World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen today published the official statement on the recent “Carlsen – Niemann” controversy and accused Hans Niemann of cheating more than the 19-year-old American admitted publicly. Hikaru Nakamura commented on Carlsen’s statement during his live stream saying that he believes Carlsen thinks that Hans Niemann cheated in the game they played at the Sinquefield Cup 2022. Hans Niemann defeated Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup, and Carlsen decided to withdraw from the event day after. Two weeks later, Magnus refused to play against Hans Niemann at the Julius Baer Generation Cup and resigned his game after only two played moves.
“WOW! This is huge! To give my opinion, I think it’s very clear now what the reality is. And Magnus, it seems to me, thinks that Hans was cheating in the game they played at the Sinquefield Cup, despite what was said by the organizers, despite what was said by the arbiter at that tournament in Saint Louis, despite what was said by Kenneth Regan“, said Hikaru Nakamura after reading Magnus Carlsen’s statement. Nakamura added that Hans Niemann needs to react to Carlsen’s statement and that the ball is now in Hans’s court: “I don’t know what is going to happen, but this is a very very strong statement by Magnus“. See the video below
The timetable of happenings related to Carlsen – Niemann case: