Hans Niemann, who sparked the love of the Internet beads anal meme last month After defeating world chess champion Magnus Carlsen in a horrific match, has now been accused of cheating in more than 100 online matches, according to an unprecedented 72-page report by Chess.com . The world’s most popular online chess site shared it with The Wall Street Journaland are calling for a number of live matches, including Niemann’s win over Carlsen, to also be investigated further.
Niemann has previously admitted to cheating in online matches twice, including once when he was 14 and once when he was 16. The Wall Street Journal now report Based on Chess.com’s findings, the 19-year-old actually cheated more often than that, including in tournaments where real money is on the way. As reported by Chess.com, Niemann also privately confessed to the allegations in 2020.
“Just looking at the ratings, Hans should be included in this group of top young players,” The Wall Street Journal quoted from the report. “While we do not doubt that Hans is a talented player, we do note that his results are statistically extraordinary.”
Chess.com’s cheat detected uses an algorithm to calculate the likelihood that someone is cheating based on things like how fast they move, how high their moves are ranked by the computer, how often they “switch” between screens on the computer and their past history as a player on the site. It’s all about trying to figure out if someone is using a chess engine to give them the best moves in any given situation.
What its algorithm wasn’t designed to do is determine the likelihood of Niemann cheating in overmatched matches, like the infamous one in early September against Carlsen. Even so, the report calls for a deeper investigation into that match, as well as several others, particularly because of what it calls Niemann’s “unusual growth” in player ratings. him at various points in his career.
While all of this explains Niemann’s recent ban on Chess.com, it will only fuel speculation about his dominant victory over Carlsen. The fact that the world champion resigned after just one move didn’t help, leading many to see it as a protest against cheating methods. The evidence for the accusations at the time was so thin that chess experts on Twitch and people posting on Reddit joked that it must have been anal particle supercomputers. vibrate in specific patterns based on what is the best move.
When Carlsen finally broke his silence on the matter, his only real contradiction was that he had a bad feeling about Niemann while the two played. The 19-year-old doesn’t seem “stressed” or not focused enough, world champion argue in a written statement. If this seems like an odd statement that puts too much emphasis on amorphous sensations, it is important to know that chess players can burn thousands of calories simply sitting there. At high levels, professional players can even lose weight during matches. And so it seems doubtful the opponent looks so comfortable playing against the best in the world, that’s the basic argument.
While others have criticized Niemann’s post-match analysis of his victory as sounding shallow and unconvincing, no one has yet discovered a smoking gun resembling a fake ear piece was discovered. shown in the bathroom or a mole claiming to have leaked Carlen’s strategy during the match. There are no anal beads, but there’s also no more convincing explanation for how Niemann might have directly cheated.
FIDE, the chess world’s governing body is still in the process of its own investigation, but while Chess.com’s findings relate only to previous online cheating, it is sure to take the chess world to the next level. The king is in a different position. While there is no reason to doubt Chess.com’s report, many in the community are now calling on the organization to make its findings public so they can also review the games in question. . It should also be noted that the online chess company is currently preparing to buy Carlsen’s chess app for $83 million, although Chess.com said The Wall Street Journal that Carlsen was not involved in the report and did not influence its release anyway.
A Chess.com spokesperson told Kotaku The full 72-page report will be published online Tuesday evening, but declined to answer any other questions. Niemann and Carlsen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.