The US Chess Championship 2022 is being played in Saint Louis Chess Club with Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian and Wesley So headlining the field which includes Hans Niemann as the 8th seed. Hans Niemann had a perfect start at the tournament defeating Christopher Yoo with black pieces. He gave a short post-game interview sending a message “Chess speaks for itself” and left the US Championship studio not willing to analyze his game: “It was such a beautiful game I don’t even need to describe it“. Christopher Yoo shared his thoughts on the case a day after: “I felt disrespected on every level by Hans Niemann“, and Wesley So agreed with him stating that Niemann disrespected everybody in the chess world.
Fabiano Caruana pointed out that the US Chess Championship might become recognized as the 2022 Disrespect Championship. He tweeted: “The 2022 Disrespect Championship is just warming up“.Fabiano Caruana plays against Hans Niemann in the fourth round of the tournament with black pieces and we might be seeing more “disrespect chess drama”. Hans Niemann vs Fabiano Caruana, US Chess Championship 2022 – Round 4 live game