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World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Refuses Cheating Clarification | chess news

PARIS: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen remained vague on Thursday whether or not he was thinking Hans Niemann was an impostor after abruptly conceding his match against the American on the Julius Baer Generation Cup online tournament after one move.
This was the second time this month that the Norwegian has given up matches or has withdrawn from a tournament in which Niemann also participated.
Carlsen, world champion since 2013, withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month after losing unexpectedly with the white pieces to Niemann, who is nearly 200 ELO points behind him.
It was White’s first defeat in a classic game for the world number one since losing to American Levon Aronian in October 2020.
The day after Niemann’s loss, Carlsen declared his withdrawal from the tournament by tweeting a video from soccer coach Jose Mourinho saying, “When I speak, I’m in big trouble.”
The tweet sparked a furore from comments and accusations that 19-year-old Niemann had cheated, including from American grandmaster and starstreamer Hikaru Nakamura.
“In response to recent rumors circulating in the chess world, I can confirm that we currently have no evidence that any player played unfairly in the 2022 Sinquefield Cup,” Sinquefield Cup chief referee Chris Bird said in a statement.
Niemann had previously been banned from chess.com for online cheating after admitting that he had played unfairly in non-competitive games on the website in his youth.
However, he has denied committing any wrongdoing while contesting over-the-board games.
“I’ve never cheated in an over-the-board game. If they want me to strip naked completely, I will. I don’t care. Because I know I’m clean. You want me to I don’t care if I play in a closed box without an electronic transmission,” he said recently.
Asked about his surprise withdrawal from St. Louis and Monday’s surrender, Carlsen told Norwegian TV NRK: “Unfortunately, I can’t speak specifically about that.
“But people can draw their own conclusion and they certainly have and I have to say I’m very impressed with Niemann’s game and I think his mentor Maxim Dlugy should do great.”
When asked if his decision had anything to do with suspecting Niemann of cheating, Carlsen said, “I can’t comment on that.”
In July, Carlsen said he would not defend his world title in 2023 against Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi because he is not motivated to play another game.
Nepomniachtchi will face the number two in the recent Candidate Tournament, the Chinese Ding Liren.



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