Number 1 chess player Magnus Carlsen accuses Hans Niemann of cheating after viral match | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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Magnus Carlsen, the world’s No. 1 chess player, accused Hans Niemann of cheating “more and more recently than he has publicly admitted” in a statement he posted on social media.

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Carlsen opened the statement by talking about his abrupt withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup and his decision to quit after making just one move in an online game against Niemann.

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He explained the underlying issues at play:

“I believe that cheating in chess is a big problem and an existential threat to the game. I also believe that chess organizers and anyone who cares about the sanctity of the game we love should seriously consider increasing the security measures and cheat detection methods for on the board When Niemann was invited at the last minute to the 2022 Sinquefield Cup, I strongly considered withdrawing before the event. to play.

Carlsen added that he “doesn’t want to play chess with Niemann” in the future.

Niemann has admitted to cheating in online matches in the past, first at age 12 and then at age 16. He described it as “the biggest mistake of my life” and added that he was “completely ashamed”.

However, the 19-year-old denied ever cheating in an upside down match.

This did not prevent Chess.com from removing Niemann from the site and alluded to “information that contradicts his statements regarding the amount and severity of his cheating on Chess.com”.

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The American said he’s willing to “get completely naked” and perform as a way to prove his critics wrong.

“I don’t care, because I know I’m clean,” he said. “You want me to play in a closed box with no electronic transmission, I don’t care. I’m here to win and that’s my goal regardless.”

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