By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw
A bizarre case of cheating in the sedate world of chess has been alleged against the 19-year- old grandmaster, Hans Niemann.
The allegation arose in a recent game between Niemann and Magnus Carlsen, the world’s top grandmaster.
It is alleged that Niemann won by using wireless vibrating anal beads. The mind boggles.
His win on 4 September in the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, USA, was unexpected, as Carlsen had not been beaten in 53 sittings. Niemann was the first chess player to beat Carlsen in more than two years.
Carlsen, the five times world chess champion, decided to withdraw from the event on losing, which has been described in some quarters as unsportsmanlike!
On the day that he did so, the World Chess Hall of Fame decided to strengthen its anti-cheating security measures, which include scanning Niemann before his next match.
Niemann denied that he had cheated in his game with Carlsen and stated that he would compete fully naked, if necessary, in future.
That would certainly spice up the game of chess!