His parents are from the Netherlands, and he also spent a few years there when he was growing up.
It stands for International Master Hans Niemann.
GMHansN started playing chess when he moved to the Netherlands for a few years when he was eight years old. He then competed in his first scholastic national in 2013. He managed to achieve the rank of International Chess Master by the time he was sixteen years old.
Outside of chess, he also participated in competitive water polo and cycling.
He originally opened is Twitch account in April 2018, but only started streaming seriously in 2020. He received Twitch partnership on July 20, 2020.
He doesn’t have a set schedule but does tend to stream almost daily for anywhere from 2 – 15 hours per session.