Chess: Community has to unite and chart way forward after cheating scandal, says top investigator

An investigation by Chess.com said that Hans Niemann had benefited from "illegal assistance" in over 100 online games. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - Should cheats in chess matches - even online ones - be banned and ostracised from the game? That, said top chess cheating sleuth Kenneth Regan, is a key issue that the community needs to find a consensus on.

Chess has been under the spotlight after world champion Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup in September following his loss to teenager Hans Niemann. Carlsen then posted a cryptic message on social media, implying that his 19-year-old opponent had cheated. The 31-year-old Norwegian later openly accused his American rival of doing so in a lengthy letter on Twitter.

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