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Hans Niemann
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Number of games in database: 771
Years covered: 2015 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2667 (2606 rapid, 2614 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2688
Overall record: +265 -123 =178 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 205 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    E10 A45 D02 D00 A40
 King's Indian (27) 
    E94 E71 E73 E91 E92
 Sicilian (25) 
    B51 B30 B90 B47 B95
 English (23) 
    A15 A13 A14 A17 A18
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E53 E47 E40 E52 E32
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D30 D37 D36 D35 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B90 B62 B30 B31 B51
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C67 C65 C84 C60 C92
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    E10 D02 E00 A45 A46
 English, 1 c4 e5 (25) 
    A20 A28 A22 A23 A21
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E46 E34 E38 E20 E32
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D38 D30 D37 D31 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Carlsen vs Niemann, 2022 0-1
   Carlsen vs Niemann, 2022 0-1
   P Ponkratov vs Niemann, 2021 0-1
   C Yoo vs Niemann, 2022 0-1
   C Yoo vs Niemann, 2020 0-1
   Mishra vs Niemann, 2020 0-1
   Dominguez Perez vs Niemann, 2022 1/2-1/2
   Niemann vs M Warmerdam, 2022 1-0
   Gelfand vs Niemann, 2022 0-1
   Niemann vs S Maze, 2020 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Third Sat Mix 200 (2021)
   Vergani Cup January (2022)
   Kazakhstan Chess Cup (2023)
   Chessable Sunway Sitges (2022)
   CCCSA IM (2016)
   Astana Zhuldyzdary (2023)
   Julius Baer Generation Cup (2022)
   5th Vergani Cup December (2020)
   FTX Crypto Cup (2022)
   Charity Cup (2022)
   Kvika Reykjavik Open (2022)
   Lindores Abbey Tal Mem (2021)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2020)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2021)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)

   🏆 FIDE World Junior U20 ch
   Niemann vs A Woodward (Sep-22-23) 0-1
   Niemann vs Kramnik (Sep-18-23) 1-0, rapid
   Kramnik vs Niemann (Sep-18-23) 0-1, rapid
   Kramnik vs Niemann (Sep-02-23) 0-1, blitz
   Niemann vs Kramnik (Sep-02-23) 0-1, blitz

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(born Jun-20-2003, 20 years old) United States of America

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Hans Moke Niemann was born in San Francisco, California, moving to the Netherlands at the age of 7 for a few years before moving back to the US and eventually graduating from Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, which is known for its chess culture. He was awarded the Grandmaster title by FIDE on January 22, 2021. On March 1, 2019, Niemann first entered the Top 100 Junior players list on position 88. As of November 2021 he is ranked 9th (Juniors ranking) and 124th (Open ranking) At the 2015 National Open of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival, then 11-year old Niemann became the last person to play a rated game against GM Walter Browne, who died shortly after competing in the tournament. Browne won in 35 moves.

After initially winning his first 6 consecutive games, Niemann finished in third place at the 2018 U16 Olympiad in Konya, Turkey. In December 2018 he won the National K-12 Blitz Championships undefeated, finishing 12-0.1436 Three days later he went on to tie for 1st in his grade in the overall K-12 Grade Championships,37 while also tying for first in the bughouse duo,38 achieving a perfect win.11

in June 2019 Niemann won the inaugural ChessKid Games hosted by, accruing 20 straight victories and qualifying for the 2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship.Niemann achieved his third and final GM norm at the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy (CCCSA GM Norm Invitational) in October 2020, placing first.

n July 2021 Niemann finished 1st place in the World Open held in Philadelphia, after beating John Burke in a tiebreak playoff. It was also in this tournament that Niemann surpassed the 2600 threshold with a draw against Ukrainian grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk in Round 8. Later that same month Niemann won the U.S. Junior Championship held in St. Louis, which entitles him to compete in the invitational 2022 U.S. Chess Championship.

Niemann's third-round win against World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the Sinquefield Cup (2022), and its aftermath, sparked worldwide controversy, even in the popular media. The day after the loss, Carlsen withdrew from the tournament, an extraordinary action in a premier round-robin event. Carlsen announced his withdrawal in an enigmatic tweet in which he indicated that he would get in trouble if he said more. This was widely interpreted as an insinuation that Niemann had cheated. Niemann responded with an impassioned interview in which he denied ever having cheated in over-the-board chess, although he admitted having done so several years earlier in online chess. Extensive analysis of Carlsen vs Niemann, 2022, including by anti-cheating expert IM Kenneth Regan, found no evidence that Niemann had cheated. Two weeks later, Carlsen resigned a game against Niemann after just one move. Carlsen later gave an interview in which he stated that he believes that Niemann has cheated more often and more recently than he has admitted.

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Last updated: 2023-09-21 19:13:56

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 771  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Niemann vs R Palmeri 1-0402015Reykjavik OpenA43 Old Benoni
2. A S Rasmussen vs Niemann 1-0442015Reykjavik OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. Niemann vs V Stefansson 1-0612015Reykjavik OpenE16 Queen's Indian
4. F Borg vs Niemann 0-1212015Reykjavik OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. Niemann vs Yiye Wang 0-1632015Reykjavik OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. L Baldvinsson vs Niemann 1-0842015Reykjavik OpenB56 Sicilian
7. Niemann vs L Hansen ½-½542015Reykjavik OpenE92 King's Indian
8. T Valtysson vs Niemann 0-1542015Reykjavik OpenA48 King's Indian
9. Niemann vs B O Birkisson 1-0542015Reykjavik OpenE16 Queen's Indian
10. J Sequera vs Niemann ½-½632015Reykjavik OpenB01 Scandinavian
11. K Priyadharshan vs Niemann 1-03820159th Philadelphia OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Niemann vs J Colas 1-061201524th Chicago OpenA90 Dutch
13. Niemann vs V Panchanatham 1-0104201524th Chicago OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. K Griffith vs Niemann 1-028201524th Chicago OpenB01 Scandinavian
15. A Shen vs Niemann 1-031201524th Chicago OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Niemann vs E Santarius ½-½45201524th Chicago OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. Niemann vs Browne 0-1352015National OpenE15 Queen's Indian
18. A Chandra vs Niemann 1-035201599th Edward Lasker MemC07 French, Tarrasch
19. A Chandra vs Niemann ½-½85201654th Baltimore OpenB01 Scandinavian
20. S Homa vs Niemann 0-1662016CCCSA IMD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
21. Niemann vs R Martin del Campo 0-1442016CCCSA IMD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
22. D E Vigorito vs Niemann 0-1342016CCCSA IMD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
23. Niemann vs A Young 1-0742016CCCSA IMA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
24. A Velikanov vs Niemann 1-0312016CCCSA IMC07 French, Tarrasch
25. Niemann vs M Larson 0-1402016CCCSA IMA57 Benko Gambit
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Sep-08-23  devere: <Damenlaeuferbauer: I am 100% sure, that super-elite chess players like Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, and Hikaru Nakumara know and feel, if their opponent or another player is cheating or not.>

Carlsen is certainly a super-elite player, and he made a complete ass of himself at the Sinquefield Cup last year; so I am 100% sure you are mistaken.

Sep-08-23  Bobby Fiske: <Petrosianic:> When discussing that game, and Carlsens action, you should include also this statement:

"throughout our game in the Sinquefield Cup, I had the impression that he wasn't tense or even fully concentrating on the game in critical positions, while outplaying me as black in a way I think only a handful of players can do. The game contributed to changing my perspective."


When being outplayed, Magnus usually praises his opponent, and he blames himself. Happens regularly, especially in broadcasted online tournaments. So, I don't consider him a "bad looser" per se. But when Niemann found the critical moves, while seemingly being unfocused at the board, it triggered Magnus' gut feeling.

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  MissScarlett: Carlsen had never played Niemann OTB before Sinquefield (excepting their beach frolics in Miami) so any assessment of Niemann's demeanour wasn't based on prior experience. He may have been observing him during the first two rounds, but as Niemann scored 1.5 points against Aronian and Mamedyarov he was presumably cheating then, too, so that wouldn't serve as much of a counterpoint.
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  ketchuplover: I think looser is where anal beads come/go in
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  MissScarlett: < I had the impression that he wasn't tense or even fully concentrating on the game in critical positions..>
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  MissScarlett: Hans challenges Vlad to a training camp...

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  offramp: YES! I just bought a used car from Hans Niemann!
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  Messiah: <offramp: YES! I just bought a used car from Hans Niemann!>

wat de fök

Sep-18-23  Petrosianic: <EvanTheTerrible>: <I don't mean this as an attack on you Petrosianic, but I really don't like the recent fascination with accuracy scores from or lichess or wherever. First off, we don't know how those scores are calculated. Secondly, certain positions are much easier to play than others. From the moves themselves, there is nothing suspicious, even if they were to highly correlate with an engine's suggestions.>

Don't blame me, I heard several people insisting that Niemann had 100% accuracy in that game against Carlsen, when in fact he had nowhere near it. We don't know how Accuracy is calculated (although, unlike Baseball WAR, we have a pretty good idea), but the computer did not, in fact, point a finger at him.

Sep-18-23  Petrosianic: <Bobby Fiske>: <When being outplayed, Magnus usually praises his opponent, and he blames himself. Happens regularly, especially in broadcasted online tournaments. So, I don't consider him a "bad looser" per se. But when Niemann found the critical moves, while seemingly being unfocused at the board, it triggered Magnus' gut feeling.>

Magnus has so little experience losing to players below 2700 that it's hard to know how he reacts when he does. (When was the last time?) I don't know whether he's habitually unsporting when he loses to a low-rated player, or if he was just in a bad move that time, but Carlsen's behavior did range from unsporting (dropping out without putting the matter before the tournament committee) to downright illegal (throwing his next game to Niemann, and affecting the standings at Baer).

A gut feeling that Niemann seemed unfocused seems like a pretty shaky reason for turning to a life of crime. (We all know that some players sit there with the same dull expression whether they're mating or being mated). Did Carlsen at least say what those critical moves were, or did he not want to give us any hints?

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  ketchuplover: GL to HWN in Mexico City at the World Junior's
Sep-21-23  EvanTheTerrible: I think a longer event should benefit him over the other players. Not only is he the strongest player in the event, which benefits from the lower variance over more games, but he also likely has greater stamina than the other competitors due to his grueling schedule.
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  fredthebear: Always follow the money! Hans gets tripped up by junior:
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  fredthebear: Hikaru sports big mass grin while poking fun of Hans:
Sep-24-23  EvanTheTerrible: I don't understand how anyone can sit through an entire Hikaru video.
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  Check It Out: Hikaru is tough to listen to. Even his intro, "Welcome back everybody!! For todaaaaays video..." is off-putting.

However e'ss so good at chess that his game analysis is fascinating.

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  perfidious: There is a well-known poker pro who has the same type of weaknesses; while topnotch at explaining concepts, his delivery and voice are what one might call grating.
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  paulalbert: Hikaru's voice is not grating, but perhaps a little bit too high pitched, enthusiastic, and delivered too quickly to listen to for an extended period of time. However, he is highly articulate and the game explanation is absolutely first class and instructive. I prefer a little slower pace both because of my age ( 80 ) and no where near ever the ability to see the possibilities so quickly in the position. That really defines an important aspect of the incredible talent of top players. Many years ago when i would attend Danny Kopec's summer chess camps and take private lessons with IM Danny, and GMs Walter Browne and Lubomir Ftacnik and analyze my games with them, they would in seconds see and analyze all kinds of variations and possibilities that I did not even consider during the classic time control or see in my own subsequent analysis. Hard work, study, serious dedication and general high intelligence unfortunately never overcame my good( but limited ) raw, natural chess talent. Emanuel Lasker's assertion that anyone of reasonable intelligence with dedicated study could become a chess master in my view is not valid.
Sep-24-23  EvanTheTerrible: I think it's his intro that puts me off. Once he gets into the content, it might be fine, but the intro makes me close the video every time. Maybe I'm impatient and immature, but I accept that.
Sep-24-23  nimh: <anyone of reasonable intelligence>

He probably had in mind the mean intelligence of his own acquaintances. Being a philosopher, mathematician and a top-notch chessplayer himself...

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  keypusher: < nimh: <anyone of reasonable intelligence> He probably had in mind the mean intelligence of his own acquaintances. Being a philosopher, mathematician and a top-notch chessplayer himself...>

A pleasure to "see" you, <nimh>, however briefly.

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  Check It Out: It depends on what he meant by "chess master", which I'm sure meant something different then than it does now.
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  paulalbert: I went back to refresh my memory on exactly what Lasker asserted. It is in the final chapter of Lasker's Manual of Chess ( the original German version written in 1925) . Chapter Title : "Final Reflections on Education in Chess". Lasker lays out a 200 hour course using the ideas in his book then says: " Even if the young man has no talent at all, by following the above course he would advance to the class specified." What is specified is the ability to compete successfully against even a chess master if given any odds. My own view is that there is a special talent for chess: some persons have none, some have to a degree, and some like Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Carlsen, and others have to an enormous degree. I definitely agree with Lasker on teaching chess or anything else that concepts and understanding are more important than mere memorization. Some of Nimzowitsch's thoughts on teaching chess to children contained similar ideas. The first English language version of Lasker's Manual of Chess ( written in English by Lasker himself ) was in 1932 in London. I have a 1960 Dover New York version. It is worth reading not only for the chess content including Lasker's discussion of Steinitz's theories but also to understand Lasker's philosophic view of chess as a metaphor for life and its challenges.
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  Check It Out: <paulalbert>: Nice posts. Your chess experience has umami, if youll pardon the esoteric food reference.

Lasker hedged with, "if given any odds", but no matter. Whats important is that Lasker created a 200 hour course for chess! He was ahead of his time, the OG of today's plethora of online instructional content.

Sep-25-23  nimh: <A pleasure to "see" you, <nimh>, however briefly.> I should say likewise, but I've seen you here all the time already!
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