Cheating and sex game allegations: the bizarre scandal that rocks the chess world | SBS News

anal beads Elon Musk. Cheating in chess.
Put all these words into one sentence and you are guaranteed a scandal.

No wonder the chess world found itself in the eye of the storm.

What happened exactly?

On September 5, Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the $500,000 ($749,000) Sinquefield Cup tournament in Missouri after being defeated by 19-year-old American Hans Niemann.

Carlsen had three out of nine tournament rounds.

A day later, the five-time world chess champion tweeted an obscure video of Portuguese football director Jose Mourinho saying, “I’d rather not really talk. If I do I’m in big trouble.”

Within hours, in a live broadcast, Japanese-American chess manager and webcast singer Hikaru Nakamura said, “Magnos thinks Hans might be cheating” but is unable to say so publicly because there is no evidence.

Both Carlsen and Nakamura have reason to speculate.
Niemann has a checkered past.
He admitted to cheating twice in online chess events when he was 12 and 16 years old.

But according to Danny Rench – chief chess official at – there is evidence that Neiman cheated more than twice online.

“We have reached out to Hans Niemann to explain our decision to remove him privately from and our event,” Mr. Rench said in a statement on September 9.

“We have shown him detailed evidence of our decision, including information that conflicts with his statements about the amount and severity of cheating on,” he said.

Did Nieman use anal beads to cheat?

While no evidence of cheating was found, baseless rumors that Neiman was wearing anal beads that transmitted signals and helped him win the match against Carlsen began to spread.

Elon Musk added fuel to the proverbial fire, who tweeted on September 8 and then deleted the following: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see (because it’s in your ass) – Schopenhauer.”

In one of his now-deleted tweets, Elon Musk suggested that Hans Niemann cheated with a device hidden in his “ass”. attributed to him: pool / Getty Images

Gary Fastel is the President of the Australian Chess Federation.

He said that while cheating with a sex toy in a face-to-face game is difficult, it is not impossible.
“It is possible with very sophisticated equipment and a third party that was sending or feeding the signals to the player,” Mr Wastell told SBS News.
“If you have a collaboration with a third party, who can possibly connect within the venue, access a computer, monitor the game as it is being played, and is somehow able to transmit a signal to the player during the game, that can be done.”
Wastell said that even a single signal sent in time can change the course of the game.
“It should be borne in mind that it is not necessary for the cheated player to be supplied with information at every stage of the game.

“One of the former world champions, Viswanathan Anand, said that if in any match he had just one moment when he was advised the right move to play in a critical position, his performance would be greatly improved,” Wastell said.

Previous convictions do not prove guilt…unless you have some evidence [proving Niemann cheated]He should get the benefit of the doubt.

Gary Westel, President of the Australian Chess Federation

But Wastell also said just because Neiman admitted cheating in the past doesn’t mean he cheated in a head-to-head match against Carlsen.
“Previous convictions do not prove guilt… unless you have some evidence. [proving Niemann cheated]He should get the benefit of the doubt.

“And there was no evidence of any significance,” he said.

Nieman ready to play naked

Niemann strongly denied the allegations.
“If they want me to strip completely, I’ll do it. I don’t care. Because I know I’m clean,” he said in a post-match interview.
In fact, Neiman went even further in urging Carlsen.

“It must be embarrassing for the world champion to lose to me. I feel bad for him,” Neiman said.

what happened after that?

On Monday, Carlsen and Neiman went head to head again.
This time in the Julius Baer Generation Tour Cup in the Meltwater Champions Tour, which was conducted online.
But after just one step, Carlsen withdrew, causing more controversy.

Wastell said Niemann couldn’t have cheated in such a short game and that Carlsen’s withdrawal is another vague message.

Magnus Carlsen sitting in a chair with arms crossed

Norwegian chess master Magnus Carlsen may go head-to-head with Hans Niemann in another chess game in the next few days. attributed to him: Rob Kim

“I think it’s just some kind of protest gesture that Magnus invented… an attempt to be somewhat consistent with his actions at the end of the previous game when he lost to the same player.”

The accident occurred in the preliminary stages of the tournament.
“For now, it looks like Magnus will qualify for the final stages and so will his opponent [Niemann]“There is a chance that they will meet again in the quarter-finals or semi-finals, or at a later stage in the tournament,” Mr. Wastell said, adding that the next match between the players could happen in the next two or three days. days.

“So the world will be watching,” he said.

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