The Greatest Chess Scandal

by Frederic Friedel
4/26/2023 – Hulu's Impact X Nightline is a weekly news magazine offering hard-hitting investigative reports, deep dives on stories in the news cycle, profiles of newsmakers, and celebrity interviews. Unfiltered, straight to the source reporting on the stories you're talking about and the ones you soon will be. This week, episode 24 is all about chess.

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The latest episode of "Impact x Nightline" takes a look at the ongoing scandal in the chess community. "Checkmate: The Great Chess Scandal" is now streaming on Hulu. Here's the trailer:

Here's a full abcNEWS description of the report, and here's a Wall Street Journal summary of the events that led to the scandal: 

Or maybe you prefer a summary from the ever charming Andrea Botez, who covers the story from start to 100 million dollar lawsuit finish in this video:

Readers who watches the Hulu Impact Nightline film are welcome to share their opinion.

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Burnsy Burnsy 4/28/2023 02:32
JoeCJK pretty spot on, society has been swirling down the bowl these last few years.
Burnsy Burnsy 4/28/2023 02:31
He obviously cheated online, he was young and made a mistake. But he hasn't cheated OTB, Magnus didn't play well, and Niemann played a good game. This has all been handled so poorly by Magnus and Its unfair to Hans, he wont be invited to any prestigious tournaments for at least the foreseeable future.
JoeCJK JoeCJK 4/27/2023 10:27
I think this is one big nothing burger, personally not even in top 20 chess scandals. The only reason the public is so fixated with this thing is because of the an*l beads. Which says a lot about our society nowadays.
Aighearach Aighearach 4/26/2023 08:38
It's somewhat problematic when one of the sources you provide is regularly on streams with Magnus.