A teenage chess player who managed to beat a world champion last week is now denying that his incredible victory was the result of cheating using a sex toy.
Hans, 19 years old Niemann pulled off a major upset by beating 31-year-old Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis on September 4, and the win sparked bizarre theories in the chess world.
A rumor circulating on social media – and unsupported by concrete evidence – suggest that Niemann was operating a computer program via a “prostate massager” or “wireless anal beads” that could secretly communicate winning moves to him.
In July, a tech named James Stanley explained how such technology could work embedded in shoe inserts that a player could wear undetected.
Niemann insisted his win was legit and suggested he was ready to debunk the anal bead theory.
“If they want me to take my clothes off completely, I’ll do it. I don’t care. Because I know I’m clean,” he said in an interview after his win. “You want me to play in a closed enclosure with zero electronic transmission, I don’t care, I’m here to win and that’s my goal regardless.
Although Carlsen is ranked best player in the world by the International Chess Federation he abruptly withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup after Niemann beat him in the third round.
His only comment so far was to post an encrypted tweet from a 2020 speech by Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho.
“I prefer not to talk,” Mourinho said. “If I talk, I’m in big trouble…and I don’t want to get in big trouble.”
No one has proven that Niemann cheated at the Sinquefield Cup, but Slate noted that he was accused of cheating in prize matches on Chess.com and banned from the site.
US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura – who covered the tournament live on his Twitch channel – suggested Niemann was cheating, leading the 19-year-old to accuse Nakamura of making “frivolous implications” on Twitter.
Additionally, Canadian grandmaster Eric Hansen later said that he removed Niemann from chess events he organized due to suspicions of cheating.
Niemann admitted he cheated using computer support in online games when he was younger, but said he did nothing illegal at the Sinquefield Cup.
He summed up the controversy like Carlsen’s sour grapes:
“It must be embarrassing for the world champion to lose to an idiot like me,” Niemann said in an interview after his win. “I feel bad for him.”
The Sinquefield Cup chief referee issued a statement on September 10 saying there was no indication that any player cheated during the competition.
The Huffington Gt