Anime Youtubers Turn To Chess For Tournament Arc

Anime Youtubers Turn To Chess For Tournament Arc

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Eight anime Youtubers will compete for a $5,000 prize fund in Tournament Arc, a single-elimination bracket tournament that will run August 6-9 on Chess.com with live commentary.

After Pogchamps (and in anticipation of the next Pogchamps!) Chess.com continues to grow the game of chess and bring it to a wider audience. This time, the anime community on YouTube will be served.

With Tournament Arc, anime fans will learn about the beauty of the game of chess while regular chess fans get to meet new personalities—so-called "Anitubers." They are YouTube streamers focusing on anime, the hand-drawn animations that originate in Japan. 

The idea came from the anime community itself. As Chess.com's inaugural Pogchamps broadened the game's audience, the world of esports took notice and some Anitubers started discussing chess on Twitter. It was the popular voice actor CDawgVA who gauged interest in having some of the community's favorite influencers facing each other in a chess event.

Chess.com was happy to provide the support, and soon this Pogchamps-style tournament was born. Like the Pogchamps stars, the Anitubers will receive one-on-one instruction from master chess players prior to their matches, before facing off in a bracket for prizes and bragging rights.

The tournament will run August 6-9 and has a total prize fund of $5,000. Besides CDawgVA himself, the participants are Sydsnap, Gigguk, Mother's Basement, Revel House, Rustage, Super Eyepatch Wolf, and TheAnimeMan. 

Live commentary will be provided by JapaneseTutor, National Master James Canty, and Chess.com’s Esports Producer Aranhawaii on Youtube.com/chess, Twitch.tv/chess or twitch.tv/chesscomevents, and Chess.com/TV.

More information can be found in our info article

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