Chess player ‘probably cheated’ in over 100 online games

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the fiery cheating scandal consuming the world of chess over the last month seems to be coming to an end and it seems that 19-year-old grandmaster Hans Moke Niemann has found himself in checkmate.

A just released First Chess.com Research seen by The Wall Street Journal claims that Niemann likely received banned assistance in more than 100 online games and some of the cheating occurred repeatedly as recently as two years ago. In addition to the online games, the investigation found numerous “irregularities” in Niemann’s in-person games. Niemann himself apparently privately confessed to some of the cheating allegations, according to the report.

“Overall, we found that Hans likely cheated in more than 100 online chess games, including several prize money events,” a screenshot of the investigation reads. The investigation reportedly includes a letter sent to Niemann pointing out examples of “blatant cheating” to improve his ratings.

Niemann allegedly confessed to the cheating allegations to Chess.com chess director (yes, that’s a thing) Danny Rensch, via a 2020 phone call. which opened up new screens on his computer, suggesting that he might have used an illegal chess engine to inform him of his best move options.

“While we do not doubt that Hans is a talented player, we note that his results are statistically extraordinary,” the report says according to the Daily.

The explosive revelations follow weeks of dramaand finally cheat accusations of world chess champion Magnus Carlsen. For those still catching up, Carlsen shocked the chess world by withdrawing of the 2022 Sinquefield Cup after losing to Niemann Carlsen posted a rather cryptic tweet following his retirement that seemed to suggest Niemann cheated. Weeks later, Carlsen faced Nielmann once again in the online Julius Baer Generation Cup and shut down your stream after only two moves, presumably as a protest. Carlsen continued to silently hint at cheating before finally making an official statement. statement last week, where he described cheating as “an existential threat” to chess.

“I think Niemann has cheated more, and more recently, than he has publicly admitted,” Carlsen wrote. “His progress over the board has been unusual, and during our game in the Sinquefield Cup I got the impression that he wasn’t tense or even focused on the game in critical positions.”

The new Chess.com investigation seems to reinforce Carlsen’s accusations. Niemann previously admitted to cheating when he was 12 and 16, which described as “the biggest mistake of my life”. If that’s the case, the new report suggests that Niemann certainly didn’t learn his lesson.

Chess.com says that it uses numerous analyzes to determine if players are consulting chess engines or other illegal applications. The company monitors the previous performance of the players and also compares the players’ moves with those recommended by the chess engines. However, confirming the accusations of cheating in physical games on the board is much more difficult. Chess.com wouldn’t say definitively one way or the other if Niemann cheated in person, but some of Niemann’s best performances reportedly “would merit further data-driven investigation.”

The research findings are likely to send shock waves through the chess world. Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, the investigation refused to weigh up the theory that Niemann allegedly received movement instructions through vibrating anal beads put his ass.

You can read the full report below.

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