ST. LOUIS- 19-year-old chess grandmaster Hans Niemann has been accused of cheating in another game with world chess champion Magnus Carlsen after tournament officials found a slightly deflated tower, according to those who know the situation.
“While we can’t say for sure that it was Hans who deflated the rook, it could be a key strategy for turning the tide in a game of chess. Magnus is known for his strong endgames, but against another grandmaster, having the ability to grip a tower more firmly could have given Hans a slight advantage there. We will seriously investigate the situation,” a tournament official explained. Carlsen declined to comment on the situation himself. , but cryptically tweeted an upside-down smiling emoji and gif of Wile E. Coyote holding a stick of dynamite which then explodes in his face.
Niemann, however, took the accusations of cheating very seriously.
“It’s ridiculous that I’m being accused of something I absolutely didn’t do. I’m just a better player than Magnus and he’s too scared to admit it. I’ll happily play another game with him where I’ll use overly puffy coins that I can barely wrap my fingers around, if that’s what he wants I’ll do this thing where little kids wear t-shirts of the coins on a life-size board and we just call the moves and let them wander for us,” said Niemann, who has in the past been banned from chess.com for using a mod that allowed him to reduce the size of his rooks on his screen. “As far as the position itself, my pieces were clearly a lot stronger. You have to be a moron not to see that. I mean, do you want me to explain 2+2 to you? Because it’s is how I try to explain how I beat the world champion.
Although no credible evidence exists to prove that Niemann used the deflated rook in his match against Carlsen, various chess personalities have commented on the situation at length, both defending and accusing Niemann.
“Oh my god, talk. Oh my god,” said streamer and grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, commenting on the situation 14 hours after starting a Twitch stream. “Discuss, oh my god. Discuss. Come on, talk. Oh my god, talk.
As of press time, fans were begging Carlsen for an official statement after the world champion tweeted a clip-art drawing of a bishop shooting a handgun at a tower.