A top chess player accused of cheating has insisted he is "not going to back down" after making his first comments on the scandal in nearly a month.

On Tuesday, a Chess.Com research claimed it was "probably" Hans Niemann cheated in more than 100 games online.

The 19-year-old American rising star had already been accused of cheating by world champion Magnus Carlsen.

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Speaking on Wednesday after winning his US Championship game, Niemann said his victory was "a message to everyone".

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In a news conference following a convincing win against 15-year-old grandmaster Christopher Yoo

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Niemann was asked about the "elephant in the room" - a reference to the cheating scandal that has gripped the chess world.

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Without addressing the allegations directly, Niemann said: "This game is a message to everyone.

This entire thing started with me saying 'chess speaks for itself' and I think this game spoke for itself and showed the chess player I am.

"It also showed I'm not going to back down and I'm going to play my best chess here regardless of the pressure."