World champion chess player quits rather than playing teenager who beat him earlier
A world champion chess player who recently lost to a teenager accused of cheating in the weirdest way possible has refused to compete against the teenager in the most passive-aggressive way possible.
It happened on Monday the Julius Baer Generation Cup in a match between Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, 31, and Hans Niemann, 19.
Carlsen, who is ranked the best player in the world by the International Chess Federation, made his move with the black pieces first, then quickly exit the game, leaving Niemann to do the same soon after, according to The Guardian.
There’s a history between the two players: Earlier this month, Niemann beat Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, an upset win so unexpected it inspired at least a baseless theory that Niemann used a computer program that secretly communicated winning moves via a “prostate massager” or “wireless anal beads”.
However, Niemann insists he won fairly and was willing to “get completely naked” to debunk the anal bead theory.
No one has proven that Niemann cheated in the Sinquefield Cup, but he was also accused of cheating in prize matches on Chess.com and banned from the site, despite being allowed to compete on Chess24 .com.
After Niemann’s upset victory, Carlsen abruptly withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup. His only comment at the time was an encrypted tweet from a 2020 speech by Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho: “I prefer not to speak. If I talk, I’m in big trouble… and I don’t want to get in big trouble.
Carlsen’s actions on Monday were remembered by other chess players, including Grand Master Jon Ludvig Hammer, his compatriot, who called for sanctions against Carlsen, saying, “It is the most unacceptable behavior to lose on purpose. The most unsportsmanlike [thing] you can do,” according to Defector.com.
Neither Carlsen nor Niemann commented on Monday’s match, but Kotaku.com noted that Carlsen’s actions were particularly shocking since his own organization is hosting the tournament, meaning he “effectively invited his apparent enemy into his virtual home and then exited out the back.