Hans Niemann, a chess grandmaster, said that he will not back down as widespread cheating accusations intensify.
An investigation by Chess.com found that Niemann “likely cheated in more than 100 online matches.” This comes a week after Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, explicitly accused Niemann of cheating in over board games.
Niemann, 19, has admitted that he cheated twice in his chess career between the ages of 12 and 16. He said Wednesday that his “chess speaks louder than any words” after beating Christopher Yoo in round one of the US championships in St. Louis.
Niemann declared after his win, “This game sends a message to everybody.” “This whole thing began with me saying that chess speaks for itself and I believe this game spoke for itself and showed me the chess player I am.
“It also demonstrated that I am not going to give up and that I will play my best chess here, regardless of how much pressure I’m under.”
Niemann concluded his interview with Niemann by saying that “it was such an amazing game, I don’t even have to describe it.”
In the second round, he will face Jeffery Xiong. The US championship runs until October 20.
According to Chess.com’s report, Niemann admitted to cheating Chess.com’s chief chess officer for 2020. This led to Niemann being temporarily banned from this platform.
According to the report, Chess.com shut Niemann’s account in September due to his prior cheating confessions, suspicions over his recent play, and concern about the inconsistent rise of his rank.
The report stated that Hans was a skilled player and that statistically, his results were “extraordinary”.
After two incidents, Carlsen made explicit allegations about Niemann’s cheating. The first was when Carlsen pulled out of the Sinquefield Cup last month after losing against Niemann and the second was when Niemann quit their match at Julius Baer Generation Cup having made just one move.
According to the Norwegian, he believes his rival “cheated more – and most recently – than he has publicly acknowledged” and that “his overall progress has been extraordinary.”
Carlsen said that “Throughout our Sinquefield Cup game, I had the impression he wasn’t tense nor fully concentrating on the game in critical situations while outplaying me as black in ways I think only a few players can do.”
FIDE, the sport’s global governing body said that it would open an investigation into Carlsen’s claims.