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Chess investigation finds that US grandmaster ‘likely cheated’ more than 100 times

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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen last month suggested that American grandmaster Hans Moke Niemann, 19-year-old, was a cheater (Photo: Reuters)Premium
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen last month suggested that American grandmaster Hans Moke Niemann, 19-year-old, was a cheater (Photo: Reuters)

An internal report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal alleges a previously unknown pattern of likely widespread cheating by Hans Moke Niemann, the player whose September victory over Magnus Carlsen has rocked the chess world

When world chess champion Magnus Carlsen last month suggested that American grandmaster Hans Moke Niemann was a cheater, the 19-year-old Niemann launched an impassioned defense. Niemann said he had cheated, but only at two points in his life, describing them as youthful indiscretions committed when he was 12 and 16 years old.

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