More and more top players must be convinced that Hans Niemann cheated on the board, according to senior professor Alejandro Ramirez (34). Neiman himself turned his life upside down after a long chess feud with Magnus Carlsen.
Neiman is currently fighting for the title at the American Chess Championships being held in St. Louis. After Sunday’s fifth game against Liner Dominguez, the 19-year-old was asked how he spends his time away from the chessboard during the tournament.
– I’ve had some “stalkers”, so I don’t want to say anything about her. I don’t want the paparazzi and TMZ (the celebrity site) to know where I am at certain times of the day, says Neiman, who was an unknown name to a global audience a month ago.
He stays in the hotel room for large parts of the day, but from time to time he has to go out into town to buy dinner.
– I was going to order food, and the man said, “It speaks for itself.” I don’t like that I can’t order food in peace. He says there are worse things that you have to deal with on a daily basis.
The quote is from the restaurant employee playing in an interview with Neiman earlier in the tournament, where he answered “chess speaks for itself” to questions about how he would react to accusations of cheating that came his way.
Alejandro Ramirez was the man who, on behalf of the organizer, interviewed Hans Niemann after Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup last month. This is also in St. Louis. The Norwegian’s exit was interpreted – and later confirmed – as a protest against Niemann, whom the Norwegian world champion suggested he cheated on.
In the interview with Ramirez, Neiman admitted that he cheated on the Internet when he was 12 and 16 years old in online matches, but denied that he cheated on the board, that is, in matches that were not played via the computer.
– I’m the only one who knows what happened, and I’m telling you it’s the truth, said Nieman. the interview.
Ramirez previously said he believes in 19-year-olds, but on the last episode of his chess podcast c- squared Expresses a new view of the matter.
A lot has happened in the last month, and a lot of strong evidence has been presented against Hans. Ramirez told podcast hosts Fabiano Caruana (the eighth best player in the world) and Grandmaster Cristian Chirila, especially when it comes to cheating across the board, which makes it very hard for me to ignore it.
In recent weeks, a number of top players and experts have presented what they believe to be Proof that Nieman is a cheat. Ramirez is himself a chess expert, but says he has neither the time nor the inclination to analyze the Neiman games himself.
– but many have come up with convincing arguments for how statistically it is not to be believed. Using my own experience and expertise, I would say that it is very likely that Hans cheated across the board, says Ramirez, ranked 346th in the world.
The Niemann affair has become all-consuming in the chess world over the past month, and everyone has an opinion about what’s real and what’s not surrounding the controversial teen.
– Am I sure he cheated on the board? No, definitely not. Have you met older people who are sure? Yes, I have met greats who have no doubts. I have met the greats who Not I think he cheated on the board? There are fewer and fewer of them. Almost no one I’ve spoken to believes his deception is limited to two incidents since he was 12 and 16, Ramirez says.
Carlsen and Neimann are being investigated by the International Chess Federation (FIDE). Norwegian about the accusations and Neiman as to whether the accusations are true. Chess.com, the world’s largest chess-playing site, has published its own report on Niemann. Here they document what they believe shows Neiman has likely cheated in more than 100 online games, including when I played with many Norwegians For the “Norway Gnomes” team in 2020.