Wild accusations fly when 19-yr-old American upsets No. 1 chess player’s 53-game winning streak

When you think of the intellectual, strategic sport of chess, you don’t often think of remotely controlled vibrating anal beads, but that is one of the suggestions being put forward to explain how a 19-year-old American upstart could have possibly beaten a 31-year-old grandmaster.

When Magnus Carlsen entered the annual invite-only Sinquefield Cup chess tournament, he was a top-ranked player riding high on a 53-game winning streak, Fox News reports. That ended when the 49th-ranked player in the world, Hans Niemann, called “checkmate.”

Carlsen responded by announcing he’d take his pawns — and, no doubt, his bruised ego — and go home.

I’ve withdrawn from the tournament,” he tweeted. “I’ve always enjoyed playing in the @STLChessClub, and hope to be back in the future.”

Along with his announcement, Carlsen posted a clip of  soccer manager Jose Mourinho who said after a 2020 match, “If I speak, I am in big trouble.”

Allegations that Niemann must have cheated quickly erupted throughout the stunned chess world.

American Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura claimed Niemann had to have been cheating for Carlsen to withdraw, according to the Indian Express.

“Magnus would never do this in a million years,” Nakamura stated. “He just doesn’t do that. He wouldn’t do this unless he really strongly believes Hans is cheating with a very strong conviction.”

“I think he just thinks Hans is just cheating, straight out,” the champion and popular podcaster said.

Fellow American, Andrew Tang, agreed and confided that he had “stopped talking to Hans.”

Online, a rumor that Niemann was employing the use of anal beads that vibrated to indicate his next move began to go viral without any evidence that a crime had been committed.

In an interview with the St. Louis Chess Club, which hosted the event, Niemann emphatically denied the accusations.

“I have never cheated in an over-the-board game. That is the worst thing I could do: cheat in a tournament with prize money,” he said. “You know, my dream came true. I lived my dream for a day beating Magnus, and then, all of this happened.”

The young sensation is willing to go to great lengths to prove his innocence.

“I can completely strip, you want to do any fair play check to me you want, I don’t care because I know that I’m clean,” he stated. “If they want me to strip fully naked, I’ll do it, I don’t care, because I know that I’m clean and I’m willing to subject myself.”

“You want me to play in a closed box with zero electronic transmission, I don’t care, name whatever you guys want,” he challenged his accusers. “I’m here to win, and that’s going to be my goal regardless.”

(Video: YouTube)

As it is, Niemann was frisked before the match in question began, according to the Guardian, and St. Louis Chess Club Executive Director Tony Rich told KSDK-TV that anti-cheating measures were in place.

The New York Post reported that Niemann was banned from Chess.com and uninvited from its $1 million Global Championship for cheating on the site.

“We have reached out to Niemann to explain our decision to privately remove him from Chess.com and our events,” a Chess.com rep told The Post in an emailed statement. “We have shared detailed evidence with him concerning our decision, including the information that contradicts his statements [about] the amount and seriousness of his cheating on Chess.com.”

Niemann sees the attacks as an attempt to destroy his career.

“I’m not going to let Chess.com, I’m not going to let Magnus Carlsen, I’m not going to let Hikaru Nakamura, the three arguably biggest entities in chess, simply slander my reputation because the question is — why are they going to remove me from Chess.com right after I beat Magnus?” he said.

Online, supporters are standing behind the young chess champion.

“.@MagnusCarlsen actions constitute an unfair and unfounded allegation and slander against a fellow player,” wrote one user on Twitter. “He needs to produce evidence of cheating – or apologize to the GM Niemann and the chess world.”

“This a sad time for chess,” the user lamented, “and the responsibility belongs to Magnus.”


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