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Friday, October 21, 2022

libel, slander - cheating in Chess !!

For sure, you played Chess in your younger age !  .. .. and those with not so good temperament will kick the opponent  Rook out or take out the opponent Queen on hand when capturing !!

Hans Niemann won his third consecutive game at the US Chess Championship after defeating Samuel Sevian in the 12th round. While all games involving Niemann are now closely watched, debated, and analysed, an unusual situation arose during the game against Sevian which showed the players communicating and Niemann, seemingly annoyed.

Sevian picked up Nimeann’s King from the board, and it seemed he was trying to fix the King’s crown. Niemann protested and asked for his King back.  In the post-game interview, Niemann explained it was a misunderstanding between the players. “The pin of the King was fallen off, so he’s just picked it up, but I was just a bit annoyed because it was on my time“. He revealed that Samuel wanted to glue the piece, but the game continued as soon as he put the King back on the board.

Heard of ‘libel’ (n) -  to publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others. Libel is the written or broadcast form of defamation, distinguished from slander, which is oral defamation. To uphold the right to express opinions or fair comment on public figures, the libel must be malicious to constitute grounds for a lawsuit for damages. Minor errors in reporting are not libel.   A person who defames another may be called a "defamer", "famacide", "libeler" or "slanderer".

Twitch is an American video live streaming service that focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of esports competitions, in addition to offering music broadcasts, creative content, and "in real life" streams. It is operated by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of

Hans Moke Niemann is an American chess grandmaster and Twitch streamer. He was awarded the Grandmaster title by FIDE on January 22, 2021.  He is in news now !!  .. .. ..  US chess grandmaster Hans Niemann is suing rival Magnus Carlsen for at least $100m (£89m) after the Norwegian world champion accused him of cheating.  A whopping Rs.826 Crores approx.. 

In an ongoing scandal that has rocked the chess world, Niemann is also suing website, which published a report saying he had probably cheated in more than 100 online games. Niemann says the defendants colluded to destroy his reputation and livelihood.  Lawyers for say there is "no merit" in Niemann's allegations. In his filing, Niemann, 19, accuses Carlsen of launching a smear campaign against him in collaboration with Carlsen's online chess company Play Magnus, and, which has agreed to buy Play Magnus. He is seeking compensation "to recover from the devastating damages that defendants have inflicted upon his reputation, career, and life by egregiously defaming him and unlawfully colluding to blacklist him from the profession to which he has dedicated his life", the lawsuit said.

Lawyers for dismissed the allegations, and said the company looked "forward to setting the record straight on behalf of its team and all honest chess players". Carlsen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Niemann is also suing grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura for repeating the accusations while streaming video content on While streaming, Nakamura said he had no comment. Carlsen is considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time, but lost to Niemann in an in-person game in September. The 31-year-old accused Niemann of cheating, and suggested his rise to prominence in the chess world had been too rapid to be believable.  Niemann said Carlsen was just unable to cope with defeat, and wanted to ruin the teenage player's reputation and ensure Niemann would not beat him again.

Neither Carlsen nor produced concrete evidence for their cheating accusations.  In a 72-page investigation published on the site, concluded that Niemann probably cheated in more than 100 online games, including some for prize money. Its analysis compared his moves with those suggested by computers - which are better than human players - and considered the probability of his results, among other factors. Niemann had previously admitted to cheating in informal games on the site when he was 12 and 16, but said he had never done so in competitive games.  Following the accusations, Niemann was banned from playing on and from in-person tournaments it sponsors.


Niemann's lawsuit suggested that the move was made under pressure from Carlsen, whose Play Magnus company is being bought for $83m by  "Carlsen, having solidified his position as the 'King of Chess,' believes that when it comes to chess, he can do whatever he wants and get away with it," the lawsuit said.

BUT in modern World, many libel suits do not see the logical end of any award but end up with financial compromises of unspecified amounts, which are never made public.

Interesting  !! 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
21st Oct 2022. 

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