Chess Cheating Controversy: Magnus Carlsen Resigns After Just One Move Against Niemann

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen abruptly quit after making his first move and logged out of the online match. Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann’s controversial feud has been reignited after Carlsen abruptly resigned from an online match after making only one move.

Their matchup in the Julius Baer Generation Cup was their first since the American’s victory at the Sinquefield Cup earlier this month. The match was broadcast live on Chess24, and both players could be seen.

World champion made the first move, then resigned and disconnected from the game, and Niemann, who had started the game with Whites, soon followed suit.

Tania Sachdev, a grandmaster and commentator for Chess24, was a little taken aback when she heard that Magnus Carlsen had resigned. I got to my feet and left. He turned off the camera, and that’s all we have for now.

We’ve never seen anything like this before. No way, absolutely not. That just happened?

This fight broke out after 19-year-old Niemann stunned world champion Carlsen in St. Louis. And then, in a shocking turn of events, the Norwegian quit the competition.

The Tweet Announcing His Withdrawal Included a Video of Football Manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho said, “If I speak, I am in big trouble.”

Hikaru Nakamura, the best blitz player in the world, added fuel to the fire by saying Carlsen withdrew because he “probably cheated” against Niemann. In addition, Nakamura disclosed that the American had been permanently banned from Chess.com in the past.

While Niemann has denied cheating allegations at the Sinquefield Cup, he has admitted to having deceived opponents in the past. The first time he did it, he was 12 years old; the second time, he was 16 years old.

I won’t stand by and let Chess.com, Magnus Carlsen, and Hikaru Nakamura—three of the biggest names in chess—smear my name. After all, why would Chess.com kick me off the site so soon after beating Magnus?

If you count Veselin Topalov’s accusation that Vladimir Kramnik analysed his 2005 World Championship game while sitting on the toilet, this is the most serious case of cheating allegations to hit the sport.

Both athletes were back in action by Monday afternoon, continuing on with their respective match schedules. “Magnus is merely refusing to play against Hans. He’s saying, “I will play the tournament, but I will not play the game against him.” “That’s a bold statement,” Sachdev remarked.

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