Alexandra Botez is an American chess player, YouTuber, and Twitch streamer who has earned the title of ‘Woman FIDE Master’ (WFM) and had reached her peak FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) Elo rating of 2092 in September 2016. Born in Dallas, Texas, but raised primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia, before returning to the United States in her teenage years, she has represented both the United States and Canada at international tournaments; and has competed in their respective national-level events. She gained further fame with fans when, in April 2018, she began running a chess-based YouTube channel titled BotezLive, with her younger sister Andrea. The channel has amassed more than 150k subscribers. She also runs a well-known Twitch account where she plays and hosts chess live streams and where she has garnered more than 350k followers. She is popular on other social media platforms as well with more than 75k followers on Twitter and more than 200k followers on Instagram. Additionally, she holds chess lectures at schools and mentors chess clubs.

Sun Sign



New York City, New York, United States

Distinctive Features

  • Petite frame
  • Charming smile
  • Gleaming face
  • Long, straight hair

Alexandra Botez Facts

  1. She had first started playing chess at the age of 6 when her father had dared her to beat her mother in a game at home. Alexandra has won the Canadian National Girls Championship 5 times, her first triumph coming at the age of just 8. She has also won the USA Girls National Chess Championship thrice, her first win coming at the age of 15.
  2. While in middle school, when she had needed leave days to participate at the North American Championships, she had asked her teachers to not let her classmates know about it as she did not want to seem like a geek to her friends as that would not allow her to ‘fit in’.
  3. While playing an online game once, she had lost her ‘Queen’, an often fatal error in chess, to an unforced error. The incident became so well known that fans satirically named it ‘The Botez Gambit’. Unfortunately, the tag stuck and now ‘The Botez Gambit’ has become chess shorthand.
  4. In 2017, she had co-founded a social media company called CrowdAmp which used machine learning to reach multiple followers in a personalized manner. The company had ceased operations in May 2019.
  5. A polyglot, she is proficient in the Romanian, Mandarin, and English languages. She also has limited fluency in Spanish and French.

Featured Image by Alexandra Botez / Instagram


Facts of Alexandra Botez

  • Gender Female
  • full nameAlexandra Botez
  • nicknamesAlexandra
  • birthplaceDallas, Dallas County, Texas, United States
  • Date of Birth September 24, 1995
  • Age 26 years 2 months
  • Horoscope Libra
  • Lucky Number 12
  • Lucky Stone Peridot
  • Lucky Color Blue
  • Best Match for Marriage Gemini
  • ethnicity / ethnic backgroundRomanian
  • nationalityAmerican
  • net worth$1 Million - $5 Million
  • professionChess Player, YouTuber, Twitch Streamer
  • weight55 kg or 121 lbs
  • height5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
  • hair colorDark Brown
  • eye colorDark Brown
  • body type / buildSlim
  • collegeStanford University
  • sistersAndrea Botez

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