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. Rumors that Magnus Carlsen suspected Niemann was cheating started spreading over social media and the controversy over the Niemann – Carlsen case is not stopping. During The Julius Baer Generation Cup – the 7th event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour -which takes place from 18-25 September on chess24.com, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen met again with the 19-year-old Hans Niemann in the 6th round. Carlsen resigned against Niemann on move 2 and went offline, but continued competing in the event.
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.
As Tarjei J. Svensen reports, FIDE’s Vice president Joran Aulin-Jansson told NRK (Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company) that FIDE closely follows the situation around Carlsen and that FIDE expects to make a statement in the coming days. See the tweet below
New: Sutovsky confirms FIDE will soon publish the official statement: FIDE is concerned about recent developments of Carlsen – Niemann case
See the timetable of happenings related to Niemann – Carlsen case below the tweet:
The timetable of happenings related to Niemann – Carlsen case: