Hans Niemann sues Magnus Carlsen for $100 million, claiming he has defamed him.

By Pratik

 Oct 22,2022

Ans Niemann is planning to launch a counterattack in the chess dispute he has with the world's champion Magnus Carlsen, 

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filing a federal lawsuit accusing Carlsen of colluding in a shady way with other people to discredit the 19-year-old grandmaster and destroy his career.

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It's the latest step in a scandal that's created a flurry of tension in chess's elite since the beginning of September 

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when Carlsen claimed Niemann's surprise victory over him in the Sinquefield Cup tournament in St. Louis was an act of cheating.

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Niemann seeks a federal court in the eastern district of Missouri for a settlement of at minimum $100,000 in damages. 

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The defendants in the lawsuit are Carlsen and the company he runs, Play Magnus Group, the online platform Chess.com, and its chief, Danny Rensch, along with Hikaru Nakamura, the grandmaster.

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The suit claims that following Niemann's surprise victory in September Carlsen is motivated by the win to keep his title 

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to be the "king of the game of chess" to complete the purchase of his company through Chess.com -- which is that is worth tens of millions of dollars.

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