World chess champion Magnus Carlsen accuses American Hans Niemann of cheating
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen accused American Hans Niemann of cheating. The grandmaster published a statement in Twitter.
“I believe that Niemann cheated more than he publicly admitted. His progression was unusual, during our play at the Sinquefield Cup I got the impression that he was not tense or even fully concentrated on playing in critical positions, beating me with black in a way that I think only a handful of players can do, the Norwegian said. He added that he was disappointed and did not want to play against Niemann.
Carlsen called cheating a big problem and a threat to chess. “Tournament organizers and all those who care about the integrity of the game we love should seriously think about strengthening security measures and methods for detecting cheating in over-the-board chess,” the grandmaster emphasized.
Earlier, the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Arkady Dvorkovich, expressed dissatisfaction with Carlsen’s behavior in the situation with Niemann. “We strongly believe that the world champion has a moral responsibility associated with his status as he is seen as the game’s global ambassador. His actions affect the reputation of his colleagues, sports results,” he said.
During the online Champions Chess Tour, Carlsen resigned after two moves against Niemann. Earlier, the owner of the world chess crown withdrew from the final stage of the Grand Chess Tour after losing to the American. It was noted that the Norwegian made decisions due to suspicions of cheating on the part of Niemann.