Hans Niemann cheated over a hundred times according to Chess.com report

I think Niemann cheated more, and even more recently, than he publicly admitted. Said Magnus Carlsen in a press release at the end of September, after three weeks of innuendo and brilliance following his surprise loss against the young American in Saint-Louis during the Sinquefield Cup. This Tuesday, Chess.com, the most powerful chess platform, which has nearly 100 million members worldwide, confirms his words.

According to a report released Tuesday by the Wall Street JournalChess.com believes that Hans Niemann cheated” more than 100 times during the sometimes richly gifted online games, when he admitted breaking the rules only twice, at the ages of 12 and 16. Chess.com’s 72-page report, based on game analysis, past performance, online game behavior and various detection tools, is damning. He points to suspicious games up to 2020, when Niemann was 17, including one, in 2020, against Russian world runner-up Ian Nempomniachtchi, who, like Carlsen, had demanded more vigilance from Sinquefield Cup organizers last September when he learned of Niemann’s involvement. as a last minute guest.

A “statistically extraordinary” progression

Based on his data, the platform judges the progress of the American, who gained 180 ELO points in the last 18 months and became a Grandmaster in January 2021.” statistically extraordinary and superior to that observed in the greatest geniuses of the game such as Bobby Fischer or Magnus Carlsen. However, Chess.com points out that there is no evidence that Niemann cheated in “head-to-head” games and asks the International Federation, which has just launched an official investigation into Niemann’s case, to investigate further. The platform’s report however mentions his doubts about Niemann’s winning game with Black against Carlsen in Saint-Louis: “ There is no convincing evidence that Hans cheated in the September 4 game against Magnus. (…) But we believe that certain aspects of this game are suspicious and Hans’ explanations after the game increased our suspicion. “.

Having always handled cheating and ban cases privately with affected players, as was the case in 2020 with Niemann, Chess.com explains, “ have felt obligated to share his information when the American publicly reported his problems with the platform. But while Chess.com will buy the Play Magnus app for nearly $83 million, the report claims that the five-time world champion never asked Chess.com for information or influenced its decisions, and that the platform never shared information with Chess. com. about the cheaters detected by their analyses.

For his part, Hans Niemann is preparing to compete in the United States Championship in a context that is less complicated.

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