Hans Niemann is back on chess.com

Chess.com announced on Monday that Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian multiple-time world chess champion, and Hans Niemann, the American player who was accused of cheating at an event last year, have reconciled their differences and are prepared to compete once more.

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,” Chess.com said in a statement.

Recently Hans uploaded a video on his x handle and explained the situation in his own charismatic style.

“hello chess worlds!! did you miss me? I’m pleased that my lawsuit against Magnus Carlsen and chess.com has been resolved in a mutually acceptable manner and then I’m returning to chess.com. I look forward to competing against Magnus and chess rather than in courts and I’m grateful for my attorneys at over and over for believing in me and helping me resolve the case. I’d like to reaffirm my opinion at the chess.com report is defamatory and I challenge their allegations. I’d also like to reaffirm the fact that no matter the obstacles that I will face, no matter how much you try to Blacklist me, no matter what you do to try and ruin my career, or slander my reputation that these difficult times have only strengthened my resolve and character and I’ve only invigorated me even more to reach the top of chess. There will be a day when I will be the best chess player in the world and I think it’s time to let my chess speak for itself!!”

Also read Hans Niemann vs Magnus Carlsen Head to Head- https://chessspeed.com/magnus-carlsen-vs-hans-niemann-record/

The rift between the two originated in September, when 20-year-old Niemann emerged victorious over Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup, an annual event held in St. Louis, Missouri. Carlsen, aged 32 and a five-time world champion, swiftly withdrew from the tournament, leveling accusations of cheating against his adversary. This assertion gained support from international grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura and Chess.com, who suggested that Niemann might have engaged in cheating on approximately 100 occasions online. Niemann has conceded to cheating on Chess.com during the period of ages 12 to 16, but he refutes allegations of ongoing misconduct.
In June, a U.S. federal judge dismissed a $100 million lawsuit filed by Niemann concerning the controversy.

Last September, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) initiated an inquiry into the incident, which has been labeled by numerous individuals as one of the most significant controversies in the annals of chess.

Niemann expressed his willingness to go to great lengths, even metaphorically stating he was prepared to “strip naked,” in order to substantiate his abilities.

The report in October “found no determinative evidence that (Niemann) has cheated in any in-person games”.

Chess.com quoted Niemann as saying, “I look forward to competing against Magnus in chess rather than in court.”

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