Hans Niemann: Chess grandmaster, 19, accused of cheating using a SEX TOY to beat world #1 Magnus Carlsen
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI: Rumors that surfaced have claimed that a 19-year-old chess grandmaster used anal beads and artificial intelligence to beat the world's top player. A newcomer to the sport, San Francisco-born Hans Niemann allegedly inserted wireless vibrating anal beads into his body before a match he won against grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, 31, last week.
Chess fans believe that an accomplice watching the match determined the right move and sent encoded instructions via the vibrating sex toy. The game took place at the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis. Neimann has maintained that he did not cheat. However, critics noted his Elo rating increased to 2701 after his win over Carlsen, up from 2484 in January 2021.
On a previous occasion, Nieman had admitted that he cheated during an online game when he was just 12. At the time, a friend brought an iPad loaded with a 'chess engine' program that helped him win. Niemann's opponent could not see him, so he was unaware of everything that was happening. In the recent case, Neimann's increase is unbelievable, leading many in the sport to speculate that he cheated.
Denying the claims, Neimann said, according to the Daily Mail, "I have never cheated in an over-the-board game. If they want me to strip fully naked, I will do it." He added, "I don't care. Because I know I am clean. You want me to play in a closed box with zero electronic transmission, I don't care. I'm here to win and that is my goal regardless."
Neimann and Carlsen had faced off at the $500,000 Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, Missouri on September 4. Neimann, however, only won the match after Carlsen withdrew from the upcoming fourth round. He dropped out without explaining but later posted a cryptic tweet saying, "I've withdrawn from the tournament. I've always enjoyed playing in the @STLChessClub, and hope to be back in the future." He also posted a video along with a tweet, where football manager Jose Mourinho says, "If I speak I am in big trouble."
"It must be embarrassing for the world champion to lose to an idiot like me," Neimann said in an interview later. "I feel bad for him." It has also come to light that Niemann had previously been caught cheating by the popular chess website 'Chess.com'. Niemann then admitted that he did cheat when he was 12 and 16, but said he has now "come clean."
Following the recent tournament, Neimann has tried to defend himself. "It's not a miracle, it's actually me being extremely tedious and going through every single possible transposition or line that he could play in the Catalan [a move in chess]," he told Chess24, speaking of the technique.
"If you look at the pattern of my games, I'm clearly missing many, many chances and it's extremely human chess," he said. He said he cheated as a child but not after he became a professional. "I'm admitting this, and I'm saying my truth, because I do not want any misrepresentation," Niemann said, before adding "I am proud of myself that I learned from that mistake, and now I have given everything to chess. I have sacrificed everything for chess, and I do everything I can to improve."