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Chess Rocked By Abrupt Resignation, Cheating Claims Using Sex Toys

At a glance

  • Chess World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen resigned in stunning fashion after making a single move against 19-year-old rival Hans Niemann.
  • Niemann had defeated Carlsen, 31, on Sept. 4 in a result that sparked bizarre allegations of cheating by Niemann.
  • Those allegations ran the gamut from suggestions that Niemann had early access to Carlsen’s strategy to more fanciful claims that anal beads had been used to transmit instructions from a co-conspirator.
  • Niemann vehemently denied cheating: “I have never cheated in an over-the-board game. If they want me to strip fully naked, I will do it.”

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