World chess champion Magnus Carlsen dramatically withdrew on Monday after making just one move in his match against 19-year-old American Hans Niemann. The show adds a new chapter to the storyline that spans the world of chess and beyond.
The two were playing an online match Monday in the Julius Baer Generation Cup, using the Chess24 platform through Microsoft Teams, when Carlson’s webcam suddenly went off while on the clock for his second move.
“What happened? Enough?” shouted Peter Lecko, who was analyzing the feed.
Another analyst and global teacher, Tania Sachdev, said: “We try to get updates on this issue. “Magnus Carlson has resigned. He got up and went out. He turned off the camera, and that’s all we know now.”
“Wow – mouthless, huh?” Leko said.
Carlson, 31, was leading the race at the time. The Julius Baer Generation Cup is the seventh event on the nine-race Champions Chess Tour, which runs from February to November. Carlson is in. First place In the series, Neiman ranked 16th.
Carlson and Niemann were competing in person on the Grand Chess Tour this month at the Sinkefield Cup, a St. Louis-based event, when Niemann beat the five-time world champion. Adding to the massive level of frustration is Karlsson’s 53-match unbeaten streak in tournaments across the board and a significant ranking over Neiman.
The following day, Carlsen withdrew from the Sinkefield Cup. He tweeted He always enjoyed competing there and hoped to return in the future.
What sent the chess world to attention, however, was Carlson’s tweet in 2011. In 2021, famous football manager Jose Mourinho said: “I prefer not to say. I’m in big trouble if I tell.
The tweet suggested that Carlson was pointing out some of the vices he enjoyed at Neiman. Meteoric rise in the sport. It was only later that 34-year-old American grandfather Hikaru Nakamura, who has a large following, fueled speculation that Neiman was cheating. Trembling Streams, Carlson offered shortly after his removal.
“This is probably something I don’t want to say, but I will say it, which means: Hans has not done any prize or money racing for over six months. Chess.com” Nakamura he said.. “I have one thing to say, and that is all I have to say on this subject.”
Nakamura Added On his Twitch stream: “I think Magnus believes Hans is probably cheating. … He is retreating to make the point without making it public.”
Purchased from Neiman Deep scan When he arrived at another match at a St. Louis tournament for equipment that could have helped him cheat, he subsequently admitted to cheating several years earlier. Chess.com.
On September 5 Interview Neiman said he cheated with his grandfather, Alejandro Ramirez, who shared the line at the St. Louis Chess Club, which hosted the Sinkefield Cup. Chess.com It happened at the age of 12 – “I was just a child” – and 16. From the second grade he said that he wanted to get to the top levels so that he could “play strong players” and he was eager to “do anything to grow up”. my stream”
Neiman described his unethical behavior as an “absolutely ridiculous mistake” and said since then, “I’ve never cheated in my life.”
“I learned from that mistake and now I’m proud of myself for giving everything to chess,” he said. I faced it, I confess, and it is the biggest mistake of my life and I am totally ashamed.
“I’m not going to let Chess.com, I’m not going to let Magnus Carlsen, I’m not going to let Hikaru Nakamura — the three biggest figures in chess — just destroy my name,” Niemann added. The question is: Why are you kicking me out of Chess.com after I beat Magnus? What time is it?”
“We have shared detailed evidence in support of our decision, including information that contradicts his statements about the extent and seriousness of his fraud at Chess.com,” the website said. he said.. “We have invited Hans to clarify and respond in hopes of finding a solution where he can participate again at Chess.com. We want nothing more than to see the best chess players in the world succeed at major events. We will always strive to preserve the integrity of the game we all love.”
The state of “upheaval” in the chess community, according to Chess.com Put itNeiman said, “BThey took him out completely naked.” if it helps to make sure he isn’t using any ulterior motives to help cheat.
Then came Monday’s much-anticipated Carlsen-Niemann rematch. It ended quickly, but Carlson’s quick statement confirmed that the controversy was far from over.