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it's not a huge knock on the writer or the outlet (kotaku). but man, clicks must be VERY hard to come by when you keep posting articles about the chess cheating thing with "anal beads" in the title

The Chess Grandmaster Anal Bead Conspiracy That's Happening Right Now, Explained

The modern-day world of championship chess isn’t just long games and arcane openings. There’s Twitch drama, robots that break kids’ fingers, and now: anal beads.

...Okay, but what about the anal beads?
While there’s no evidence Niemann cheated, that didn’t stop tons of people from speculating about how he might have. Tournaments are rigourous in their security, and it’s not like you can start consulting a chess program (what Niemann had done in the past) while everyone is watching and your opponent is just a few feet away.

During a Chessbrah Twitch stream after Niemann’s match, the chat offered anal beads as one solution. Canadian grandmasters Eric Hansen and Aman Hambleton started riffing on it, and a German outlet wrote the whole thing up. But one Reddit user took things much further and theorized that maybe anal beads were at play. How exactly? “The real answer is actually elementary,” the post began. Actually, it’s quite complicated. The shitpost actually accuses Carlsen of using anal beads to cheat during his entire chess career (except for those few times he was too drunk to feel them properly).

The design for the anal bead supercomputer was eventually stolen, and used against Carlsen by Niemann. In fact, Niemann didn’t even know how to use them properly, but the signals of his anal beads interfered with the signals of Carlsen’s anal beads which is why the latter played so poorly. In the end, however, Carlsen couldn’t reveal how Niemann cheated without implicating himself. Not quite the perfect chess crime, but all the makings of a top comment on r/Chess. The user was showered with Reddit gold. Mods removed the post. But it was too late.

To reiterate, there is still no evidence Niemann cheated, though an announcement on September 8 that he would be removed from Chess.com did nothing to dispel suspicions. And there is certainly no evidence any anal beads were used in Carlsen’s stunning defeat. But what if the theory behind the anal beads could actually work? The truth is out there for those brave enough to uncover it. One thing that is true: all eyes will be on Niemann’s next match if he does decide to play it naked. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a new Twitch meta brewing. God forgive us.

Chess Champion Breaks Silence On 'Anal Bead' Cheating Controversy

After nearly a month of anal bead memes and chess drama, world champion Magnus Carlsen has finally opened up about his stunning defeat to 19-year-old grandmaster Hans Niemann and his shocking stunts that followed in the aftermath. Long story short: He thinks Niemann is a cheater, over the board and online, and he refuses to ever compete against him again.

...The chess world spent the following week abuzz in heated debate and speculation about whether Niemann was in fact a cheater and if so, how he may have accomplished it. On Twitch and Reddit, chess shitposters joked that maybe Niemann used supercomputers inside anal beads to communicate the best moves to him via vibration. There was no evidence that he did, but the outlandish meme captured everyone’s imagination in part because it reflected the fact that there was no evidence for Carlsen’s insinuation in the first place.


Karl Malone, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:15 (five months ago) link

in both cases, i thought "does this potential chess cheating thing REALLY involve anal beads?"

after the first time, i thought, no, it does not. but then the second time, i thought "would Kotaku really run a second article speculating about anal beads based on a joke post on reddit?"

well yeah

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:17 (five months ago) link

Actually, it's about ethics in gaming journalism.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:18 (five months ago) link

writing a shitpost on reddit and then having it turn into a multi-article investigation by one of the one video game websites is kind of the best you can do in the modern world

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:23 (five months ago) link

The Kotaku headlines which make me laugh are the ones like "35 Things I Wish I Knew Before Playing Disney Dreamlight Valley."

You really can't afford to be learning the nuances of Disney Dreamlight Valley as you go. You must know these 35 things before you even think about picking it up.

jmm, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:45 (five months ago) link

Chess Players Are Convinced That The Anal Bead Controversy Is Causing More Online Cheating

Remember the anal bead cheating controversy? As much as I’d like to forget, it turns out that a lot of people are still thinking about it.

Since the competitors played live, it’s difficult to pin down a potential cheating method (One outlandish theory involves anal beads).

just ctrl+f'ing for "anal bead", just what the updates are

Karl Malone, Thursday, 29 September 2022 18:38 (five months ago) link

is this just what happens when you're running a site and you come to the realization that anything with "anal beads" in the headline will be more popular than the rest of the articles? what a moment

Karl Malone, Thursday, 29 September 2022 18:40 (five months ago) link


Karl Malone, Thursday, 29 September 2022 18:42 (five months ago) link

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