Hans Niemann, the teenage American grandmaster on the centre of an alleged cheating scandal, sued world champion Magnus Carlsen, on-line platform Chess.com and others for slander and libel on Thursday and is looking for at the very least $100 million US in damages.
The lawsuit, filed at a U.S. District Court in Missouri, additionally lists Carlsen’s on-line chess platform Play Magnus, Chess.com government Danny Rensch and American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura as defendants.
Niemann, 19, claimed that the defendants are “colluding to blacklist” him from the skilled chess world and that he has been shunned by event organizers since five-time world champion Carlsen publicly accused him of cheating.
Weeks after the Sinquefield Cup, the Norwegian resigned after only one transfer against Niemann in a web-based event and mentioned later in September he believed the American had “cheated extra — and extra lately — than he has publicly admitted.”
‘Fallout is of his personal making’
In a press release on Thursday, legal professionals for Chess.com mentioned there was no advantage to Niemann’s allegations and that the corporate was saddened by his choice to take authorized motion.
“Hans confessed publicly to cheating on-line within the wake of the Sinquefield Cup, and the ensuing fallout is of his personal making,” the assertion learn.
“Chess.com appears to be like ahead to setting the report straight on behalf of its workforce and all trustworthy chess gamers.”
Representatives for Carlsen and Nakamura didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Niemann had beforehand been banned from Chess.com for cheating on-line, having admitted he had not performed pretty in non-competitive video games on the web site in his youth, however denied any wrongdoing whereas contesting over-the-board video games.
His lawsuit mentioned that Chess.com “banned Niemann from its web site and all of its future occasions, to lend credence to Carlsen’s unsubstantiated and defamatory accusations of cheating.”
“Carlsen, having solidified his place because the ‘King of Chess,’ believes that on the subject of chess, he can do no matter he needs and get away with it,” the grievance added.
The lawsuit additional accused Nakamura, a streaming companion of Chess.com, of publishing “hours of video content material amplifying and making an attempt to bolster Carlsen’s false cheating allegations.”
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) mentioned final month it could open an investigation into the allegations of cheating.
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