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Alexei Shirov: Hans Niemann’s last GM norm looks suspicious

The controversy over the Hans Niemann – Magnus Carlsen case is not stopping. After Hans Niemann defeated the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022, Carlsen withdrew from the event giving no detailed explanations. Rumors that Magnus Carlsen suspected Niemann was cheating started spreading over social media, and each day brings new theories on the case. Just today, new allegations on Niemann – Carlsen case that Hans Niemann performs much better with live DGT boards emerged, while GM Nigel Davies has another take on the story, asking the FIDE Ethics Commission to act.

The legendary grandmaster Alexei Shirov today gave his insight about the whole controversy saying that Niemann’s case gets worse and worse: “After learning more facts, Niemann’s case gets worse and worse. As a peacemaker I just hope that Hans truly regrets his mistakes in the past as he himself stated in the press conference a few days ago. Unfortunately his last GM norm (also made in 2020) seems one of those mistakes, at least it looks suspicious”, posted Shirov on his Facebook account.

“To me it seems that some young players had no moral values in 2020. The fact is that pandemia slowed down people’s plans and ambitions and it was definitely more harmful for young generation rather than those who had their life before and could afford to look at things in more philosophical way. Very many chessplayers seemed to have done wrong things in the sport in 2020 (also counting Sutovsky who took the position to cover wrong cases) but still it’s the amount of irregularities in young players’ games that makes me feel especially strange. I will not call the names but in order my post not to look controversial I will say that I am operating with official info. Yes, I know that all those bans on chesscom and lichess are questionable, I myself defended some players. And in every concrete case there will be those who will defend strong and known players. I am not the final judge. But I stay with my opinion that unfortunately there is a lot of dishonesty in my sport. And 2020 showed it a little clearer than other years. Quo Vadis FIDE?” concluded Shirov.

See the timetable of happenings related to Niemann – Carlsen case:

5-SepBREAKING: Magnus Carlsen withdraws from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-SepPossible reasons of Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-SepHans Niemann was thoroughly checked before the fourth round of the Sinquefield Cup (VIDEO)
5-SepSinquefield Cup’s players and organizers react to Carlsen’s withdrawal from the tournament
5-SepHans Niemann R4 post-game interview: At least I got to beat Magnus Carlsen before he left
6-SepSinquefield Cup 2022 improves anti-cheating measures after Carlsen’s withdrawal
6-SepFabiano Caruana: Can’t wait to hear more about the Hans effect on The Magnus Effect
6-SepReactions to Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
6-SepNiemann’s emotional confession R5 post-game interview: I cheated in random games on and this was the biggest mistake in my life
7-SepReactions to Hans Niemann’s interview
7-SepHans Niemann: I’d like to see what Nakamura has to say now
8-SepHans Niemann R6 post-game interview: The silence of my critics speaks for itself
8-SepElon Musk comments on accusations towards Hans Niemann
8-SepGarry Kasparov about Carlsen’s withdrawal: It’s an act with no precedent in the past 50 years explains its decision to remove Hans Niemann from the platform in the official statement
9-SepDaniel Rensch about’s statement: This tweet speaks for itself
9-SepHikaru Nakamura reacts to Hans Niemann’s interview
9-SepSusan Polgar about Niemann – Carlsen case: The professional reputation of many parties is at stake
9-SepGarry Kasparov: Unless the chess world is to be dragged down into endless pathetic rumors, clear statements must be made
9-SepNiemann keeps analyzing his game with MVL while getting checked with the anti-cheating device (VIDEO)
9-SepHans Niemann R7 post-game interview: It is absolutely ridiculous to play chess under these conditions
10-SepHikaru Nakamura and Daniel Naroditsky speak about cheating in chess
10-SepHans Niemann’s fans gather in front of the Saint Louis Chess Club
10-SepSinquefield Cup Chief Arbiter’s statement: We have no indication that any player has been playing unfairly in the Sinquefield Cup 2022
11-SepNew allegations within Niemann – Carlsen case: Hans Niemann performs much better with live DGT boards
11-SepNigel Davies, “If Carlsen does not speak soon, the FIDE Ethics Commission should act”
11-SepAlexander Grischuk about Niemann – Carlsen case: Magnus freaked out for a reason
11-SepRichard Rapport suggests a polygraph test to manage cheating in chess and protect players who are falsely accused

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