Battle of the Gigabrains: Vitalik Buterin to match wits with chess master

Battle of the Gigabrains: Vitalik Buterin to match wits with chess master


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At 9 pm EST tonight, Ethereum co-founder and figurehead Vitalik Buterin will face off against chess streamer National Canadian Team player Alexandra Botez in an match event live-streamed on Twitch. 

The event came about following a series of matches and conversations held by members of the Ethereum-focused Bankless podcast and newsletter. After Vitalik participated in a handful of matches, Botez threw down the gauntlet:

@VitalikButerin I’m a chess streamer and a big fan of your work I heard from some people in the crypto space that you are pretty good at chess! It would be a huge honor to play if you ever need a break

— Alexandra Botez (@alexandravbotez) November 13, 2020

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Fans of the chess personality have warned Vitalik to watch out for her namesake “Botez Gambit” — a playful term for when she accidentally loses her queen. Jokes aside, the Canadian sports some serious accolades: she currently holds the title of Woman FIDE Master, and

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