US Chess Champs 1: Hans Niemann defies his critics
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US Chess Champs 1: Hans Niemann defies his critics

“This game is a message” said Hans Niemann after beating 15-year-old Christopher Yoo in Round 1 of the 2022 US Championship. He refused to analyse and left the interview in under a minute, commenting, “it was such a beautiful game I don’t even need to describe it”. Sam Sevian was the only other player to win in the Open section, while four of the seven games were decisive in the Women’s section.




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  • General Sep 15, 2022 | 5:03 PM 1

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  • General Sep 14, 2022 | 3:46 PM 2

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  • General Sep 12, 2022 | 9:00 AM 20

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  • Reports Sep 12, 2022 | 6:04 AM 11

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  • Reports Sep 11, 2022 | 8:13 AM 11

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  • Reports Sep 10, 2022 | 6:47 AM 15

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  • Reports Sep 9, 2022 | 6:32 AM 5

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