World chess champion Magnus Carlsen withdrew after making only one move against fellow chess teammate Hans Niemann on Monday, After an amazing turmoil in their last match.
The two were playing an online tournament, the Julius Baer Generation Cup, when Carlsen’s webcam suddenly went off while he was on the clock for his second move.
“What happened? This is it?” exclaimed Peter Liko, a great teacher who was providing analysis on the compendium.
“We will try to get an update on this,” said fellow analyst and international educator Tanya Sachdev. “Magnus Carlsen just quit. He got up and left. Turn off the camera, that’s all we know now.”
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“Wow – speechless, yes?” Liko said.
Carlsen, 31, was leading the championship early on at the time. Neiman is ranked 16th. The Norwegian Grandmaster’s rating is also higher, which makes it all the more surprising that Neiman has defeated Carlsen twice in as many months.
The next day, Carlsen withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup, saying in a tweet that he had always enjoyed competing there and hoped to return in the future.
However, the tweet included a mysterious video of famous football manager Jose Morehino: “I’d rather not really talk. If you do talk, I’m in big trouble.”
The tweet gave the impression that Carlsen was hinting at some nefarious behavior on the part of Neiman, who has enjoyed an amazing height in the sport. Since then, Carlsen’s silence on the matter has allowed the rumors to fester.
Chess.com later banned Niemann from the World Chess Championship in November, which took home a grand prize of about US$1 million.
Speculation increased that Neiman was cheating after Hikaru Nakamura, a 34-year-old American teacher who has a large following in his Twitch streams, offered his post shortly after Carlsen pulled out.
“Maybe it’s something I shouldn’t say, but I’m going to say this anyway, which is: There was a period of over six months in which Hans didn’t play any prize money tournaments on Chess.com,” Nakamura said. “That’s the only thing I’m going to say, and that’s the only thing I’m going to say about it.”
Nakamura added on his Twitch channel, “I think Magnus thinks Hans might be cheating… He’s withdrawing to make the point without making the point public.”
Analysts who have researched whether Niemann games are computer-supported have failed to find anything conclusive.
Neiman denied the accusation, saying during a post-match interview: “I will not allow Chess.com, I will not allow Magnus Carlsen, I will not allow Hikaru Nakamura, the three greatest entity players in chess, to denigrate me simply because the question is – why would they remove me from Chess.com? After I beat Magnus?”
Support for Niemann, who stood about 90 percent against him changed to about 60-40 in his favour, according to Leonard Bardeen, a chess professor, in the Guardian.
Jacob Agard, the great author and pioneer, spoke to the publication in Niemann’s defense, saying simply: “The scandal has become a witch hunt.”
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With files from the Washington Post