Niemann: I Have NEVER Cheated Over The Board | Round 5
i studied previous games knowing how to attack so when i see the position when i say queen g3 i think to myself ok i highly doubt it based on my intuitive feeling that i am losing here. I don't feel the need to calculate every variation because I'm sure there's no way the first one will take and if he does, they'll share like crap, okay? well that's this game now after after games first of all you're extremely tired and sometimes it's extremely hard to remember the things you're talking about the moves the variations you know it's not like I was coming here full of energy true and especially in analysis ok you can debate full of energy but sometimes you're not just afraid of things so the notion that I just can't talk about chess on a halt on a halt the level is completely ridiculous um i'm a very intuitive gamer i made an instinctive call to play queen g3 and it paid off and and, even if you look at the pattern of my games you know it's uh i'm not clearly losing a lot many opportunities and it's an extremely human chest no no or well, that is, I think that everything related to the interviews I
have covered everything that depends on you, no, no, I
have done it because the interviews
have been a key point, um , so that's something I wanted to cover, that people are ridiculous, okay, like my accent.
It's just that I can't even realize it because I'm numb to it, I'm not, but this is not a facade, I'm sorry, I just don't socialize much because I work as hard at chess as I do, I'm literally sorry, I like having deleted all social networks, i sit inside, study chess and go out to pick up my food at home twice a day, that's my life, i enjoy it, it's ok, and if my english is not so native uh how is it uh a Sometimes I'm sorry, but when I talk to, say, an American friend, it comes right back, it's a subconscious thing, so maybe now it comes back anyway, so incriminating, okay, so now I noticed it on social media. means um a lot of people uh who I once had respect for who who um who who I once looked up to a lot of my heroes who
have decided to jump on this bandwagon now there's been a lot of speculation and there's a lot of stuff lined up and me and and I think I'm the only one who knows the truth so so there are a few things that need to come out so first there is the situation with chess.com now people
have said mychest.com got banned twice ok so this This is what happened when I was 12 years old. i was um with a friend and i was playing title tuesday and uh i was playing and he came on the ipad with a motor and i was 12 years old and he said you know he started doing the moves i was a kid i had no idea what happened now.
This happened once in an online tournament. He was just a kid and nothing happened. Now, four years later, when I was 16, during my streaming career on an absolutely ridiculous bug and in ranked games. i was 12
never in my life
cheated in an overt The
board game in an online tournament if they were in unrated games and i admit it and speak my truth because i dont want any misrepresentation. I'm proud of myself because I learned from that mistake and now I've given it my all. to chess i
have sacrificed everything for chess and i do all i can to improve so i'm going to start basically so in some i wanted to get some rating you know i just wanted to get higher ratings i could play with stronger players so that I
cheated in random games on trust.com now i was confronted i confessed and this is the biggest mistake of my life and i am completely ashamed and i tell the world because i don't want no misrepresentation and i don't want rumors i
cheated in a
board game aside when i was 12
never ever and i would
never do that thats the worst thing i could do cheating in a cash tournament now i made that mistake and this is something i thought something i was doing consistently
never when i was streaming i
never misrepresented my strength then i made this mistake i was confronted by trust.com i had fully admitted it and stopped playing.com now what i want people to know about this is that i am deeply sorry for my mistake and i know that my actions
have consequences and i suffer those consequences for During that time I completely walked away from a very lucrative streaming career, stopped playing all events and lost many close friendships and relationships. s that meant a lot to me so I assure you I may not
have suffered but I am going public now I might be ruining my reputation for life but I want to tell the truth now that this has happened I am deeply deeply ashamed of that but keep in mind i was 16 i
never wanted her on anyone these are random games i could
never even imagine doing it in a real game now sadly there has been a targeted attack and some recent events
have made it happen. r really very hard for me not to stop talking after the game against magnus obviously magnus tweets clearly some innuendo and then it all starts piling up i get an email from chess.com saying they
have removed private access to my chess account .com and that I
have been disinvited from the world chess championship now three days ago I met someone very high up on chess.com at the stingfield cup he had amazing words but because of this game against magnus for what he said they
have decided to eliminate me for full website now this is great and now this is after i
have already fully admitted it and they
have the best cheat detection in the world they know i am not a cheater and i
have given all interest i work very hard at night the chess is my whole life it's fine now if they're going to try to think i'm going to keep quiet about what happened it's completely ridiculous i met danny ranch in miami and i would d and i jan was a person who confronted me and i was deeply indebted to him for handling the ban in private and giving me a chance to redeem myself now after not being playing chess.com events i attended tournaments over the
board and me I told myself that the only way to make amends for my mistake was to prove to myself and to show others that I could beat myself now that it has been my mission and that is why I
have lived in a suitcase for two years. that's why i've played 260 games in a year that's why i
have to train 12 hours a day because i
have something to prove and now that chestercom has suddenly decided to jump on magnus's insinuation uh he makes very direct accusations now they see the opportunity ok just we are getting rid of this.
I think this is completely unfair. This is a targeted attack. just come to me and tell me we can't wait to
have the trusty world championship we expect you to play in our events and then right when i beat magnus they decided to delete my account and not let me play in their tournaments this is absolutely ridiculous and they' I only did this because of what Magnus said with Hikarus and that the whole chess world on social media is completely attacking and undermining me, but maybe they would think that I would be afraid to tell the whole world that I
cheated in random games and
cheated. in a tournament when I was 12 but I'm not afraid because I know who I am and I know the chess player I am and I know what I give to chess so I'm not going to be afraid of being manipulated and being conspired to try to ruin my chest career when i know what happened so you know this as far as magnus is concerned this is absolutely the fact that he did it without saying he knew the insinuations that would follow if you look at social media e on single platform e im getting thousands of messages not thousands uh there are thousands of tweets everyone is attacking me and uh some people are standing up for me and i really appreciate them but when i see people attack me with absolutely no evidence you know the people. i
have zero i'm the only person who knows what happened and i'm telling you this is the truth now i, you know i really don't think i
have the courage to say this but some people do.
I am very grateful to the people who helped me make this vision and they know what this is this is the truth and uh I really and now Magnus can uh and hikaru uh uh hikaru I
cheated you in an online game. no game ever happened and uh and and and the most ridiculous part uh and this uh is that um you know that the same players that in this tournament are chanting that I'm cheating
have also made insinuations about people making considerations about me so let's just say the worst Please whoever says these things about me they're not that innocent so it's very ridiculous um so you know I'm sorry if I'm rambling but the main thing I want to say is I'm not going to let chess.com not i'm going to let magnus carlsen i'm not going to let hikara nakamura the three arguably biggest entities in chess just smear my reputation because the question is why are they going to remove me from trust.com right after I beat magnus just huh, what? what is what is what happens over time?
So first of all, you know again. I am deeply sorry for what happened. It's the biggest regret of my life that I could and even now looking back I can't recognize myself to give context I was 16 I don't want to make excuses but I lived alone in New York City it was the peak of the pandemic and I've been financially independent ever since i was 16 i left my family and lived alone at 16 i had to pay rent and i wanted to let you know and i was willing to do anything to grow my stream so of course i made a childish mistake and i will
have to live with it but i would rather live with it and let everyone know the truth instead of people making it simple uh uh you know the speculations about me because this is the whole truth and i would like to see if everyone else they can tell their truth when charizard com sends you this email. no reason they said i tried to log into my trust.com account i wanted to see the games and they said yes i could log in email me a few hours later they terminated it we
have it private so they didn't They don't want to publicly ban me because I didn't
have to give a reason and they think they might scare me and because they think I'm not going to talk about it because I'm scared.
I admit this, but this is online. I did this when I was 12 and then when me and the second time I did it it wasn't even for adoration it wasn't even an online cash prize it was absolutely a random game and I understand some people might miss the I respect this, but it's my biggest mistake and I've done everything I've done in recent years to make up for that mistake and that's my whole purpose as a chess player, to show myself and others that I'm trying to do better. and i hope my results uh my commitment and hard work
have shown that i
have learned from this and uh i learned my lesson hans how does it feel to play the rest of the tournament knowing that everything here is around the cup sinkhole, Magnus's gone and clearly, something's going on, how can you focus, because you know when, obviously, before after the game, I open up social media and I can't look away because, every single person inside. his whole family has an opinion and of course you get d I got into it and I'm reading it and I'm, uh obviously it was really heartbreaking to see so many people and you know what I'd like to say this is when I was eight, um i was magnus carlson he came to an exhibition in california and my mom took me there i just started or maybe he's nine i just started playing chess and he was putting on a silent blindfold there was an auction to bid on that and uh when they were bidding on it uh it got up to a thousand dollars and it became too much and my mom said no if you really want it we'll do it you know i was really going to make a financial sacrifice so i could play and i said ok no mom one day i'm gonna play it for free alright and instead i got a big signed chess piece and you know that happened but for me see my hero see my absolute hero try to aim um try to screw my reputation for my chess career and do To see it in such a frivolous way is really very disappointing um because you know when you spend your whole life admiring someone and then you meet them and then you know my dream came true i lived my dream for one day beating magnus and then all this happened so sorry i forgot what your initial question was how do you focus on the sing phil cup?
Well, you know when I sit at the
board it's pure, it's all chess, so even today, maybe there were moments during the game where my mind wandered, but when I play chess, that's it, that's it. It was on my mind and I hope it stays that way. Does this bother you feed you? Do you get hungry? It absolutely feeds me. for me, when i was starting to play chess in the netherlands, my school teacher told me that i was not good enough and that certainly fed me. to win the tournament even more and you know i can go to the game i can completely strip you want to do any fair play check for me you want i don't care because i know i'm clean and they could literally say those ridiculous things to me they want me to send completely naked i won't I don't care because I know I'm clean and I'm willing to submit you want you wantto play in a closed box with zero electrical transmission I don't care you know name whatever the boys want huh I'm here to win and that's going to be my goal regardless of Hans' words very sincere guys any questions on the contrary, a very candid interview. social media and uh keep your head in the game yeah i think a lot of this needed to be said and i think it's really good that it was said uh and yeah thanks uh thanks for coming in and doing this I'm going just thanks to you guys for giving me a chance to speak and I'm sure many, many people will go.
I'm watching this and uh I'd just like to hope that everyone keeps an open mind and uh and understands that uh chess is my whole life and uh I've sacrificed everything for this game and I'm willing to do anything um to prove and get better and better in chess so this is sorry but chess is everything to me so i guess that's it that's all i absolutely need to say you've said a lot of hands thanks for joining us Here guys we're coming to a rest day, he still has one more trying to win this tournament yes he is and again uh Peter very honest words yes it seems like we really shouldn't be talking right now this is meant to be. the broadcast ends because, like us, we are not adding any value to what has been said here