Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand to play Card Chess?!
When Samay Raina got Magnus Carlsen to his channel on 2nd of September 2020, the world was amazed! The well- known Indian stand-up comedian could not outdo this feat, right? Well, think again! The 22-year-old just outdid that achievement! And instead of one world champion on a stream, Samay has managed to bring two World Champions together! Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand will be together on 18th of September 2020 at 18.30 hours IST on Samay Raina's YouTube channel. And guess that variant of chess that they would be playing? Card chess! A variant that Magnus will introduce to the world today!
On 2nd of September 2020 when Magnus Carlsen came to Samay Raina's YouTube channel it was a great moment for Samay and the followers of his YouTube channel. To get some time from the World Champion's busy schedule is never easy, but Samay managed to pull it off.
After the stream Magnus and Samay did exchange a couple of tweets:
And we thought this was the end of that! Doesn't getting Magnus on stream mean that you have reached the pinnacle of chess streaming? Well, it turns out that Samay can outdo himself... once again! Take a look:
On 18th of September 2020 Samay has invited both the 15th and 16th World Champions to his stream! Also joining in would be India no.3 Vidit Gujrathi and well-known stand-up comedian Abhishek Upmanyu. Speaking to ChessBase India, Samay said, "The idea of having Carlsen and Anand on the same stream is to promote the game further. To basically surprise the Indian audience and get them more interested in the game. It has never been done before that Anand and Carlsen have been on the same stream playing a fun variant! "Chess is cool" is the narrative with which I have been streaming since last five months and I want the people to see how cool these World Champions are! I hope we get big numbers on the stream and we have some fun. Carlsen and Anand having fun on the stream sends a strong message that chess is fun!"
The two World Champions will be joined by Vidit and Abhishek Upmanyu. Says Samay, "I have planned two fun variants. First Magnus will team up with Upmanyu and I will be joined by Vidit to play hand and brain chess. Next up will be card chess with Anand and Carlsen. When we began streaming chess me, Upmanyu, Biswa and Vaibhav had made a group called 'Road to Magnus Carlsen'. Last time when Magnus came on stream Biswa and Vaibhav met him and played with him. Upmanyu was busy and so he joins in this time! All four of us would then have completed the road to Magnus Carlsen!
How does Samay manage to pull up such fun streams together? "It's all the result of streams that we all have done. The channel now has credibility and people don't hesitate to join. I just reach out to people and because of so many streams we have done together, people know about me and they love the content and they want to be a part of it."