Hans Niemann is 97% accurate vs Jesus Duque

With “suspicions of cheating” by Hans Niemann continuing to swirl within the chess community, several of his games were recently brought to my attention due to their high degree of accuracy. Featured is his 28-move encounter with International Master Jesus Duque from the “First GM Mix Bassano” which was played on March 19th, 2021.The opening is a Closed Ruy Lopez with Niemann (black) sacrificing a pawn for a lead in development. By move 16 there was already 1 inaccuracy and 1 blunder by Duque, from which there would be no recovery. After the game, I share a “Tale of the Tape”, along with my 2 cents on this game which saw Niemann score a 97% accuracy.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Rxe5 Qd6 13. Re4 c5 14. Nd2 c4 15. dxc4 Nc3 16. c5 Qd8 17. bxc3 Bxe4 18. Ba3 Bb7 19. c4 b4 20. Bb2 Bf6 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Nf1 Rad8 23. Qc1 Rfe8 24. Ng3 Qc6 25. Qf1 a5 26. c3 bxc3 27. Bc2 Rd2 28. Rc1 Rxc2

Image of Hans Niemann in thumbnail courtesy of Lennart Ootes

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