No wonder the world of chess has found itself in the eye of the storm.
What exactly happened?
Carlsen was three rounds into the nine-round tournament.
Within hours, in a live stream, Japanese-American chess grandmaster and online streamer Hikaru Nakamura said: “Magnus believes that Hans is probably cheating” but is not able to say so openly as there’s no proof.
But according to Danny Rensch – chief chess officer of chess.com – there’s evidence Niemann has cheated more than twice online.
“We have shared detailed evidence with him concerning our decision, including information that contradicts his statements regarding the amount and seriousness of his cheating on chess.com,” he said.
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Adding fuel to the proverbial fire was Elon Musk, who on 8 September tweeted and then deleted the following: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one can see (cause it’s in ur butt) – Schopenhauer.”
In one of his now-deleted tweets, Elon Musk suggested Hans Niemann cheated using a hidden device in his “butt”. Credit: Pool/Getty Images
Gary Wastell is the president of the Australian Chess Federation.
“One of the former world champions, Viswanathan Anand, said if in any game he only had one moment when he was advised on the right move to play in a critical position, his performance would be substantially enhanced,” Mr Wastell said.
Previous convictions don’t prove guilt … Unless you’ve got some evidence [proving Niemann cheated], he has to be given the benefit of the doubt.
Gary Wastell, president of the Australian Chess Federation
“And no evidence of any significance has emerged,” he said.
Niemann is ready to play naked
“It must be embarrassing for the world champion to lose to me. I feel bad for him,” Niemann said.
What happened next?
Mr Wastell said Niemann could not have cheated in such a short game and Carlsen’s withdrawal is yet another cryptic message.
Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen may go head to head with Hans Niemann in another game of chess in the next few days. Credit: Rob Kim
“I think it’s just some sort of a gesture of protest that Magnus has invented … an attempt to be somewhat consistent with his action at the end of the previous game when he lost to the same player.”
“So the world will be watching,” he said.
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