Hans Niemann’s fans gathered today in front of the Saint Louis Chess Club upon the start of the 8th penultimate round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022. A few girls were standing in front of the building to show support to Hans Niemann holding banners with different signs: “We love Hans”, “Checkmate Magnus”, “Hans has cool hair”, “Hans has an awesome accent”. See photos below
After Hans Niemann defeated the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022, Carlsen decided to withdraw from the tournament without detailed explanations. Rumors that Magnus Carlsen suspected Niemann was cheating started spreading over social medias and Hikaru Nakamura claimed in his live stream that Niemann has done “unallowed things” during the online chess tournaments. Possible reasons of Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal can be found here. Sinquefield Cup improved anti-cheating measures and Carlsen’s results got annulled. Niemann decided to tell his truth after the 5th round and he confessed cheating in random chesscom games, adding that he will not let chesscom, Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura slander his reputation. Nakamura reacted to Niemann’s interview, while chess.com posted the official statement to explain why they removed Hans Niemann from the platform. Garry Kasparov called Carlsen’s withdrawal as an act with no precedent in the past 50 years, adding today that chess.com’s ban of Hans Niemann prompted Carlsen’s withdrawal and the cheating allegations against the American.
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