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Googling 'Chess Master Anal Beads' Might Be The Most Entertaining Thing You Do Today

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on September 16, 2022 at 10:45 AM EDT

A cheating scandal is taking over the internet as allegations of a player, Hans Niemann, used vibrating “anal beads” to signal winning moves during a tournament, ultimately beating a world champion at a high-stakes tournament.

And social media users are not holding back after the 19-year-old was accused.

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19-Year-Old Uses Anal Beads To Cheat In Chess Game

Hans Niemann Chess

Hans Niemann, 19, of San Francisco, California, made headlines when he beat Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, 31, at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 4.

“It must be embarrassing for the world champion to lose to an idiot like me,” Niemann said in an interview shortly after beating the grandmaster. “I feel bad for him.”

Now, however, Niemann is the one who should be embarrassed because he found himself caught in the middle of a cheating scandal as he's been accused of using select technology to signal winning moves.

One report online claims they figured out a way to win a chess, which is exactly what the 19-year-old is being accused of. The article was published on July 30, 2022.

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I have come up with a new way to win at chess: I have connected up a Raspberry Pi Zero in my pocket to some buttons and vibration motors in my shoes, so that I can surreptitiously communicate with a chess engine running on the Pi. The project is called "Sockfish" because it's a way to operate Stockfish with your socks.

The designer continued to explain, "I was planning to recruit a 'plausibly-good' chess player to use the shoes to win the world championship. This proof-of-concept only needed to fool my mates, in a pub, for the duration of 2 games. To win the world championships we're going to have to get much more serious."

The article has since gone viral on Hacker News, and although there is no concrete evidence that this is how Niemman beat the grandmaster, many find the timing odd.

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Social Media Reacts To Chess Cheating Scandal

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Social media users are getting a kick out of the chess cheating scandal. In fact, one Twitter user, LaughingMurphy_, hilariously wrote:

F*cking 2022. No flying cars but you can beat a Chess Master with Anal Beads.


Another Twitter user, vinniecosce, posted a hilarious GIF that says "positive vibration" along with the caption:

So there’s an allegation that the grand chess master won by using vibrating anal beads that were remote controlled by his colleagues that would vibrate when he was about to make a correct move. ???


Twitter user pmytp_Elliote hilariously wrote:

Okay, but I've never used chess master level anal beads before.

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Another Twitter user demosdemon hilariously admitted:

“Chess master anal beads”

Honestly, that’s not the weirdest thing I’ve ever googled


And even billionaire Elon Musk weighed in on the scandal. In the now-deleted Tweet, according to NY Post, the Tesla CEO wrote:

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one can see (cause it’s in ur butt)."

At this time, Niemman nor Carlsen have not commented on the chess cheating scandal.

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