The chess world is abuzz. Hans Riemann, with the hair of Adam Neumann (former head of WeWork), has been accused of cheating. A previous investigation found him admitting that he had cheated in online chess. Why would anyone be surprised? We in the academic world concluded years ago that there is no way to prevent online test cheating. A few toggles here and there in a chess game would be a cake-walk compared to cheating on stats exams.
However, Mr. Riemann denies cheating at over-the-board chess. His opponent, world champion Magnus Carlson, believes Mr. Riemann cheated in their recent match. Mr. Carlson said that during their match Mr. Riemann “wasn’t tense or even concentrating on the game.”
Mr. Niemann says he has cheated online in the past, but no more. Referring to Chess.com he said, “They have the best cheat detection in the world.” As for the live chess folks, they only offer this, pre-investigation,: Mr. Niemann’s fast rise to the top is “statistically extraordinary.” Stats and cheating are inextricably intertwined.
Andrew Braton and Joshua Robinson, “Report Finds That Chess Grandmaster ‘Likely Cheated’ More Than 100 Times,” Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2022, p. A14.