In the last list of top games we published, we went over a few of Alireza Firouzja’s best chess games. In this post, we go through the best games of Hans Moke Niemann.
Hans Moke Niemann has gotten worldwide attention from the recent chess drama after beating Magnus Carlsen in one game with the black pieces. We don’t believe Hans cheated in that game, we think Hans just won a game against the world champion and he decided to attack Hans. With that being said, Hans recently crosses the 2700 Elo threshold in FIDE classical, adding his name to the list of Chess Super Grandmasters. Here’s ten of Niemann’s top games.
10. Hans Niemann vs Max Warmerdam – June 10, 2022
Prague Chess Festival Challengers, Round 3 – Prague, Czech Republic
Hans Niemann played against Max Warmerdam at the Prague Chess Festival Challengers tournament on June 10, 2022. Niemann played the Tarrasch Defense Gambit Declined with the white pieces.
9. Hans Niemann vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – September 03, 2022
Sinquefield Cup, Round 2 – Saint Louis, USA
Hans Niemann played against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov at the Sinquefield Cup tournament on September 03, 2022. Niemann played the English Opening with the white pieces.
8. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Hans Niemann – September 09, 2022
Sinquefield Cup, Round 7 – Saint Louis, USA
Hans Niemann played against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave at the European Championship tournament on September 09, 2022. Niemann played the Queen’s Pawn Defense with the black pieces.
7. Hans Niemann vs Sebastien Maze – December 22, 2020
Sunway Sitges Open, Round 9 – Sitges, Spain
Hans Niemann played against Sebastien Maze at the Sunway Sitges Open tournament on December 22, 2020. Niemann played the Nimzo-Indian Defense with the white pieces.
6. Boris Gelfand vs Hans Niemann – September 18, 2022
Julius Baer Generation Cup, Round 1 – chess24.com, International
Hans Niemann played against Boris Gelfand at the Russian Championship Higher League tournament on September 18, 2022. Niemann played the Indian Game with the black pieces.
5. Pavel Ponkratov vs Hans Niemann – November 08, 2021
Lindores Abbey Tal Mem (blitz), Round 14 –Riga, Latvia
Hans Niemann played against Pavel Ponkratov at the European Team Championship tournament on October 24, 2019. Niemann played the English Opening with the black pieces.
4. Hans Niemann vs Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson – October 31, 2019
Kvika Reykjavik Open, Round 5 – Batumi, Georgia
Hans Niemann played against Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson at the European Team Championship tournament on October 31, 2019. Niemann played the Queen’s Gambit Declined with the white pieces.
3. Hans Niemann vs Vignesh Panchanatham – May 24, 2015
24th Chicago Open, Round 7 – Wheeling, IL USA
Hans played against Vignesh Panchanatham at the 24th Chicago Open tournament on May 24, 2015. Niemann played the King’s Indian Defense with the white pieces.
2. Abhimanyu Mishra vs Hans Niemann – October 04, 2020
CCCSA Fall GM, Round 8 – Charlotte, USA
Hans Niemann played against Abhimanyu Mishra at the CCCSA Fall GM tournament on October 04, 2020. Niemann played the King’s Indian Defense with the black pieces.
1. Magnus Carlsen vs Hans Niemann – September 04, 2022
Sinquefield Cup, Round 3 – St Louis, USA
Hans played against Magnus Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup tournament on September 04, 2022. Niemann played the Nimzo-Indian Defense with the black pieces.
After this game, Magnus withdrew from the tournament and implied that Hans was cheating. Cheating in chess is serious and so is accusing another player of it, especially without any proof which Magnus or anyone else for that matter, don’t have.
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