A teenage chess champion was thoroughly checked–including his posterior–via a scanner by security upon his arrival at the U.S. Chess Championships in St. Louis on Thursday.
While the two players entering before U.S. chess grandmaster Hans Niemann were scanned on their fronts by a security wand, Niemann was additionally scanned on his backside.
The 19-year-old was asked to turn around so security could wave the scanning device over his buttocks after he was previously accused of a cheating scandal involving the use of vibrating anal beads to receive messages from his coach.
You can see the viral video here:
The unsubstantiated allegation of using anal beads came after Niemann's stunning victory over Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen during their game at the 2022 Sinquefield Cup.
Carlsen's shocking end to his 53-game winning streak prompted him to withdraw from the annual invitation-only chess tournament.
Carlsen, who is widely regarded as one of the best chess players in the world remarked Carlsen appeared unfocused during their match and his "over the board progress has been unusual.”
All the hubub about the alleged scandal within the chess community led chess player Eric "Chess Brah" Hansen to speculate Niemann beat Carlsen through the use of anal beads to receive signals via remote control.
So how would that exactly work?
Twitter filled in gaps to please the curious.
Because there was no substantial proof of cheating via this unusual method, Niemann was allowed to continue participating in the championship.
Niemann admitted to cheating twice in his career–when he was 12 and 16.
But he denied all other such accusations and even offered to play in the buff to prove his innocence.
A report from Chess.com claimed Niemann has "likely cheated" more than 100 times in his online professional gaming career.
The internet chess server website declared:
"Overall, we have found that Hans has likely cheated in more than 100 online chess games, including several prize money events."
"He was already 17 when he likely cheated in some of these matches and games. He was also streaming in 25 of these games."
The anal beads rumor led to the expected jokes.
Niemann won his first round in the U.S. championship against 15-year-old opponent Christopher Yoo.
Following his victory on Wednesday, Niemann stated "this game is a message to everyone."
“This entire thing started with me saying chess speaks for itself and I think this game spoke for itself and showed the chess player that I am."
“It also showed I’m not going to back down and I’m going to play my best chess here regardless of the pressure.”