Chess player accused of cheating files $100-million defamation lawsuit
Grandmaster of chess Hans Niemann has filed a defamation lawsuit against Magnus Carlsen
on claims of cheating.
Hans Niemann, a grandmaster from the United States, sued the five-time world champion on Thursday.
The next development in the scandal involving cheating in competitive chess involves Magnus Carlsen and the web service Chess.com.
The complaint was brought in
the U.S. A little over six weeks have passed since Niemann's unexpected victory over
Carlsen at the Sinquefield
Cup in St. Louis.
Louis, which caused Carlsen to leave the event unannounced
Three weeks later, Carlsen
made a formal accusation of cheating against Niemann
in a statement.
In the complaint, Niemann
argues that the Norwegian's accusation of adultery has seriously hurt both his
reputation and career. He is
asking for $100 million in compensation.
Niemann's life has been
devastated by the defendants
"just because he possessed the ability, commitment, and
audacity to overcome the
so-called 'King of Chess,'"
Danny Rensch, a representative
of Chess.com, Play Magnus, Carlsen's online chess site,
Niemann's claims, according
to Chess.com's legal team,
"have no merit," and the case
"hurts the game of chess and
its loyal players and fans throughout the world."
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