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How to watch Twitch PogChamps 2 chess tournament ft. xQc, Forsen, more

Published: 19/Aug/2020 10:15

by Calum Patterson

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The second Twitch chess tournament, PogChamps 2, returns with an all-star cast of streamers battling for a share of the $50,000 up for grabs. Here’s how to watch the action unfold.

Chess has become an unlikely winner on Twitch in 2020, suddenly finding thousands of new viewers, mainly thanks to big-name streamers trying their hand at the legendary board game.

Twitch is better known for video game streaming, but with chess now an online multiplayer game in its own right, it’s a somewhat natural progression to see it gain traction on the platform.

xQc being checkmated on chess
Twitch: Chess
xQc losing in only 6 moves against moistcritikal became a viral meme from the last PogChamps tournament.

With the hype continuing, Chess.com are returning with PogChamps 2, a sequel to their successful first event, starting on August 21.

Twitch PogChamps 2 stream

While some of the players themselves will also be streaming on their personal channels, there is also a main broadcast for the tournament on Chess.com/TV and the Chess.com Twitch Channel, which will feature commentary from master players.

Although players can stream, they will need to do so with a delay and not be permitted to use their chat for any assistance.

The event itself will run in a similar format to the first tournament, starting with four groups of four once all 16 competitors are finalized. Top two from each group move to the championship bracket, while the bottom two move to the consolation bracket.

  • Group Stage: August 21-31
  • Quarterfinals: September 2-4
  • Semifinals: September 5
  • Finals: September 6

Top prize in the championship bracket is $10,000, while consolation players will compete for the top prize of $3,500.

PogChamps chess players

Headlining the tournament are some of the biggest streamers on all of Twitch:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Gripex90 itshafu dogdog hafthorjulius
Cizzorz Davidpakman Iwilldominate wagamamatv
Forsen easywithaces tfblade mizkif
CallmeCarsonlive xQc qtcinderella AustinShow

Clearly, these streamers are not all chess experts, but some, like xQc, have been receiving some of the best training possible from chess Grandmaster and fellow Twitch streamer Hikaru Nakamura.

PogChamps 2 schedule

Group Match Schedule

Date Time (PT) Round Player Player
August 21 1:00 PM Round 1 Gripex90 Cizzorz
August 21 2:00 PM Round 1 Forsen Callmecarsonlive
August 21 3:00 PM Round 1 itshafu Davidpakman
August 22 1:00 PM Round 1 easywithaces xQc
August 22 2:00 PM Round 1 hafthorjulius wagamamatv
August 23 1:00 PM Round 1 mizkif AustinShow
August 23 2:00 PM Round 1 dogdog Iwilldominate
August 23 3:00 PM Round 1 tfblade qtcinderella
August 24 1:00 PM Round 2 Gripex90 Forsen
August 24 2:00 PM Round 2 Cizzorz Callmecarsonlive
August 24 3:00 PM Round 2 Davidpakman xQc
August 26 1:00 PM Round 2 itshafu easywithaces
August 26 2:00 PM Round 2 wagamamatv mizkif
August 27 1:00 PM Round 2 hafthorjulius AustinShow
August 27 2:00 PM Round 2 dogdog tfblade
August 27 3:00 PM Round 2 Iwilldominate qtcinderella
August 28 1:00 PM Round 3 Gripex90 Callmecarsonlive
August 28 2:00 PM Round 3 Cizzorz Forsen
August 29 1:00 PM Round 3 itshafu xQc
August 29 2:00 PM Round 3 Davidpakman easywithaces
August 30 1:00 PM Round 3 hafthorjulius mizkif
August 30 2:00 PM Round 3 wagamamatv AustinShow
August 31 1:00 PM Round 3 dogdog qtcinderella
August 31 2:00 PM Round 3 Iwilldominate tfblade

Bracket Match Schedule

Date Time (PT) Round Player Player
September 2 1:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 2 2:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 2 3:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 3 1:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 3 2:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 3 3:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 4 1:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 4 2:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 5 12:00 PM Semifinals
September 5 1:00 PM Semifinals
September 5 2:00 PM Semifinals
September 5 3:00 PM Semifinals
September 6 1:00 PM Final
September 6 2:00 PM Final

Though not seen traditionally as an esport, Chess.com are hoping that with more players watching competitive play on Twitch, it could naturally fit among the likes of League of Legends and CS:GO.

Of course, the streamers taking part are far from the best chess players in the world, but their star power is enough to attract fans. The popularity of chess on the platform has led to top-level players like Nakamura and Alexandra Botez, a Woman FIDE Master, growing massively on their personal channels.

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Russian Instagram influencer torches his $150,000 Mercedes on purpose

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:46

by Bill Cooney

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An Instagram influencer literally set his own $150,000 Mercedes Benz on fire after he got fed up with how his local dealership was repairing it.

Several videos of Russian Instagram and YouTube star Mikhail Litvin torching the black GT 63 S went viral over the weekend, with people around the internet both amazed and horrified that someone has enough extra cash rolling around they can just send a luxury car up in flames.

But, Litvin’s display surprisingly wasn’t just a random instance of pure, nihilistic capitalism captured on film, as he claims he was sending a message to his local Mercedes dealership and the company as a whole.

The saga begins like this: Mikhail bought a brand new GT 63 S (running around $140,000 to $160,000) and somehow, broke the engine five times in a row through various automotive shenanigans.

Eventually, he became fed up with how his local Mercedes Benz dealership was repairing the vehicle each time he brought it in, even replacing the turbo kit with one purchased off of eBay at one point.

Paying to have sub-par parts installed in his car seems to have been the final straw for the Russian, who filled his trunk up with gasoline and brought plenty of cameras to a deserted field to send his vehicle off with a Viking funeral.

After bathing the car in fuel, Litvin lights a Looney Tunes-style trail from offscreen and the poor four-door goes up in a massive fireball.

Pouring gasoline on a mercedes
Mikhail Litvin/YouTube
Litvin made sure not to miss a spot.

After contemplating all the memories he had in the Mercedes while the inferno raged behind him, the YouTuber drove into the sunset with his new whip, a classic teal Lada that only needed a little bit of a running start to get going.

With over 11 million followers on Instagram and 4 million subscribers on YouTube, chances are good that Litvin will be picking up a fly new car sometime soon to replace the smoking heap that was his GT 63 S.

Exactly what he’ll replace it with remains to be seen, but we’d bet he’ll have a video out about it when he does.