A new investigation by Chess.com shows that Magnus Carlsen’s competitor Hans Niemann (19) has likely cheated on more than 100 chess games. This is what the major Wall Street Journal wrote.
The New York-based newspaper saw a 72-page report from Chess.com. The chess site comes with a crushing result against Niemann, and the controversial 19-year-old is believed to have “probably cheated” in more than 100 online chess games.
According to the report, the 19-year-old allegedly received illegal assistance in more than 100 online games as recently as 2020. The report says that several events involving prize money are included in more than 100 suspected chess games.
The Wall Street Journal presents a statistic that says Neiman may have cheated in 112 chess games in 11 different tournaments, from July 7, 2015 to August 11, 2020. Of those games, 25 were supposed to be “broadcast”.
A major new twist on the issue, says NRK chess expert, Torstein Bae.
The timing of the announcement is also special: The US Chess Championship, in which Neiman is scheduled to participate, begins on Wednesday 20th. The opening ceremony is at 00.30 tonight, Norwegian time.
The site won’t conclude that Neiman cheated outside of the online world, but notes that the results are an “exceptional statistic,” the Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday night.
– By all accounts, it’s a matter of widespread cheating. When he clearly doesn’t have credibility when it comes to this online cheat, it’s hard to believe when he claims he could never imagine cheating face to face, says chess expert Bai who believes Neiman’s credibility is gone.
The report should also contain what are described as Neiman’s path infractions through the elite ranks of chess, and also when it comes to classic chess, player against player, and not just online.
Neiman had the opportunity to comment on the case for the Wall Street Journal, but for now the American has chosen not to respond.
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has also launched an investigation into the Carlsen and Neimann case. In the press release, Feddi wrote that they will collect and analyze data and evidence, and examine the claims that have been made.
Following the Wall Street Journal affair, Fide’s vice president tweeted “dynamite” on his own account.
The feud over Neiman began when Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the Sincofield Cup last month after losing to the American.
And the Norwegian indicated, through a mysterious message on social media, that the reason was cheating. He later clarified on this and made it clear that he did not want to play against Neiman because he suspected the American was cheating.
Neiman previously admitted that he cheated on Chess.com when he was aged 12 and 16, and he Banned again from the site after the Sinquefield Cup.
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