Path to Affiliate

By CEO National Master Evan Rabin

While the end may ultimate justify the means, it is important to celebrate each milestone. Every time we get another 100 likes on our Facebook page,  we will publish a celebratory post. We are currently 7 likes away from 8400.

Over the last few months, I have had a lot of fun playing with live commentary, listening to live music, most notably my favorite two bands- The Grateful Dead and  The Allman Brothers, hosting lectures  and recording podcast episodes on our Twitch channel.  The road certainly does go on forever.

I am excited to announce that this past weekend, we made Affiliate on Twitch, which means we can start earning revenue via subscriptions and bits.

For a streamer to become eligible to be an affiliate, there are 4  requirements:


-500 total minutes broadcast over the last 30 days

-7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days

-average of 3 or more concurrent viewers over the last 30 days

It was fairly easy getting the first 3 requirements through some cross promotion on our Facebook page, website and newsletter.  While I didn’t have much difficulty getting 189+ followers, it was difficult building active viewership so that wed’ get an average of 3 concurrent viewers.

Here are few things that helped get us there:

-Build a network between friends that can support one another’s streams.

-Notify people ahead of time on social media and newsletters, of when I am planning on streaming.

-Organize matches against other streamers; check out channel to see a 10-game 3-2 match I  am playing against Chess Coach John, Today, August 4th at 9:00 PM CST.

I will never forget how my former Vice President at Oracle Kevin McGee used to always ask “What have you done for me lately?” It didn’t matter if you close a massive deal the month before, he always drilled into what pipeline was in store. Therefore, while affiliate is a nice milestone, I am definitely not going to stop here! Off to partner we go as we aim for those requirements:

-Stream for 25 hours

-Stream on 12 different days

-Average of 75 viewers (concurrent viewership excluding hosts, raids and embeds)

If you haven’t yet, please follow stream and send an email to to set up a complimentary 30-minute virtual private lesson. 

Boris Spassky versus Bobby Fischer

We are going to take a look at one of Bobby Fischer’s games against Boris Spassky during the World Chess Championship of 1972. If you would like to view the full game check it out here.

In this game Fischer is playing as white while Spassky plays as black. The game begins with 1. c4 e6 Fischer then follows up with 2. Nf3 and Spassky responds by pushing his pawn to d5. Fischer then moves 3. d4 and we now have a position similar to the queen’s gambit. The purpose of the queen’s gambit is to tempt black to take the pawn on c4, which would allow white to have more control of the center. Spassky responds by moving his knight to the f6 square. He declines Fischer’s gambit as he would rather have a stronger presence on the board.

At this point in the game Fischer begins to take a more offensive approach while Spassky plays a more defensive game. Gameplay goes 6. e3 h6 putting pressure on Fischer’s bishop. Then 7. Bh4 b6 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5. All of a sudden much of the board is gone. Although Spassky’s king is more protected, Fischer has a much stronger board state with his two pawns on d4 and e3, and his knight on f3.

The game is altogether 41 moves so we are going to take a look at the final state of the game when Spassky resigns. Here Fischer plays Qf4. Both Fischer and Spassky have four pawns a queen and a rook. However, Fischer has a bishop while Spassky has a second rook. The game ends as Fischer has a much better offensive than Spassky does. Many chess games end in resignations, but how do you suppose this game would have ended?


Legends of Chess: Semi Finals

By Shai Hecker, Operations Intern

There are only four players left in the Legends of Chess tournament. Results, from Chess Base, show that Magnus Carlsen is in the lead tied with Ian Nepomniachtchi. Carlsen beat Peter Svidler in their first set and Nepomniachtchi beat Anish Giri in their first set as well. Carlsen has been playing very well this tournament and it seems that he may take home another victory.

The two former World Chess Champions did not make it to the semifinals. Vladimir Kamnik the Russian Chess Champion placed in 6th while Viswanathan Anand placed in 9th which is disappointing.

It seems likely that Carlsen will face off against Nepomniachtchi in the finals. The tournament was created to feature these older legendary players. However, it appears that the final showdown will be between these two younger players.

As this tournament winds down Carlsen will begin preparing for the final leg of his tour, The Grand Final. The Legends of Chess Tournament is scheduled to end on August 5th and on August 9th Carlsen will start playing in the final event of his tour. Carlsen has so far won two of the five events as Hikaru Nakamura took the title at the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge so perhapsthe World Chess Champion can lose again.