Twitch streamer BoxBox stuns chess master Alexandra Botez with checkmate - Dexerto

Twitch streamer BoxBox stuns chess master Alexandra Botez with checkmate

Published: 26/May/2020 17:51

by Michael Gwilliam


Albert ‘BoxBox’ Zheng shocked the landscape of Twitch chess after he managed to defeat Woman FIDE Master Alexandra Botez in a thrilling upset.

BoxBox had been playing several games against Botez during a May 25 stream and had time for just one more before he had to call it quits.

After being beaten time and time again, though improving with each passing battle, this final match was different, with the popular streamer gaining the upper hand early and snowballing that momentum.

Alexandra Botez has been taking the Twitch chess world by storm.

For instance, BoxBox made a brilliant play by putting Botez in check with his knight, forcing her to either lose or queen or be checkmated by killing the knight with a pawn, opening up a safe passage for Zheng’s own queen to join the battle.

“Chat, he’s trying to mate me!” Botez exclaimed. “I can’t take, because he’s playing Queen H4! I have to give him my queen. BoxBox, what?”

In complete dismay, the chess star cried out, “somebody nerf BoxBox” as she begrudgingly gave up her most powerful piece.

From there, BoxBox was able to amplify his offense, having whittled Botez’s army down to just her king.

“Oh my God, my pawn promoting is the move that deals the final blow!” BoxBox proudly proclaimed as he played his game-winning move, securing the checkmate. “That’s so sick.”

The ecstatic 1,300 ranked player couldn’t believe his achievement and put his hands to his head in amazement and even needed to take few seconds to bask in his victory.


Eventually, in the post-match, Botez joked that BoxBox had to have been watching fellow Twitch streamer and chess champion Hikaru Nakamura to “find a move this good.”

Hilariously, before the two could even chat more, BoxBox had to get going because he promised his brother he would play Pictionary with him, but would be down to play more in the future.

If Zheng is anywhere near as good at Pictionary as he is chess, then he may as well be Picasso, because being able to defeat Alexandra Botez is no small feat and something the streamer will likely remember for the rest of his life.

Only time will tell if the Twitch star can do it again when the two face off in what could be a hype rematch for the ages.


Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.


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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.