators such as Eric Rosen, Finegold, AnnaCramling and more are well worth looking at so you can find whose streams you really enjoy the most.

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HAchubby reveals HAchuMart convenience store struggles after Twitch success

Published: 25/Feb/2021 6:22

by Andrew Amos

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Korean Twitch star HAchubby won people’s hearts over with her shifts at a convenience store. Now, she owns her very own HAchuMart. However, it didn’t come without its fair share of challenges, which she opened up about on February 24.

From an Emart to HAchuMart, popular Korean Twitch streamer HAchubby has carved out a niche with her content following her mundane life working at a convenience store.

After quitting her old job due to concerns about privacy, she decided to become her own boss by opening up her own convenience store in Busan, South Korea. It was a spur of the moment decision, but once her mind was made, she was resolved to do it for her viewers.

HAchubby opening HAchuMart store
Twitch: HAchubby
HAchubby opened her own convenience store in January 2021.

I lost a big part of my stream and my life. And my viewers lost something they enjoyed to watch every weekend. I didn’t really want to quit this job because it kept me connected to the real world,” she said in a February 24 video, talking about leaving her previous job.

“So I promised the viewers, don’t worry, we will have our own convenience store next year. I was crazy. I promised that I didn’t think well enough. I didn’t think about costs, staff, or location. I just said I was going to do it.”

Now, HAchuMart is open and free for anyone to visit ⁠— well, if you can make it to South Korea. The cute little market features a bunch of HAchubby’s favorite items. However, it was truly a community endeavor, with her stream helping her out along the way.

“Since then everyone was looking forward to it, a lot of people sent me cheering messages. Some viewers even supported me with donations,” she said.

“I asked my viewers to help me [design the store]. A lot of them shared their ideas, gave feedback, and worked on creative new designs. I made a lot of designs with my viewers, including the logo, uniform, and even the ice cream box. I’m thankful to everyone who helped me make it. I don’t think I’d be able to make it on my own.”

Between trying to stick to a 2020 deadline, dealing with lockdowns, and not even having an ounce of business experience, it was a tough time for HAchubby. But now, her dreams have been realized, and she’s so happy for all the support from friends and family along the way.

“This was my first business ever, and I thought it would be hard for me to do it. I still can’t believe how many people decided to help. It was a miracle. It was very busy, but I was lucky enough to have family and friends to help me.

“I really achieved what I had dreamed of. This is not just another convenience store. HAchuMart is the result of many people working together to make a dream come true.

“It all started with a girl streaming her part-time job, and with the support of the viewers, family, and friends, this girl now has her own convenience store.”