Cloud9 joins other esports organizations to sign grandmaster chess player
Those wondering where the matchmaking ranking, also known as MMR, comes from, the answer is Chess. And although the game is at least a thousand years old, it is coming back to modern eSports. Well-known organization Cloud9 announced today that it has signed Andrew “Penguingm1” Tang in their profile. He is the first grandmaster C9 chess player.
Although late in the game, chess is now recognized as a true esports competition. The most recent trend among club owners is to recruit one of their top rated players. Penguingm1, 20, is considered one of the chess wonders of our time, having established himself as one of the best ultrabullet and hyperbullet players in the world.
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In the official blog announcement, C9 wrote, âCloud9 is delighted to announce our foray into the competitive playing environment of chess by welcoming the newest member to our organization, Andrew penguingm1 Tang! They also highlight the youngster’s many achievements on the pitch, such as being a three-time national champion and one of the top 5 ball players. He has also beaten the current world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, hundreds of times.
Tang was already a Grandmaster at the age of 18, as identified by the International Chess Federation. Its prowess is also measured against artificial intelligence chess software. He is the only player in the world to have beaten stockfish levels 1-8 in ultrabullet. Chess player C9 is also the most recent player to beat Leela Chess Zero, a neural network chess engine.
The blog continues to praise Penguingm1’s successes whether against another player or a very smart computer, “[His] His skills are some of the best in the world and his knowledge of the game makes his playing style amazing to watch.
The SoloMid team shocked the world last month when the organization signed five-time US chess champion Hikaru Nakamura. This has opened up a new discussion whether said game is classified under the eSports category. The opposing camps weighed in on their views but eventually received a “why not” response. Similar structured games such as Magic: The Gathering Where Team combat tactics are in the eSports sphere. Chess these days can be played offline or online.
Twitch’s chess category has a respectable audience. With 10,000 consistent viewers and 944,000 subscribers, it’s still clearly a game that many of us enjoy watching and playing. Cloud9 and chess fans are thrilled with Tang’s signing. A fan replies: âC9 Chess? Esports has reached its final form, baby! “