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Why A Chess Grandmaster Offered To Play Naked

At a glance

  • On September 4, world champion Magnus Carlsen was defeated by 19-year-old American Hans Niemann at the Sinquefield Cup tournament in St. Louis
  • Why? One theory is that Niemann got his hands on Carlsen’s game plan ahead of time, and could anticipate his surprise opening.
  • Another, slightly more ridiculous hypothesis alleges that Niemann linked wireless anal beads to a computer to alert him of the correct moves by vibrating.
  • Niemann has vigorously denied he cheated against Carlsen, and said he’ll play fully naked to prove it.

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