League of Legends streamer Albert “Boxbox” Zheng adored chess in elementary faculty, but stopped enjoying when he was close to nine. One day, soon after hearing about some grandmaster chess guy’s stream popping off, he dropped into Nakamura’s channel to view him perform blindfolded. “I wrote in his chat afterwards, like, ‘That was remarkable.’ Then he observed my name in the chat, and was like, ‘Is that the BoxBox?’” Nakamura fished Zheng out and questioned him to come on stream and perform versus him.
“He blew my intellect with how deep chess goes,” claims Zheng.
Nakamura challenged Zheng to a