In September, the Internet was abuzz over video of chess titan Magnus Carlsen abruptly leaving a tournament chess game after making just one move. To those outside the world of competitive chess, Carlsen’s quick exit appeared inexplicable. But there was a significant backstory that had been brewing for some time. Shortly after the incident, Carlsen issued a press release accusing his opponent at the game, Hans Moke Niemann, of cheating. Niemann, twelve years Carlsen’s junior, had apparently confessed to cheating in certain games years ago and well, Carlsen seems to believe his cheating days are not behind him. The incident followed Niemann’s defeat of Carlsen a few days before at another tournament, which dashed Carlsen’s hopes of achieving a few important milestones in his stellar career. Now Niemann has brought suit against Carlsen and others he is accusing of working together to destroy Neimann’s career in competitive chess. According to Niemann, defendants are falsely painting him as a cheater in order to protect Carlsen’s statuts as the “King of Chess,” and to protect the value of Carlsen’s lucrative brand Play Magnus. The suit brings claims for: (1) slander; (2) libel; (3) unlawful group boycott under the Sherman Act antitrust statute; (4) tortious interference with contract and business expectancies; and (5) civil conspiracy. It seeks damages in the amount of $100,000,000.