Chess GM and Streamer Hikaru Nakamura Hits a Glorious Milestone on Twitch

Published 02/17/2021, 8:58 AM EST


Popular streamer and chess Grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura has reached a huge milestone on Twitch. Ever since early 2019, Nakamura’s channel has really taken off on the Amazon streaming platform. Yesterday, he crossed the one million follower mark.

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Hikaru Nakamura is an American chess player, who was a prodigy since childhood. He holds the record of being the youngest American to receive the Grandmaster title at the age of 15 years and 79 days. In fact, he is also the youngest American to beat an International Master. At the age of 10, Nakamura defeated Jay Bonin at the Marshall Chess Club.

Apart from all the childhood accolades, Nakamura is also a five-time United States Chess Champion. Currently, Magnus Carlsen, ranked number one, is the only individual ahead of Nakamura. In 2018, Nakamura started his online Twitch career. Chess.com sponsors him and he plays against other chess masters, streamers and subscribers of his channel.

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He often makes things interesting by playing speed chess or blindfolded and also plays piece handicaps and ‘joke openings’ on his stream.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic plagued the majority last year, it was also a boon for a few. Chess became very popular online, and Nakamura was one of the pioneers in this increasing popularity.

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Hikaru Nakamura shared his thanks on Twitter

The Grandmaster achieved the one million mark during PogChamps 3 on Twitch. It is an online chess competition where streamers are pitted against one another. TSM, the Esports organization Nakamura is a part of, congratulated him for reaching the mark.

Nakamura also took the time to thank several people who he thinks are behind his online success. One of them is xQc, who gave Nakamura’s channel a huge push when the chess legend became his coach last year.

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This achievement proves that the audience in popular online streaming platforms is finally opening up to more than just video games.

Chess.com released a video on YouTube which shows the growth of Twitch streamers over the years. Watch it below.

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Avhinandan Chakraborty

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Avhinandan Chakraborty is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since August 2020. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in English Literature from Calcutta University, and has been professionally writing since 2020. Ever since he was a child, he has been extremely passionate about online gaming and eSports, having played titles like GTA Vice City, FIFA, and IGI, among many others.

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