World chess champion Magnus Carlsen comments on the dispute with teenager Hans Niemann. He again avoids specific accusations of fraud, but states: “I hope I can say more after the tournament.”
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen spoke for the first time about his withdrawal from the duel with Hans Niemann and promised further clarifications about the time after the online tournament. In an interview with the “chess24″ portal on Wednesday, when asked why he left the game against the 19-year-old American after just one move in the online tournament held on Monday night, Carlsen answered: don’t interpret it, but people can draw their own conclusions, and they did.”
The Norwegian also said: “I have to say that I am very impressed with Nieman’s game and I think his mentor Maxim Dlugi must have done a great job.” Asked why he mentioned Dlugi in this context, Carlsen declined to comment. When asked if he would elaborate later, he said. “I hope to say a little more after the tournament.”
The background to Carlsen’s perhaps unique behavior is a dispute with Niemann, who faces fraud charges. However, there is no evidence of Niemann’s fraud.
The chess scene interpreted Carlen’s exit as an accusation of fraud against Niemann
At the beginning of September, the first incident between the parties took place. At the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, world champion Carlsen surprisingly lost to Niemann and was eliminated for the first time in his career. The 31-year-old Norwegian did not give any reason, he simply tweeted an old interview with football manager Jose Mourinho, in which the Portuguese said: “I prefer not to say anything. trouble, and I don’t want to get into a lot of trouble.”
The chess scene interpreted Karlen’s exit as an accusation of fraud against Niemann. The American admitted in an interview during the Sinquefield Cup that he cheated twice in online games as a teenager, aged 12 and 16, but not in person at the chessboard.