Top chess player Hans Niemann admits cheating in past but says he is now ‘clean’

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  • Magnus Carlsen leaves Sinquefield Cup after defeat to US player
  • Niemann denies any wrongdoing at tournament in St. Louis

A top US chess player accused of cheating after Magnus Carlsen quit a prestigious tournament has admitted to doing so as 12 and 16-year-old – but insisted that he was now “clean” and was even prepared to play naked to prove his innocence.

Hans Niemann, the 19-year-old who stunned the world champion Carlsen at the $500,000 Sinquefield Cup on Sunday evening, promised that he was a reformed character after revealing that he illegally benefited from computer assistance while playing chess on the internet as a child.

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Written by Sean Ingle
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/sep/06/magnus-carlsen-leaves-sinquefield-cup-amid-niemann-chess-cheating-furore under the title “Top chess player Hans Niemann admits cheating in past but says he is now ‘clean’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.