Hans Niemann filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court (Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division). Plaintiff Hans Moke Niemann, represented by his attorneys Oved & Oved LLP and local Missouri counsel The Gartner Law Firm, is seeking a total of 400 million USD in damages from “Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen aka Magnus Carlsen, Play Magnus as Play Magnus Group, Chess.com LLC, Daniel Rensch aka Danny Rensch, and Hikaru Nakamura”. As Susan Polgar put it, The full scale chess war is on!
Hans Niemann’s lawyers Oved & Oved already received a reply from Chess.com lawyers, while the chess community is buzzing with comments regarding the lawsuit (see Yosha Iglesias, Jonathan Rowson, and scroll down for all 95 articles on the Carlsen – Niemann chess drama)
For Ilya Merenzon, the CEO of WorldChess, the Hans Niemann’s lawsuit is the perfect PR opportunity for chess. He says, “It has everything: millions of dollars (rarity for the sport!), drama, cheating allegations, Carlsen and Nakamura in one sentence, and a big takeover deal on the line.”