Meet controversial 19-year-old chessmaster, Hans Niemann. Photo: @hans_niemann/ Instagram
Meet controversial 19-year-old chessmaster, Hans Niemann. Photo: @hans_niemann/ Instagram

Who is Hans Niemann, the controversial teen chess grandmaster – and did he really cheat against world champion Magnus Carlsen? Inside the 19-year-old’s rise to notoriety

  • Drama has rocked the world of competitive chess, with world No 1 Carlsen dropping out of 2022’s Sinquefield Cup and Julius Baer Generation Cup after Niemann broke his 53-game winning streak
  • Now a popular Twitch streamer, Niemann admitted that he cheated on Chess.com at ages 12 and 16, but denies Carlsen’s claims – and that bizarre sex toy rumour

Meet controversial 19-year-old chessmaster, Hans Niemann. Photo: @hans_niemann/ Instagram
Meet controversial 19-year-old chessmaster, Hans Niemann. Photo: @hans_niemann/ Instagram
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