On Tuesday, a federal judge in the United States dismissed a case that was brought by the chess player Hans Niemann. In the complaint, Hans Niemann was seeking $100 million from people who accused him of cheating, including the former world champion Magnus Carlsen.
“We are pleased that the Court has rejected Hans Niemann’s attempt to recover an undeserved windfall in Missouri federal court,” stated Craig Reiser, an attorney for Carlsen’s side of the case.
In a case that has shaken the chess world and has captivated millions of Internet users, a libel lawsuit was brought by a 20-year-old American who is considered to be a prodigy by those who are close to him. The lawsuit was filed in a state court in Missouri.
It was on September 5, 2022 when it all began when Niemann triumphed over Carlsen in the Sinquefield Cup, an annual chess competition held in St. Louis, Missouri.
After then, the Norwegian Carlsen, who is 32 years old and has won the world championship a total of five times, abruptly withdrew from the competition and accused his opponent of cheating.
His assertions were then echoed by worldwide grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura and by chess.com, the top online chess platform in the world, which led to the conclusion that Niemann had certainly cheated at least 100 times when playing chess online.
Although Niemann has admitted to cheating on chess.com when he was between the ages of 12 and 16, he denies continuing to do so and has stated that he is willing to “strip naked” to demonstrate his ability.
In September of last year, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) launched an inquiry into the matter, which many people have referred to as one of the most serious scandals in the history of the game of chess.
Since it came to light, Niemann has continued to compete in tournaments, despite the fact that his standing in the international rankings has suffered as a result.
Carlsen made the decision not to compete in the most recent global chess championships, which were held in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. The tournament culminated with the victory of Chinese grandmaster Ding Liren over Russian opponent Ian Nepomnyachi.
Carlsen is still widely regarded as the best player to compete in the chess world in the 21st century.