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Hans Niemann officially cleared of claims he used a sex toy to defeat chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Jayden Collins

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Hans Niemann officially cleared of claims he used a sex toy to defeat chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Chess Grandmaster Hans Niemann has officially been cleared of claims he cheated to defeat world champion Magnus Carlsen.

It was the chess controversy that gripped the entire world late last year.

A 19-year-old Niemann had defeated five-time World Champion Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup championship.

Despite Carlsen being the stronger player and Niemann being the lowest ranking of the competitors, the teen took his opponent out in the third round.


The world number one then shockingly withdrew from the championship shortly after.

The American was accused of cheating to defeat the Norwegian, although many were confused about how you could cheat in a game of chess.

Well, one extravagant theory stood above the rest. Anal beads.


That’s right many theorised that Niemann used the sex toy to send vibrations to signal what move to make next.

Canadian grandmasters Eric Hansen and Aman Hambleton speculated in a Twitch stream whether he'd hidden a vibrating version of the sex toy in his shoe to offer signals indicating the right moves to make. closed Niemann's account as it conducted an investigation into the allegations.

Well, after nearly a year, it appears Niemann is a free man.

Advert has released a statement, saying: "Shortly after those events, privately closed Niemann’s account and published an investigative report about Hans Niemann’s play.

"Since June, both sides have negotiated privately in a good-faith effort to resolve their issues and allow the chess world to move forward without further litigation. We are happy to share that all sides have reached an agreement.

", Magnus, Hans, and Hikaru all have their own opinions about the events surrounding the controversy, and they agree they should each be able to talk openly about their views."


Niemann wrote: “I am pleased that my lawsuit against Magnus Carlsen and has been resolved in a mutually acceptable manner, and that I am returning to

"I look forward to competing against Magnus in chess rather than in court and am grateful to my attorneys at Oved & Oved for believing in me and helping me resolve the case.”

Carlsen shared a similar sentiment and is looking forward to playing Niemann in the future.

“I acknowledge and understand’s report, including its statement that there is no determinative evidence that Niemann cheated in his game against me at the Sinquefield Cup," he said.


Hans will now be ‘allowed to play’ in any and all events according to

So there you have it, the conclusion to one of the most thrilling controversies the chess world has ever seen.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Jayden Collins
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