Samay Raina Biography – The stand-up comedian from Kashmir who revolutionized chess in India!
Samay Raina was born on October 26, 1997, in Jammu, India. His father’s name is Rajesh Raina who is a Journalist. He has worked with media broadcasters like Doordarshan. His mother’s name is Sweeti Raina. She left her job in order to raise their only child.
He is a Kashmiri Hindu and like other Kashmiri Pandits, his family also left their home during the exodus in order to save their life and shifted to Delhi, and then settled in Hyderabad later.
He did his primary education at Ramadevi Public School. Then, he completed his schooling from Hyderabad Public School.
Later, he did his graduation in Printing Engineering from the famous Pune Vidhyarthi Griha’s College Of Engineering And Technology.
Biography of Samay Raina:
|Samay Raina's Profile Profile|
|Full Name||Samay Raina|
|Date of Birth||October 26, 1997|
|Age||23 years (in 2021)|
|Birth Place||Jammu, India|
|School||Ramadevi Public School.|
Hyderabad Public School.
|College||Pune Vidhyarthi Griha's College Of Engineering And Technology.|
|Height||5ft. 11" |
|Weight||Approx 90 Kgs|
|Family & Relationships|
|Profession||Comedian and YouTuber|
|Famous for||Chess streaming|
Samay Raina Comedy Career:
He first wanted to be a musician (or to be specific a guitarist) but things didn’t go in his way. He then tried more stuff like writing, blogging, etc., but, again, things didn’t work out for him.
Later, while he was persuading his engineering, he started doing stand-ups, although not professionally. He used to perform at college fests.
In 2017, one of his friends insisted him to take part in a stand-up competition where the winner gets the chance to perform at the Pune Comedy Festival. He finished second in the competition and lost his chance to perform with comedians like Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kanan Gill, Abhishek Upmanyu, and others.
However, the good thing happened to him that he started doing open-mics regularly at different venues. Soon, Samay started performing opening acts for other comedians too.
The Joint winner of Comicstaan:
Later, he participated in Comicstaan season 2, a stand-up comedy series aired on Amazon Prime. The contestants were mentored and judged by comedians like Biswa, Kanan, Kaneez, Kenny, Neeti, Sumukhi and Zakir.
There were 10 participants in the show including Rohan, Shreeja, Joel, and others. However, none of the mentioned participants were able to reach the finals.
Aakash Gupta and Samay were the combined winners of the show. Raunaq and Sumit Saurav finished on the second and the third position, respectively.
So far he has uploaded only two of his stand-up bits on his Youtube channel. First one is for telling that videos are ‘coming soon’, and the other for justifying the title of his first video. Fans are still waiting; hope the day will COME SOON.
Samay Raina – The Chess ‘Boomer’ in India:
Samay Raina started streaming on YouTube after Tanmay Bhat (youtuber, writer, and co-founder of AIB) asked him to run his own channel.
He followed the instructions and when most of the Indian Youtubers were streaming different online games, he started streaming Chess which was quite rare till 2020.
His first chess stream came on March 23, 2020. His initial streams didn’t use to get a lot of views, obviously because of fewer subscribers and also it’s quite hard for a normal person to understand the game very quickly.
Comedians on Board:
Soon after few his chess steams, the stand-up comic organized an online chess tournament for comedians. Akash Mehta won the tournament but guess who the real winner was? It was Samay Raina for sure, as more people started watching his streams and getting the hang of the game slowly.
He then started streaming chess quite regularly along with comedians including Vaibhav, Biswa, and Upmanyu.
He would get chess personalities on his streams and play chess with them. His initial guests were with the likes of Agadmator (the most subscribed chess channel on youtube), GM Vidit Gujrathi, Yuzvendra Chahal, and GM Nihal Sarin.
Chess for Charity:
But the turning point for him as a chess streamer was his first charity stream which was applauded by many professional chess players. He did a charity stream for the waste pickers’ community during the lockdown.
The first Indian Grand Master and Five times world champion Viswanathan Anand also joined the stream along with Vidit, Nihal, IM Tania Sachdev, and Samay’s regular friends. He raised around 9 lakhs INR through his four hour long stream and donated it for the welfare of the waste pickers living in Delhi.
He later did another charity stream for helping out the dancers’ community and stray dogs during the pandemic.
Raina Streaming Official Chess Tournaments:
He then continued his chess streaming by introducing more chess players like GM Adhiban Baskaran and IM Sagar Shah (co-founder of chessbaseindia) to his audience. Later, he live streamed World Online Chess Cup in May 2020.
India finished fifth in the tournament. It was definitely a high-level chess for his audience but the commentary done by his then new friend Sagar made it slightly easier for the viewers.
The combo of Sagar Shah and Samay Raina certainly helped people to understand chess in a more interesting way. Then, the Online Chess Olympiad happened in August 2020.
Both Samay and Sagar streamed the online tournament on their respective Youtube channels. The Indian chess team was playing with players like Vishy Anand, P Harikrishna, Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, Divya Deshmukh, Nihal Sarin and others.
The team was lead by Vidit Gujrathi, and the vice-captain of the team was GM Srinath Narayanan.
India and Russia were playing the final of the tournament. And more than 70,000 people were watching the final match live on Samay’s Youtube channel who just started streaming chess a few months back. He’s not even a professional chess player.
Who would have thought that? No one. Not even IM Sagar Shah who himself is covering tournaments like this for many years.
Both India and Russia were declared as the joint winners due to a server outage across the country. It was India’s first ever gold at the Olympiad. The interesting part was the result of the final, which was first announced by a FIDE official on his channel only.
Chess with Grandmasters:
He has done chess streams with great chess players including many Grandmasters (GM) and International Masters (IM). Not just with Indian players, but Samay has shared the screen with top chess players from around the world like Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar, Daniel King, Cemil Can, and Robert Hess.
Not just that, but he has streamed with some of the top chess players in the world, including Magnus Carlsen (current World Champion from Norway), Anish Giri (Netherlands), and Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan).
Facts about Samay Raina:
- He is a big fan of Eminem.
- Samay Raina is by far the only person in this world who has a title of ‘M’ (Master, I guess) on ChessCom.
- He’s quite popular as Blunder Master, however his chess skills don’t justify the tag he gave to himself.
- He also streams other fun games like Pokémon, Fall Guys, etc.
- His favorite standup comics are Abhishek Upmanyu and Norm MacDonald.
- The stand-up comic makes donations every month with the help of his Youtube members.
- Apart from streams and all, he occasionally uploads Vlogs on his channel.
- He is the winner of the 2021 COB All Stars.
- Also, in 2021, Raina won the Botez Bullet Invitaional.
How the comedian gets into Chess?
Samay used to play chess with his grandfather when he was in his school. Later, he even participated in some chess tournaments where he discovered his new skills regarding the sport.
Apart from that, he used to learn chess at his school as an extracurricular activity.
Frequently asked questions on Google:
Q1: Who are the siblings of Raina?
Ans: He has no siblings.
Q2: What is the height of Samay Raina?
Ans: Approx 5ft. 11″ (1.80 m or 185 cm)
Q3: What is the age of Samay Raina?
Ans: 22 years (in 2021)
Q4: Who is the girlfriend of Samay Raina?
Ans: Girlfriend reveal of Samay is yet to happen. Either his own dares to himself or his friends will leak this information for sure.
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