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Marathon chicanery, handballs, Black Sox and more: Sport cheating scandals

By Hannah Jane Parkinson

17 Oct 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

Recently a cheating scandal in the game of chess made global headlines. The Guardian looks at some chapters from sports history where the rules of those games weren't followed.

Not since Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit enthralled 62 million viewers has chess captured mainstream attention to such an extent.

Last month the Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, world No 1 and already the “rock star” of chess – see GQ profiles and multimillion‑pound apparel collaborations – accused the American Hans Niemann of cheating after the 19-year-old ended Carlsen’s over-the-board 53-match winning sequence.

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