Hans Niemann sues Magnus Carlsen, Chess.com for $100 million

The chess dishonest scandal brewing considering that September just reignited. Hans Niemann, the 19-yr-outdated chess grandmaster, sued world winner Magnus Carlsen, and some others, for $100 million in damages.

The defamation lawsuit promises that Chess.com, a popular on the web system wherever gamers contend in tournaments, colluded with Carlsen and Engage in Magnus to ban Niemann from the web site and foreseeable future occasions to “lend credence to Carlsen’s unsubstantiated and defamatory accusations of dishonest.” (In August, Enjoy Magnus, Carlsen’s preferred chess app, accepted an acquisition give by Chess.com for $83 million. The fit suggests this will merge will “monopolize the chess earth.”) It also promises that Hikaru Nakamura, Chess.com’s common streaming husband or wife, colluded with Carlsen and Chess.com by “video content” that bolstered dishonest allegations. The accommodate also alleges that Danny Rensch, main chess officer of Chess.com, issued “defamatory press releases.”

These steps “destroyed Niemann’s extraordinary occupation in its primary and ruined his everyday living,” the federal accommodate claims. “Chess is Niemann’s daily life.”

“My lawsuit speaks for alone,” Niemann tweeted on Thursday.

Polygon arrived at out via e-mail to Magnus Carlsen’s supervisor, as well as the chief government officer of Play Magnus Team of Businesses, and Hikaru Nakamura’s WME agents, but has not but gained a response.

Chess.com’s legal professionals Nima Mohebbi and Jamie Wine of Latham & Watkins, LLP delivered an e mail statement to Polygon:

We are saddened by Hans Niemann’s conclusion to choose legal action against Chess.com. We feel his lawsuit hurts the game of chess and its devoted gamers and fans all-around the planet.

Chess.com is proud of its standing within the chess community and beyond, and will always protect the game, the players, and their mission of both equally developing and protecting on line chess.

Hans confessed publicly to cheating online in the wake of the Sinquefield Cup, and the ensuing fallout is of his own producing. As mentioned in its October 2022 report, Chess.com experienced traditionally dealt with Hans’ prior cheating privately, and was forced to clarify its situation only soon after he spoke out publicly.

There is no merit to Hans’ allegations, and Chess.com seems ahead to location the record straight on behalf of its team and all sincere chess gamers.

The chess cheating saga began in September, when Niemann conquer Carlsen in a match at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. Carlsen abruptly withdrew from the match, but did not give any purpose why. Afterwards that thirty day period, he created just a person go towards Niemann at the Julius Baer Generation Cup, ahead of turning off his digicam and resigning. On Sept. 26, Carlsen tweeted an official assertion declaring that he believed Niemann experienced cheated. Carlsen did not offer evidence, but claimed that he felt Niemann hadn’t been “tense or even totally concentrating on the match in crucial positions.”

“Notorious for his inability to cope with defeat, Carlsen snapped,” the lawsuit alleges, of Carlsen’s actions right after the Sinquefield Cup. “Enraged that the youthful Niemann, fully 12 a long time his junior, dared to disrespect the ‘King of Chess,’ and fearful that the youthful prodigy would further more blemish his multi-million dollar manufacturer by beating him once more, Carlsen viciously and maliciously retaliated towards Niemann.”

Niemann has not been caught dishonest in an more than the board match (a match which is held bodily in individual, relatively than on-line). Nonetheless, he did admit to cheating in two Chess.com matches — once when he was 12, and after when he was 16. In the same interview, he denied ever cheating in about the board video games. In that same movie he offers to even perform bare to demonstrate he is not dishonest — an give that led to the outlandish assert that he utilised anal beads to cheat. (The lawsuit notes that Sinquefield Cup anti-cheating measures have been upped to incorporate “military-grade steel detection scans.”)

Chess.com, having said that, banned Niemann from its system on Sept. 8, tweeting an official assertion as to why. And in early Oct, the Wall Avenue Journal noted a Chess.com investigation located that Niemann experienced violated “fairplay” a lot more than he experienced explained, stating his dishonest spanned far more than 100 online games.

The accommodate suggests that Chess.com’s statement “is false” and designed to “further defame Niemann,” by accusing of him of becoming a “liar” in addition to being a “serial online cheater.” The suit also states “conspiracy theories” went “viral on the world wide web,” and states that Niemann has dropped alternatives as a end result of “defamatory accusations,” together with the reality that the Tata Steel Chess Match “ceased all make contact with,” and teenage Grandmaster Vincent Keymer “refused to play” in a match in opposition to Niemann.

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