Rating: 2667 (world no.68) | Peak Rating: 2708 (world no.31)
Hans Niemann became an overnight household name after defeating Magnus Carlsen in the 2022 Sinquefield Cup, causing the then world champion to immediately withdraw from the tournament, after which there was a great deal of debate about what had occurred. This summer Niemann came to an agreement with Chess.com, Carlsen and Nakamura, which saw him reinstated to the highly popular chess platform./p>
Niemann became a grandmaster in 2020, quickly crossing the 2600 boundary the next year during which he won the super-tough World Open in Philadelphia, as well as the U.S. Junior Championship. By the end of 2022 he had crossed the 2700 boundary for the first time, overcoming Classic rival Amin Tabatabaei in a playoff to finish second at the very strong Sunway Sitges Open.
2023 has seen Niemann play virtually non-stop since April, competing in Menorca, Baku, Sharjah, Dubai, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Abu Dhabi, Mexico City and the Isle of Man, where he finished on 6/11 in the FIDE Grand Swiss. He followed this up with an awesome performance in The Tournament of Peace 2023 which took place in Zagreb, Croatia. Niemann finished the tournament on an undefeated 8/9 a full 3 points ahead of the field and with an astronomical TPR of 2946. The last round in Croatia was less than 24 hours from the start of the London Chess Classic round 1, which if nothing else proves the man’s remarkable energy!
Hans Niemann competes in London Classic after stunning success in Zagreb - The Guardian
D.O.B. 20th June 2003 (San Francisco)