Hans Niemann banned from the Saint Louis Chess Club throughout 2024

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
2/3/2024 – The Saint Louis Chess Club, the leading private chess institution in the United States, has announced that no invitations will be extended to Hans Niemann to participate in invitational events organized by the club throughout 2024. The club cites Niemann’s inappropriate behaviour — including damaging private property and rude comments — as justification for their decision. Niemann has posted a number of posts on X denying the accusations.

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More drama

Ever since Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the 2022 Sinquefield Cup following a loss against Hans Niemann — later implying that the U.S. grandmaster had cheated — dramatic incidents have become a fixture of Niemann’s career.

Find here a few of the many reports related to these issues published on our website:

We can now add yet another incident. The Saint Louis Chess Club published a press release announcing that Hans Niemann has been banned from participating in any invitational tournaments organized by the club in 2024.

Following the publication of the announcement, Niemann quickly shared a post on X to “clarify how completely inaccurate [the club’s announcement] is”. By the time of writing this report, Niemann has published five more posts addressing the issue.

The 20-year-old recorded a 21-minute video (embedded below) giving further explanations. He later explained:

To summarize: for the entirety of 2023, STL ignored calls emails and didn’t invite me to numerous tournaments that I would usually be invited to based on my rating. This shows that before any incident with the hotel, they had made up their mind about blacklisting me and this is only their newest excuse.

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Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.