Nikolas Theiss (Atrophied)

Nikolas Theiss (Atrophied)

is creating Crazyhouse Videos

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patrons

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In 2015 I discovered the world of chess YouTubers and streamers. I became a frequent viewer of many channels dedicated to chess, but was too intimidated by the quality of what was already available to consider starting my own. In 2016, lichess.org added crazyhouse support. I was ecstatic to see so many people playing crazyhouse for the first time because of lichess. Watching them discover this amazing, tactical, and creative game made me remember the beginning of my own crazyhouse journey.

I started playing crazyhouse in the early 2000s on a chess server called US Chess Live (now long defunct). I was about ten years old and just starting to get into chess seriously. My biggest chess strength has always been tactics: the ability to identify candidate moves and calculate variations. Crazyhouse puts a much greater emphasis on these skills than chess, so I immediately fell in love with the variant. But I remember that there were no crazyhouse resources available online or in print. I simply had to play thousands of games to build up the pattern recognition, intuition, opening knowledge, and strategic awareness necessary to play crazyhouse at a high level.

Although to my personal taste, the highly tactical nature of crazyhouse is the reason it's fun and beautiful, there's no denying that the learning curve is more difficult. Unlike in chess, dangerous attacks can start as early as move 4 in crazyhouse. I didn't want new players to be deterred from the game by the painful trial and error process I had undergone to improve so I decided to start a YouTube channel and share my knowledge.

From the beginning, I received a far better response than I had dared to hope for. I'm by no means a YouTube celebrity, but it's incredibly humbling that my videos are watched by such a large portion of the relatively tiny crazyhouse community. I'm thrilled that I've been able to promote the game and introduce it to a wider audience. That's always been my goal: to introduce more people to the game that I love.

If you've watched even one of my videos, I already consider you a patron of my channel. I don't expect anybody to pay for the content I produce, and I can't imagine ever profiting from YouTube. So then why did I make this Patreon account? Simply put: I want to raise the production value of my videos. This means making more instructional content, purchasing graphic design services, upgrading my equipment, and trying to promote crazyhouse to a wider audience.

Unfortunately, all of these things require time and money. As a full-time student and part-time chess coach, I don't have much of either. The more support I receive on Patron, the more time and money I'll be able to invest into my YouTube channel. I already have some plans, but I need your support to achieve them.
Tiers
Become A Patron
$1 or more per month
You get access to my Patreon feed, where I'll post monthly blog-style updates about my progress towards the National Master title.
Play Bughouse With Me
$3 or more per month
 I'll give priority to you during my Twitch streams -- if you want to partner me for bughouse or play against me in crazyhouse I'll make it happen. 
Play a Game With Me
$5 or more per month
We'll play a game of 5+0 crazyhouse or chess and I'll record live commentary during the game. Afterwards, I'll email you the recording. Plus you get the $1 and $3 tier rewards!
Receive Analysis On Your Game
$10 or more per month
Send me one of your games and I'll record my analysis of it. If the game is particularly instructive I'll post the analysis to YouTube.  Plus you get the $1 and $3 tier rewards!
Receive a Lesson or Play a Published Match
$25 or more per month
You get your choice of a 1 hour chess/crazyhouse lesson OR a race to five points match that I will live commentate and upload to YouTube! Plus you get the $1 and $3 tier rewards!
Goals
$0 of $100 per month
With this amount of support I could justify the time it takes to create higher quality instructional content like the opening exploration videos. Researching the openings, checking the lines with a crazyhouse engine, preparing the study, and finally recording the video is too time-consuming for me to do right now. Even tackling only one specific line required a 30 minute video and several hours of preparation. Now that I'm back to being a full-time student and also trying to build my chess coaching business, I can't spend this much time on a single video.
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In 2015 I discovered the world of chess YouTubers and streamers. I became a frequent viewer of many channels dedicated to chess, but was too intimidated by the quality of what was already available to consider starting my own. In 2016, lichess.org added crazyhouse support. I was ecstatic to see so many people playing crazyhouse for the first time because of lichess. Watching them discover this amazing, tactical, and creative game made me remember the beginning of my own crazyhouse journey.

I started playing crazyhouse in the early 2000s on a chess server called US Chess Live (now long defunct). I was about ten years old and just starting to get into chess seriously. My biggest chess strength has always been tactics: the ability to identify candidate moves and calculate variations. Crazyhouse puts a much greater emphasis on these skills than chess, so I immediately fell in love with the variant. But I remember that there were no crazyhouse resources available online or in print. I simply had to play thousands of games to build up the pattern recognition, intuition, opening knowledge, and strategic awareness necessary to play crazyhouse at a high level.

Although to my personal taste, the highly tactical nature of crazyhouse is the reason it's fun and beautiful, there's no denying that the learning curve is more difficult. Unlike in chess, dangerous attacks can start as early as move 4 in crazyhouse. I didn't want new players to be deterred from the game by the painful trial and error process I had undergone to improve so I decided to start a YouTube channel and share my knowledge.

From the beginning, I received a far better response than I had dared to hope for. I'm by no means a YouTube celebrity, but it's incredibly humbling that my videos are watched by such a large portion of the relatively tiny crazyhouse community. I'm thrilled that I've been able to promote the game and introduce it to a wider audience. That's always been my goal: to introduce more people to the game that I love.

If you've watched even one of my videos, I already consider you a patron of my channel. I don't expect anybody to pay for the content I produce, and I can't imagine ever profiting from YouTube. So then why did I make this Patreon account? Simply put: I want to raise the production value of my videos. This means making more instructional content, purchasing graphic design services, upgrading my equipment, and trying to promote crazyhouse to a wider audience.

Unfortunately, all of these things require time and money. As a full-time student and part-time chess coach, I don't have much of either. The more support I receive on Patron, the more time and money I'll be able to invest into my YouTube channel. I already have some plans, but I need your support to achieve them.

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Tiers
Become A Patron
$1 or more per month
You get access to my Patreon feed, where I'll post monthly blog-style updates about my progress towards the National Master title.
Play Bughouse With Me
$3 or more per month
 I'll give priority to you during my Twitch streams -- if you want to partner me for bughouse or play against me in crazyhouse I'll make it happen. 
Play a Game With Me
$5 or more per month
We'll play a game of 5+0 crazyhouse or chess and I'll record live commentary during the game. Afterwards, I'll email you the recording. Plus you get the $1 and $3 tier rewards!
Receive Analysis On Your Game
$10 or more per month
Send me one of your games and I'll record my analysis of it. If the game is particularly instructive I'll post the analysis to YouTube.  Plus you get the $1 and $3 tier rewards!
Receive a Lesson or Play a Published Match
$25 or more per month
You get your choice of a 1 hour chess/crazyhouse lesson OR a race to five points match that I will live commentate and upload to YouTube! Plus you get the $1 and $3 tier rewards!