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xQc stuns chess Grandmaster Hikaru with epic opening blunder

Published: 12/Jun/2020 22:15

by Bill Cooney

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Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel was one of the big streamers to enter the Twitch PogChamps Chess tournament, but his run was cut short after a disastrous opening that led to a lightning-fast checkmate and made commentators speechless.

Chess, one of the oldest board games in the world, has become increasingly popular on Twitch lately. Popular personalities like xQc have been playing it on stream, and Grandmaster Hikaru ‘GMhikaru’ Nakamura has even seen success with his informative streams from players trying to learn the game.

During the opening rounds of the $50,000 PogChamps Twitch Chess tournament, xQc put his skills to the test against Charlie White (AKA penguinz0, moistcr1tikal) and the results left Hikaru dumbfounded.

xQc began with a “Scotch Opening” which gives White control of the center of the board early, but it can also backfire and allow Black to counter very easily, which is just what moistcr1tikal did.

“No please don’t, it’s too soon Hikaru, we didn’t eve reach a climax,” WFM Alexandra Botez lamented, while Hikaru just watched speechless as Cr1tikal finished off Felix. “You know when I said it would be fun to see a checkmate in four earlier? I was joking, it wasn’t real.”

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Cr1tical was having a great time, while the others seemed confused as to what exactly just happened.

Cr1tical explained how he was ready for xQc’s Scotch open based on advice, and with xQc’s blunder of moving his Knight from d4 to c6, thereby leaving the diagonal route to the White King wide open for the Black Bishop.

“xQc will likely go with a Scotch open, and he did, so I had to counterplay,” Charlie explained. “And he immediately blundered. Well, that’s gotta be a world record.”

“Ok, I’m done, really dude?” xQc said after the stunning defeat. Hopefully, Felix doesn’t give up on chess entirely though, as he is entertaining to watch, even with the blunders.

Timestamp at 7:38 for mobile viewers.

If you’re still looking to satisfy your Chess cravings on Twitch, you’re in luck, because the PogChamps tournament runs through Sunday, June 14.

Even though xQc isn’t in the running anymore, maybe you’ll still be able to pick up on some strategies as you watch to help you avoid a similar fate.

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Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.