Teenage chess sensation might have cheated in 100 video games, probe claims


Chess.com mentioned it’s “doubtless” the US participant acted outdoors of the foundations “way more usually” throughout on-line video games than he has beforehand admitted to.

Mr Carlsen withdrew from a event in August after Mr Niemann dominated him utilizing the unfavoured black items.

The world champion later posted on social media that he thought the American cheated extra continuously and just lately than within the on-line video games he admitted to – together with of their Sinquefield Cup encouner over the board.

Magnus Carlsen

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The Norwegian spoke out after he withdrew from a September on-line recreation towards Mr Niemann after just one transfer had been made.

Mr Carlsen claimed his rival didn’t seem “tense” and was not “totally concentrating on the sport in crucial positions” after they confronted off within the St Louis recreation.

Mr Carlsen’s allegations have been unfounded on the time and the teenage participant defended himself, saying he would even play bare if it meant his title may very well be cleared.

On Tuesday, Chess.com revealed their very own probe discovered Mr Niemann might have cheated as just lately as 2020 and gained prize cash throughout a fraudulent recreation.

“General, we now have discovered that Hans has doubtless cheated in additional than 100 on-line chess video games, together with a number of prize cash occasions,” the report mentioned.

Nonetheless, there was no proof of their 72-page report that he cheated whereas enjoying in particular person or in any recreation towards Mr Carlsen.

Chess.com mentioned that the win towards Mr Carlsen in St Louis was “statistically extraordinary,” and that Mr Niemann’s rise to the world’s prime 50 was the quickest in trendy historical past and at a later age than different high-flying juniors.

Mr Carlsen claimed to have had his suspicions as Mr Niemann’s rating rose and rose.

He wrote: “I imagine that dishonest in chess is an enormous deal and an existential menace to the sport. I additionally imagine that chess organizers (sic) and all those that care in regards to the sanctity of the sport we love ought to critically take into account rising safety measures and strategies of cheat detection for over the board chess.”

Mr Niemann admitted to dishonest in on-line video games when he was youthful however has mentioned these days are lengthy behind him. He mentioned: “I do not care [about the allegations] as a result of I do know I’m clear.

“You need me to play in a closed field with zero digital transmission, I do not care. I am right here to win and that’s my aim regardless.”

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