netflix Queen’s Gambit recently raised the outline of the 1,400-year-old game of chess, but the game It didn’t really go viral in the 21st century until a cheating scandal divided the chess community on 5 September.
31-year-old current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen suddenly withdrawn from the Sinckfield Cup chess competition in St. Louis, Missouri, after a surprise loss to 19-year-old Hans Niemann. At the time, fellow chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura speculated that Carlsen might have backed down because he suspected Niemann of suspicious behavior during their match.
“I believe Neiman has cheated more recently than publicly acknowledged,” Carlson tweeted several weeks later. “His over-board progress has been unusual, and throughout our game in the Sinckfield Cup I had the impression that he was not stressed or even fully focused on the game… I am not ready to play chess with you. I hope the truth of this matter will come out.”
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Hans Niemann was found to have cheated far more often than previously admitted
After Carlsen’s return, Niemann admitted that he was caught cheating in online matches on Chess.com when he was 12 and 16, but claimed he no longer cheated. Typically, if playing online, a player can use one of the many chess analysis engines readily available, which can help players analyze games in ways that far exceed their natural skills. can be.
The turn of events in St. Louis has gripped the global chess community, with some defending Neiman’s sudden rise. Others are wondering how he could cheat in a live match in which players are screened with a metal detector upon entering the facility (for example, through vibrations emanating from mobile devices, allowing players to receive remote instructions). used to prevent).
Without any evidence of wrongdoing, Neiman continues to compete in chess competitions, each victory corroborating his claims of innocence. However, on October 4, Chess.com published a damaging 72-page report focused on Neiman and his behavior on the site.
“We have found that Hans has cheated in more than 100 online chess games, many involving prize money,” said Eric Ellebest, founder of Chess.com, and Danny Rensch, the site’s chief chess officer. “He was already 17 when he cheated on some of these matches and games. He was streaming 25 of these games as well.”
While the report does not lead to any conclusions regarding the individual chess match between Carlsen and Niemann, the site’s organizers, which has 75 million members in 35 countries, said, “We have removed Hans from our upcoming major online event without the uninitiated and Canceled his access to our site.”
In interviews and on social media, Niemann has denied any wrongdoing since the September 5 incident. However, a day after Chess.com’s report was released, he refrained from discussing the site’s findings during a post-match interview at the US Chess Championships in St.
Even those unaware of the quiet world of chess are fascinated by the drama unfolding
The mystery surrounding Neiman’s personal playing behavior has turned into a viral conversation on social media, bringing the typically unconscious and non-tech-oriented game of chess into the limelight.
So far, no one has managed to come up with a solid theory as to how Neiman might have pulled off any less-than-appropriate moves during his live chess matches. But new footage from his most recent match indicates he is now being screened more rigorously than some other players. The Most In It People Are Talking About Chess—Even Elon Musk joking guess About how the chess player may have been helped during his matches.
Hans Niemann is properly screened before entering the hall!😯|| US Chess Championship
Neiman’s fate in the chess world is uncertain, but a byproduct of a controversial chain of events has been a renewed interest in chess, an irreversible game that has struggled to compete with the popularity of console and mobile games.
But as the resurgence of vinyl and the Gen Z of all things retro has proved, the only thing stopping chess from becoming more popular is attention. Chess now has more that it had for a long time.