A major scandal is shaking the competitive world chess after a horrendous defeat to a top chess player against a 19-year-old upstart.
Only 10 players entered the competition and Niemann was the most underrated player in the tournament, yet somehow he beat the best chess player in the world, ending Carlsen’s 53-match unbeaten streak .
The day after the loss, Carlsen abruptly and unexpectedly withdrew from the tournament.
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He announced the decision on Twitter and shared a cryptic video of José Mourinho, the Portuguese football coach, saying: “I really don’t want to say. If I speak, I’m in big trouble.”
Chess fans took video to imply that Carlsen was hinting that he lost because Niemann cheated on the game. Carlsen did not publicly clarify the meaning of the video.
Tony Rich, chief executive officer of Saint Louis Chess Club, which hosted the Sinquefield Cup, said of the withdrawal, “A player’s decision to withdraw from the tournament is a personal decision and we respect it. Magnus’s choice.”
That same day, anti-cheat referee David Sedgwick requested a 15-minute delay to broadcast the tournament live.
Rumors of cheating spread like wildfire in the chess community, eventually reaching a climax one theory is that Niemann used anal vibrating particles and chess AI to beat the world champion. Proponents of the wild theory claim that an accomplice is vibrating anal particles inside Niemann to communicate the best statistical moves to make against Carlsen.
Niemann has vehemently denied the allegations that he cheated, and even offered to play a game of complete nudity to prove he wasn’t using anal beads to get him moving.
“If they want me to go topless, I will do it,” Niemann said. “I do not care. Because I know I’m clean. You want me to play in a sealed box with no electronic transmission, I don’t care. I’m here to win and that’s my goal regardless. “
Although many people believe that Niemann cheated during the match against Carlsen, no concrete evidence has been presented. One Niemann supporter, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, who also competed in St. Louis, called the scandal “a witch hunt”.
Another giant in the chess community, Hikaru Nakamura, an American grandmaster and the second-ranked Twitch streamer in the world, said of the scandal: “There has been a period of more than six months, Hans hasn’t played any. chess tournament. .com. That’s one thing that I’m going to say and that’s the only thing I’m going to say on this subject. “
Listeners take that to mean Niemann cheated on Chess.com, the world’s largest online chess website.
In fact, Niemann’s account was “privately removed” from Chess.com days after a controversial matchup over evidence that he was cheating on the site – evidence that Chess.com’s refuse to share publicly.
Niemann was also not invited to the $1 million Chess.com Global Championship, a mostly online tournament with an eight-man final in Toronto.
On Saturday, six days after Carlsen’s defeat, Chris Bird, the Sinquefield Cup umpire publish a statement said that “there is no indication that any player played unfairly in the Sinquefield Cup 2022”, before and after the 15-minute delay was given.
Niemann has been invited to play again at Saint Louis Chess Club, and the New York Times confirms he has accepted the invitation to compete in its fall classics.
The New York Times found that Niemann’s performance against Carlsen was a “statistical anomaly.”
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