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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

After Hans Niemann defeated the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022, Carlsen withdrew from the event giving no detailed explanations. Carlsen’s results got annulled and the event continued with 9 players. Rumors that Magnus Carlsen suspected Niemann was cheating started spreading over social media, and each day brings new theories on the case. New allegations on Niemann – Carlsen case that Hans Niemann performs much better with live DGT boards emerged yesterday, while GM Nigel Davies had another take on the story, asking the FIDE Ethics Commission to act. Alexei Shirov shared his insights on the case saying that Niemann’s case gets worse and worse as his last GM norm looks suspicious.

Hans Niemann played the second half of the event facing huge mental pressure, and in the last Sinquefield Cup 2022 interview, Niemann spoke about how satisfied he is with the overall result considering all the circumstances: “I have mixed feelings about my play obviously. I was so happy with my first four games, and I think that in the first four games I could have even scored 4/4 based on chances, and I was winning every single one of those games. And after that, the pressure of playing my first super-tournament combined with everything, it was a lot to handle and I wasn’t able to manage my nerves. In many critical moments, I just completely choked. So obviously, the second half was very difficult“, adding that “Considering circumstances, the fact that I have survived is a miracle“.

Niemann was satisfied with his result of 50% (including the game against Magnus Carlsen) considering the happenings that distracted him from the tournament: “I think if I could have played with a clear mind and no drama, I’m sure I would have done much better”. Hans explained that after the fourth round (when Carlsen withdrew from the event) his routine got ruined and that it affected his play: “Immediately after round 4, my routine was ruined. I was barely sleeping, I was waking up much later than usual, my preparation suffered. I was much less calm, I was completely nervous and anxious at the board, because when you are playing chess, you need to only be thinking about chess, and you simply can’t afford to think about anything else, especially playing at such a high level“. Niemann spoke also about his future plans, upcoming tournaments, and commented on the fans gathering in front of the Saint Louis Chess Club to support him: “I think that this tournament will go down in history“, concluded Hans. See the complete interview below

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

5-SepBREAKING: Magnus Carlsen withdraws from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-SepPossible reasons of Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-SepHans Niemann was thoroughly checked before the fourth round of the Sinquefield Cup (VIDEO)
5-SepSinquefield Cup’s players and organizers react to Carlsen’s withdrawal from the tournament
5-SepHans Niemann R4 post-game interview: At least I got to beat Magnus Carlsen before he left
6-SepSinquefield Cup 2022 improves anti-cheating measures after Carlsen’s withdrawal
6-SepFabiano Caruana: Can’t wait to hear more about the Hans effect on The Magnus Effect
6-SepReactions to Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
6-SepNiemann’s emotional confession R5 post-game interview: I cheated in random games on and this was the biggest mistake in my life
7-SepReactions to Hans Niemann’s interview
7-SepHans Niemann: I’d like to see what Nakamura has to say now
8-SepHans Niemann R6 post-game interview: The silence of my critics speaks for itself
8-SepElon Musk comments on accusations towards Hans Niemann
8-SepGarry Kasparov about Carlsen’s withdrawal: It’s an act with no precedent in the past 50 years explains its decision to remove Hans Niemann from the platform in the official statement
9-SepDaniel Rensch about’s statement: This tweet speaks for itself
9-SepHikaru Nakamura reacts to Hans Niemann’s interview
9-SepSusan Polgar about Niemann – Carlsen case: The professional reputation of many parties is at stake
9-SepGarry Kasparov: Unless the chess world is to be dragged down into endless pathetic rumors, clear statements must be made
9-SepNiemann keeps analyzing his game with MVL while getting checked with the anti-cheating device (VIDEO)
9-SepHans 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

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