Niclas Huschenbeth

Niclas Huschenbeth



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As a player, as well as a commentator and ambassador of the game, Niclas Huschenbeth has left some marks in chess.

Huschenbeth became an International Master in 2008 and earned the title of Grandmaster in 2012. He has been a two-time German Chess Champion, winning the title in 2010 and 2019. He also represented Germany in the Chess Olympiads of 2008 and 2010.

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Beyond his achievements as a player, Huschenbeth has made significant contributions to chess education. He operates the online chess schools “Chessence” and “Modern Chess”. Chessence, founded in 2018, has over 4500 paying users, making it the largest online chess school in the German-speaking region.

Huschenbeth (31) has been active on YouTube under the name GM Huschenbeth since 2012. He regularly uploads videos on various chess topics. As of June 2022, his channel had reached the milestone of 100,000 subscribers and had more than 27 million views. He also streams on Twitch.

Huschenbeth learned to play chess at the age of four from his father. He has been a second for world-class player Hikaru Nakamura since 2019, including for the 2022 Candidates Tournament in Madrid. He also contributed to Nakamura’s victory in the main tournament of Norway Chess 2023.


  • Title Holder: International Master since 2008, Grandmaster since 2012.
  • National Champion: German U14 Champion (2005), two-time German Champion (2010, 2019).
  • International: Shared third place at the European Championship 2019, two-time World Cup participant.
  • Commentator: YouTube chess channel with >100,000 subscribers, World Championship commentator for “Zeit” in 2018, 2021, and 2023.
  • Chess Entrepreneur: Huschenbeth’s online chess school “Chessence” is the largest in the German-speaking region.
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