Hans Niemann Still Denies Chess Cheating Accusations, Despite New Revelations

Hans Niemann Still Denies Chess Cheating Accusations, Despite New Revelations

Hans Niemann continues to deny the allegations of cheating, despite new revelations about a hundred proven cases of cheating by the American player, according to online chess platform Chess.com.
Instagram screenshot Hans Niemann Hans Niemann continues to deny the allegations of cheating, despite new revelations about a hundred proven cases of cheating by the American player, according to online chess platform Chess.com.

Instagram screenshot Hans Niemann

Hans Niemann continues to refute the accusations of cheating, despite new revelations about a hundred proven cases of cheating by the American player, according to the Chess.com platform.

SPORT – The young American at the center of the scandal is not moving. accused of having “probably fooled over 100 times” The chess player Hans Niemann said he was not going “don’t back down, […] no matter how much pressure he is under”, after the scandal launched by the Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen.

“In total, we found that Hans (Niemann) likely cheated in more than 100 online chess games, including several prize money events.”wrote leading online chess platform Chess.com online in this 20-page report (plus 50 more annexes) released Tuesday night.

Asked at a press conference after a victory in the United States Chess Championship on Wednesday, October 5, Hans Niemann said that the game he had just won “speaks for itself and proved the chess player I am”.

“It also showed that I’m not going to back down and I’m going to play my best chess here, no matter how much pressure I’m under.”he added, in response to the various accusations of cheating against him.

As a reminder, the chess world is currently experiencing an incredible cheating affair, since an already memorable match played on September 5th. Hans Niemann then beat world champion Magnus Carlsen in the Sinquefield Cup in the United States. The latter had then made the decision to withdraw from the tournament, accusing the 19-year-old American of cheating after discovering that his ” part “its ” behaviour “ and its “explanations” were “weird”.

Their results are statistically extraordinary.”

These accusations from the five-time world champion have caused a scandal in the world of chess, where suspicions of cheating are becoming more frequent as technology advances. “It may have happened, especially with the advent of online chess tournaments, that players, myself included, have had doubts about certain competitors”French champion Maxime Vachier-Lagrave confirmed in an interview with Ouest-France, concerned about the threat posed by certain “completely undetectable electronic devices”.

Chess.com banned Niemann on September 5, shortly after the first accusations, but the platform defends itself against any pressure from Magnus Carlsen, who is being bought by Play Magnus.

The famous platform is said to be “extremely confident” in its means of detecting cheats, for which it reveals the use of Grand Masters -the highest rank of chess players-, in addition to an analysis of the moves made by automated tools.

The suspicions of the platform go beyond the internet framework: it also dedicates part of the report to the spectacular progression on the chessboard of the 19-year-old American. “While we have no doubt that Hans is a talented player, we find his results to be statistically extraordinary.”with the fastest progression between high level and very high level chess, states with great graphics reinforcement the report.

Her progression is the most spectacular among the young talents of the moment, such as the French Alireza Firouzja, also the author of a breakthrough at the highest level, until reaching 2nd place in the world, in 2021. However, “our statistical investigation did not reveal anything in particular about parts or progression” in Hans Niemann’s games in front of a chessboard, he recognizes the platform. At this time, the mystery remains.

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