Chess Scandal

Since the 8th century, Chess has been played around the globe, amassing a cult-like following, and blossoming hundreds of grandmasters. Magnus Carlsen, a Norwegian chess player and five time Chess World Champion, has proved himself as arguably the best chess player in the world. Recently, Carlsen competed in the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, where he lost in an upset match against 19-year-old Hans Neimann, ranked 39th in the world. This match shocked the chess community considering Carlsen was on a 53-game win streak, and was projected to win easily. Nothing was said about the match until Carlsen abruptly withdrew from the tournament, following with a tweet from him and an attached video named “If I speak, I am in big trouble.”

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People began to assume he was hinting that Hans Neimann had cheated. Aiden Kleinman, a resident chess player, gave his opinion saying, “He is definitely cheating. His growth in ratings are very irregular and his high percentage in games is unheard of, even among top grandmasters.” Hans Neimann came out in an interview and admitted he had cheated in chess before, once at the age of twelve and once at the age of sixteen, but that he had never cheated in a professional setting. Chess experts developed the theory that Neimann may have inserted a device in his anal cavity that would shock him, letting him know where to move his pieces. After many grandmasters broadcasted the idea that Neimann had cheated, he came out with a tweet saying, “If there was any real evidence, why not show it?” While there hasn’t been any physical evidence found, Carlsen and other experts are still convinced there was some sort of foul play.