Chess player accused of using anal beads to cheat suing rival for £90million

A chess player who was accused of using AI anal beads to cheat is suing a rival player for just under £90million.

American grandmaster Hans Niemann has filed a lawsuit against Magnus Carlsen, seeking a pay out of at least £89million after Carlsen accused him of cheating. It was claimed that Niemann had used vibrators which would to tell him the correct move to make during matches.

The allegations were made after Niemann defeated Carlsen in-person back in September, leading the latter to suggest his rise to prominence had been too quick to be believable.

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Niemann is also suing website, who published a report stating that he had probably cheated in more than 100 online games of chess.

According to 19-year-old Niemann, the defendants colluded to destroy his reputation and livelihood. Meanwhile, lawyers for have refuted his claims and argue there is "no merit" to the allegations.

In documents filed by Niemann's legal team, he accuses Carlsen of launching a smear campaign against him in collaboration with his chess company Play Magnus and, who have agreed to buy the former.

The lawsuit states he is seeking to recover compensation "to recover from the devastating damages that defendants have inflicted upon his reputation, career, and life by egregiously defaming him and unlawfully colluding to blacklist him from the profession to which he has dedicated his life".

In contrast, lawyers for have said that the company is looking "forward to setting the record straight on behalf of its team and all honest chess players". Carlsen has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

Another grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura, has also been sued after he repeated the accusations whilst streaming online content on

The initial allegations were levelled at Niemann following the £300,000 Sinquefield Cup last month, which saw him record a victory over reigning five-time world champion Carlsen.

Niemann had been the lowest ranked player at the tournament and was later uninvited from the Global Championship after the accusations of cheating were made.


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