Hans Moke Niemann (born June 20, 2003) was born in San Francisco, California, moving to the Netherlands at the age of 7 for a few years before moving back to the US and eventually graduating from Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, which is known for its chess culture. He was awarded the Grandmaster title by FIDE on January 22, 2021. On March 1, 2019, Niemann first entered the Top 100 Junior players list on position 88. As of November 2021 he is ranked 9th (Juniors ranking) and 124th (Open ranking) At the 2015 National Open of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival, then 11-year old Niemann became the last person to play a rated game against GM Walter Browne, who died shortly after competing in the tournament. Browne won the game after 35 move.
After initially winning his first 6 consecutive games, Niemann finished in third place at the 2018 U16 Olympiad in Konya, Turkey.
In December 2018 he won the National K-12 Blitz Championships undefeated, finishing 12-0.1436 Three days later he went on to tie for 1st in his grade in the overall K-12 Grade Championships,37 while also tying for first in the bughouse duo,38 achieving a perfect win.11
in June 2019 Niemann won the inaugural ChessKid Games hosted by Chess.com, accruing 20 straight victories and qualifying for the 2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship.Niemann achieved his third and final GM norm at the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy (CCCSA GM Norm Invitational) in October 2020, placing first.
n July 2021 Niemann finished 1st place in the World Open held in Philadelphia, after beating John Burke in a tiebreak playoff. It was also in this tournament that Niemann surpassed the 2600 threshold with a draw against Ukrainian grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk in Round 8. Later that same month Niemann won the U.S. Junior Championship held in St. Louis, which entitles him to compete in the invitational 2022 U.S. Chess Championship.
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