Hikaru Nakamura, a Japanese-American chess grandmaster, recently went on an unbeaten 46-match streak against ranked opposition in a competition on Chess.com, the world’s largest online chess platform. Most in the chess world applauded Nakamura’s impressive feat, but the streak also drew accusations of cheating from a Russian foe.
Vladimir Kramnik, a former world champion, cryptically claimed in a blog post that the series of victories was suspicious and merited closer examination by moderators on Chess.com. Kramnik did not provide any concrete evidence to support his claims, but he did suggest that Nakamura’s performance was statistically unlikely.
Nakamura denies accusations
Nakamura has vehemently denied the accusations, calling them “baseless” and “ridiculous.” He has also pointed out that he has been subjected to anti-cheating checks and has always come out clean.
Chess.com has also said that it has found no evidence of cheating on Nakamura’s part. The platform has a sophisticated anti-cheating system that uses various methods to detect suspicious activity.
The accusations against Nakamura have sparked a heated debate in the chess world, with some people believing that he is innocent and others believing that he is guilty. The debate is likely to continue until there is more concrete evidence to support or refute the claims.