Chess Player Mangus Carlsen Quits Match

Courtesy of Igli Braho (Flickr CC0)

Monday’s online chess match between world champion Magnus Carlsen and fellow grandmaster Hans Niemann halted before Carlsen had even made a move. The latest development in what appears to be a dispute between the two players occurred as the pair were competing in the Julius Baer Generation Cup when Carlsen abruptly ended the game and switched off his screen.

In a live commentary of the game on Chess24, commentator Tania Sachdev said, The team is going to try and get an update on this. Magnus Carlsen simply left his position and turned off his camera; that is all that is now known.

The Norwegian withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis earlier this month after suffering a shocking loss to American star Niemann, marking the first time in his career that he had done so.

Carlsen withdrew from the competition, he wrote on Twitter, announcing his decision. he has always had fun playing at the @STLChessClub, and he intends to do it again soon he stated. Carlsen’s post also included a well-known clip of Jose Mourinho saying, If he speaks, he is in tremendous danger.

Hikaru Nakamura, another grandmaster, claimed Carlsen distrusts Niemann’s behavior. Days after the Sinquefield Cup match, Niemann responded in the public to claims that he had cheated in the past.

The 19-year-old acknowledged cheating when he was 12 and 16, but he claimed he never did it in over-the-board games in an interview with the St. Louis Chess Club.

Courtesy of Alex Erde (Flickr CC0)

Niemann stated he was telling the truth because he does not want any misrepresentation. He is proud of himself for having grown from that error and dedicating his entire life to chess. Everything has been given up for chess.

The chess community has been rattled by the conflict between Carlsen and Niemann. Following Carlsen’s tweet, Niemann said he had been banned from the well-known website and that the entire social media and chess community is utterly assaulting and undermining him. Carlsen also stated it was very, really frustrating to watch his ultimate hero try to target, try to harm his reputation, try to kill his chess career, and to do it in such a frivolous way, he continued.

Chief Chess Officer Danny Rensch claimed in a statement on September 8 that the website had provided thorough evidence with [Niemann] regarding the decision, including information that contradicts his statements regarding the extent and intensity of his cheating.

Niemann has been invited to submit an explanation and a reaction, and they hope to find a solution that will allow Niemann to engage on once more, Rensch continued.

Following the former’s abrupt resignation on Monday, Carlsen and Niemann played two more games against different opponents. After eight rounds, Carlsen is two points behind tournament leader Arjun Erigaisi, while Niemann is four points further back.

The Julius Baer Generation Cup competitor Anish Giri told chess24, It appears like  (Carlsen) is clearly implying something, but unless they catch someone, they cannot do anything.  Now, it just seems really strange. It is obvious that everything makes sense if Niemann is, in fact, cheating and he doesn’t want to play him, but if he isn’t (cheating), then it is seriously incorrect.

She states that she’s not sure; they’ll have to see. Magnus is another case where everyone seems to be expecting some sort of big rabbit from the hat, but it seems that he just doesn’t want to play Niemann

Written By Dylan Santoyo


CNN: Magnus Carlsen quits match without explanation amid apparent feud with fellow grandmaster Hans Niemann

Washington Post: Magnus Carlsen resigns from match after one move as chess storm intensifies

CTV News: Magnus Carlsen quits match without explanation amid apparent feud with fellow grandmaster Hans Niemann

Top and Featured Image Courtesy of Igli Braho’s Flickr Page – Public Domain License

Inset Image Courtesy of Alex Erde‘s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.