Hans Niemann Sues Magnus Carlsen and Others for Defamation
A chess grandmaster recently accused of cheating by some of the sport’s leading players and personalities has filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court alleging a conspiracy to tarnish him and blow up his reputation “as the next great American chess player.”
Chess fans were in awe when 31-year-old grandmaster Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen was taunted, bested, and then taunted again by 19-year-old “self-taught” U.S. chess prodigy Hans Niemann during the third round of the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, Missouri on Sept. 4, 2022.
In the aftermath of Carlsen’s defeat by the underdog Niemann, chess watchers were shocked, perplexed and then shocked again.
The older player’s loss at the tournament sanctioned by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) meant a serious setback for two of his lifetime goals: (1) breaking his previous world-record streak of 125 consecutive wins at sanctioned matches; and (2) securing a never-before-obtained official FIDE performance rating of 2900.
But after the loss, Carlsen quit the tournament.
Niemann claims the defamation campaign began shortly before that – behind the closed doors of the tournament itself.