Controversial chess star Hans Niemann has been forced to go through airport-style security ahead of the US Championship.
Niemann hit the headlines when he upset world champion Magnus Carlsen last month although the shock victory led to allegations of cheating against the 19-year-old. It has even been suggested that Niemannn had used artificial intelligent (AI) anal beads as a vibrating device, which would indicate the next move he should make.
The teenager admitted to cheating twice during his online career, aged 12 and 16 but earlier this week, it was alleged that the teenager had broken the rules in over 100 online matches.
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Niemann is set to be back in action at the US Chess Championship in Missouri this week and was faced with full airport-style security upon his arrival.
The American was scanned with a metal detector – with officials hovering over his backside – and he appeared far from happy with fellow players not subject to the same treatment.
Niemann went on to bet Christopher Yoo in the opening round of the competition and sent a warning message to his critics.
“I think that this game is a message to everyone. This entire thing started with me saying chess speaks for itself, and I think that this game spoke for itself and showed the chess player that am.
"It also showed that I’m not going to back down and I’m going to play my best chess here regardless of the pressure that I’m under, and that’s all I have to say about this game. Chess speaks for itself, that’s all I can say.”
Niemann is seeded eighth in the competition at the Saint Louis Chess Club, with £235,000 up for grabs for the winner.
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