Opponent suspected of fraud
World chess champion Carlsen is reporting after a huge scandal
In an interview, world chess champion Magnus Carlsen speaks for the first time about the huge scandal at the “Julius Baer Generation Cup”. The Norwegian says little in specifics, but his hints will bring no peace to the fractured world of chess.
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen spoke for the first time about his retirement in the duel with Hans Niemann and promised further explanation for the time after the online tournament. In an interview with the “chess24” portal, Carlsen answered the question of why he gave up the match against the 19-year-old American after only one move on Monday night in the “Julius Baer Generation Cup” online tournament: “Unfortunately, I can’t comment on that, but people can draw their own conclusions, and they did it.”
The Norwegian also said: “I have to say that I was very impressed with Niemann’s game and I think his mentor Maxim Dlugy must have done a great job.” When asked why he mentioned Dlugy in this context, Carlsen refused to comment. Asked if he would elaborate later, he said: “I hope to say a bit more after the tournament.” Behind Carlsen’s behavior, which is so unique, is a dispute with Niemann, who is facing charges of fraud. However, there is no evidence of Niemann’s fraud.
At the beginning of September, the first incident between the opposing parties occurred. At the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis superstar Carlsen surprisingly lost to Niemann and withdrew from the tournament for the first time in his career. The 31-year-old Norwegian gave no reasons, only tweeting an old interview with soccer coach José Mourinho in which the Portuguese said: “I prefer not to say anything. If I say something, I’ll get into big trouble and I don’t want to get into big trouble.”
The chess scene interpreted Carlen’s departure as an accusation of fraud against Niemann. The American admitted in an interview during the Sinquefield Cup that he cheated twice as a teenager in online games at the ages of 12 and 16, but never in person at the board.