Chess grandmaster denies cheating using anal beads
If you thought chess was boring, the Netflix show The Queen’s Bet soon fixed that.
However, some recent accusations of cheating have just made the discipline much more evil.
Indeed, 19-year-old chess grandmaster Hans Niemann is currently at the heart of a scandal that is shaking the chess world. Or should it be, rocking the chess world.
Niemann has been accused on social media that the only reason he won against world‘s top grandmaster Magnus Carlsen earlier this month was because the young player cheated using wireless vibrating anal beads.
You read correctly.
What happened (before anal beads were involved)?
The September 4 win at the Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis represented something of a meteoric rise for Niemann and was unexpected, as Magnus had gone unbeaten in 53 sessions. Niemann was the lowest-ranked of Saint Louis’ 10 players and became the first chess player to beat Carlsen in more than two years.
Carlsen decided to withdraw from the event following his loss.
“I withdrew from the tournament. Always loved playing at the Saint Louis Chess Club and hope to be back in the future,” he tweeted.
The five-time world chess champion also added a video of soccer coach Jose Mourinho’s 2020 press conference speech after a match in which his team may have lost due to dodgy refereeing “I prefer not to speak. If I talk, I’m in big trouble… and I don’t want to get in big trouble.
No further explanation was offered, but many interpreted Carlsen’s message as implying that Niemann cheated during the game.
To spice things up even more, on the same day Carlsen retired (September 5), the World Chess Hall of Fame suspiciously decided to tighten its anti-cheat security measures. This included scanning Niemann ahead of his next game.
Is Niemann guilty?
While no concrete evidence has yet been offered to support the cheating accusations, a recent interview in which Niemann admitted to breaking the rules in the past by using computer assistance in online games made the rounds.
In response, Chess.com said it had “privately deleted” Niemann’s account from its website, and World Championship Toronto decided not to invite Niemann again.
Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said on his Twitch stream that “there was a period of over six months when Hans did not play any prize tournaments on Chess.com. That’s the only thing I’m going to say and that’s the only thing I’m going to say on this subject.
Except he didn’t stop there, saying it was “a known fact” that Niemann had cheated on Chess.com before, referring to the aforementioned interview.
As for grandmaster Eric Hansen, he added that he had removed Niemann from chess events he had organized due to suspicions of cheating.
When does the sex toy come into play?
The issue was already proving to be one of the biggest chess scandals in years, especially because it involves Niemann, who is known in the chess community for his difficult behavior.
Then, quite predictably as far as rumors and drama go, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stepped in.
Musk shared a video on Twitter of an influencer discussing the rumor that Niemann used a vibrating sex toy during competition in order to cheat.
In a now-deleted tweet, Musk even posted a Musk version of a quote from philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, writing, “Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see ( because it’s up your ass).”
Eventually, Niemann addressed the cheating allegations, admitting that he cheated in virtual Chess.com tournaments when he was younger. However, Niemann said he never cheated on IRL.
“I’ve never cheated in an overboard game. If they want me to strip completely, I’ll do it,” Niemann offered. “I don’t care. Because I know I’m clean. You want me to play in a closed enclosure without any electronic transmission, I don’t care.
Still, social media couldn’t get enough:
So, a statistical anomaly? A targeted attack propagated because Niemann’s abrasive personality is not to the liking of the community? Just another case of social media being humanity’s trash juice? Or did Niemann raise the dark art of cheating to an elaborate new level after watching Lock, reserve and two smoking barrels once too often ?
Either way, if the Chess Federation wants to bare players for games just to avoid any allegations of cheating, their viewing figures may well soar.
Let’s just hope the second season of The Queen’s Bet take no idea of this cheating saga – although Netflix is now green light to NC-17 rated contentno one needs to see players squirm to climax before a checkmate.