It was a step many speculated might happen. Hans Niemann has filed a complaint in the United States District Court, in the Eastern District of Missouri. The complaint cites Magnus Carlsen, the Play Magnus Group, Chess.com, LLC Daniel Rensch, and Hikaru Nakamura, seeking damages of no lee than one hundred million dollars, with a jury trial demanded.
My lawsuit speaks for itself https://t.co/rOfUxiNYCH
— Hans Niemann (@HansMokeNiemann) October 20, 2022
The full 44-page complaint can be read here.
Hans Niemann is represented by Oved & Oved.
Needless to say, the Twitterverse is already exploding. USA Today Sports reporter Tom Shad already commented:
The latest twist in the chess cheating saga: Hans Niemann has filed a lawsuit against Magnus Carlsen, https://t.co/iVr6K0zhAv and others, alleging defamation and an unlawful attempt to “blacklist” him from professional chess. pic.twitter.com/Kp0P5cFdAN
— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) October 20, 2022