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Simona Fodor
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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: [email protected] 

 

New York Post features chess influencer of Romanian origins

The New York Post has profiled American-Canadian chess player and influencer Alexandra Botez, who is “taking the chess world by storm.

Botez, who is 25, was born in Dallas. She is the daughter of Romanian immigrants who fled the country during communism. Her father started teaching her to play chess when she was six years old.

She won the US Girls Nationals of chess at the age of 15, and she is a Women’s FIDE Master of the International Chess Federation.

Botez studied international relations at Stanford, where she was the first female president of the university’s chess club.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Alexandra Botez (@missbotez)

She also co-founded social media company CrowdAmp, which in the meantime ceased operations.

She streams chess matches on the gaming platform Twitch, where she has 450,000 followers. Besides livestreaming games, she shares there personal content with her sister, Andrea, who is 18. She also has more than 250,000 followers on Instagram, while her Youtube channel, BotezLive, has more than 25 million views.

At the end of November, Botez and her sister were interviewed by BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat on what the online chess community is like and how realistic Netflix’s drama The Queen’s Gambit is.  

The New York Post feature can be read here. A segment of the BBC interview is available here.

(Photo: Pixabay)

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: [email protected] 

 

New York Post features chess influencer of Romanian origins

The New York Post has profiled American-Canadian chess player and influencer Alexandra Botez, who is “taking the chess world by storm.

Botez, who is 25, was born in Dallas. She is the daughter of Romanian immigrants who fled the country during communism. Her father started teaching her to play chess when she was six years old.

She won the US Girls Nationals of chess at the age of 15, and she is a Women’s FIDE Master of the International Chess Federation.

Botez studied international relations at Stanford, where she was the first female president of the university’s chess club.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Alexandra Botez (@missbotez)

She also co-founded social media company CrowdAmp, which in the meantime ceased operations.

She streams chess matches on the gaming platform Twitch, where she has 450,000 followers. Besides livestreaming games, she shares there personal content with her sister, Andrea, who is 18. She also has more than 250,000 followers on Instagram, while her Youtube channel, BotezLive, has more than 25 million views.

At the end of November, Botez and her sister were interviewed by BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat on what the online chess community is like and how realistic Netflix’s drama The Queen’s Gambit is.  

The New York Post feature can be read here. A segment of the BBC interview is available here.

(Photo: Pixabay)

[email protected]

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