Chess.com Claims US Grandmaster, 19, Cheats More Than He Admits

A chess investigation is alleging the U.S. grandmaster “likely cheated” more than 100 times online, apparently referencing “infallible” chess computer simulations while playing online as recently as 2020, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Chess.com’s internal investigation alleges more than 100 games of suspicion by grandmaster Hans Moke Niemann, 19, after world chess champion Magnus Carlsen retired early in recent games, suspecting foul play.

Niemann had claimed he only cheated back when he was 12 and 16 years old, but Chess.com cheater investigation suspected his play with suspicious far more often, highlighting “many remarkable signals and unusual patterns in Hans’ path as a player” and “statistically extraordinary” improvement of his quality of play in a short period of time, according to the 72-page report.

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