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Magnus Carlsen vs Hans Niemann coming up this month with the Julius Baer Generation Cup

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the world’s leading year-round chess circuit, is launching a new ground-breaking tournament this month focused on the clash of ages. The eight-day Julius Baer Generation Cup, the seventh leg of the $1.6 million Tour running from September 18 to 25, will feature 16 world-class players spanning the age spectrum. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will headline the field and meet again with 19-year-old Hans Niemann.

Julius Baer Generation Cup LIVE games / Julius Baer Generation Cup Pairings & Schedule

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. 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

Also in the 16-player line-up are two legends of chess in six-time World Championship candidate Boris Gelfand and Ukraine’s 53-year-old former World Rapid Champion Vasyl Ivanchuk. At 15, Christopher Yoo is the youngest in the competition. Along with Pragg and Niemann, Yoo is joined by Vincent Keymer and Arjun Erigaisi in a cohort of talented teenagers. Six players considered in their prime complete the line-up: Anish GiriLevon AronianLiem LeRadoslaw WojtaszekDavid Navara and the exciting Croatian Ivan Saric. The final name will be the winner of the MPL Indian Chess Tour Leg 3, which will be confirmed on Monday, September 12.

The $150,000 tournament’s theme is “generations in chess” and its coverage will highlight the incredible inclusivity the game can promote. Chess, unlike many sports, is a pursuit old, young and everyone in between can enjoy together not just as fans, but in competition too at every level. Whether it’s a casual game, or a match at a super-strong level, chess is for everyone. The inaugural Generation Cup is being put on through a partnership between Swiss private bank Julius Baer and Play Magnus Group. 

Marco Parroni, Head Global Sponsoring & Partnership Julius Baer, said: “The Julius Baer Generation Cup with its inclusive intention marks an even deeper involvement in the chess world for us. The commitment to the Generation Cup is a consistent step for us, after we already supported last year’s Challengers Chess Tour, a unique gender-balanced chess event designed to promote new talent which we continue to support this year as well.

The Julius Baer Generation Cup marks a fitting return to Julius Baer events for Pragg, the 17-year-old from Chennai. Pragg won the 2021 Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour and earned qualification for the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, where he hit the headlines immediately in February with a memorable win over World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. Tour Director Arne Horvei said: “Together with Julius Baer, we are delighted to present the seventh leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The Tour is heating up as we enter the final three events. We have the thrilling prospect of Carlsen vs Pragg and all the players will be fighting for places in the third and final Major in November.

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