Julius Baer Generation Cup gathers 16 world-class players spanning the age spectrum and set the chess world on fire as it featured the encounter between Hans Niemann and Magnus Carlsen. It was their first game to be played after the Sinquefield Cup 2022 when Carlsen withdrew from the event after losing to Niemann in the third round. Niemann – Carlsen R6 game of Julius Baer Generation Cup started with all eyes on it, and finished after a couple of seconds as Carlsen decided to resign his game in the second move shocking the chess world.
Susan Polgar commented on Carlsen’s resignation saying it’s: “Definitely a protest move!“, while GM Jon Ludvig Hammer said Carlsen should be sanctioned during the live Norwegian TV program. Fair-Play specialist Kenneth Regan joined the live studio of the Julius Baer Generation Cup and spoke about Carlsen – Niemann’s game at the Sinquefield Cup 2022: Niemann played well, but not too well. Anish Giri dropped the bomb by saying, we know about online cheating by multiple other chess players, while Levon Aronian said that he believes Niemann hasn’t been the cleanest person when it comes to online chess. /// See more reactions here
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As Norwegian chess journalist Tarjei J. Svensen reports, Carlsen’s resignation was the top story in every Norwegian newspaper. Major world and local newspapers reported on Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup and cheating speculations that overwhelmed social medias. Leonard Barden concluded for Guardian on Niemann – Carlsen case: It is time for FIDE to step in, while Stephen Colbert included the Niemann – Carlsen topic in his late night talk show. See the timetable of happenings within Niemann – Carlsen case below the tweet.
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