This is about the Carlsen–Niemann controversy asked about previously:
How can Magnus Carlsen, a Norwegian, be sued for defamation by Hans Niemann in Missouri?
Update: Are (evidence of) rumours of a defendant's racism unhelpful in a defamation case involving accusations of cheating?
Unlike Magnus, Hans never (provably)
cheated OTB (over the board),
cheated as an adult or
cheated against a minor.
In all of the following, Magnus cheated as an adult.
Magnus cheated online twice against GM Danya Naroditsky in lichess. 1 was in 2021 by getting help from SGM David Howell (aka GM HansSchmidt) on lichess.
Magnus cheated OTB against then-minor 16yo prodigy Alireza Firouzja in 2019 blitz world chess championship
It was denied because Alireza did not call arbiter during the game. Probably kids are too afraid to call arbiters on world chess champions like how Judit Polgar was afraid to call an arbiter on Garry Kasparov in 1994.
- Magnus cheated OTB against SGM Ian Nepomniachtchi in the 2021 world chess championship by touching a piece without saying 'adjust' and then not moving it. Magnus definitely intended to move the piece according to SGM Hikaru Nakamura (yet strangely co-defendant of Magnus in this lawsuit. Traitor). Unfortunately, Nepo was not in the room and so could not claim a touch move rule violation against Magnus.
As per FIDE rules, unless you announce adjustment, you MUST move the piece you've touched. Of course it's the responsibility of the opponent to claim it, but it's a violation of the rules nonetheless. This is why I view it firmly as a fair play issue.
- Would it have been unhelpful for Hans to have brought this up in the lawsuit? (Not sure of my grammar?)
- Would it be unhelpful for Hans to bring this up later on eg in depositions or actual trial?
Response from a lawyer (Brodie Butland aka BMB_Esq on twitter - Oct 24, 2022)
Let’s assume for sake of argument that’s all true. At most it would show that Magnus is a hypocrite. It doesn’t show actual malice as to the specific defamatory statements that the lawsuit is based upon, which was the focus of my analysis.