Grandmaster accused of cheating sues Carlsen, for $1,000,000

Hans Niemann, the teenage American grandmaster at the centre of the alleged anal beads cheating scandal, is suing world champion Magnus Carlsen, online platform and others.

On Thursday, the grandmaster filed a lawsuit suing his accusers for slander and libel and is seeking at least $100 million in damages.

The lawsuit also lists Carlsen’s online chess platform Play Magnus, executive Danny Rensch and American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura as defendants.

Niemann, 19, claimed that the defendants are ‘colluding to blacklist’ him from the professional chess world and that he has been shunned by tournament organisers since five-time world champion Carlsen publicly accused him of cheating.

Carlsen’s surprise defeat to Niemann and his subsequent withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, Missouri in September sparked a furore of comments and allegations, including from Nakamura, that the American had cheated.

Chess enthusiasts online even went on to speculate that Niemann may have been cheating with computer assistance and anal beads.

Weeks after the Sinquefield Cup, the Norwegian resigned after just one move against Niemann in an online tournament and said later in September he believed the American had ‘cheated more – and more recently – than he has publicly admitted’.

In a statement on Thursday, lawyers for said there was no merit to Niemann’s allegations and that the company was saddened by his decision to take legal action.

‘Hans confessed publicly to cheating online in the wake of the Sinquefield Cup, and the resulting fallout is of his own making,’ the statement read.

‘ looks forward to setting the record straight on behalf of its team and all honest chess players,’ banned Niemann after the first match against Carlsen and published a report earlier this month that said he had likely cheated more than 100 times in online games.

Niemann had previously been banned from for cheating online, having admitted he had not played fairly in non-competitive games on the website in his youth, but denied any wrongdoing while contesting over-the-board games.

His lawsuit said that ‘banned Niemann from its website and all of its future events, to lend credence to Carlsen’s unsubstantiated and defamatory accusations of cheating’.

‘Carlsen, having solidified his position as the “King of Chess”, believes that when it comes to chess, he can do whatever he wants and get away with it,’ the complaint added.

The lawsuit further accused Nakamura, a streaming partner of, of publishing ‘hours of video content amplifying and attempting to bolster Carlsen’s false cheating allegations’.

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) said last month it would open an investigation into the allegations of cheating.

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