LulaRobs is likely one of the quickest rising chess streamers. Regardless of solely launching in 2021, she has constructed up a loyal Twitch following and a repute because the undisputed meme queen of chess on twitter, She additionally lately participated in her first over-the-board event on the Reykjavik Open.
We chatted with Lula and came upon what makes her stream so distinctive, her ideas for aspiring streamers, and the take care of consuming uncooked onions. Learn on to search out out.
Chess.com: How lengthy have you ever been streaming chess, and why did you determine to begin?
Lullarobes: I began streaming round January/February 2021, streaming a chess or two on a regular basis. I’d say I began proper round April, once I began streaming 3+ instances per week, then virtually day-after-day.
I wished to begin streaming as a result of it is one thing I at all times thought was actually cool! However I by no means actually discovered the right sport, so I by no means took benefit of it. Then, a buddy of mine, who really taught me easy methods to play chess, stated he wished to stream chess on Twitch—and I believed, “Hey, I Need to stream chess on Twitch!”
Once I began placing lots of time into it in April, I noticed that I used to be actually constructing a group. It made me really feel very enthusiastic about it, and I began placing lots of time and vitality into it. It is really solely been a few 12 months, and time has passed by extremely quick!
What’s your favourite factor about streaming? What’s enjoyable?
Streaming is extraordinarily social, and it is one thing I actually get pleasure from. Particularly as a result of once I began, we had been all in lockdown throughout the pandemic and could not exit.
I just like the social side of it and constructing a group, in addition to the inventive side. Chess can also be one thing that, as soon as I received into it, I by no means actually received out of it! I jumped, and that was it; Chess has been a bit over-consuming ever since I began enjoying, and channeling it right into a inventive outlet and sharing it with different folks has been fairly thrilling.
Who’re a few of your favourite chess streamers and why?
My Gateway streamer was positively GothamChess. Once I began enjoying, the very first thing I discovered to begin correctly was Caro-Kann, after watching Levi’s 10-minute Caro-Kann video on YouTube.
Levi’s and Agadmater had been the one two Chess content material creators I frequented, so Levi’s was positively the primary one I used to be seeing on Twitch. My channel was only a child channel—I used to be about 800 Elo, so I did not precisely mannequin myself after him, however he was the primary chess content material creator I actually related with to stream and video.
– Lula! ,@lularobs, 8 January 2022
One thing particular about streaming is that every sub-community is exclusive. How would you describe your group?
good query! One factor I observed a very long time in the past is that I’ve a barely older demographic than many different Twitch Chess streamers. Perhaps it is as a result of, as with lots of chess streamers, PogChamps uncovered them to the overall gaming group on Twitch, which has a a lot smaller demographic.
I believe my group—and they will show me incorrect after this—is a bit more mature. They troll and tease me, however I believe it is wholesome and good; If all the things was so gloomy, it could be just a little boring!
Every time somebody asks me about my group, I say it’s the greatest group on Twitch, and I stand by that. I do not suppose I am nonetheless streaming and enjoying chess with out them. I am positive each streamer has a say of their group, however with out their assist, I in all probability would not have performed my first event in Reykjavik. He actually helped me step out of my consolation zone.
What’s your most memorable or thrilling second on stream to date?
I believe it was once I was enjoying in a event known as Dragon Masters 2 that Alessia Santeramo commented on. I used to be within the remaining, and I used to be not enjoying very properly within the final sport, then I managed to win once I was very quick on time; I had about two seconds left, and I gained with a queen sacrifice.
I used to be carrying my coronary heart price monitor, and it went as much as 170! My complete physique was trembling as a result of I had simply gained the event. I used to be fully immersed in what I used to be doing, and my coronary heart price was in all probability not wholesome on the time. But it surely was extremely enjoyable. It was a second of pure pleasure.
– Lula! ,@lularobs, 22 March 2022
What is the craziest guess or problem you have received whereas streaming?
Not many, actually! I had a bizarre one… it was in direction of the top of final summer time. In my chat somebody supplied to pay me to eat an entire onion. One complete uncooked onion. I used to be very reluctant, however he made me a proposal which I couldn’t refuse. Plus, the stakes are missing! So if anybody is keen to guess, I would like one to clear the onion guess from my reminiscence.
Think about that you are able to do chess-based collabs with anybody on the earth in your stream. Who wouldn’t it be, and why?
That is extraordinarily troublesome! I believe my chats, particularly, would completely love if I streamed one with Garry Kasparov. I believe they’ll discover it hilarious. It might be my pink overlay and pink background, and I’d be like “Gary can we play 1.b4?” and his complete life would flash earlier than his eyes.
Talking of pink overlays, you’ve got essentially the most aesthetically pleasing chess streams. What ideas do you’ve got for many who need to make their streams stand out?
While you first begin OBS, it is all fairly onerous! It is easy to drive, however making it look good is one other factor solely. Clearly, private style additionally goes into lots of this! I make all my overlays myself, and I believe spending a couple of hours on Canva or Photoshop and creating one thing you are pleased with and enthusiastic about is unquestionably price it.
Many individuals get their overlays custom-made by gifted folks on Fiverr, Streamlabs, or different locations. I believe having wanting stream makes an enormous distinction. A small effort goes a great distance.
final month We Spoke to GM Benjamin Bok About what it is like streaming as a GM. Then again, you’re studying and enhancing in chess in entrance of hundreds of individuals. what’s that like?
So once I began, I had a 700-800 speedy score on Chess.com. I challenged myself to be higher than this! I have been doing this since then. Generally it may really feel like lots of stress, particularly in the event you hit a plateau or have an vital sport and lose it within the stay stream. I believe there’s lots of stress on me and my need to enhance as a chess participant.
One factor I’ve stated earlier than about streamers who’ve titles, there’s at all times one thing occurring; Even when he performs badly or hangs his queen, he has proved that he’s a very good chess participant as he has achieved all his tournaments and gained his title.
As a result of I hadn’t performed any tournaments and did not have a FIDE score earlier than, I generally felt like I wasn’t a “actual” chess participant – which is ridiculous as a result of there is no such factor as a “actual” one Is. Chess participant.
One factor that viewers love is watching streamers spherical up their rankings. earlier than the massive chess bounce and Queen’s Gambit, lots of chess materials was pretty high-level and largely for people who find themselves very severe about chess and improvisation. It is likely to be good to see somebody calculate at a standard human price and suppose: “That is the place I can perform a little extra work” or “Oh, that is form of on my stage. ”I believe that is one other constructive factor about not having a title.
– Lula! ,@lularobs, December 27, 2021
You additionally lately performed your first over-the-board event on the Reykjavik Open. How was that have?
I am actually glad I went to Reykjavik. I really feel extremely privileged that this was my first event. I used to be tweeting about it, and many individuals had been like: “My first event was in a college sports activities corridor, the place 10 folks performed, and the highest seed was 1700.” Was going to Reykjavik and all these wonderful I used to be lucky to have met folks I had met and made mates with chess gamers from around the globe as my first event expertise.
It was extremely troublesome as somebody who had by no means performed a event earlier than; There have been no relaxation days, double rounds, stuff like that. In some unspecified time in the future, I believed, ‘What did I signal myself up for?! I play blitz on the web proper now!
I believe it was a very vital expertise for me as a result of it proved that I can play chess for a very long time regardless of how lengthy I’ve been enjoying and I’m proud of the progress I’ve made in it. Time.
– Lula! ,@lularobs, April 19, 2022
We’re additionally sorry to listen to about your adverse experiences there, It’s unhappy that ladies chess gamers nonetheless face unfair or discriminatory therapy.
In chess tournaments and in life there’ll at all times be individuals who cross boundaries or who don’t present respect to different folks; It’s actually unlucky that this occurred, and the organizers have been of nice assist.
I am going to nonetheless return and acquire expertise, and I will not discourage different women and girls from going to tournaments. Simply be sure you have assist community and it is vital that we maintain working in direction of a chess tradition the place this stuff do not occur.
However positively do not let this maintain you out of the event! The extra of us concerned in chess, the higher the surroundings turns into for everybody.
Lastly: What different recommendation would you give to aspiring chess streamers? What are among the classes you discovered (about streaming, chess or life typically)?
Should you’re excited about streaming, you actually simply must get began. There’ll by no means be a proper time. Like every passion that takes time or effort, you simply must drive your self to pursue it.
That being stated, streaming is hard work. It may be tiring. The opposite factor about streaming is that you are able to do lots of work and never see any outcomes, so you may’t associate with expectations. Each follower or connection that comes out of that is only a bonus. Proceed with an open thoughts, be constant (folks will need to see you usually moderately than randomly as soon as each month), and keep in mind that just a little effort and time goes a great distance!
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