Ever since the
19-year-old American grandmaster Hans Niemann defeated Magnus Carlsen, who consequently withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup 2022 (see the timetable of events related to the Carlsen – Niemann case below), the topic of cheating in chess is the top news in mass medias. Norwegian VG earlier reported on different cases of cheating in online chess ( Read more: Former president of Swedish Chess Federation admits to losing 43 games on purpose), publishing today a controversial case from the major OTB tournament – Croatian National Team Chess Championship 2022. As VG reports, the Norwegian grandmaster and a member of the Norwegian National Chess Team, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, witnessed the match-fixing situation at the Croatian Team Chess Championship (League 1A). Christiansen was playing the third board for GSK SOLIN-CEMEX Solin and his team needed a draw in the last round to secure the title of the National Champion. Christiansen told for VG that the last round match was fixed the night before the start of the final round, as the teams’ captains agreed to a draw: “ “. Christiansen says he refused to finish his game with a quick draw, thus he wasn’t in the team composition for the last-round match. The match between GSK SOLIN-CEMEX and SK STRIDON Strigova finished after only 10 minutes of play, as all the six boards signed a draw after playing 10 (or fewer) moves. At the team meeting we sat there, we had to wait for the negotiations with the other team to be finished. They came in and said yes, it will be 3-3
GSK Solin-Cemex Solin won the event with 15 match points with GM Alexander Donchenko (Board 1), IM Leon Livaic (Board 2), GM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen (Board 3), GM Sasa Martinovic (Board 4), GM Davor Rogic (Board 5), GM Bojan Kurajica (Board 6) , GM Ognjen Cvitan (reserve player) and IM Ivica Armanda (reserve player) in the roaster. Liburnija Rijeka and Zagreb tied for second place with 13 match points (each). Scroll down for final rankings of the event It is interesting that three (out of five) last-round matches finished in the same fashion. SK Petar Sedlar Pepe drew to SK Pula and SK Sesvete Agroproteinka drew to SK Ferit-Osijek as the players agreed for draws on all boards after playing a few moves. Replay the games below
Croatian National Team Chess Championship 2022 (League 1A) – Final rankings:
Rk Team TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 1 GŠK SOLIN-CEMEX, Solin 15 35 194 905 2 ŠK LIBURNIJA, Rijeka 13 31 162 804 3 ŠK ZAGREB, Zagreb 13 31 170 804 4 ŠK MORNAR, Split 12 29 151 760 5 ŠK PETAR SEDLAR PEPE, Kaštel Novi 10 29 122 743 6 ŠK FERIT-OSIJEK, Osijek 8 26 93 662 7 ŠK SESVETE-AGROPROTEINKA, Sesvete 7 24 83.3 626 8 ŠK PULA, Pula 6 23 79.8 620 9 ŠK STRIDON, Štrigova 4 23 52.3 624 10 ŠŠK KONAKI-KŽM, Novo Virje 2 21 23 560
The Croatian National Team Chess Championship 2022 took place from September 24 – October 2 in Pula with the participation of 10 teams. The event was played in 9 rounds, round-robin system, with time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the end of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per each move, starting from the move one.
SK Ferit-Osijek vs GSK Solin-Cemex, Round 1 of the Croatian National Team Chess Championship 2022 (League 1A); Photo from chess-results The timetable of events related to the Carlsen – Niemann case:
Date News 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 chess.com 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 Chess.com explains its decision to remove Hans Niemann from the platform in the official statement 9-Sep Daniel Rensch about chess.com’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-Sep Hikaru Nakamura and Daniel Naroditsky speak about cheating in chess 10-Sep Hans Niemann’s fans gather in front of the Saint Louis Chess Club 10-Sep Sinquefield Cup Chief Arbiter’s statement: We have no indication that any player has been playing unfairly in the Sinquefield Cup 2022 11-Sep New allegations within Niemann – Carlsen case: Hans Niemann performs much better with live DGT boards 11-Sep Nigel Davies, “If Carlsen does not speak soon, the FIDE Ethics Commission should act” 11-Sep Alexander Grischuk about Niemann – Carlsen case: Magnus freaked out for a reason 11-Sep Richard Rapport suggests a polygraph test to manage cheating in chess and protect players who are falsely accused 11-Sep Alexei Shirov: Hans Niemann’s last GM norm looks suspicious 12-Sep Hans 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-Sep S.L. Narayanan: I believe FIDE has to take more stringent measures for both online as well as OTB 13-Sep Hans Niemann and Magnus Carlsen to meet at the Julius Baer Generation Cup 14-Sep Hans Niemann to be back at the Saint Louis Chess Club for the 2022 Fall Chess Classic 15-Sep Fabiano Caruana on Carlsen’s withdrawal: I do not think Niemann cheated in this tournament 16-Sep Leonard Barden for Guardian on Niemann – Carlsen case: It is time for FIDE to step in 16-Sep Stephen Colbert jokes about the latest accusations against Hans Niemann in his late night talk show 18-Sep Alejandro Ramirez shares his insights on Carlsen’s withdrawal: I don’t think Hans cheated 19-Sep Magnus Carlsen resignes against Hans Niemann in the second move 19-Sep Susan Polgar on Carlsen’s resignation against Niemann: Definitely a protest move! 19-Sep Hammer says Carlsen should be sanctioned in live Norwegian TV program 19-Sep Fair-Play specialist Kenneth Regan: Niemann played well, but not too well 19-Sep Levon Aronian: I believe Niemann hasn’t been the cleanest person when it comes to online chess 19-Sep Magnus Carlsen applauds Pragg for the fantastic game 19-Sep Reactions to Magnus Carlsen’s resignation 19-Sep Niemann’s and Carlsen’s facial expressions during their 2-move game 20-Sep Carlsen will not give any interviews during the tournament 20-Sep Anish Giri: we know about online cheating by multiple other chess players 20-Sep Nakamura on Carlsen – Nieman Julius Baer game 20-Sep Martin B. Justesen: Carlsen is handling the Chess.com merger like Elon Musk did with the purchase of Twitter 20-Sep Carlsen’s resignation is the top story in Norwegian newspapers 20-Sep Why was Hans Niemann invited to the Julius Baer Generation Cup? 20-Sep Naroditsky: I am pretty confident that Magnus believes Niemann has cheated over the board before Saint Louis 20-Sep The Carlsen – Niemann conflict is more recent than everyone thinks? 20-Sep What if Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann meet in the Julius Baer Generation Cup Knockout phase? 21-Sep Levon Aronian on 21-move loss to Niemann: Hans played very strange moves 21-Sep FIDE closely follows Carlsen – Niemann case, a statement to come 21-Sep Emil Sutovsky: FIDE is concerned about recent developments of Carlsen – Niemann case 21-Sep BREAKING! Magnus Carlsen: cheaters should not be taken lightly either online or OTB 21-Sep Niemann’s mentor whom Carlsen mentions in the interview was banned from chess.com for cheating?! 22-Sep Susan Polgar: Sadly, the performances of other young talents are overshadowed 22-Sep Anish Giri about the recent chess drama: It’s moving in circles a little bit 22-Sep Fabiano Caruana: I would take Regan’s analysis with a large grain of salt 22-Sep Magnus Carlsen: Some people were more supportive privately than publicly 23-Sep Ian Nepomniachtchi: I was unhappy to hear Hans Niemann will replace Rapport in Sinquefield Cup 23-Sep FIDE publishes the official statement on the Carlsen – Niemann case 24-Sep Top grandmasters take Carlsen’s side in the Carlsen – Niemann case?! 24-Sep Hans Niemann is innocent until proven guilty 25-Sep Susan Polgar: DON’T CHEAT! It is simply NOT worth it! 25-Sep Magnus Carlsen announces his statement(s) for the coming days: I want cheating in chess to be dealt with seriously 26-Sep Kenneth Regan for Al Jazeera: I was in daily communication with the Sinquefield Cup organizers 26-Sep BREAKING! Magnus Carlsen publishes the official statement: I believe that Niemann has cheated more 26-Sep Chris Bird – Chief Arbiter of the Sinquefield Cup 2022 reacts to Carlsen’s statement 26-Sep Nakamura on Carlsen’s statement: It seems to me that Carlsen thinks Hans was cheating in the game they played at the Sinquefield Cup 26-Sep Reactions to Magnus Carlsen’s official statement 26-Sep Is Carlsen’s statement the end, the beginning of the end, or only the end of the beginning? 26-Sep Fabiano Caruana and Maurice Ashley comment on Carlsen’s statement (C-Squared podcast) 26-Sep GM Nigel Davies on Carlsen’s statement: This is a very clear accusation of cheating, but without actual evidence 27-Sep Susan Polgar suggests a lifetime ban for second cheating offense 27-Sep Ramesh RB: FIDE should have devised a good practical solution to the cheating problem years ago 27-Sep Anish Giri reveals moves of the “Beach Game” between Niemann and Carlsen 27-Sep GM Raymond Keene: Niemann could now raise stakes by consulting M’Learned Friends 27-Sep Sergey Karjakin on Carlsen’s statement: Niemann’s guilt has not been proven, but there is no smoke without fire 27-Sep The Carlsen – Niemann controversy is top news in mass media 28-Sep GM Daniel King: “It seems to have been forgotten that a 19-year-old has been thrown to the lions” 28-Sep Hikaru Nakamura comments on Yosha Iglesias’s “the most incriminating evidence against Hans Niemann” 28-Sep Motherboard reviews e-mails in which Maxim Dlugy confesses cheating on chess.com 29-Sep Eugene Perelshteyn defends and criticizes Carlsen on the Hans Niemann cheating accusations 29-Sep Garry Kasparov: Carlsen’s behavior was unacceptable 30-Sep FIDE’s Fair-Play Commission forms the investigatory panel for the Carlsen – Niemann controversy 1-Oct Ian Nepomniachtchi explains what could be considered evidence of cheating in chess 2-Oct Hikaru Nakamura on the recent Carlsen – Niemann case developments: I don’t see a happy ending to this 4-Oct The Wall Street Journal publishes chess.com’s findings on the Carlsen – Niemann case 4-Oct Hikaru Nakamura on chess.com’s findings about Hans Niemann: This is the big drama 4-Oct Reactions to chess.com’s findings about Hans Niemann 4-Oct Chess.com publishes 72-page report on Carlsen – Niemann case 5-Oct GM Noel Studer: It’s insane that chess.com knew Hans likely cheated over 100 times and would have let him play in CGC 5-Oct “The report speaks for itself” #TweetOftheDay 5-Oct Emil Sutovsky: Magnus didn’t follow FIDE’s procedures and may face some consequences 5-Oct Hans Niemann goes through strict anti-cheating control at the US Chess Championship 5-Oct Hans Niemann leaves the US Chess Championship studio after saying that chess speaks for itself (VIDEO) 6-Oct Tony Rich: We have to assume Hans Niemann is innocent until he is proven guilty 6-Oct Susan Polgar: I cut my friendships with some fellow GMs because they were caught red handed cheating 6-Oct What would have happened if Niemann had not defeated Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup? 7-Oct Hikaru Nakamura: Hans Niemann is trying to play the victim 7-Oct Wesley So: Hans Niemann disrespected everybody in the chess world 8-Oct Fabiano Caruana: The 2022 Disrespect Championship is just warming up 8-Oct GM Alejandro Ramirez: It seems very likely that Hans Niemann has cheated over-the-board 9-Oct Fabiano Caruana after defeating Hans Niemann: I am exhausted, it was a very difficult game 9-Oct Hans Niemann: I was making an order and the guy said to me “This order speaks for itself”