Shocking Investigation Finds Chess Grandmaster Hans Niemann Likely Cheated Over 100 Times

Shocking Investigation Finds Chess Grandmaster Hans Niemann Likely Cheated Over 100 Times

Is nothing sacred anymore? We live in a culture where everyone wants a trophy, even if they didn’t earn it. It’s all about shortcuts and taking the easy way, and instant gratification and social media adoration. Nobody wants to put in the hard work anymore when you can just photoshop out the icky stuff, add the good stuff, and earn a trophy for just showing up. That’s what it feels like, and it shouldn’t shock anyone; as most millennials were raised to believe they were the most precious flower on the planet, and “barely trying” was good enough to earn high praise and trophies…so of course, we have a massive cheat culture.

But trust me, it wasn’t just millennials cheating, they’ve simply made it worse. They’re the “fake it until you make it” generation.

One of the biggest cheats around was Lance Armstrong… and if you ask me, this story I am about to tell you is right up there with that. It’s such a massive scandal, that it has literally rocked the chess community. That’s right, another hero falls from grace. This time, it’s a chess grandmaster by the name of Hans Niemann.

And this little cheating story begins when another chess grandmaster and world chess champion by the name of Magnus Carlsen, accused Hans of cheating… that’s a huge and very serious allegation to make against another player…so it was taken very seriously.

But Magnus believed Hans was cheating and so an investigation ensued, and upon its completion, Chess.com, found that Hans likely cheated over 100 times.

Yikes.

Yahoo Sports reported that Niemann has been under fire since world chess champion Magnus Carlsen accused him of cheating in an over-the-board game at the prestigious Sinquefield Cup last month, when Niemann beat Carlsen despite the disadvantage of playing with black pieces. Niemann has strongly denied the allegations, but admitted to having cheated twice — once at the age of 12 and again at 16 — on Chess.com in games without prize money.

According to the Chess.com report, Niemann cheated a lot more than twice and did it in online matches with prize money attached. The site reportedly used a variety of cheating-detection tools, including a comparison of Niemann’s moves to those recommended by chess engines, which can easily beat even the likes of Carlsen.

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In a letter from Chess.com’s chief chess officer Danny Rensch to Niemann, Rensch reportedly noted that Niemann’s suspicious moves coincided with times he opened a different window on his computer, which could be how he checked an engine for the best possible move.

From the WSJ:

“We are prepared to present strong statistical evidence that confirm each of those cases above, as well as clear ‘toggling’ vs ‘non-toggling’ evidence, where you perform much better while toggling to a different screen during your moves,” Rensch wrote.

Niemann allegedly confessed to cheating in a phone call with Rensch in 2020, leading to his ban from the site at the age of 17.

This is a statement from Magnus Carlsen:

The body language experts even got involved:

Many people believe Niemann has ascended much too quickly through the chess ranks to become a “grandmaster” and they’re convinced that he cheated on the in-person play, as well.

Although that has not been proven, or even investigated at this point — that we know of — but I have a feeling that’s probably coming soon.

What a shame, and what a disappointment to see the chess world rocked by this scandal.

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