Chess grandmaster cleared of using anal beads to cheat in match
Chess grandmaster Hans Niemann is cleared of using vibrating anal beads to cheat when he beat rival and world no.1 Magnus Carlsen in prestigious match last year
- Hans Neimann sued Magnus Carlsen and another player for defamation
- Carlsen and another player alleged that Neimann had cheated during a top tournament
- One theory suggested that Neimann could have used anal beads to cheat
Chess grandmaster Hans Neimann has officially been cleared of allegations that he used vibrating anal beads to cheat, after it was revealed on Monday that he and his rivals have resolved their legal dispute on the controversy outside of court.
The American player, already a prodigy at just 20, sued Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, currently the world’s top ranked chess player, and another player for defamation after they publicly alleged that Neimann was cheating in ranked matches.
The feud came after Neimann beat Carlsen in a prestigious match last September in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Sinquefield Cup tournament.
Neimann alleged in the defamation lawsuit, which was dismissed in June by a US judge, that Carlsen paid another grandmaster €300 to shout ‘Cheater Hans’ from a public balcony during the tournament.
Carlsen withdrew from the tournament and later claimed Niemann had cheated, which the he denied.
Chess grandmaster Hans Neimann has officially been cleared of allegations made by a rival that he used vibrating anal beads to cheat
Norway’s Magnus Carlsen (pictured), currently the world’s top ranked chess player, accused Neimann of cheating
A week later, Carlsen refused to play against Niemann in an online match, instead opting to resign in one move.
Rumours spread like wildfire, and many speculated on how Neimann may have cheated in the prestigious match.
The main theory that circulated was that he could have had a wirelessly vibrating set of anal beads in him that could be used to communicate with chess players who were remotely watching the livestreamed match.
While there was no evidence for this bizarre theory, shortly after the spat, Chess.com banned Niemann and later published a report saying he had likely cheated more than 100 times in online games.
Neimann admitted to cheating online between the ages of 12 and 16, but he denied any wrongdoing while contesting over-the-board games.
Chess.com said on Monday it stood by its findings in the report, ‘including that we found no determinative evidence that he has cheated in any in-person games’.
Chess.com added that Niemann’s account has been reinstated and he is welcome to play at future events.
‘I look forward to competing against Magnus in chess rather than in court,’ Niemann said.
Meanwhile, Magnus frostily said: ‘I acknowledge and understand Chess.com’s report, including its statement that there is no determinative evidence that Niemann cheated in his game against me at the Sinquefield Cup.
‘I am willing to play Niemann in future events, should we be paired together.’
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