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High-Profile Chess Cheating Lawsuit Swiftly Dismissed by US Judge

A federal judge in the US has dismissed a lawsuit brought by chess player Hans Niemann, who was seeking $100 million from those who accused him of cheating, including former world champion Magnus Carlsen. The judge’s decision is a blow to Niemann’s efforts to clear his name and claim compensation for alleged libel.

“We are pleased the Court has rejected Hans Niemann’s attempt to recover an undeserved windfall in Missouri federal court,” said Craig Reiser, Carlsen’s attorney.

The case, which has captured the attention of the chess world and millions of internet users, began on September 5, 2022, when Niemann defeated Carlsen in the Sinquefield Cup, an annual chess tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. However, Carlsen withdrew from the tournament shortly after, accusing Niemann of cheating.

Carlsen’s claims were later supported by international grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura and the popular online chess platform, chess.com, who suggested that Niemann may have cheated on numerous occasions online. Although Niemann admitted to cheating on chess.com between the ages of 12 and 16, he vehemently denies any further wrongdoing and has expressed his willingness to do anything necessary to prove his skill.

Following the scandal, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) initiated an investigation into the affair, labeling it one of the biggest scandals in chess history. Despite the ongoing investigation, Niemann has continued to participate in tournaments, albeit with some setbacks in his international rankings.

Carlsen himself chose not to compete in the recent world chess championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, where Chinese grandmaster Ding Liren emerged victorious against Russian Ian Nepomnyachi. However, Carlsen still holds the title of the greatest chess player of the 21st century.

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