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.
Top grandmasters and chess journalists asked FIDE to react on the case. Hikaru Nakamura and Daniel Naroditsky concluded on the stream that it’s very tricky that online chess platforms for playing don’t have any agreements with FIDE, and that there should be clear communication between the main online servers and FIDE on the matter of cheating. English chess master Leonard Barden, The Guardian’s chess columnist, asked FIDE to step in, while GM Nigel Davies stated that the FIDE Ethics Commission should act if Carlsen does not give a public statement on the case.
FIDE Director General Emil Sutovsky today joined the live studio of the Julius Baer Generation Cup speaking about the Carlsen – Niemann case which has shaken the chess world. Sutovsky said that the recent developments are not bringing popularity to chess that FIDE aimed for adding that FIDE is concerned about the recent developments of the Carlsen – Niemann story. “We have to put it straight and we have to review it closely. And that is what we do. We have to talk to people and entities which are engaged and that’s what we do. And we have to take some decisions, but that will not be simple“.
Sutovsky explained that it will be hard for FIDE to react as there were no direct cheating allegations by Carlsen. He confirmed that FIDE will soon publish the official statement on the case.
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