English chess master Leonard Barden, The Guardian’s weekly chess columnist, asks for FIDE to take action in the Niemann – Carlsen case after the controversy caused by Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022. Following Carlsen’s withdrawal from the prestigious Saint Louis tournament and speculations that are spreading over the social medias, Barden writes: “It is surely time for Fide to step in. An investigatory commission of three, headed by professor Kenneth Regan whose work is widely respected, could be set up to examine Niemann’s games over the board in the last three years. There are several hundred of them, almost all easily available on public databases, so that it should be possible to reach an informed conclusion within a few weeks“. See the complete article here
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 19-year-old American grandmaster explained that he was facing huge mental pressure during the event. Sinquefield Cup Chief Arbiter published the official statement that there are no indications that any player has been playing unfairly in the tournament. Niemann and Carlsen will again meet at the 6th round of the 2022 Julius Baer Generation Cup with the game scheduled for Monday, 19th of September.
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