Chess Is Booming Online
The worldwide situation of the past few months has also had a massive impact on the game of chess. The traditional game shifted from the board to the digital world, and the boom is real. Some players are so enthusiastic about this change that they want to participate in the matches online and stream them to the audience in the future. The selection of online tournaments is huge now. Online platforms such as Twitch had a huge impact on the growth of numbers. As a result, the new chess stars have born and Hikaru Nakamura is one of the brightest at the moment.
The Stars Are Now Playing Live
Since the beginning of March, the chess world has had to adapt to new circumstances. That worked particularly well. Numerous top players recognized the opportunity that this offered them and seized it. They no longer receive their income through live tournaments but switched totally for online competitions. Some patrons and sponsors were quickly also, and the center of the action shifted to the internet. Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen even set up a whole series with backers. Even the Saint Louis Chess Center organized tournaments for the best in the scene. Now the top players are delivering their gripping duels online. The range of great games is dense.
Many of the chess stars rushed from one tournament to another. The fans are happy because they have a show that they can watch from the comfort of their own home now. However, that is also a problem. The players from the second row mostly earn their money in the international leagues at live tournaments. They are facing a lack of support for financially secure sponsors and prominent supporters. The oversupply of spectacular games already causes signs of fatigue in some places. After all, the selection is enormous and makes it impossible for the fans to follow everything.
The Game Inspires
Some chess associations already run a full league operation online. The beginners can also take part here because the range of services is huge. The advantage is that the players sometimes come to other opponents and do not always meet the same players. The streaming trend has also spawned a new star. Chess was suddenly the order of the day on Twitch and that proves the trend towards online chess has not gone unnoticed.
After all, chess is the fastest growing game on Twitch at the moment. The number of viewers has doubled every month since the beginning of the year. In May, people were watching the tournaments of chess games on Twitch for around eight million hours.
The US star Hikaru Nakamura has great entertainer qualities. As a result, he was able to increase the number of his live viewers from 2,000 up to 18,000. He also plays against prominent guests such as Game of Thrones star Hafþór Júlíus or League of Legends streamer Albert Zheng (“Boxbox”). Now this American player has 425,000 followers. This success has made Nakamura the ambassador of chess on Twitch.