Mr Beast teases chess match with grandmaster Hikaru – Dexerto

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The Beasts Gambit? After YouTuber Jimmy MrBeast Donaldson revealed his addiction to chess, and his wish to play with other creators, esports org TSM offered the services of their chess grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura and its looking like a collaboration is on the cards.

Chess has seen a big resurgence in popularity over the past year. After streamers like xQc and Forsen picked up the game early in 2020, established the Pogchamps: an amateur chess tournament. After the success of the first tournament, a second edition was completed in September.

Then Netflix released The Queens Gambit, a miniseries about a chess protege on a quest to conquer the chess world. The cultural impact has been insane. When the series was released, the International Chess Federation found that Google searches for people wanting to learn chess quadrupled.

MrBeast has already made his wish to get involved with esports abundantly clear. While chess isnt technically an esport, the two overlap a lot nowadays, and this latest development seems like a definite step in that direction.

After MrBeast tweeted out his desire to be matched up with chess content creators, TSM responded by offering the services of grandmaster, Hikaru.

Just started playing chess a few days ago, any creators want to play? Im addicted, MrBeast said.

MrBeast then talked about his fascination with Hikarus work, explaining how he watch[es] all his videos. TSM looked to seal the deal, and replied: Lets make it happen.

A chess matchup between MrBeast and Hikaru, or even some sort of tutorial, would be an exciting piece of prospective chess content. Hikaru seems keen to capitalize on the current hype around chess. After the success of the first two Pogchamps, Hikaru tweeted his desire for the third edition of PogChamps to be created.

Hes already had responses from big names, with Fnatic League coach YamatoCannon and StarCraft commentator Artosis willing to get involved.

If Hikarus bid to put together a new tournament comes to a head, perhaps well be seeing MrBeast lining up as one of the competitors.

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