Alexandra Valeria Botez was born on 1995 and is an American-Canadian chess player and commentator, Twitch streamer, and YouTuber of Romanian descent.
17 Facts About Alexandra Botez
Alexandra Botez achieved her highest FIDE Elo rating of 2092 in March 2016, and she currently holds the International Chess Federation title of Woman FIDE Master.
Alexandra Botez's father introduced her to chess and started training her when she was six.
Alexandra Botez eventually became a member of the Romanian Community Centre chess club, Golden Knights, coached by Chess Master Valer Eugen Demian.
In 2004, Alexandra Botez won her first Canadian children's national championship at age eight.
Alexandra Botez eventually played for the National Canadian Team in 2010 and won four more Canadian youth national titles.
In 2013, Alexandra Botez achieved the Woman FIDE Master title norm.
Alexandra Botez covered the 2018 and 2019 PRO Chess League Finals, the most popular team chess championship, along with IM Daniel Rensch, IM Anna Rudolf, and GM Robert Hess.
In 2016, Alexandra Botez started streaming chess content on Twitch during her junior year at Stanford University.
Alexandra Botez's streaming popularity has helped her become one of the most recognizable faces on the Chess.
In December 2020, the Alexandra Botez sisters signed with the Texas-based esports organization Envy Gaming.
Alexandra Botez made $456,900 on a poker live stream on May 1,2022 presented by the Hustler Live Casino which featured fellow streamers along with poker pros.
Alexandra Botez often plays chess with an aggressive, adaptive style of play.
Alexandra Botez's most-played opening is the King's Indian Defense, in which Black allows White to advance their pawns to the center of the board in the first two moves.
Alexandra Botez said the show glossed over many realities, especially considering the decade it is set in: "If the show had been historically accurate, Beth wouldn't have been able to compete in any world championship events".
Alexandra Botez cited the case of female grandmaster Susan Polgar, who claimed that in 1986, she was prevented from competing in a zonal tournament, a qualifying event for the World Chess Championship, because of her gender.
Nevertheless, Alexandra Botez was complimentary of protagonist Beth Harmon as a nuanced and inspirational figure for upcoming women in chess.