Chess scandal: Hans Niemann files $100 million lawsuit against Magnus Carlsen,, as chess’ biggest crisis yet deepens

The biggest chess scandal of all time has deepened after grandmaster Hans Niemann filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against and two top grandmasters – Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura.

Niemann’s civil lawsuit, published online Thursday night, alleges that, Carlsen and Nakamura engaged in a “coordinated campaign of defamation and misinformation” that “ruined his life.”

Niemann, a 19-year-old American grandmaster, was accused of cheating by Magnus Carlsen – the world’s number one player for over 10 years – and has since been banned from the game’s largest website,

Carlsen has now declined to play Niemann, saying he believes Hans has cheated “more – and lately” than he has admitted.

Niemann had previously been privately banned from the site for admitting to cheating at ages 12 and 16 at online games which he said were not for money.

Cheating in chess is considered a mortal sin, with lengthy bans for those caught in FIDE tournaments – the game’s governing body.

Many online tournaments fall outside the jurisdiction of FIDE, murking the waters of crime and punishment when it comes to cheating on has released a report in recent weeks alleging that Niemann misled the public about the extent of his cheating and concluded that he likely cheated in more than 100 games online, including some, that took place in cash tournaments.

This came after examining his historical games with computers used to detect “engine moves” or the perfect move in a given position.

Niemann’s meteoric rise through the ranks of chess in recent years has only fueled rumors of cheating in certain areas of the game, though few would deny his talent.

In the lawsuit, which seeks “not less than $100 million” in damages, Niemann also alleges that Hikaru Nakamura — the biggest chess streamer on Twitch and one of the best players in the world — was also involved in the “blacklist conspiracy.” ’ by Hans the chess world was involved.

Nakamura has regularly discussed the scandal that has engulfed the game in recent months on his channel, which has more than a million followers.

The saga has dominated chess discourse in recent months after Magnus retired from the prestigious Sinquefield Cup after losing to Niemann, before offering any explanation as to why he was withdrawing.

He simply tweeted that he would like to return to the tournament in the future, along with a famous video clip of football manager Jose Mourinho saying ‘if I speak more I will get in trouble’.

Speculation circulated that Carlsen suspected Niemann of cheating in the tournament and security at the event was tightened after Magnus’ withdrawal.

This led to Niemann attempting to clear his name by admitting to previous past violations online, but saying he has not cheated since and has never cheated the boar (in person).’s report dismissed Hans’ claims, claiming he cheated as recently as 2020, and confirmed an indefinite ban from his site and all affiliated tournaments.

Niemann’s lawsuit alleges that the “misinformation” ruined his life and robbed him of potential revenue as he claims tournaments have nothing to do with him since the allegations because Carlsen – by far the game’s biggest star – may not be up attends events in which Niemann attends.

The lawsuit was filed today by Oved and Oved LLP in a Missouri court and Niemann’s representatives said “this is not a game”.

“The defendants destroyed Niemann’s life simply because he had the talent, dedication and audacity to defeat the so-called ‘King of Chess,'” the law firm said in a statement, citing Magnus Carlsen.

The situation is further complicated by a proposed merger of Carlsen’s chess company and app, PlayMagnus, and, which the lawsuit says will “monopolize the chess world.”, Carlsen, and Nakamura didn’t immediately comment on the suit. Chess scandal: Hans Niemann files $100 million lawsuit against Magnus Carlsen,, as chess’ biggest crisis yet deepens

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