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Chess Grandmaster ‘Likely Cheated’ in More Than 100 Matches, Report Finds

The Daily Beast 10/4/2022 AJ McDougall
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An investigation into the career of Hans Niemann, the chess grandmaster embroiled in an alleged cheating scandal, has found a disturbingly widespread pattern of suspicious behavior far beyond what the 19-year-old had previously publicly admitted to.

The 72-page report, compiled by online platform Chess.com and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, alleges that Niemann had “likely cheated” in more than 100 online matches, including several played for prize money.

The Chess.com report noted the “many remarkable signals and unusual patterns in Hans’ path” as an in-person chess competitor, but did not accuse him of cheating in any classical over-the-board matches, instead suggesting that “further investigation” was merited.

The chess world’s governing body, FIDE, is conducting its own inquiry into Niemann’s playing after Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian world champion, all but directly accused Niemann of cheating in a game last month.

Following the scandal, the younger American player confessed to having cheated—but only twice, in instances he chalked up to his age, having been 12 and 16 years old when the incidents supposedly occurred.

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