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Fabiano Caruana on Carlsen’s withdrawal: I do not think Niemann cheated in this tournament

After Hans Niemann defeated the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022, Carlsen decided to withdraw from the tournament without detailed explanations, but alluding to possible cheating case. Fabiano Caruana was one of the first to comment the Carlsen – Niemann cheating allegations scandal with the famous quote Can’t wait to hear more about the Hans effect on The Magnus Effect. Now Caruana gave an extensive interview on the topic for the C-Squared Podcast. He shares the opinion that Kasparov voiced earlier during the event, and stated, “It is unprecedented that the World Champion or any player at the top level withdraws from a tournament and doesn’t give a clear reason.” Caruana continued, “Obviously the biggest theory is that [Carlsen] left because he was worried that Hans Niemann cheated,” but clarified, “I do not think Hans Niemann cheated in this tournament, I feel very strongly that he didn’t.

See the full interview by Cristian Chirila for the C-Squared Podcast and scroll down for the full timeline of Carlsen-Niemann case.

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

5-Sep BREAKING: Magnus Carlsen withdraws from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-Sep Possible reasons of Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-Sep Hans Niemann was thoroughly checked before the fourth round of the Sinquefield Cup (VIDEO)
5-Sep Sinquefield Cup’s players and organizers react to Carlsen’s withdrawal from the tournament
5-Sep Hans Niemann R4 post-game interview: At least I got to beat Magnus Carlsen before he left
6-Sep Sinquefield Cup 2022 improves anti-cheating measures after Carlsen’s withdrawal
6-Sep Fabiano Caruana: Can’t wait to hear more about the Hans effect on The Magnus Effect
6-Sep Reactions to Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
6-Sep Niemann’s emotional confession R5 post-game interview: I cheated in random games on and this was the biggest mistake in my life
7-Sep Reactions to Hans Niemann’s interview
7-Sep Hans Niemann: I’d like to see what Nakamura has to say now
8-Sep Hans Niemann R6 post-game interview: The silence of my critics speaks for itself
8-Sep Elon Musk comments on accusations towards Hans Niemann
8-Sep Garry Kasparov about Carlsen’s withdrawal: It’s an act with no precedent in the past 50 years
9-Sep explains its decision to remove Hans Niemann from the platform in the official statement
9-Sep Daniel Rensch about’s statement: This tweet speaks for itself
9-Sep Hikaru Nakamura reacts to Hans Niemann’s interview
9-Sep Susan Polgar about Niemann – Carlsen case: The professional reputation of many parties is at stake
9-Sep Garry Kasparov: Unless the chess world is to be dragged down into endless pathetic rumors, clear statements must be made
9-Sep Niemann keeps analyzing his game with MVL while getting checked with the anti-cheating device (VIDEO)
9-Sep Hans 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
11-SepAlexei Shirov: Hans Niemann’s last GM norm looks suspicious
12-SepHans Niemann after the end of the Sinquefield Cup 2022: It was a lot to handle and I wasn’t able to manage my nerves
13-SepS.L. Narayanan: I believe FIDE has to take more stringent measures for both online as well as OTB
14-SepHans Niemann to be back at the Saint Louis Chess Club for the 2022 Fall Chess Classic

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