Niemann Makes the First Move: A Transatlantic Perspective on Chess Prodigy’s Group Boycott Claim Following cheating allegations and a ban from the popular online platform “Chess.com,” Chess Grandmaster Hans Niemann filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri against Magnus Carlsen, Chess.com, Play Magnus, Daniel Rensch, and Hikaru Nakamura seeking $100,000,000 in damages. The suit alleges, inter alia, an unlawful group boycott in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1 (“The Sherman Act”). Although Niemann chose to file suit in the United States, this suit could feasibly have been filed in a number of other countries given the global reach of elite professional chess. This article provides a transatlantic perspective on the most controversial legal battle in modern chess history by analysing
The US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri receives a complaint from a chess prodigy alleging that his competition and the world’s largest online chess platform have illegally excluded him (Hans Niemann / Magnus Carlsen / Chess.com / Play Magnus / Daniel Rensch / Hikaru Nakamura)
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