Niemann: Magnus Must Be Embarrassed to Lose to Me | Round 3

Hans Niemann was found to have cheated far more times than he has previously admitted

Following Carlsen’s withdrawal, Niemann acknowledged that he had been caught cheating in online matches on in the past when he was 12 and 16 years old, but claimed he no longer cheats. Generally, if playing online, a player could easily use one of many chess analysis engines available, which can help players analyze games in ways that may far exceed their natural skill.

The turn of events in St. Louis has gripped the global chess community, with some defending Niemann’s sudden rise. Others are wondering how he could have cheated in a live match in which players are checked with a metal detector upon entering the facility (used to prevent players from receiving remote instructions via vibrations emitted from a mobile device, for example).

Without any proof of wrongdoing, Niemann has continued to compete in chess competitions, each win seemingly bolstering his claims of innocence. However, on Oct. 4, published a damning 72-page report focused on Niemann and his behavior on the site.

“We have found that Hans has likely cheated in more than 100 online chess games, including several prize money events,” founder Erik Allebest and the site’s chief chess officer, Danny Rensch, stated in the report. “He was already 17 when he likely cheated in some of these matches and games. He was also streaming in 25 of these games.”


Although the report doesn’t come to any conclusion regarding the in-person chess match between Carlsen and Niemann, organizers of the site, which boasts 75 million members in 35 countries, stated, “We uninvited Hans from our upcoming major online event and revoked his access to our site.”

Since the Sept. 5 incident, in interviews and on social media, Niemann has denied any wrongdoing. However, one day after the report was released, he avoided discussing the site’s findings during a post-match interview at the U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis.

Even those unacquainted with the quiet world of chess are fascinated with the drama that has unfolded

The mystery surrounding Niemann’s in-person playing behavior has turned into a viral conversation on social media, moving the usually sedate and non-tech-oriented game of chess into the spotlight.

So far, no one has managed to come up with a solid theory as to how Niemann may have pulled off any less-than-fair moves during his live chess matches. But new footage from his most recent match indicates that he’s now being checked more rigorously than some other players. Most of all it has people talking about chess— even Elon Musk is jokingly speculating about how the chess player might have received assistance during his matches.

Hans Niemann Gets Properly Checked before Entering the Hall!😯|| U.S Chess Championship 🏆

Niemann’s fate in the chess world is uncertain, but a byproduct of the controversial series of events has been a renewed interest in chess, an unchanging game that has struggled to compete with the popularity of console and mobile games.

But as the resurgence of vinyl and the Gen Z embrace of all things retro have proven, the only thing stopping chess from becoming more popular is attention. Chess now has more of that than it has had in a long time.

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